♫ ♫ ♫ Chuck Mangione's "Land of Make Believe" is appropriate,
while reading the first article... ♫ ♫ ♫
what the heck happened?
friday, december 26th, 2008
it was springtime in the US. The most recent unemployment number was 5.0%, a slight tic down from the previous month and in line with the previous 12-month, fairly low, average of 4.8%. We were in a quarter of positive real economic growth, a 2.8% annual rate, following a previous quarter of positive growth. On May 19, the S&P 500 hit 1427, the highest point since January 3 and essentially where it ended the previous year.
On the foreign front, the surge in Iraq was clearly bearing fruit. The number of US military deaths in Iraq in May was the lowest since the war started. The fatality count of Iraqi civilians was also at or near an all-time low. The Iraq war, Barack Obama's initial campaign theme, was losing its steam as an election issue.
On the political front, the Republicans had picked their nominee in all but formality: a sitting US Senator with 26 years of experience in national elective office, a war hero and a political centrist. The Democrats were closing in on one of two candidates: one with a little more than one term in the Senate and the other with just over half of one term, both extremely liberal (American Conservative Union lifetime ratings of 7.71 and 7.67, respectively), and neither one having any military or executive experience.
As spring turned to summer, there was some nervousness about banks in trouble and increases in the unemployment rate. The S&P 500 hovered between 1200 and 1300 for most of June through August. On September 2, the first trading day after John McCain announced his VP pick of Sarah Palin, and as the Republican Convention began, the S&P closed above 1300, about the average level for the whole year up to then.
The very next weekend, September 6, the federal government announced that it would take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But it appeared to have little effect on the markets or politics. John McCain, now teamed with Sarah Palin, was rising in the polls. In fact, the McCain/Palin ticket had taken a slight lead over the Obama/Biden ticket about then. As the markets closed on Friday, September 19, the S&P 500 stood at 1255, still about where it had been for months.
By mid-September, the latest GDP figures had been revised upward and showed a fairly strong second quarter. In fact, we seemed to be missing the recession happening in Europe at that time. Iraq was looking ever more like we were reaching a successful end-game. The markets were mostly steady, maybe showing some nervousness that could be explained by the uncertainty of the coming elections. The race was close, with McCain actually enjoying a slim lead.
Then on September 21, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson went on Meet the Press to announce the urgent need for a $700 billion bailout of banks. Seven. Hundred. Billion. $700,000,000,000. Over one quarter of the entire federal budget, after bailing out Freddie, Fannie and AIG and before the sweeteners were attached. Over five Marshall Plans, even after adjusting for inflation.
The world has not been the same since.
President Bush and both presidential candidates voiced support for the bailout and by October 3 the bailout was law. The bailout enjoyed bipartisan support. We would never see the S&P above 1200 again. On November 4, Election Day, it closed just above 1000. The election results came in that night. So long, 1000.
In the three months after Paulson went on Meet the Press, the S&P 500 fell almost 30%, from 1255 on September 19 to 888 on December 19. A bear market on top of a bear market. The London FTSE fell 19%; Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 22%; the German DAX fell 24%; the French CAC 40 fell 25%; Japan's Nikkei fell 28%; and Singapore's market fell 30%.
The financial collapse was global. Banks were failing everywhere. By mid-November, there were riots in Iceland due to the financial crisis.
Riots in Iceland.
In December there were riots in Greece. So much so that Greece ran out of tear gas trying to quell them.
What the heck happened? One day we're cruising along with 3% real growth, the stock markets are steady, we are winning in Iraq and John McCain is leading in the polls. The next day we are in global financial collapse and Barack Hussein Obama is President-Elect of the US.
Was Henry Paulson so prescient that he really did time the crisis almost perfectly, announcing the urgent need for a bailout almost exactly as the financial system really did collapse? Or did he cause that collapse?
We'll never know, but I think Paulson and his bailout only made things worse. I think McCain would have won the election if he had come out against the bailout. I think President Bush would have had a very defendable record over his two terms if he had not supported every bailout ever conceived in his last four months in office. But now, even I, who had been one of his few supporters, have to regard Bush as a failure.
