November 9th, 2009

#1804: Wake the hell up, already.

Apparently the Obamacare bill rammed through the House on Saturday night has an amendment banning the federal funding of abortion. This seems to have garnered a few critical votes for it.


The Democrats think we're all stupid: "I won't vote for this unless it doesn't fund abortion! See, I am pro-life!" ...except that it's a smokescreen: everybody knows that abortion will end up in the final version of ObamaCare, sooner or later. It can't not end up in there! The sitting Congresscritters have their butts covered and they get what their party wants: control over 1/6th of the American economy.

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No surprise I've never heard of two-point implosion before; it's secret. That hasn't stopped Iran from testing a nuclear warhead with two-point implosion.

Two-point implosion makes a nuclear warhead more compact. Instead of having a huge multi-segment implosion design, you need worry about getting only two initiation points to go off simultaneously. Fewer wires, fewer switches, less to go wrong. It requires greater precision, but not a prohibitive amount.

Do you know what that means? It means less weight. Less weight means longer range when mounted atop a missile.

Back up your data to optical media.

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On the Fort Hood massacre:

Vox Day.

Mark Steyn.

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Higher taxes lead to unemployment and budget deficits. Why do you suppose that is? Because the people who like to raise taxes also like to spend more than is taken in. The short answer is "Democrats".

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The House health care bill is "dead". A lot of people are saying that it's not going to make it through the Senate; but I'm not going to believe it's dead until and unless Democrats are out of power.

Look: the Senate can pass it using a procedural trick, requiring only a simple majority. It'd be sneaky and underhanded, and it would cause trouble for some Democrats in 2010, but then they'd have socialized medicine which has been one of the Democrats' biggest and most important goals since time immemorial.

Reuters explains who wins and loses with the passage of the House bill.

It does not mention Democrats as "winners" nor the American people as "losers". Well, it's Reuters; what do I expect?

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Obama's presidency is the most imperial presidency in history.

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The Anchoress on the stupidity of leftists who pine for "the good old days" when East Germany was part of the Soviet Bloc:
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of its fall, the ‘nets are abuzz over this interesting column in the Guardian, UK; it is written by a woman named Bruni de la Motte, who kind of misses that old Berlin Wall and her East German existence:

On 9 November 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down I realised German unification would soon follow, which it did a year later. This meant the end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the country in which I was born, grew up, gave birth to my two children, gained my doctorate and enjoyed a fulfilling job as a lecturer in English literature at Potsdam University. Of course, unification brought with it the freedom to travel the world and, for some, more material wealth, but it also brought social breakdown, widespread unemployment, blacklisting, a crass materialism and an “elbow society” as well as a demonisation of the country I lived in and helped shape. Despite the advantages, for many it was more a disaster than a celebratory event.
Writes Jonah Goldberg:
1. I love that one of the problems with a free Germany is “blacklisting.” Lord knows the Stasi would never have resorted to blacklisting! (She also goes on to bemoan the lack of academic freedom in post-unification Germany. It was so much better in the old days. Uh huh).

2. “Social achievements” is put inside quotations marks even as it is modified with the word “genuine.”

3. I love the suggestion that East Germans lacked “existential fears.” I don’t know what this woman is talking about, but it seems to me that a lot of folks who risked their lives to escape East Germany were afraid of something. Not a whole lot of West German’s braved the barbed wire to escape their fears, if memory serves.
Yeah, it's so rough to have freedom and capitalism when everything was so wonderful under communism: you never had to worry about what opinions to have, nor where to live, nor even whether or not to buy toilet paper.

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Good old Curmudgeon Emeritus at Eternity Road has three major points to discuss. #2 and #3 are the real meat of the post. #1 ain't no slouch, either.

#2 is about Sarah Palin:
At this time, changes in party dominance are triggered by a sufficient accumulation of disgust with the reigning party. Neither party is well liked in any absolute sense, except by its most partisan partisans. A public figure with Sarah Heath Palin's sterling character and hard common sense would logically refrain from aligning with either one, unless one of them were first cleaned out -- its power brokers deposed and exiled, and its platform made binding on all who bear its standard.

Perhaps Palin can do that to the GOP. But should it prove impossible, then, in your Curmudgeon's not-particularly-humble opinion, it will be time for conservatives to withdraw all allegiance from the Republican Party and form a new organization genuinely dedicated to freedom, Constitutional government, and fidelity to American interests in its overseas dealings.

Organizations, like men, have their decline, their dotage, and their deaths. Perhaps that time has come for the Grand Old Party.
I have already promised to leave the Republican party and join whatever party Sarah Palin joins or forms--I think she's that good.

As it stands now, the GOP does not represent me; and the only reason I stay with 'em is because they're not the Democrats, who not only don't represent me but actively represent everything I am 100% against. This is why I don't join a third party now: the GOP is the only credible bulwark against Democrat totalitarianism, and voting with a third party would be essentially giving the Democrats an easier time.

The GOP is essentially "Democrat Lite, circa 1965", and that's not what we need. We have never needed that; one Democrat party is enough, thank you very much. What we need is a party of fiscal and social conservatives who don't mind saying that government cannot pay for everything and taxes are too damned high and it's not a sin for America to be strong.

But no one is saying that.

#3 is about Obama's war on Fox News:
At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.

The Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox, he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be a guest on the show again. The call had an intimidating tone, he said.

The message was, "We better not see you on again," said the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to run afoul of the White House. An implicit suggestion, he said, was that "clients might stop using you if you continue."
Emphasis mine.

That's nice. That's really nice.

Nice for us, I mean, not for Democrats or Obama. You know why? Because it makes Obama look weak, pathetically weak, because he can't take criticism.

How sad is that? One news network is covering Obama in a less-than-hagiographic fashion, and his adminstration is pulling stupid tricks and making threats intended to marginalize that one network. It's unbelievable that a sitting president could be stupid enough to do that; but as the Curmudgeon points out: "'smart' and 'Obama' simply don't belong in the same sentence."

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I would say they found their "geothermal source". Short form: construction workers drilling a hole for a geothermal heating system end up creating an artificial geyser.

The article mentions "15-degree water", which--using sensible units--means about 59°F. That's really not all that hot; in fact, that's cold water. Something here doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Still, an attempt at constructing a "green" building has resulted in (so far) uncounted millions in property damage. Seems like a perfect metaphor for the whole "green" idiocy.

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First up today is to cut the grass, for what will probably be the last time this year.

If the weather holds, I'll pull the timing cover off the Escort and see what's what. Wish me luck.