Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Science/Technology, Uncategorized | Tags: Climate Change, NASA, Science News, Solar Cycle
After a little over two years of a quiet sun and few solar flares, a new-cycle sunspot group has emerged on Halloween, and been seen over a four-day period in early November.
This is good news. Warmer is actually better than colder. People are much more susceptible to suffering from cold weather than from heat. Here is the report with moving pictures too.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Election 2008, History, Media Bias, Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: Obama, Presidential election, The Founding Fathers, The Value of Debate
On January 20th of next year, we will have a new president, and I wish him well. He was not my choice, but he will be my president, and I wish him luck in dealing with the daunting challenges that face us.
We differed sharply on matters of his policies, his associations and his experience. He will quickly get experience. We will see who he chooses for his cabinet. We will continue to fight for the policies we believe in.
Please remember that disagreement and arguing are how we arrive at a way forward. That is what the founding fathers intended. Attempts to silence those who disagree are attempts to destroy the the world’s most durable constitution. Read The Federalist Papers, and renew your faith in debate, and read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence while you’re at it. Our founding documents have served us well.
Filed under: Conservatism, Economy, Election 2008, Foreign Policy, History, Liberalism, Politics, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: George W. Bush, Liberal lies
Every Democrat speech includes the obligatory phrase “eight years of failed Bush policies.” This is the old “big lie” technique of propaganda. You repeat something often enough, and people will start to believe it. New York’s senior senator Charles Schumer, chairman of the senate Democratic Campaign Committee, has been in front of every available camera and microphone for the last eight years, bloviating on the “terrible economy”, at least until he caused a bank run and got caught at it.
But what are these “failed Bush policies?” Let’s consider the history. The Clinton administration benefited from a technology boom that became a bubble. The stock market peaked and by the end of 2000 had declined by 8%, and GDP declined from 4.8 to 1.9 percent. Six weeks into the Bush administration the economy was officially in recession.
On the national security front, Saddam Hussein had kicked the weapons inspectors out of Iraq, and was in complete defiance of UN resolutions that he was obligated to obey. His military had fired at US Air Force planes that were patrolling the ‘no-fly’ zones. The US Cole had been attacked in 2000 by Islamists, killing 17 American sailors.
Then on September 11, 2001, just eight months after George W. Bush took office, Islamic terrorists attacked, killing nearly 3,000 civilians and brought down the twin towers and destroyed part of the Pentagon. Not an auspicious start for an administration.
By November the recession was officially over, and the economy never looked back. Under a Republican Congress and a Republican President the economy has grown at a healthy and sustainable pace every year until 2008, with unemployment averaging 5.2%, which is considered good.
Inflation-adjusted personal disposable income grew by 9% in the first six years under President Bush. The real economy grew by about 20% since the President took office.
Imagine, this was an economy battered by the attacks of 9/11, battered by the devastation of Katrina, and in spite of it all it just chugs along. The Bush tax cuts helped greatly. They raised the threshold so that way more people owed no taxes at all, and reduced the rates for everyone else, increasing the number of brackets from five to six. The tax brackets are available here. Please find the vast tax cuts for “the rich” that were somehow so unfair. Another example of the “big lie” technique in operation. The United States has the most progressive tax system in the world, and collects more income from the top 10 percent than any other country.
Though no one expected it at the time, President Bush has managed to keep us safe here at home for 7 years, while Islamist terrorists were attacking other countries, and attempting to attack us here. Took a lot of vigilance to accomplish that.
If you look a little deeper than the bumper-sticker slogans from the Democrats, you will find that Guantanamo has been a model prison where no one except the guards was abused. You will find that no one had any interest in listening to your telephone conversations unless you were chatting with someone in the mountains of Pakistan. You will find that American troops were restoring schools, rebuilding water supplies, fixing power stations as well as trying to protect Iraqi civilians.
It does require a little effort to find sources like the Long War Journal or learn which reporters can be trusted, or how to find the Milblogs. It is easier to simply repeat the daily sound bite.