To add insult to injury, Secretary Paulson now appears totally confused about his own bailout. First he said it was to relieve the credit crunch by buying bad debt. Then he changed his mind about the "bad debt" thing and said, "we must make sure we fully understand the nature of the problem which will not be possible until we are confident it is behind us." (Translation: Just give us $700B and we'll figure it out as we go along.) And recently he said it's all over. According to CNBC, "Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he doesn't plan to ask Congress for the rest of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout fund before leaving office next month.... Paulson said he doesn't expect any more big financial institutions to fail... The Treasury has received half of the $700 billion TARP fund so far and used most of it to shore up banks and other financial institutions. The remaining $350 billion must be released by Congress."
TARP stands for Troubled Asset Relief Program. But I thought the adjective "troubled" modified "asset". Now we find it really modified "program."
So I guess we're done. Mission accomplished. Well, except for the auto bailout, which itself is a flip-flop.
A 30% or so decline in global wealth in just three months since Paulson went on Meet the Press. A looming trillion dollar deficit. Riots in Iceland. Greece out of tear gas. President-Elect Obama. Mission accomplished!
Where does George W. Bush find his Treasury Secretaries? Paul O'Neill (pal of Bono's, author of a Bush-bashing book), Hank Snow, Henry Paulson. Was Bernard Maddoff unavailable?
Regardless of the immediate financial effect of the bailout, it changed our budgetary psychology completely. Everyone is now talking in units of trillions. Bailouts for banks. Bailouts for states. Bailouts for cars. A car czar. A trillion bucks for infrastructure. Imagine: a Democratic President, a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House, just after the Republicans presided over $8 trillion in cumulative bailouts. We're driving 120 mph and we just disabled the brakes.
This is your budget on drugs. This is your government on crack. Spend like there's no tomorrow, because, well, there's no tomorrow. Medicare's broke now and Social Security will be within a decade, so throw a trillion at roads and bridges — to nowhere or to anywhere. Drug czar. Car czar. Carbon czar. What's your problem? Whatever it is, a trillion bucks and a czar ought to fix it.
The real kicker to all this is that the top Republicans, President Bush and presidential candidate John McCain, were totally in favor of every bailout ever proposed. Billions, trillions — who cares? We had to destroy the economy in order to save it.
Were we taken over by pod people in early September? Did I miss the UFO invasion?
Did you ever hear of a guy who was happily married with six kids, only to find out none of the kids is his? I think I know how that guy feels. My Republican Party was the town party girl.
One Solitary Life.
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. Then, for three years, he was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a home. He didn't go to college. He never lived in a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself.
He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his garments, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend.
Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned — combined — have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that One, Solitary Life.
"For unto you is born in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10-12) "And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10-12)
Here's one of the best stories of Jesus' birth, by Glenn Beck; simply click on the WMP link button.
Around The Garden Center™.
As I continue to reinstall various pieces of software, much of which I've had for years, I have often run into new updates, and some totally-new apps, most of which are greatly-improved from those "dinosaur apps" which I've gotten used to, and am somewhat "grumpy" to abandon, in favor of the new ones. But I reluctantly do, and after using them, am glad I've done so. one such is Ipswitch WS-FTP-Pro v9, which I used upload last nite's December 19th "Journal", to my corporate server. Wow; it an easy one to learn, had a great GUI and I decided to buy it, despite the fact that I had unlimited usage of an older (v5.5) version. Schweeeeeet new app!
The *Winter Advisory Warning* was posted by TWC early on the previous evening, and I'd heard that we were going to get "some mixed, Wintry weather", on Friday, all-day. A *Winter Weather Advisory* replaced that at 4:30am, as I was up feeding the cats, checking the news and weather, and getting ready to go back to sleep, until 8am. Travel warnings all over the place. Looks like we're getting the storm which pounded the southwest, but it was passing too far north of us to give us much of any snowfall, in the York (PA) area. As close as we are to the Mason-Dixon Line, we usually get a "mixed bag" of sleet, freezing rain, ice, moderate snow or just rain. It's got to be a "Real Blizzard" if we're to get any depth or duration of snow. Things began icing-up around 12noon, as temps dropped to 31°F and a *Winter Travel Advisory* was also issued by TWC. Friday was slow, with a few calls, 2 customers and that was fine with me, as I was rounding-up all the forms, handouts, lscp estimates/billing, templates, signs etc as (*.doc, *.wks, *.xl, *.txt, *.html, *.css, etc) files on my office computer, for 2009 revisions/updating or replacement. 27 in all! Plus, our marketing firm's owner called me to ask if I'd please nominate her for the "Athena Award" for the York County Chamber of Commerce Award, due to my standing in the community. I said okay. Uh oh, another storm coming for Sunday, for this region."Okay already, I'm tired of *Winter Advisory Warnings*, *Winter Weather Advisories*, *Severe Weather Statements*, *Flood Advisory Warnings*, *Winter Storm Warnings*, *Winter Storm Watches*, *Blizzard Warnings* etc... When does Spring get here?"
