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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Eurasian Common Market?

Timothy Birdnow Vladimir Putin aka the Riddler has proposed a Eurasian Common Market. According to Pravda: "Putin makes global proposition to Europe. 47516.jpeg President Vladimir Putin believes that the level of cooperation between Russia and the EU does not correspond to the potential of the parties. Putin invites the Europeans to create a joint market that would stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Putin said during a session at the Foreign Ministry that "we could put an ambitious goal with Europe - to build the joint market from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean in the amount of trillions of euros," Interfax reports." End excerpt. The European Common Market was the precursur to the European Union. Putin undoubtedly understands this fact. He undoubtedly understands that Russia would be a dominant player - if not THE dominant player - in such a market due to her oil and gas resources, her nuclear arsenal, and her other natural resources. Putin is trying to backdoor the old Soviet ambition of hegemony, what George Orwell called, well, Eurasia (as opposed to Eastasia and Oceania, which included "Airstrip One, or Britain). Don't take this proposal too lightly; with the dominoes about to fall in Europe and her bankrupt Democratic Socialist system the idea of forming a confederation with Russia may appear far more attractive - especially since the European sugar daddy (the United States) is shrinking in power at an alarming rate. Europe needs a protector, having lost the ability to actually protect itself, and it needs raw materials and energy resources. Russia would make a fine big brother, with the military power to "defend" Europe. Russia also has good relations with the Islamic terror masters of Syria and Iran - something sure to appeal to appeasement-minded European leaders. Mr. Obama has made it plain he has no interest in foreign affairs, and that he is willing to appease Russia as well as China. New ties to Putin and the Bear would actually be a sensible diplomatic move for the E.U. So Eurasia may be reaching the point of conception. How long before we in the North American Union say "we have always been at war with Eurasia"?

Monday, July 16, 2012

New American Thinker Piece and some Global Warming Notes

Timothy Birdnow I have a new piece at American Thinker this morning arguing that the current North American heat wave is caused by global cooling. Check it out. In a related article Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, has a terrific piece chronicling a report by the Interacademy Council, a group created to provide the IPCC and other international bodies with advice on improving their actual science. It seems the IAC has racked the IPCC over the coals for extraordinarily shoddy work on a continuing basis - yet the mainstream media and academics have not reported this damning report. Check it out here. This was and is junk science of the most onerous sort. The IPCC's purpose was entirely political, and always has been, and anyone who puts their faith in anything comoing out of any organization in league with the U.N. is worse than a fool. One final thought: Penn State has been pilloried for a culture of corruption in the Jerry Sandusky case, with it being fairly obvious the University was fully aware that Sandusky was raping young boys but they covered it up. Will they now be forced to fire Michael Mann, the lying climate scientist who has given us the fake hockey stick? He is sodomizing us just as badly as Sandusky, if only in an intellectual capacity. The culture of corruption at the university is clearly not limited to the athletic department.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

It IS Hot Because it's Cold!

Timothy Birdnow It IS hot because it's cold! Yesterday I theorized that the unusually hot weather we've been enjoying in the midwest may be a result of a cooling planet, and it turns out I hit the nail squarely on the head - both in my supposition as well as in the manner in which it worked! (Gee, I love being right!) According to Dr. Tim Ball: "The dome of cold air over polar regions is expanding as the world has cooled since 1998. Rossby Waves in the Circumpolar Vortex that circles from west to east in the middle latitudes switched from Zonal to Meridional flow creating different weather patterns in the middle and high latitudes. Rossby Waves migrate from west to east on a 4 to 6 week basis. However, when the Meridional Wave amplitude gets deep, with cold air pushing toward the Equator and warm air toward the Poles the system blocks. Now the weather pattern migration becomes 8 to 10 weeks and people become nervous. That is what is happening in North America now, but all we hear about is the warm weather across the eastern half of the continent, with little mention of the cold and wet conditions in the west." End excerpt. Take THAT Judah Cohen!

