Watermelon Tuesday Open Comments

If there remains any doubt of the aims of the Anthropogenic Global Warming crowd, news from Cancun should dispel them.

Global warming is now such a serious threat to mankind that climate change experts are calling for Second World War-style rationing in rich countries to bring down carbon emissions. [emphasis mine]

We know better than you little people!

In one paper Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, said the only way to reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow, is to halt economic growth in the rich world over the next twenty years.

You rich people who have despoiled the Earth all these years must stop and let all those masses of brown people have their shot. What they don’t ever want said is that while the developed world uses lots of energy per capita, it uses it very efficiently, especially when compared to the developing world.

Prof Anderson insisted that halting growth in the rich world does not necessarily mean a recession or a worse lifestyle, it just means making adjustments in everyday life such as using public transport and wearing a sweater rather than turning on the heating.

Left unsaid by the good perfesser is why they all have to fly to Cancun (or Copenhagen, Bali, etc.) to make these Pronouncements of Great Truth when there exists videoconferencing technology that would allow them to reduce their “carbon footprints” right now.

WikiLeaks is Run by an Insecure Eighth Grade Girl

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bravely said his mission is to expose and skewer “lying, corrupt and murderous leadership from Bahrain to Brazil,” in an email sent from his hideout. That more people will likely be killed was apparently lost on the brave fighter for Truth.

Assange seems more and more like the 8th grade girl who has a hard time talking to boys and thinks that hurting other girls will make her more popular. He’s an attention whore who doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as people look at him.

For his part, President Obama, who is apparently Very Disappointed, had the Legal Advisor to the Department of State, Harold Koh, send a Strongly Worded Letter to Assange, threatening all sorts of Dire Consequences if he continues to release similar documents. Unfortunately, the letter neglects to get into any discussion of dire consequences for Assange. As William Jacobson, proprietor of the blog Legal Insurrection points out, the letter that should have been sent six months ago should have read:

Dear Wikileaks,

If you publish any more material we will hunt you down no matter the cost, and you either will be killed while resisting arrest or you will spend the rest of your lives in solitary confinement in a Supermax prison, where the highlight of your day will be 1 hour spent in a cage instead of your cell. Don’t look up, that sound of propellers in the air is not a Predator drone.

Sincerely,

Harold Koh

One of the comments to that entry is even more pithy:

Final thought of Julian Assange:

“What is that fine. pink mist I see? Wow, all of a sudden I have a tremendous headache.”

But fear not, gentle reader; Eric Holder is on top of things.

As the documents are reviewed, their contents were found to range between things we did not know, but suspected to things we were certain of to things we were amazed that not everyone knew.

Still, we shouldn’t fret or worry about dear Julian. Oogo Chavez’ buddy Ecuadorean Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas has offered him sanctuary.

That the documents were stolen and handed over to the smarmy Assange is not the fault of President Obama. His complicity lies much deeper. By his inaction and failure to firmly deal with the likes of Assange, he is showing that the actions of Assange and others of his stripe have no negative consequences as far as we’re concerned, so they should essentially feel free to continue without worry of being captured, shot, or disappeared.

Monday Open Comments

In what is nothing more than another attempt to alleviate the self-loathing perpetually experienced by Houston’s trendy hipsters, the City of Houston is now sponsoring a “farmers market” at Discovery Green:

At the recently opened farmers market outside Houston’s City Hall, Laura Spanjian, the city’s peppy new sustainability director, was in her element.

With a reusable cloth bag tucked under her arm, she bounded around the colorful cluster of stands, shaking hands and pointing out vendors — raw foods! local ingredients! grass-fed Texas beef! — as a Latin band played.

The local-food craze is the most visible of these efforts, with the opening of the weekly farmers market in October and the planting of nearby Michelle Obama-style vegetable gardens tended by city hall staff members. But Houston is also transforming itself into an electric-car hub, a national leader in wind-power investment and an advocate for energy efficiency.