I was still collecting various pieces of software which I needed to complete the re-installation of everything on my home computer, after Jeff & I finish-up the RAID 0 Array installation, this coming week. All the hardware has arrived; and we'll get back together on Sun, Dec 28th, to (hopefully) finish-up the hardware installation.
It was 22°F (13°F windchill) when I got up at 6am to feed the cats, and never made it past 26°F, all day. Six customers were in for JSGC&N Gift Certificates, and some friends dropped-off Christmas cards and homemade cookies and fudge. So much for losing any weight until after Jan 1st. TWC issued another *Winter Weather Advisory* for Saturday evening/Sunday morning, for 1-4" of snow, sleet and freezing rain; just what we'd gotten two days ago. By 5pm Saturday, the storm was forming down in the Carolinas, Tennessee and points south, and I was thinking that it'd move to the coast, reform into a Nor'easter and move-up the eastern seaboard with some serious snow totals. It had all the characteristics of one, by 10pm. I was hearing the phrase, "storm of epic proportions", applied to it and to the one which had just made landfall on the left coast. Yikes.
I was up at 5am, and with barely a dusting of snow on Sunday morning, the "First Day of Winter", the big story (around here) is the -3°F windchill outside at 9am. 26°F with a 30-35mph wind. Brutal, damned temps. I have to admit that I'm like an excited kid when it snows, in that I want to see it and be out in it. But for as large as the storm was, we didn't get diddly from it. It missed us completely, once again. Oh well, the über-strong Starbuck's French Roast Coffee (turkish grind from whole beans) tasted very good, and I made a 4-high stack of French Toast, plus freshly-squeezed OJ. I did 2 loads of laundry, cleaned-up one of the cats' hairball throw-ups, and went food shopping and for a drive. By 1pm, it had "warmed-up to 34°F", and it was tolerable for sweeping-out the garage. (One of my cats, aka Murphy, eats oak tree leaves, blown-in when I take the Jeep out in the mornings, and then comes inside the condo to throw-up.)
Temps very quickly dropped to 16°F (6°F windchill), on Sunday night and weren't all that much better on Monday morning, at 19-22°F, for much of the day. The 30-35mph wind was brutal. I was up at 6:45am to feed the cats, and it was 11°F (-18°F windchill), so I cranked-up the gas furnace, and went back to sleep, until 8am. Although I dress in layers, even 5 layers didn't get it done, on Monday. I was cold, all day. After a 12:15pm outdoor LSCP site visit in Shrewsbury, which lasted >25mins, it took me another 2hrs to get warm again. I closed-down at 3:30 and went home through all the Galleria Mall Christmas traffic, which wasn't bad at all. And which will get viscous for the next 2 evenings, and which I will avoid by taking the backroads and sidestreets. Temps dropped to 14°F (-10°F windchill) by 11pm, and I had the condo's heat cranked-up to 75°F. My last month's Columbia Gas bill was $117, so I decided to back-it-off to 68°F, for the night. I can see it easily-jumping to $200+, if not closely-monitored.
I was up on Tuesday morning at 5:30, to feed/water the cats, check the weather and news, and went back to sleep until 8am. 14°F (2°F windchill) is kinda "balmy", after minus readings for the past few days. No complaints. I had another off-site LSCP visit to make, in nearby Norriville, MD, and did the simple design work myself, knowing that my LSCP Designer, James, was busy with family stuff and shopping in these pre-Christmas days. I collected the last ($3,400) of the overdue AR (accounts receivable) around 11am, by phone, and everything is now in and paid by customers, for 2008. One of my employees, who'd just gotten his CCW Permit and bought a Colt .357 Magnum 2" "Snubnose" (chrome finish) for concealed carry, stopped by to do some target shooting at my private range, but since I was busy with a customer, I allowed him to shoot alone, which I normally don't do. I always supervise and/or shoot with anyone on my GC&N range. With it getting dark now at 4:45pm, I headed home in the Christmas traffic, taking shortcuts and sidestreets, and missing 90% of it. The stormfront moved in around 9pm, and freezing rain, sleet and snow showers portended a lousy morning commute to work. A *Winter Weather Advisory* was issued for this area from 10pm until 11am on Wednesday. The storm as moving from the Midwest to us, in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and most probably, up to the "hammered, Northeast Region".