Rich Liberal Hypocrites

By Alan Caruba I don’t know about you, but I am sick of all the Democratic mud-slinging at Mitt Romney because he is rich. The level of hypocrisy tells me that Obama and his trolls are so bereft of anything to offer the voters that they insult them with this class warfare garbage about “millionaires and billionaires.” President Obama, according to a May 15, 2012 USA Today news article, “is a wealthy man with assets of as much as $10 million. Moreover, “he has a hefty stake in JP Morgan Chase, the megabank…with an account worth between 500,000 and $1 million.” Romney is rich. If he is elected, the Forbes list of the ten richest U.S. Presidents noted that in 2010 he reported adjusted gross income of $22 million of which $8 million was interest and dividends.” The January 24, 2012 Forbes article by William P. Barrett said that “implies assets in the range of $200 million to $250 million.” Romney, however, “would not be tops in presidential wealth. At the top of the list, in adjusted terms, George Washington was one of the wealthiest men in the nation when he became president. Mount Vernon plantation grew to 6,500 acres and Washington was a canny businessman, distilling booze, and even raising mules. In 2010 dollars, Democrats who held the presidency in the last century included John F. Kennedy whose net worth was $1 billion. Jacqueline Kennedy was an oil heiress and his father was one of the wealthiest men in America. Almost all of JFK’s wealth income and property came from a trust shared with other family members. Clinton’s wealth is estimated at $38 million. Twenty years of public service did not make him a rich man, but since leaving office, books and speaking fees earned him big bucks. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was worth $60 million, mostly acquired through inheritance and marriage. He spent most of his adult life in public service and his mother controlled the purse strings. Lyndon Baines Johnson made a lot of money as a politician. He would accumulate 1,500 acres in Blanco County, Texas, and he and his wife owned a radio and television station in Austin. His net worth was estimated at $98 million. In 2011, you couldn’t swing a dead cat in Congress without hitting a multi-millionaire, many of them Democrats. John Kerry who ran against George Bush has a net worth of $193.07 million, much of it the result of marrying rich wives. Jay Rockefeller whose very name suggests wealth has $81.63 million. The California ladies, Diane Feinstein comes in at $55.07 million and Nancy Pelosi is worth $35.20 million. The Daily recently reported that Rep. Pelosi’s 2011 financial disclosure statement included between $1 million and $5 million earned from partnership income with Matthews International Capitol Management, a firm that invests exclusively in Asia where much U.S. outsourcing occurs. Among the Republicans, Rep. Michael McCaul has assets of $294.21 million, much of it is held by his wife, Linda McCaul, the daughter of Clear Channel Communications CEO and founder, Lowry Mays. Rep. Darrell Issa, who earned his wealth in the private sector, is worth $220.40, and, from a celebrated New Jersey family, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is worth $20.35 million. Neither of the Bush’s, father and son, made it into the top, most wealthy Presidents. Suffice to say if you weren’t already wealthy when you got elected to Congress, the odds are you will accumulate wealth while there. Obama’s salary as President is $400,000 a year; he has a $150,000 expense account and a $100,000 tax-free travel account, along with a $20,000 entertainment budget. Not big money compared to the CEOs of major corporations and banking institutions, but the taxpayers pick up the tab for a lot of extras that go with the job. If the economy will decide Obama’s fate in November, then a lot of voters, Republicans, Democrats, and independents are going to be thinking about the past 40-plus months of 8.2% unemployment, billions wasted on “clean energy” companies that have gone bankrupt sticking taxpayers with the losses, the national debt of $17 trillion that robs the future from the next generation and the one after that, and the largest tax increase in history--$494 billion in one year—that will hit on January 1, 2013. I don’t even want to think of the costs of Obamacare. Caterwauling about how wealthy Mitt Romney is and telling lies about his career at Bain Capital may fool some people, but most know where their financial problems came from and have no doubt it has been Barack Hussein Obama’s appalling mismanagement of the nation’s economy. Being rich in America never kept anyone from being elected President. Obama and many of his Democratic Party colleagues are the wealthiest hypocrites in public office. © Alan Caruba, 2012

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