June 21st, 2010

#2128: They're asking a question I answered in June of 2008

If not earlier.

Der Spiegel asks, "Is Obama the Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century?" And I've been saying the Obama administration would be "Carter 2.0" since Obama won the nomination.

Of late, there have been a few bits of commentary here and there from the mainstream media wondering, "Hey...is this guy really as good as we thought he was? 'Cause it's starting to look like he's not...."

Of course, the lede sets an impossible standard: "Can US President Barack Obama lead America away from fossil fuel dependency?" The simple and accurate answer to that question is hell no. In order to "lead America away from fossil fuel dependency" Obama will have to somehow invent a new source of energy which is as dense and inexpensive and portable as petroleum. (Hint: modern science can't even conceive of one yet.)

No one save God or Jesus could "lead America away from fossil fuel dependency" without totally trashing the economy in the process. Our society needs energy in order to function, and there are no sources of energy save fossil fuels which can drive it.

We could shift our electrical generation to nuclear; that would have the effect of lowering prices of fossil fuels since most of our electricity comes from burning them; coal is the majority but we also burn oil and natural gas, too. Switch to nuclear and we put a lot of coal miners out of work, but we also stop spewing radioative smog into the air.

But transportation? With the execption of electrified rail, everything needs petroleum: cars, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, motorcycles...everything. The power grid won't handle a switch to electrifying the entire transportation infrastructure of the country, even assuming there was a way to make electric vehicles practical for all applications. Which there isn't.

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New York attempts to balance its budget on the backs of the poor. It's well-known that smoking tends to be a vice of the poor. So by raising taxes on cigarettes, New York is essentially taxing the people who can least afford it.

This is the only place you'll hear this described that way, though.

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Give that cop a medal, a raise, and a promotion. I hate those asshats who leave their car stereos on super-loud even when they go inside stores or what-have-you. And particularly when a cop tells you to turn it down, turn it the fuck down and leave it down, you inconsiderate fucking retard.

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Commies try to block the unloading of an Isralei cargo ship. *sigh*

Funny part: the ship arrived late enough that it wasn't going to be unloaded until the next day, anyway, so their protest was FAIL.

And they ended up blocking the unloading of a Chinese ship, instead. Heh.

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Speaking of commies, Obama's oil spill commission is full of theorists and eggheads, and conspicuously short on people with actual know-how.

...kind of like the entire Obama administration.

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Chuck Schumer doesn't seem to understand who's holding a lot of US debt right now. "Get tough" with China? Good luck with that. The results won't hurt you (unless the riots get through your security staff) but the rest of us are going to have to deal with the mess you're creating.

You'll be lucky not to get lynched when the shit hits the fan, is all I'm saying.

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Eh? Not me. If things go to shit I'm not going anywhere near the inner cities, and that includes Washington, D.C. I'm heading for the hinterlands.

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Al Qaeda is saying they're going to attack the US again and again, and kill a lot of people. I don't know how much is bluster and how much is really possible, since they've been pounded pretty hard since 9/11/01. I suppose that with the US pulling out of Iraq there is shortly going to be a couple of fancy bases going up from which they can operate, but God knows.

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If I had to have someone else's brain besides my own, I'd want Mark Steyn's.
“Just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge — a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize–winning physicist and our nation’s secretary of energy. Scientists at our national labs and experts from academia and other oil companies have also provided ideas and advice.

“As a result of these efforts, we’ve directed BP to mobilize additional equipment and technology.”
Beautiful! Brilliant! I can sum this up thus:

"Hey, BP, this is the President. We've concluded that you guys need more equipment. Bye!"

It's like an inside joke from my college days. "Unfortunately, with the equipment we've got, we're unable to analyze this data," says the scientist. "We need more equipment!"

That's the level best these guys can do? "Get more stuff"? All these smart people from national labs and experts from academia and the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Steven Chu, and the best they come up with is, "Get more thingies going out there"?

WTF is this? "Keystone Kops, the Gulf Oil Spill edition"?

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I link this post of Boortz because it says, "fter 24 hours, the barges went back to work, and according to media reports, no inspections were performed." Emphasis his.

...the barges had to be sidelined for safety inspections and no one actually inspected them?

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I've been saying for a long time that there really does need to be some perspective on this issue, and I say it every time a story like this hits the major media.

Short form: there is a judge who thinks it's unfair for a guy who merely looks at child pr0n to get a stiffer sentence than the guy who actually abuses children: "The decision noted that the recommended sentences for looking at pictures of children being sexually abused sometimes eclipse those for actually sexually abusing a child."

People who collect that stuff are skunks, but our Constitution has a prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment". Make the punishment fit the crime; if you're going to send a guy who looks at pictures away for no less than five years, you should send the child rapist who took the pictures away for fifty. If you're not going to punish child rapists harshly, then perhaps the penalties for lesser crimes are too harsh.

I don't know what to do about the problem of child pr0n, but merely making it more illegal isn't going to do it.