On my way back from Maryland on Tuesday mid-afternoon, I noticed that gas price at the pump, had risen 7¢ in >2 days. Unleaded Regular (87oct) is now at $1.62/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is at $1.72/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) is now at $1.92/gal, with Diesel rising to $2.99/gal. I also noticed that the world price of light, sweet crude oil, had dropped below $38.98/bbl. Lots of people were filling-up, and I hope not just "topping-off" their tanks. But suffice it to say, that all the gas stations, were full of cars and pick-up trucks.
Hmmmmmm: reason #5 why I don't travel during Holiday periods, anymore.
I was up at 5:30am on Wednesday to feed the cats, check the weather and news, and looked out the front and back doors: we were encased in >1" of ice! Thick ice. A *Winter Weather Advisory* was just coming across TWC's site. Trees were sagging, streets, cars and buildings were coated and it was just 31°F. Luckily, there wasn't much wind or there would have been many trees and powerlines down. By 8am, temps had edged-up to 34°F, and it was just rain. Given a choice between ice and snow, "I'll take Door #2 for $300, Alex". North and west of Harrisburg was where the snow seemed to be, and although the Doppler Weather Maps showed us in a lot of "pink", it was mostly rain. The ride into work was uneventful, except for several rapidly-flooding roads and a few minor fenderbenders from sliding cars, with idiots behind the wheels driving too fast for conditions. I couldn't even get up the GC&N's front drive, as it was encased in 1-2" of ice. I went around to the back entrance, and drove thru the field to open up the buildings. The water flowing down the front drive had frozen into a massive ice flow/glacier, even thicker in many parts, than a mere 1-2". I didn't bother trying to open the gate, and just went inside to do paperwork. I have 10-15 projects to get started on, so there'll be no shortage of work this Winter. Soon enough, a *Flood Advisory Warning* was also posted, as warming temps, combined with the 1½" of rain we'd already gotten, made a bad situation even worse. All of my GC&N's retention ponds were overflowing, as were many commercial/residential development RPs. I passed 4-5 sideroads with barricades and emergency vehicles redirecting traffic.
I was up at 5:45am on Thursday to feed and water the cats, and check the weather & news. Clear weather and no earth-shaking news, so I went back to sleep until 10am. Made an English muffin, French roast coffee and drove down to the convenience store to get some milk and half & half, for tomorrow. The roads were as empty as I've ever seen them. I took the 7lb, bone-in, Heavenly Ham (picked it up at their York store during Wednesday's ice storm) out of the 'fridge at 11am, to let it come-up to room temperature, per their instructions. Since it's already fully-cooked and honey-brown sugar-glazed, it should be served at room temperature, and not heated-up. We microwaved slices for 15-20secs, and that made the cold ham taste much better.
For Christmas Dinner at Mom & Dad's, they made the sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots and ice cream. I brought the ham and a tray box full of clippings from the GC&N's many Leyland Cypress, Hinoki Cypress, Cryptomeria Crippsi, English Variegated Holly, Winterberry Holly and Dragon's Eye Pine. They made a colorful and fragrant centerpiece around the large dining room's table candles. With half the country having a White Christmas, we were basking in relatively-balmy upper-40s/low-50s weather, about 55 miles south of the snowline and cold temps. I spent another 1¼hrs working with Dad on fixing some QuickBooks problems on his laptop, but couldn't figure out why "old" Netscape v7.1's email worked, and "new" Thunderbird v2's email, didn't. Both email apps work fine at the GC&N, but only one/neither/both works at his home, with that shitty, junkbox, garbage People PC dial-up crap connection. I truly suspect that is the problem. The Comcast dirtbags have raised their Internet + CATV package prices to $116.75/month, and you can't have one without the other, and Dad & Mom refuse to spend the money, although they have CATV for $50.95, they won't pay the rest to get Net access with a cable modem. I do, but if I could find a equal/better ISP, I'd drop that shitty Comcast crap in a heartbeat!
I spent the rest of the evening working on some new Journal pages, readying the "old list"/ Table of Contents pages to become an Archive document, updating all of the 1996-2007 Archives pages, and FTP-ing the 2 other pages — Home and News pages — plus all pictures, to my corporate server. I also was readying a brand-new Jan 2, 2009 "Journal" page, to get ready for next week. Lots to do, lots to do on Christmas Day.
