Posted on May 5, 2009 at 16:20:28 EST
by Christopher Hodges.
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Where was I? Oh right. The Messiah. Before I get to him I want to divert to a side note. I recently saw a documentary on the History Channel about the battle of Antietam. For those of you who don't know, it was the bloodiest battle in U.S. history. Approximately 23,000 people died within 12 hours. It took place during the Civil War, so it means that brothers were killing brothers, fathers killing sons, cousins, nephews, friends and so on. This war was, essentially, America's Holocaust.
I know, I know. Relevance right? Well, the only reason I'm mentioning this is because I just watched it and since the lefties always like to bring up the number of our troops that have died since we started the "War on Terror", I thought I'd give them a taste of their own medicine. That number is less than 5,000. Five thousand in 8 or so years. We think that's bad enough. Now imagine what it must have been like on September 17, 1862 when 23,000 men, all Americans, slaughtered each other in less than a day's time – not from across a battlefield either. No, these guys were within 100 yards of each other before both sides opened fire. This is, by far, the most brutal battle in the history of the entire United States.
Okay, history lesson over. Back to point. In my last article, I ranted a bit about the Idiot's spending habit. Consider this piece to be a much more in depth look into that.
So I mentioned the Idiot's Inauguration and how much it cost (did I mention that only 14 people missed work that day? Isn't that nice. They all called off of work. Or did they? Maybe many of the masses in D.C. that day were jobless. I'm sure many of them were on welfare). Anyways, where do we begin?
Two words for you: Guantanamo Bay. You know, that naval base that included a military prison starting in 2002. The one in Cuba that was supposed to be the worst place ever because we were keeping known terrorists (also known as unlawful combatants because they don't wear uniforms or even belong to a military force, let alone abide by the rules of war) who were known to be linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Yeah, the Idiot announced plans to close it down in his first week in office. Now several hundred terrorists are free to move wherever they want. Some have even entered the U.S. Isn't that great? One particular guy joined right back up with his fellow mujahideen and has admitted to plotting terror attacks again. Awesome job, Obama. Awesome.
By now I'm sure you're saying, "But the evidence was never presented against those people and they were never proven guilty. They have rights too you know!" Let me put this into perspective for you. The U.S. may, for reasons I still find retarded, have to adhere to the Geneva Conventions for members of the Taliban, but they have no reason to honor the GCs for anyone else (if you ask me the Taliban militants shouldn't be protected by the GCs either). These people behead innocent reporters, rape female soldiers if captured, cut off hands and feet of prisoners and use other means of gruesome torture on anyone who is under their control. I'd say that compared to that, having dogs barking in your face while you're bound and cornered in a room and experiencing long durations of sleep deprivation isn't all that bad. And before you start going on about those pictures of a female soldier pointing at a bunch of naked prisoners, you should know that that wasn't even at Gitmo. So shut it. That was Abu Ghraib.
So the Idiot closes Gitmo, letting hundreds, if not thousands of terrorists go free. What a great start. Then he puts a bunch of crooks on his staff. Oh Lord. Tom Daschle is the perfect example. The guy "forgets" to pay $128,000 in taxes and what does Obama do? He nominates him as the Health and Human Services Secretary. Yet another example is Timothy Geithner – who also forgot to pay his taxes. Obama nominated him as his Treasury Secretary and, unlike Daschle, who withdrew his nomination, Geithner was successfully confirmed to the post of Treasury Secretary! Can I have that seat someday if I don't pay my taxes too? Seriously, that's one of the many "wtf" situations that are going to take place during O man's reign of terror. The logic this guy uses just makes me want to pull my hair out. Luckily at the moment my hair is too short to hold on to. If you've looked at his new Stimulus Package you should know what I mean. Let's have a look, shall we?
$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
$380 million in the Senate bill for the Women, Infants and Children program
$300 million for grants to combat violence against women
$2 billion for federal child-care block grants
$6 billion for university building projects
$15 billion for boosting Pell Grant college scholarships
$4 billion for job-training programs, including $1.2 billion for "youths" up to the age of 24
$1 billion for community-development block grants
$4.2 billion for "neighborhood stabilization activities"
$650 million for digital-TV coupons; $90 million to educate "vulnerable populations"
$15 billion for business-loss carry-backs
$145 billion for "Making Work Pay" tax credits
$83 billion for the earned income credit
$150 million for the Smithsonian
$34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters
$500 million for improvement projects for National Institutes of Health facilities
$44 million for repairs to Department of Agriculture headquarters
$350 million for Agriculture Department computers
$88 million to help move the Public Health Service into a new building
$448 million for constructing a new Homeland Security Department headquarters
$600 million to convert the federal auto fleet to hybrids
$450 million for NASA (carve-out for "climate-research missions")
$600 million for NOAA (carve-out for "climate modeling")
$1 billion for the Census Bureau
$89 billion for Medicaid
$30 billion for COBRA insurance extension
$36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits
$20 billion for food stamps
$4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
$850 million for Amtrak
$87 million for a polar icebreaking ship
$1.7 billion for the National Park System
$55 million for Historic Preservation Fund
$7.6 billion for "rural community advancement programs"
$150 million for agricultural-commodity purchases
$150 million for "producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish"
$2 billion for renewable-energy research ($400 million for global-warming research)
$2 billion for a "clean coal" power plant in Illinois
$6.2 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program
$3.5 billion for energy-efficiency and conservation block grants
$3.4 billion for the State Energy Program
$200 million for state and local electric-transport projects
$300 million for energy-efficient-appliance (rebate programs)
$400 million for hybrid cars for state and local governments
$1 billion for the manufacturing of advanced batteries
$1.5 billion for green-technology loan guarantees
$8 billion for innovative-technology loan-guarantee program
$2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects
$4.5 billion for electricity grid
$79 billion for State Fiscal Stabilization Fund
Okay... So, how is that supposed to stimulate the economy – especially when half of those organizations are government funded, anyways? It's not like we're actually spending our money on this stuff. I mean, technically we are because they're taking our money from us, but still. How is the National Endowment of the Arts going to help our economy? Who actually cares about art right now? And since when does art need government funding? All the great paintings of history have been done by people who did it on their own, without help from their governments.