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Okay, back to car stuff, which is at least fun to talk about:

Og had a lot of car "fun" this past weekend. And he talks about someone putting in an oil drain plug too damn tight:
Spent several hours retapping the oil drain plug in my dr’s daughter’s Beetle on saturday. The folks at Oil Express apparently used an impact to tighten it, the beetle was hemmoraging oil and when I went to check the plug it fell out in my hand. I’m boggled at the incompetence of some folks.

Anyway, thankfully to God, I found the correct oversize repair plug at The Zone, and got ‘er fixed. The engine still drips some oil, but it will, at least, no longer be in danger of spitting its plug on the highway and puking the oil out, causing the engine to sieze. $40 including the oil change later and she’s moving on down the road. beats the $1500 the shop wanted to REPLACE THE OIL PAN. THey said “Happens all the time. Someone put a steel plug in an aluminum oil pan”. For those of you who would have no idea, they ALWAYS USE A STEEL PLUG IN AN ALUMINUM OIL PAN. They were anxious to rip off a 19 year old girl.
As longtime readers of the Fungus may recall, I had a similar problem, though thankfully the threads weren't stripped.

If it were me, I would go to that Oil Express and ask to talk to the manager....

Also: $1,500 to replace the oil pan? Jesus Christ.

And his description of fixing door internals is apt:
The actual process was a lot like tuning a piano seventy feet away through a keyhole, with a sledgehammer and a piece of cheese.
Doors are assembled from the inside out at the factory; they're not designed to be repaired. The back side of the door gets the window and other innards put into it; then the impact beam is installed, and finally the outer skin goes on. After that, it's all sealed.

Need to replace a window motor? Take off the inner trim panel. Then drill out rivets and possibly cut out a chunk of the inner structural panel. It sucks.

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Anyway today was shopping day; and tomorrow the doc appointments start. Mine is Tuesday morning; then Mom's got one on Wed, Thu, and Fri.

And my Libre is still a month away from shipping.

#2129: WTFF is this F-ing BS?

I just got a spam e-mail which nearly caved in my brain:
The Gulf Oil Disaster:

Jesus Warns America.... It Is Going To Get Much Worse!

Prophet Linda Newkirk received this very grave warning on June 16, 2010.

Be advised that there is a nedia blackout is taking place in the Gulf.

Our Saviour’s Warnings

Rise up, oh blessed daughter of Mine! For, I am your Father Yahweh, yea Jehovah, Most High God, King of Kings, and the Only Saviour! Sit and write; for My word must go out to a hungry people, to a dry and parched land!

My Little One, do you see what I have done? Do you see? For, I have taken My axe to a dry tree and I have hewn it down! I have taken My axe to an unproductive tree and I have hewn it down! Great is the fall of this tree, a place, where many dark and evil, black birds have nested!

Wickedness and gross wickedness has continually spewed forth from this tree until it has killed itself; for the whole tree has made itself a haven for what is evil and abominable in My sight! A foul stench has continually come up into My face from the wickedness of this evil tree; and I have hewn it down!

My Lord, what is this evil tree and where is this evil tree?

My Little One, this evil tree is the whole coastal region of the Gulf States! This tree is but one offshoot of a greater tree; and this greater tree is the whole of the United States of America! What you do not see from this vision is that this hewn tree is but one very large branch of a large tree; but to you it will surely appear to be a very great tree! And, it is a tree, unto itself, but still a branch of something much larger!

Make it known, My Little One! Publish what I give you and send it far and wide; for I have looked upon the whole Gulf (of Mexico) region of the USA and upon all Gulf (of Mexico) states and I have marked them! I have taken My mark-out pen and I have colored them all in black! I have set a determination against them and I shall totally erase them from off the map of the USA if they do not humble themselves and repent en masse before Me!

For, they are full of evil! Full of adultery! Full of fornication! Full of sexual perversions of every kind! Full of extravagance! Full of witchcraft! Full of idolatry! Full of whoremongering! Full of lying mouths and deceptive ways! Full of the “good-time Charlies!” Full of every kind of evil!

Mark My word in this! For, if those in these states, and those in these states, who are called by My Name, do not repent, I shall send storms, I shall send tsunamis, I shall send earthquakes; and I shall send famine and disease until I have eradicated this evil out of My face! I have set My face against these Gulf Coastal States and I shall not be satisfied until I have destroyed this great evil!

The time of great woes has begun in America! Woe, woe, woe to you, oh America, the slut of the world! Woe to you pornographers; for if you will not repent, you will burn in the fiery chastisements! Woe to you adulterers; for if you will not repent, you will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire! Woe to you preachers, who do not have My Spirit, who preach for gain, and who lead My people astray! For, if you do not repent, you shall have your place in the fires of Outer Darkness! Woe to you covetous, to you liars, to you workers of witchcraft; for if you do not repent, your souls shall be required of you in the fiery chastisements! Woe to you, who love this wicked world and what is in it; and you do not love Me! For, if you do not repent, your soul will perish in the burning flames!