I wish you and yours, a happy, health and prosperous 2009. God Bless You All, my Friends.
Fonts For You™.
Many Journal entries are best viewed in the Charrington Roughened and the Orlando typefaces. You may already have Century Gothic on your Windows-XP machine, and that's almost always used for the body copy or subheads, so grab it, if you don't already have it; you're reading it now. They're free from my website. Grab 'em! Save them to your HD, and install to C:/Windows/Fonts (folder), thru your WIN XP Control Panel > Fonts > File > Install New Font. Simple stuff; just takes a few minutes.
Here are a few others, which my Journal will be written in during the coming weeks: Papyrus and Acoustic Bass, and Caesar Regular and Carleton and Charrington Strewn and Catherine. Get and install them, and see how much nicer these pages are to view and read. Plus, they add to your repertoire of available fonts in MS-Word, as WIN-XP System Fonts, so you can use them for your daily documents etc.
Things Which Make Your Head Explode™.
So, the liberal-demokkkRAT-controlled MSM say that Alaska Gov Sarah Palin (CONSERVATIVE-AK) "wasn't qualified to be VP, but uber-liberal-demokkkRAT, stuttering big-haired bimbo, do-nothing-worthwhile putz, children's book writer, lowlife bitch, skank-toothed grinning asshole, empty-headed moron, smarmy, arrogant idiot, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg (NOTHING-MA), is qualified to take-over the shit-for-brains, vacuous Hitlery Rotten Klintoon (liberal-demokkkRAT-NY)'s worthless US Senate seat? Gimme a f•cking break, you dumbshit NY assholes! Kennedy's not "qualified" to clean my toilets! She's a f•cking loser, like Klintoon! Like her dead idiot brother (JFK Jr) and dead, headshot Daddy (JFK) & dead whore-slut Mommie (Jackie)! Caroline Kennedy? Are you f•cking kidding America? She's shit, trash, garbage, crap, junk, filth and liberal-demokkkRAT garbage!
Caroline Kennedy, the 51-yr old radical left-wing bitch looks 87-yrs old, and look at those "Dumbo" ears! She's got her grandfather's looks and her dead daddy's brain. Look at those ears! She puts "Dumbo The Flying Elephant" and "Obama The Magic Nigga", to shame! What a skank!
Caroline was a cute little kid, back in 1963, when her daddy, JFK, was assassinated, and for several years afterward, but she's turned into a very ugly, hagged-out, hate-America, hate-US Military, hate-Freedom, hate-Liberty, skank-faced bitch. Sad. Actually, she's downright ugly, both outside and inside.
She thinks "she's entitled to power", and since she and her dysfunctional, f•cked-up Kennedy family, already has way too much money for anyone who tries to be "relatively normal". Her Uncle Teddy — is an intern murderer, alcoholic, liar, traitor, piece-of-shit, bigamist, philanderer, drug addict, and so much more... — and now that he has brain cancer, he truly deserves to die. America will be so much he better for it, IMO.
The mentally-ill shitscum, lowlife dirtbags of The Californikate Supreme Court, have ruled that, for The Samaritan Immunity Law, "if no assistance is rendered, the passerby may be sued for damages occurring from his neglect to intervene. If assistance is rendered, the intervener may be sued for any damages caused by the intervention." The Court ruled that the states Samaritan immunity law applies only to "medical type" assistance, like CPR, application of bandages, or the charging of excessive fees or padded bills. WTF!
Oh, my gosh! B. Hussein Obama-Osama-Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong (Nigga-IL) isn't "black enough", according to his mentally-ill, left-wing filthies.
Fill-out the required financial forms, Kennedy whore-bag-bitch filth! Fill-out the financial forms, skank-dog! You ugly, stinking Kennedy BITCH!
Take the fucking rag off your head, muslim-islamic-Nigga-bitch skank, garbage pig-fucker! In OUR country, you do what WE tell you to do, bitch! Or we'll send your lazy, skank, smelly ass back to the turd-world hellhole you came from, whore!
Things Which Make Your Eyes Bleed™.
Are you kidding me? A "strike through quiet night" in Sweden, because the SUBUMAN, LOWLIFE DIRTBAG MUSLIM FILTH, aren't rioting? I'd shoot and kill every one of those subhuman pieces-of pigshit, on sight! COUNT ON IT, DAMMIT! So, "engaging them in dialogue in a bid to prevent a third night of riots", works? Fuck you: SHOOT AND KILL THEM ALL! That'll end the riots!