I hate to break it to these trendy dirtbags but Houston has had a fine farmers market for quite some time:

Canino Produce Co. has been Houston’s farmers market since June 1958. At that time this family owned business on Airline Drive occupied approximately 3800 sq ft. and over the years as business grew so did our location to now over 20,000 square feet. Since the beginning we have always stocked the freshest and finest produce available and sell it for the lowest price possible.

Canino Produce using as much local and Texas fruit and vegetables as possible, however to keep our vast variety we ship in produce from all over the United States and the world.

I’m sure that last part is what irks the Bohemians. It’s no longer cool to import food. Oh, and the fact that people actually make money providing goods and services and employee local people.

(H/T gtotracker)

Weekend Open Comments

The Brandon Conspiracy

While we’ve been lulled into complacency with silly economic woes, oil spills, and TSA gropers, a silent invasion has been going on right under our noses. Brandons have been taking over! In the NFL alone there are 37 Brandons:

Ravens-McKinney, Brandon DE
Bengals-Ghee, Brandon DB
Bengals-Johnson, Brandon OLB
Colts-James, Brandon WR
Colts-King, Brandon DB
Dolphins-Fields, Brandon P
Dolphins-Marshall, Brandon WR
Patriots-Deaderick, Brandon DE
Patriots-McGowan, Brandon FS
Patriots-Meriweather, Brandon SS
Patriots-Spikes, Brandon ILB
Patriots-Tate, Brandon WR
Jets-Moore, Brandon G
Broncos-Lloyd, Brandon WR
Chiefs-Albert, Branden T
Chiefs-Carr, Brandon CB
Chiefs-Flowers, Brandon CB
Raiders-Myers, Brandon TE
Chargers-Dombrowski, Brandyn T
Chargers-Siler, Brandon ILB
Bears-Manumaleuna, Brandon TE
Lions-McDonald, Brandon DB
Lions-Pettigrew, Brandon TE
Packers-Chillar, Brandon ILB
Packers-Jackson, Brandon RB
Packers-Underwood, Brandon CB
Panthers-LaFell, Brandon WR
Bucs-Gilbeaux, Brandon DE
Cowboys-Williams, Brandon LB
Giants-Jacobs, Brandon RB
Eagles-Graham, Brandon DE
Eagles-Hughes, Brandon CB
Redskins-Banks, Brandon WR
Cardinals-Keith, Brandon T
Seahawks-Mebane, Brandon DT
Seahawks-Stokley, Brandon WR
Rams-Gibson, Brandon WR

Clearly Alex “Brandon” Jones is in on the treason since he has never mentioned this breach of Brandons. It appears that Foxborough, Massachusetts is the heart of this treachery. We must join forces and fight this Brandon Bloc of sedition before it’s too late.

Friday Open Comments

Reward the foolish, punish the frugal:

President Barack Obama walked into the Oval Office in January 2009 during a severe economic downturn led by a meltdown in housing prices — and promptly made things worse.

By bailing out banks, insurance companies and auto firms — done to a lesser extent by the previous administration — Obama rewarded poor performers and punished their better-managed competitors. Prevented from pouncing on wounded rivals and thus increasing market share or buying the assets of the wounded at fire sale prices, Ford, for example, watched GM and Chrysler get a cash infusion from taxpayers. Despite GM’s recent “successful” public offering, taxpayers lost billions of dollars.

Obama and the Democratic congressional supermajorities passed a nearly trillion-dollar economic “stimulus” package and then proceeded to award fiscally irresponsible states with “stimulus” funds, helping postpone the day of reckoning when states must meet their budgets by reducing spending and cutting the size of government. Stimulus supposedly “saved or created” 3.5 million jobs, but it merely succeeded in transferring money from the pockets of producer taxpayers into the pockets of others.

Wednesday Open Comments: Chicken or the Egg Liberalism?

Dennis Prager has an article  in the National Review Online about unhappy people and liberalism. From my perspective, I think he is right in making the observation that liberals tend to be angry, unhappy, or both. Being a victim tends to make one see the world through a bitter lens. Look at Al Sharpton, for example. Between him and Jesse Jackson, they keep racist victimhood alive, and their followers cannot see the great strides this country has made towards equality of the races. This sense of victimhood makes them feel better about themselves, because either (1) they care so much about others and empathize with their plight, or (2) they are victims and worthy of our pity and compassion. Either way, liberalism is a very self-centered ideology – but wait a minute, how can that be? Isn’t liberalism about how others feel??