Oh, you mockers and scorners! Woe, woe, woe to you mockers and scorners; for if you will not repent of this great evil, your soul will languish in the flames of correction for a very long time!

It is time for all to stop wondering about the Gulf oil disaster, about who did what and who did not do what! For, I, Yahweh, yea Jehovah, Most High God, set My sights upon it, I set My determination upon it; and I brought it to pass!

Yea, you marvel that Satan caused it and you marvel that British Petroleum caused it; and you marvel that the fall of the fail-safe measures caused it; but I tell you that I, Myself, determined it! And, unless great numbers of you in these coastal states fall upon your faces before Me with weeping and repentance for your great evils, for your great sins and rebellions against Me, you will not see it stopped, not in your lifetimes! Not only will you not see it stopped, but if many of you, on reading this warning, mock and scoff this message, I will further blow out this well and further inundate you! I will so greatly destroy these coastal states until few of you are left!

Oh, you have thought to contain this great mass of oil and contaminants through your self-sufficiency; and you have thought that British Petroleum would contain it, or that your government would contain it; but I tell you that if you will not repent in great numbers, in weeping and in great tears for your evil ways, and turn from your evil ways in great numbers, you will not be spared! For, I have marked you, oh Gulf States, and I will not be satisfied until I have eradicated this great evil out of My face!

Oh, wake up, you harlot nation of America! For, I have put you in My grinding machine! You have entered into the time of great and terrible woes! My hand of correction is upon the whole nation and you shall fall, oh America!

The time of the fulfillment of all My warnings against you has come! And, now nation shall rise up against nation! Hunger and famine shall cover the earth! Missiles shall fly between nations; and America will surely be attacked and greatly destroyed with nuclear weapons!

For, I have raised up My prophets and I have sent them all across this nation; and to many I have given dreams and visions and warnings of things to come! But, as I have delayed in My great judgments against this nation, many of you have said, “Aha, these things did not come to pass!” And, you have labeled as “false” my true prophets! Oh, what a mistake, what a very great mistake you have made!

For, I tell you now; and this is what I do know! Though this message should be disseminated far and wide in this nation, few of you will repent, though I tell you to repent! For, your hearts are hardened! Your spiritual eyes are blind and your spiritual ears are deaf! Therefore, so many of you will look upon this message and you will further lift yourselves up in your pride and arrogance!

For this reason, these judgments will surely befall you! For, though I warn you now, even as I have warned you so many, many times to repent and to forsake evil, the greatest numbers of you will not listen; for you are lovers of selves, proud, haughty, boasters! You love this world and what is in it and you will not turn from your evil ways!

However, a few of you, will read! You will hear! You will see and you will repent! But, not the greatest numbers! This is why you are now seeing the great judgments of the Book of Revelation as they unfold in this nation and in the whole world! For, judgment begins here in this nation, in My house; and I will not be satisfied until I have purged My whole house!

I am your Father, Yahweh, yea Jehovah, Most High God!

As witnessed, dictated and recorded this 16th day of June, 2010,

Linda Newkirk
Again, what the fucking fuck is this fucking bullshit?

There isn't a single period in the entire thing. It's punctuated like a comic book; the only sentences which don't end in an exclamation point end in question marks. Ignoring that--

I make no secret of it here or anywhere: I'm a Christian. I always have been, to one extent or another. My faith is not something I broadcast at all times, but I believe in the divinity of Christ and I believe in the other tenets of Christianity.

I'm pretty certain that if God wanted it known that He destroyed Deepwater Horizon in order to smite the wicked, we'd know it without some half-baked self-proclaimed "prophet" spamming peoples' e-mail accounts with it.

I'm also pretty certain that if God wanted to smite the states of the Gulf coast, He would find something better than the haphazard drifting of an oil slick.

Further, this "prophet" makes no predictions which one couldn't make by reading the freaking newspapers. "And, now nation shall rise up against nation!" Yeah, predicting war, that takes a real prophet, considering that there's never been a day where there wasn't war somewhere. "Hunger and famine shall cover the earth!" Ditto for hunger. "Missiles shall fly between nations;" it goes on, and again, considering that bullets are missiles, chalk this up to #1. Finally, "...and America will surely be attacked and greatly destroyed with nuclear weapons!" "Surely"? Saying "America will surely be attacked" basically means, "this is probably going to happen".

It's 100% horseshit. This kind of crap infuriates me, because it makes the rest of us Christians look like moonbats.

Look: you want to see the hand of God in the BP spill, go right ahead. You want to attribute it to His anger at the sinfulness and wickedness of the world? Fine, knock yourself out. But don't call yourself a "prophet" and don't put words in His mouth, because you yourself are going to have to answer for it when you come face-to-face with Him.

And stop spamming my email box with this crap, while you're at it.