Some members of the hate-filled, racist, lowlife dirtbag, subhuman, sambo, commie, socialist filth, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are disappointed President-elect Obama did not appoint more Black African-Americans to his Cabinet. There are NO AFRICAN-AMERICANS; they're simply Black Americans, you ignorant Nigga shitheads! Fuck you, sambos!0000
Lowlife, Subhuman Filth™.
Awwwwwwww, pedophile, pervert, subhuman piece-of-shit, lowlife child-molesting dirtbag, Mikey Jackson needs a lung transplant. Jackson, 50, is suffering from the rare genetic illness, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, as well as emphysema and gastrointestinal bleeding, and the singer pedophile can barely speak, and is 95-percent blind in his left eye. Die, you scumbag! Go to hell, and good riddance, pervert!
"Lancey-The-Faggot-Boy" Armstrong, the balless punk turd, is trying for a "comeback on the 2009 Tour de Farts, a real "world-class tricycle race", around the playground, where you lift your ass, fart into the following faggot's face, and he breathes-deeply, and dies. What a liberal-demokkkRAT, dirtbag-f•cking punk, Armstrong is! He got his training wheels off, in 2005, and beat the Froggies, coasting downhill, with the wind and his refried bean farts. What a winner! Hey Lancey: get brain/lungs/abdomen cancer, and DIE, you asshole! The world would be so much better-off without your stinking kind, liberal-demokkkRAT asshole!
The Global Warming Money Pit™.
Have you seen this video: "BBC: The Great Global Warming Swindle"? It was outright-banned from leftist, hate-filled, dirtbag lowlife scumbags, Google.com's and YouTube.com's websites, by the mentally-ill, left-wing, global warming idiot wackos, but I've preserved it, for posterity, aka you, me and *ours*. Watch, be informed and download it for others to see. It's on my corporate server, and will stay there, BTW.
Here's everything you need to know about Global Warming, and why it's a good thing.
The "Greenhouse Effect" is a natural and valuable phenomenon, without which, the planet would be uninhabitable. Global Warming, at least in recent times, is real. CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas; 95% of the contribution is due to Water Vapor. Man's contribution to Greenhouse Gasses is relatively insignificant. We didn't cause the recent Global Warming and we cannot stop it. Solar Activity appears to be the principal driver for Climate Change. O2 is a useful trace gas in the atmosphere, and the planet would actually benefit by having more, not less of it, because it is not a driver for Global Warming and would enrich our vegetation, yielding better crops to feed the expanding population. CO2 is not causing global warming, in fact, CO2 is lagging temperature change in all reliable datasets. The cart is not pulling the donkey. Wake-up, folks.
Here's a listing of The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet.
Hey, fat, shit-for-brains, bloated, liar, huckster, fraud, criminal, charlatan, scumbag, loser, disgraced ex-VP AlGoreBore (LIAR-TN), is back using $300 million of OPM (Other Peoples' Money) to promote his Global Warming Bullshit, after the worst Winter in over 100 years. Welcome back, fatso huckster asswipe, AlGoreBore!
Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Harvard University and University of California San Diego, spits on the lying scumbag, AlGoreBore. My, my, oh my. (((snicker))) No, there's no consensus on Global-bullshit Warming, other than it's a LIE! Just ask Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, Richard S. Lindzen; he's eminently-qualified to call AlGoreBoreAsshole, a LIAR! As I am.
There's another "ice age" coming, not the AlGoreBoreLiar 'Glo-bull warming' crap.
Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapses in 2002 = Glo-bullshit Warming? Doubt it.
Read this Glo-bullshit Warming idiocy. Go ahead; I'll wait.
AlGoreBore's "hypocrisy"? See it right here!
You need to watch this 30 minute film; it's an eye-opener if you think that we're running out of crude oil, and that America has no reserves. We have more oil and natural gas in Alaska alone, than all the rest of the world's known reserves, COMBINED! Grab an adult beverage, and watch it.
Better get out your Winter coats, 'snuggies', wool socks and snow shovels, as it seems we've got an 80-year "Little Ice Age", on the way. Yawn; no biggie.
AlGoreBore's "Glo-bull Warming Bullshit" has spawned so-called 'cottage industries' around the world, worth hundreds of millions and probably billions of dollars, for green corporation validation, carbon credits, foundation & university climate studies, grants and a host of other BS-related crap to his lies and garbage. Global warming competes with cancer and competes with AIDS for a finite amount of money. This year's natural resurgence will surely see the global warmists, led by celebrity warmist, Gore, compete viscously for those US Taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. And I'm betting that the really important disease, cancer, loses to Glo-bullshit Warming and AIDS. Dammit.
