Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The NOAA heatwave

Recently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report claiming that 2010 was the hottest year on record so far. As you probably know, their temperature sensors are supposed to be free of surrounding heat sources, such as paved parking lots.

The warmers are projecting a rise in temperature of a couple of degrees in a hundred years. With temperature sensors like this one, it's surprising that they aren't projecting temperatures hot enough to fry eggs.

Poor whites need not apply

A recent study has concluded that Ivy League schools actively discriminate against poor, Christian, white applicants.

"Though elite schools give points to applicants for extracurricular activities, especially for leadership roles and honors...if you played a lead role in Future Farmers of America, the 4-H Clubs or junior ROTC, leave it off your resume or you may just be blackballed. 'Excelling in these activities is associated with 60 or 65 percent lower odds on admissions.' ...

For these schools are not interested in a diversity that would include 'born-again Christians from the Bible belt, students from Appalachia and other rural and small-town areas, people who have served in the U.S. military, those who have grown up on farms or ranches, Mormons, Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, lower- and middle-class Catholics, working class white ethnics, social and political conservatives, wheelchair users, married students, married students with children or older students just starting into college and raising children.'

'Students in these categories,...are often very rare at the most competitive colleges, especially the Ivy League.'

'Lower-class whites prove to be all-around losers' at the elite schools. They are rarely accepted. Lower-class Hispanics and blacks are eight to 10 times more likely to get in with the same scores...

Many of these elite public and private colleges and universities benefit from U.S. tax dollars through student loans and direct grants. The future flow of those tax dollars should be made contingent on Harvard and Yale ending racial practices that went out at Little Rock Central High in 1957."

"Displaced foreign travelers" - latest official euphemism for criminal illegal aliens

When the US Forest Service recently busted an illegal alien growing pot on the US side of the border, that's what they called him in a press release. Perhaps their previous term, "undocumented worker" is starting to have too many bad connotations in people's minds, sort of like the word "liberal".

Written proof that MSM reporters conspired to help Obama

If any proof was needed, that is. Liberal reporters and their political and academic friends used a listserv called Journolist, a place where a group of people could post comments to one another, during the 2008 election and until recently.

The Daily Caller obtained some or all of the backfiles, which show an active conspiracy among MSM journalists from a variety of publications discussing how to help Obama escape the Rev. Wright scandal.

While Republicans have known for decades that the MSM works to help Democratic candidates, this is the first evidence I’m aware of where this conspiracy is documented in writing. Among the tactics suggested by MSM “reporters” was to call senior Republicans “racist”.

This should be a huge scandal, but since it involves the MSM, unless Fox, talk radio, and the blogs pick this up and push it, the MSM will do everything in its power to bury it.

If you ever wondered whether the MSM actively coordinated its pro-Democratic coverage, or just happened to agree, this is the smoking gun.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Beautiful music

With all the negative political developments these days, it's hard to keep a positive outlook. However, there is also beauty all around us. I've been cataloging music from Youtube in my favorites lists, and this song, Time to Say Goodbye, by two of my all time favorite singers, Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, should be enough to make anyone smile.

Six months to go until the largest tax hikes in history

Those who think the way to improve our ailing economy is to raise taxes are about to see what really happens when the Bush tax cuts expire. This will amount to the largest tax increases in history.

According to the Americans for Tax Reform,

"Personal income tax rates will rise. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

- The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%
- The 25% bracket rises to 28%
- The 28% bracket rises to 31%
- The 33% bracket rises to 36%
- The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher taxes on marriage and family. The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut.

The return of the Death Tax. This year, there is no death tax. For those dying on or after January 1 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.

Higher tax rates on savers and investors. The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011. The dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011. These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013."

Unfortunately, there's more. Read the article for the rest of the story. Have fun being crushed by higher taxes.

Unemployment under Republicans and Democrats

Democrats claim to be for the "little guy" - see just how helpful they are.

From Michelle Malkin.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fabricating Global Warming

From the blog Greenie Watch - click to enlarge. Most people don't know that global warming data used to justify the warmers' theories is not the actual data, but "adjusted" data, and that the organizations that maintain these databases "adjust" it retroactively all the time without disclosing the reasons for their adjustments. See anything fishy here?

Obama's Amnesty for Millions of Illegals

Several weeks ago it was rumored that the Obama administration was going to provide amnesty to illegals through some sort of executive action without trying to pass legislation. A public announcement of this sort of action would ignite a firestorm of protest which would nullify any political advantage Obama could gain from Hispanic voters.

Now, however, it appears that a partial amnesty has been imposed through an apparently innocuous internal document at ICE. So far, this appears to have flown under the media radar. There has been limited reporting on the memo, but not on its implications. Once this first pass at amnesty has been successfully digested, it won't be long until other illegal categories will be granted amnesty through the same mechanism. Executive branch amnesty is here.

According to this article, "the Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- known as ICE -- circulated an internal memo ordering officers not to arrest a broad range of illegal aliens he deems immune from 'mandatory detention,' according to watchdog public-interest group Judicial Watch...

'Field office directors 'should not expend detention resources on aliens who are known to be suffering from serious physical or mental illness, or who are disabled, elderly, pregnant, or nursing, or demonstrate that they are primary caretakers of children or an infirm person, or whose detention is otherwise not in the public interest,' according to a memorandum issued by ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton."

By using this approach, illegals won't be required to do anything to stay in this country. They're simply given a free pass. This first group includes all the illegals who need medical care, so the American taxpayer is now responsible for providing free medical care to anyone who can get across the border from anywhere else. Everyone should wake up to what's happening here.