And why the hell are we still giving money to those global warming hacks?! It's been disproved multiple times. It's even being proven that we're going back into a cooling cycle (more on that later). While Bush may not have been the greatest president, he kept us safe for 7 years. And at least Bush won't be the one who has to have the collapse of the nation's economy pinned on him. That's really going to be bad for Change Man when that happens. Change. Yeah that's about all that's left in my pocket these days. Still waiting for them to snatch that away from me too.
I'd like to know where all this money is going to come from, since we're already in massive debt. I guess they're just going to print more and hope it goes smoothly. Wow. Why don't you just start handing out Monopoly money? There's plenty of those board games still on the shelf at Wal-Mart I'm sure. Either way, with the amount of money we've already printed since the Bush "Bailout", the only thing we're going to be stimulating is hyperinflation.
Okay, back to global warming. Still beating that drum. Sigh... Why do we still worry about this stuff? I mean, honestly. What's the argument for this one again? Global warming is causing cooler climates and changing ocean currents, or something like that. See, here's the thing: ocean currents have a lag that runs from five hundred to ten thousand years. Anything the ocean currents are doing, now, is because of something that happened a long time ago. There is no global warming going on. Yeah, there was a slow warming trend that started at the end of a mini-ice age back in the Middle Ages. But we've stopped warming more or less. Given that Old Sol is what's driving everything, we could go back to warmer climates soon. Although from predictions of solar physicists it's not looking to be anytime soon.
We're cooling off. You can't really argue against that. I mean, have you stepped outside this winter? It's a little more complicated than CO2 making temps rise and SUVs being the cause, thus making the drivers of such monsters "environmental terrorists". "REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE. LEST YE BURN."
So how does all this work then? Well, it starts with cosmic rays that are produced from big stars exploding a long way away. They're all over the place in any galaxy and Earth is constantly bombarded by them. Cosmic rays hitting water droplets in the upper atmosphere form clouds. Those clouds cool the Earth. The impact of cosmic rays is controlled by solar winds. What are solar winds you ask? I'll try to explain.
The sun is a big ball of fusing hydrogen that pumps out a big amount of power with each passing second. Not only does it emit heat and light, but it also emits particles that fly out headed for deep space: solar winds. When there's a lot of solar wind, it "blows back" the cosmic rays so less get to Earth. Less cosmic rays, less clouds. Things warm up. More cosmic rays, more clouds, things cool down. Getting the picture yet?
Decreased solar activity equals decreased solar wind; decreased solar wind equals more cosmic rays impacting the Earth. More cosmic rays impacting the Earth equals more clouds; more clouds equal cooler temperatures.
All of that can be reduced to: Less solar output equals cooler temps, but not by direct effect. And I'm sure you're saying, "But CO2 tracks with temperature!" Well, sort of. CO2 increases lag behind temperature increases. CO2 increases in the atmosphere are a result of temperature increases. They track eight hundred years later. Something that changes eight hundred years later can't, in any way, be a cause. It's an effect. Why? Boyle's Law.
Less solar output equals colder temps (and in eight hundred years, less CO2; in the meantime, it's going to keep increasing). Sunspots have been tracked for centuries and sunspot activity has been found to be a, pardon the pun, a stellar indicator of solar activity. The sunspots on the sun seem to be going away, one by one. They have their own lag. Well the layer of the sun that causes them is going into "recessive condition." In other words, it's not working.
The same lack of sunspots was last observed in that mini-ice age back in the Medieval days I mentioned earlier. Reporting on its effects when it first kicked in was spotty, but archaeological evidence shows that it kicked in pretty fast. Bogs have been found that had frozen practically overnight and then been covered by glaciers. Things got cold, they got cold fast and they stayed that way for a while. It looks like that's what's happening now, but everyone is still going on about global warming.
One of the things that is always presented about why global warming is going to be the thing to destroy civilization is that storms have gotten stronger. Uh huh. Sure. Maybe, maybe an argument for hurricanes, but hurricanes don't affect most regions of the world. In fact, they affect very few, actually. They're certainly big news in the U.S., but they don't hit most parts of the world, period. Cold fronts do, though. So do warm fronts. And they can be pretty darn powerful.
Meteorology 101. "Storms are governed by difference in temperature between the polar regions and the tropics." Global Warming would mean warmer temperatures in the polar regions and pretty much the same in tropical regions. Global Cooling would mean much colder temps in polar regions and the same in tropical regions (which is what we've been getting). Oops...
Okay, I think that's all I've got for the moment. Class dismissed. I'll probably have more to talk about in coming days and weeks. Until that time, you stay classy San Diego.
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