F*ck all the "Glo-bullshit Warming Alarmists"! I say, FUCK-THEM-UP, and cleanse the planet, if they try to physically-intimidate and hurt anyone! I will; count on it! "Get in my face", assholes, and that'll be your last day on this Earth! If there are any "dissenting scientists" out there, who need protection, just get in-touch with me, and I'll guard you & yours. You can count upon that, folks!
Have you taken "The Global Warming Test"? If you have a sentient, functioning brain, and a simple knowledge of "the facts", you'll easily get a 10-of-10, as I did. Go ahead, and give it a try!
Read this article and pick-out "The WWF's Big Lie". If you chose this paragraph — "Summer sea ice is now forecasted to completely disappear in the summer months sometime between 2013 and 2040 — something which hasn't happened for over a million years." — you'd be right. There isn't, and never has been and ice on the earth dated at a million years old, and who the hell was around back then to begin recording it? The lying sacks-of-shit at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are typical lowlife, left-wing wacko scumbags, in-bed with the "Glo-Bull Warming" Crap, of asshole AlGoreBore and his phony, money-making scam. The oldest, and not reliably-dated ice cores are >160,000 years, and those are shaky in fact, at best. So where did the lying WWF pull the million year crap from? Their asses, of course!
Shit-for-brains, mentally-ill, fat, bloated liar, AlGoreBore's (LOWLIFE-TN) "ally", in NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by AlGoreBore's chief scientific ally/"asshole-homo/butt-buddy"— Dr James "Moron-Cretin-Asshole" Hansen (DIRTBAG-NASA) — and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that "last month was the hottest October on record". Total, factual bullshit and lies. This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years. So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerized temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-skeptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running. Read this article, and find out why both lying, corrupt, criminal, subhuman idiots, GoreBore & Hansen, should be stood against a wall, and shot, IMO. In fact, the pathetically-socialist, left-wing UK, has just begun to awaken to what the "Climate Change Bill" will do to destroy their nation, or what's left of it. IMO, it's probably too late now to save the UK, but at least some of the more Conservative people over there, will at least get the chance to flee to America (or elsewhere), before we also "go down the proverbial dumper", as they've already obviously done. Buh-bye, UK!
Some People Just Need Killing™.
It's not my intention to be the judge here — that's God's "job" — but rather to "hasten the meeting" so that He can send the following subhuman filth to the "Fires of Hell", "River or Lake of Sulphur", or whatever He deems appropriate. I'd gladly/happily volunteer, at no cost to any of my Hard-Working, Fellow US Taxpayers, to gladly/gleefully/happily headshoot these murderous, lowlife dirtbags — their skin-color doesn't matter to me, at all — and rid American Society's innocents (especially our precious children and the helpless elderly) of the subhuman filth, once-and-for-all. And yes, I'd rather see one innocent man convicted and executed, than 10 murderers/robbers/child rapists-murderers freed, to rob, rape and murder again. Hey; call me an "Old Fashioned Conservative".
Atlanta courthouse shooter, subhuman piece-of-lowlife shitfilth, Brian Nichols, was spared a death sentence Friday after the jury deliberating his fate announced that it could not agree on a sentence. Wrong; kill the jury and Nichols!
US law enforcement agencies have arrested 61 people and rescued 11 children as part of the larger takedown of a far-reaching global child pornography ring, Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced Friday. Great; now kill all of the subhuman child porn filth! Kill all of them, dammit!
Lowlife, piece of subhuman faggot filth, David Stamm, 46, needs killing for molestation, witness tampering and possession of child porn. Kill him.
Christian Klar desperately needs killing, IMO. The cowardly German gov't doesn't have the guts, spine or balls to do the right thing. They're dogshit! If he had killed or hurt anyone I knew, back in the 70s, I'd be waiting for him when he walked free, after 26yrs in prison, and I'd gleefully and gladly headshoot the MF-ing subhman piece of shit leader, of the Nazi-Red Army Faction filth, the cowardly punk Marxist-Leninist terrorists, who killed 34 people and injured hundreds.
Tamm needs killing, IMO!
