Nov 29 2006
I used to do “Flybys” a lot, which are nothing more than a compendium of quick hits on recent news items. I think I will need to get back into the habit given my upcoming work load. So let’s take a Flyby of some important stories (as opposed to much of the news media’s products).
We have another myopic liberal judge out there who has decided they will determine whather we are at war or not, even though such a determination is clearly unconstitutional. The judge has struck down the President’s basic authority to designate a group of terrorists as enemy combatants so that US tax dollars are not funneled to our enemies so they can use our mney to kill us. Hopefully sanity will reign again in the appeal process.
The US dollar is down, which is not the emergency the hysterical news media like to make it. One thing that could ease our problems with our export inbalance is having closer parity on currencies so that goods from outside cost us a bit more and our goods are a bit cheaper to the world. Also note that the trigger event was a housing market which mirrors 1993 – a period that presaged one of our largest economic booms. Face it, the economists seem to share the same skiddishness as the global warming crowd – they both fall into their Chicken Little modes the minute there is any change in any direction.
Speaking of the Global Warming corwd, one key factor in the lack of hurricanes this season (which may repeat itself next season) is the fact the Atlantic actually cooled a half degree. For the Gobal Warming theories this is a bunker buster. The Atlantic Ocean, everyone should agree, is an enormous body of water. For the Temperature to fall a half degree is a huges change. The truth is the Gobal Warming crowd demonstrated perfectly how lousy their science is when they came out and predicted a tough hurricane season for this past year. That was the expected result of their theories. If the result is wrong the theories are wrong – period. You will note in the linked reference some of these folks never learn to focus on quality verses alarm level. More here on other signs of cooling, which might bring back the theories of a pending ice age again. There are lots of possible reasons for the warming – including the fact we went through a very energetic peak of the Sun cycle and maybe we are just now cooling down (like food fresh from a microwave).
And finally we come to the difference between Bush Conservatives and the self destructing Republicans in the form of one true idiot – Tom Tancredo. Right now the parity of the Presidential elections between Dems and Reps is the large anchor states each side has in their columns. The Dems have NY and CA with four senators combined from these states. The Reps have Texas and Florida, with only three Senators from their core states. Tancredo’s dumb ‘third world’ comment was directed at Florida. It was directed at the presence of people from south of our border. The majority of immigrants in Florida are actually LEGAL! Many are voting Americans. The new RNC head, the one Republican Senator from Florida, represents this large population of immigrants from south of our border which Tancredo clearly indicates is why Florida is like a ‘Third World Country”. Sadly, the sutpid Tancredo insult to a large population of legal immigrants and naturalized citizens could be applied to Texas as well – since a similar population from south of our border is there as well. And again, most of that population is legal. Jeb Bush was being kind when he called Tancredo “naive”. The guy is walking disaster and the epitome of why the Reps lost the House and Senate – deservedly so. If the Reps keep Tancredo as the face of their causes count me out for 2008. No Tancredos types will get my vote. We need constructive solutions, not immature insults.
And yes, I will be getting back to my current obsession, the Litvinenko contamination. Stay tuned.