The Roanoke Slant
This file is a very brief diary and scrapbook and LTEs of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant. Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, January 29, 2010
Shoveling Global Warming Frigid Storms
Roanoke Times, 1-29-10, Pg 7: Warming climate, frigid storm; A new study (by the National Wildlife Federation) establishes how climate change can lead to extremely cold weather. It comes at a time when the American public is increasingly skeptical that climate change is happening.
It “establishes how” – stated as if it were a scientific fact!It’s a study – Not a fact!
Talk about shoveling white heifer-dust!
Damn those American public skeptical deniers! Of course the climate is changing – the climate has always been changing! The only question is:
Is current global warming and climate change caused by man-kind; and the answer is: it’s never happened before and there’s no conclusive proof that it’s happening now!
The article’s theme: global warming causes frigid storms is clearly not science just as the alarmists are clearly not correct on: ClimateGate, GlacierGate, and OzoneGate.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/01/glimategate-glaciergate-ozonegate-and.html
A simple Google search will show lots of examples of winter storms, two examples of significant size and historical importance:
Winter of 1830-31 has legends that Chicago's records fail to shake and
The Bitter Winter of 1777-1778 that tested the endurance of General Washington's soldiers at Valley Forgehttp://www.illinoishistory.com/deepsnow.htm
The Great Blizzard of 1888 or Great Blizzard of '88 (March 11 – March 14, 1888) was one of the most severe blizzards in United States' recorded history.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blizzard_of_1888
Also the significant 35 years of global cooling from 1940 to 1975 and the associated alarmist cries that another ice age was coming and we were going to starve to death:http://www.denisdutton.com/cooling_world.htm
There has been no warming during the past 10 years in spite of the increased levels in CO2:http://www.roanokeslant.org/GlobalWarmingThoughts/10yr-temp-co2.jpg
How do these historical winter storms relate to the history of CO2?
Look at the graphic! It’s clear that they don’t!http://www.roanokeslant.org/GlobalWarmingThoughts/100yr-temp-co2.jpg
Click to Enlarge Graphic
It would be helpful if the liberal media who are shoveling the Alarmist-Gore-IPCC-Hypothesis would stop publishing junk-science and stick to the facts and publish all this type data in the historical perspective that we are in a 250 year warming cycle of unknown cause, that started at the end of the little ice age in 1750, and there is significant amounts of natural variability locally and globally.
Stop propagating the patently false alarmist hype that every daily weather event is a direct result of man-kinds activity. Even the IPCC rejects that tripe!http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/01/climategate-heats-up-into-glaciergate.html
Some Prior Items:
Professor Obama Gives Yet Another Lecture
Roanoke Times, 1-29-10, Pg 1 & 17: Editorial: The State of the Union: Obama still hopes for change. He must overcome many obstacles before he can deliver on his promises.
Twelve months in office with very limited positive accomplishments certainly didn’t stop our Aloft Arrogant Professor Obama from getting up in front of his lowly ignorant students and giving yet another lecture about the joys of socialism, big government, big taxes and big debt.
If you listened carefully you could hear the old civil war song playing in the background:
Neck Deep in the Big Muddy and the Big Fool Says Push-ON.
One might think that at some point in the speech Obama would turn to his wife and say:
Gee Michelle, I’ve a feeling we’re not at Yale anymore!
The reality of the recent voter sentiments and behaviors in the Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts elections (all of which he won big in Nov 08) have not penetrated the psyche of our Presidential Professor and his associates Polosi and Reid. This state of denial is not helpful in moving the country forward to face and solve our most pressing and immediate problems and setting the stage for long term private-sector growth and prosperity.
A significant contributor to his problems is the reality that he has surrounded himself in the Presidential Palace with left-wing ideologues reinforced by two dozen Czars and hundreds of court jesters hardly any of which have ever managed or created a single private sector job.
It has become clear for all to see that being a Liberal University Professor and a community organizer is not an adequate or proper basis for managing The American Enterprise.
Surrounding this socialist cabal is an army of left-wing liberal media trying desperately to protect their investment in the Obama legacy. For them there is no reality, only spin and propaganda and word-smithing without the reality of truth, content, perspective and honest journalism.
Hopefully a movement of centrist pragmatic realists will emerge from this mess and will form the basis for constructive national policies and private sector job development and growth that have always been and hopefully will continue to be the basis of our economic, social and political systems.
-The results of the Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts elections are promising and hopefully portend a brighter future of constructive change we can support!
Some prior items:http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/01/obama-audacity-of-arrogance.html
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Obama The GM CEO And Major Conflicts of Interest
Roanoke Slant, 1-28-10, Owners inundate Toyota dealers with questions about sticking gas pedal issues.
The Toyota sticking gas pedal issue resulted in super quick reaction by Obama (GM’s Virtual CEO) and his team telling Toyota to initiate a recall because of the problem.
Toyota, in typical responsible style, had gone well beyond that and already issued a recall and a stop-ship so that new vehicles get the fix and by also going public for wide customer awareness.
This is Amazing! My GM Oldsmobile had the same problem several years ago!
Oldsmobile told me that yes, there’s a sticky gas pedal problem due to some form of build-up in the module that converts gas pedal position to electrical signals that go to the computer that in turn go to the fuel injectors (sound familiar?)!
Did GM do a recall or stop-ship? NO!
Did GM cover the labor and material for a faulty component? NO!
Did GM initiate a stop-ship of all cars with that type component? NO!
Did GM make a public statement for customer awareness? NO!
Apparently the only notification was to dealers in an “internal” service bulletin.
They charged me $150 for the replacement part with no indication that it was a redesigned model or that the root problem was fixed; just a replacement at my expense.