It has been a great disappointment that President Bush has been unable to break through the mainstream media spin. He feels that history will justify him. I agree that it will. He’s done a pretty darn good job.
Filed under: Conservatism, Election 2008, Media Bias, News, Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: 2008 Presidential Election, Inexperience, Obama, Vote Republican
Filed under: Uncategorized
- A million seconds is 11.5 days. A billion seconds is 32 years. A trillion seconds is 32,000 years.
- A tightly-packed stack of new $100 bills totaling $1 million would be about 4 feet high. A billion dollar stack of $100 bills would be 4,000 feet high, or 3 Sears Towers stacked on top of each other.
A stack of $100 bills totaling $1 trillion would be 789 miles high or 144 Mr. Everests stacked on top of one another.
- In 2007, Microsoft generated $51 billion in revenue — sales, not profits. To reach a trillion dollars in revenue, we’d need 20 Microsofts.
- A box that holds a case of copier paper will hold about $72,000 one-dollar bills. It would take 1.4 billion boxes to hold a trillion dollars.
- With $1 trillion, everyone living in America in 2008 could have 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. (from http://www.uspolitics.about.com)
Filed under: Economy, Energy, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Uncategorized | Tags: Good Economic News, OPEC, Price of Oil
Last November, a barrel of light sweet crude oil was getting about $147 in futures trading. Yesterday, oil was fetching $69.85 a barrel, down $4.69 a barrel for the day. A report from the Energy department said that over the last month, domestic oil demand has fallen to its lowest level since June 1999, at 18.6 million barrels a day. The economic downturn means less crude is needed moving the economy.
A lower price for oil will help consumers, lowering winter heating bills and the price of gas at the pump. One of the chief contributors to inflation over the past year has been the rise in oil prices, and declining prices will ease the inflation threat.
OPEC, however, is not happy. Member states will be meeting next week to discuss a production cut in an effort to keep prices firm. Nigeria and Venezuela have grown heavily dependent on oil. We will see.
But it’s nice to know that there are some bright spots in the economy.
Filed under: Foreign Policy, History, Iraq, Military, News, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Uncategorized | Tags: Foreign Policy, Iraqi Air Force, Things the Media Didn't Tell You, U.S. Military, War in Iraq
The guys at Argghhh! The home of two of Jonah’s Military Guys post a little article on why they blog, and it is a heartwarming story:
KIRKUK,Iraq — The first class of Iraqi Air Force student pilots were awarded their flying wings as part of a graduation ceremony here, Oct. 13.
Nearly a year after the three trainees, Iraqi 2nd Lieutenants Hassan, Majid and Habeeb, entered the program, the success of the Joint Iraqi Flying Training Wing and 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron came to a pivotal point in building a credible objective air force capable of conducting sustained operations in defense of the country.
As operations expand and the number of students being trained increases, the Iraqi Air Force will move close to developing the foundational capabilities that will allow it to sustain independent operations and grow to meet future demands. The new Iraqi Air Force stood up after the invasion in 2003 but, until today, all pilots were veterans who rejoined the force….
That’s what happened, and news, but you won’t find much about it in the mainstream media. But that wasn’t the heartwarming part. That came after a speech by U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen Brooks Bash, Coalition Air Force Transition Team commanding general. (Try to get all that on a business card!)
The important part came in a speech by a Distinguished Visitor when his speech was interrupted by a standing ovation:
One of the kids nudged me when the DV started getting passionate in his address. “He is saying that for the first time in our history, we are not doing things for one man, but we are doing it for all the people of Iraq. He is saying the US has showed us how, and we must not forget when we thank God every day, we must also ask him to bless the US.”
Well, an additional thanks to bloggers who tell us the things that do not grace the elite pages of the mainstream press. Because they’re important. And they’re things we need to know.
Which is one of the reasons that the mainstream media is failing in prestige, influence and readership. They no longer understand what is important outside of their immediate circle, and we are beginning to really notice.