Lowlife, dirtbag, piece-of-shit, Thomas "Traitor" Tamm, a former Department of Justice lawyer, tipped off the New York Slimes about a secret government operation conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor and track potential terrorist maggots through their e-mail, phone calls and financial transactions. Traitor Tamm did this because, in his own words, "something didn't smell right" about it. "Traitor" Tamm was angry at the Bush Justice Department for aggressively pursuing death penalty cases and for interrogation techniques that some believe constitute torture. Ideological differences aside, it is never justification to leak classified information about government operations. "A former Department of Justice (DoJ) lawyer"? The United States can not possibly hope to defeat those monsters who want to kill us if we have government employees with access to classified information who run to the press every time they come across classified information or programs that they may not agree with. Their moral, ethical and possibly legal objections to classified programs is never reason to leak it to the press. For that very reason, people who compromise classified information — for whatever reason — should be vigorously prosecuted summarily executed. Failing to prosecute kill them will send the wrong message to others with access to our most sensitive information. Tamm's a traitor and turncoat of the worst kind: he's part of The Enemy Within™, and will do anything to destroy this great Nation. There are thousands of them — 97% of them are liberal-demokkkRATs — and all of them need summary trial & immediate killing, IMO. Subhuman filth, garbage, shit, trash, crap, junk, scum like Tamm, need summary killing, IMO. I'll chip-in $10 if someone will headshoot that piece-of-subhuman filth. "If I could get the shot, I'd take it." No trials; just underlined italicKILL HIM!
Tice needs killing, too, IMO!
Likewise, the fat, bloated, subhuman, treasonous, lowlife, dirtbag pig, Russell "Traitor" Tice, a longtime insider at the National Security Agency, is now another traitor, who needs summary trial and killing, IMO. For 20 years, the child pornography-collecting, cross-dressing, homo-faggot, mentally-ill, "Traitor" Tice, worked in the shadows as he helped the United States spy on other people's conversations around the world. "I specialized in what's called special access programs," "Traitor" Tice said of his job. "We called them 'black world' programs and operations." Hey, you stinking, fat, triple-chinned, dumbasshole: that's what you were hired for, sperm-breath! You agreed and took the fucking weekly paychecks, lardass! You knew what you were getting into, and got huge paychecks, turd-pirate fatboy. "Traitor" Tice is clearly mentally-ill, and needs hospitalization, massive drug infusions and electro-shock, IMO. Lardass pig "Traitor" Tice, is a traitor, NOT a whistleblower, IMO. He needs killing, too. I'll chip-in another $10, if someone will headshoot that piece-of-subhuman filth. "If I could get the shot, I'd take it." No trials; just underlined italicKILL HIM!
The Bush Justice Department (DoJ) is a pathetic, dismal, criminal failure, when it comes to prosecuting national security leakers traitors to America. If I were King For A Day, I'd fix that bullshit, inside of 15 minutes, and it'd NEVER happen, ever again! NEVER!
Kill the subhuman, murderous, pigshit-eating muslim-islamic-arab garbage, who tried to attack Ft Dix (NJ) — Shnewer, a Jordanian-born cab driver; Turkish-born convenience store clerk Serdar Tatar; and brothers Dritan, Eljvir and Shain Duka, ethnic Albanians from the former Yugoslavia, who had a roofing business — and dump their MF-ing bodies into a pit full of pigshit, facing-down and facing-north! muslims are filth, shit, trash, crap, junk, garbage! Also, KILL these muslim-islamic-arab men-bitches, terrorism-supporters — Mohamed Younes, president of the American Muslim Union, and Jim Sues, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations — who are traitors, seditionists and saboteurs of The Enemy Within. KILL THEM ALL!
24 Films Guaranteed to Make You Feel "Christmassy".
Alt-flix, a one-stop resource for fans of "non-mainstream, cult, indie, left-field, (and) art house films," has put together this annotated list of movies that trigger the "Christmassy" tingle. The fact that most of the featured flicks are decidedly mainstream, massively popular, and box-office smash hits doesn't matter to the film fanatics behind this UK site. They cheerfully acknowledge that even their "cold hearts" are warmed by these widely- loved movies. Got a problem with that? Bah, humbug on you! Some of the selections, like "Groundhog Day", are included just to get you in the mood. Others may spark some soul-searching about the exact qualifications of a Yuletide picture (if it has snow, does that count?). But the picks for the last week of December rank as undisputed holiday classics: "The Muppets Christmas Carol", "Miracle on 34th Street", and the all-time champ of "Christmassy" confections, "It's a Wonderful Life."