But I believe Prager says it much better than I ever could:

Liberals respond this way: “If we’re unhappier, it’s because we are more upset than conservatives over the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves.”

But common sense and data suggest other explanations.

What other explanations could there be?
For one thing, conservatives on the same socioeconomic level as liberals give more charity and volunteer more time than do liberals. And as regards the suffering of non-Americans, for at least half a century conservatives have been far more willing to sacrifice American treasure and American blood (often their own) for other nations’ liberty.

Both of these facts refute the liberals-are-more-concerned-about-others explanation for liberal unhappiness.

Ah, here comes the jist of it:

Perhaps we are posing the question backwards when we ask why liberals are less happy than conservatives. The question implies that liberalism causes unhappiness. And while this is true, it may be equally correct to say that unhappy people are more likely to adopt leftist positions.

Take black Americans, for example. It makes perfect sense that a black American who is essentially happy is going to be less attracted to the Left. Anyone who has interacted with black conservatives rarely encounters an angry, unhappy person.

Why?

Because the liberal view on race is that America is a racist society. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, a black American must abandon liberalism in order to be a happy individual. It is very hard, if not impossible, to be a happy person while believing that society is out to hurt you. So, the unhappy black person will gravitate to liberalism and liberalism will in turn make him more unhappy by reinforcing his view that he is a victim.

But is that all there is to their unhappiness?

The unhappy gravitate toward the Left for a second reason. Life is hard for liberals and life is hard for conservatives. But conservatives assume that life will always be hard. Liberals, on the other hand, have utopian dreams. At his brother Robert’s funeral, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy recalled his brother saying: “Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why?’ I dream things that never were and say, ‘Why not?’”

Utopians will always be less happy than those who know that suffering is inherent to human existence. The utopian compares America to utopia and finds it terribly wanting. The conservative compares America to every other civilization that has ever existed and walks around wondering how he got so lucky as to be born or naturalized an American.

There are more reasons, but you’ll just have to read the whole article. He ends with a marvelous suggestion:

There is an amazingly simple way to defeat the Left: Raise children who are grateful to be American, who don’t complain, who can handle losing, and who are guided by values, not feelings.

We have much to be thankful for, so have a fantabulous Thanksgiving to everyone – liberals and conservatives. But then, the conservatives will probably be happy and thankful anyway! 😀

Pre-Thanksgiving Recipe Exchange

Does anyone have any special family recipe or dish they’d like to share? What dish means “Thanksgiving” to you?

Here’s one:
Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, and Apples

1 medium butternut squash
3 or 4 medium sweet potatoes (about as big in diameter as the neck of the squash)
4 or 5 tart baking apples
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Roasted pecans (optional)

Peel squash; slice neck into 1/2″-thick slices. Split and seed bulb end and cut into pieces about as bug as the neck slices.
Peel sweet potatoes and slice into 1/2″-thick slices; boil in unsalted water for about 5 minutes. Remove from water and allow to cool.
Peel and core apples. Cut into 1/2″-thick slices

In 9×9 baking dish, arrange slices in rows, alternating between squash, sweet potatoes, and apples. You’ll probably get three rows, plus a space that can be filled with leftover pieces. Sprinkle brown sugar on top, dot with pats of butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, & pecans.

Bake at 350 for about 30 min or until squash & sweet potatoes are soft.

For those of you who are stumped over how to cook a turkey, here are some recipes so simple that kids can cook them.

Tuesday Open Comments

Too much time on her hands:

Karen O’leary is definitely one of the most patient people on the planet. She spends most of her days cutting away at thick white watercolor sheets of paper, until she creates jaw-dropping replicas of conventional city maps. While you could easily mistake Karen’s hand-cut maps with laser-cut ones, the amount of time and patience she puts into every one of her works makes them unique masterpieces. For each one of her maps, the artist spends a great deal of time drawing it in detail, and only after begins the painstaking process of cutting.