Several months ago the Obama GM CEO team issued a big public notice about Toyota floor mats causing major accidents. What wasn't said was that the problem was really caused by people putting a second set of their own mats on-top-of the factory mats. These extra mats were not secured to the floor as are the Toyota mats and in some cases interfered with the gas pedal. Apparently what we had there was a failure to communicate the complete story.
So, here we have GM CEO Obama and company with the power to disparage and direct non-GM companies to take major disruptive actions, which GM didn’t take, giving GM a major market and financial advantage over a competitor who happens to hire non-UAW labor.Does anyone see a conflict of interest in this or does it simply look like business as usual the Chicago way?
-Just more hope and change we can believe in! Yes we can!
Other news views:WSJ 4-28-09 Control of GM Would Create Conflicts for Governmenthttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB124087977542061821.html
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
AEP Rates: The Reality of Democrat Energy Policy
Roanoke Times, 1-27-10, Pg 1 & 10: Electric bills spur bills in Capitol. AEP rate increases have prompted lawmakers to seek restrictions.
Democrat Del. Ward Armstrong and Democrat Del. Roscoe Reynolds highlighted as seeking action against AEP and pandering to their constitutions who haven’t figured out that “It’s The Government – Stupid”;
and you can be sure Armstrong & Reynolds and the Roanoke Times aren’t going to enlighten them either.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/07/virginia-below-national-average-cost-of.html
AEP is a government controlled and directed utility. That means they have been and will continue to do whatever the government tells them to do (just like today’s GM).
The two primary items driving AEP increased costs and therefore rates are directly related to government activities:
• High fuel costs: what have Kaine, M.Warner, Obama, done about reducing that?
• High refitting costs for EPA demands: what have Kaine, M.Warner, Obama done about reducing that?
Today’s AEP bills are going to pale in comparison to the Democrat plan for shutting down all carbon-based fuels and switching to solar and wind systems. Obama swore to bankrupt any company that even tries to start-up a new coal-fired plan. Apparently the Democrats are big on shutting-down and turning-off but not so much on providing new required domestic energy facilities to support our people and industries.
Note the Virginia Highland Wind Farm fiasco.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/01/tim-kaine-mark-warner-obama-green.html
The Cap&Tax program embraced by the Democrats including Obama-Pelosi-Reid with Perriello’s vote and support will not only directly hit the electric rates but also all major energy dependent products like vehicle fuels, fertilizers, cement and road paving. After enacting the Democrat Cap&Tax all energy-centric manufacturing will relocate off-shore.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/07/perriello-boucher-pelosi-vote-for-cap.html
The Democrats have not done anything to solve our dependency on our enemies for our oil supply thereby letting this problem compound and leaving us subject to yet another boycott disaster and ever increasing money & jobs flowing out of our country
-Just more hope and change we can believe in! Yes we can!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Obama – Green Energy & Jobs NOT
Roanoke Times, 1-26-10, Pg 10: An examiner with the State Corp. Commission is recommending that yet another complaint by those opposed to the Highland New Wind Development project be rejected by the SCC.
-This article doesn’t begin to address the Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Obama pronouncements about the great green jobs and energy programs in Virginia.
It doesn’t address them because they are total and complete failures!
The only commercial wind power project in Virginia has been in a bureaucratic swamp for over five years while Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and now Obama have told us how big and important green energy is and how many jobs it will generate and what a wonderful thing it is to displace carbon-energy. And over the past eight years of Democrat rule they have not even developed one megawatt of domestic energy to reduce our energy dependencies on our enemies.
What a gigantic pile of not-green heifer-dust!
Of course, you’ll not find any real coverage of these massive failures in the Roanoke Times. They’re much too busy throwing darts at McDonnell to hold their friends to account for their bogus claims and negative accomplishments.
Here’s an idea: let’s have the Roanoke Times hook up to the Highland Wind Farm and get all their power from there. They could even augment their power supply by putting up a few acres of solar panels on top of the new Art Gallery for those bright days in Roanoke from 10 AM till 4 PM (do they run their presses at night and on cloudy days?).
ClimateGate GlacierGate OzoneGate And The EcoScientists
EcoScientists told us to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to scrap every air conditioner and refrigerator in the world
and change to a new Freon in order to close the ozone hole; but they didn’t tell us that natural variability is having a bigger effect than Freon and they didn’t tell us that closing the ozone hole will contribute to global warming and cause the Antarctic ice to melt faster!
Study Finds Ozone Hole Repair Contributes To Global Warming, Sea Ice Melthttp://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2009-12/study-finds-ozone-hole-repair-contributes-global-warming-sea-level-rise
-It appears that EcoScientists who are involved in these Eco-movements that involve major government policy decisions should be clearly and publicly identified because they’re giving the rest of the scientific profession a really bad name!
Perhaps combining science with politics contaminates these EcoScientists with the same afflictions that contaminate politicians. The root of that contamination is of course massive grants of tax money “gifted” by the politicians to those EcoScientists who generate the best story to support the movement. Those who do not agree need not apply! Those who oppose need a backup employment option.
-Major onerous characteristics of these EcoScientists are that they fail to present the uncertainty in their hypothesis, totally avoid identifying potential adverse consequences of their recommendations and fail to disclose their sources of funding and conflicts of interest.
A prime example of this is the Rachael Carson DDT ban which has led to over one million malaria deaths each year for over 20 years in third world countries. No one was ever identified as getting ill from DDT and clearly a major focus on responsible application would have been a responsible first and probably only required action. Interestingly, it was primarily government agencies that were irresponsible in how they were doing DDT applications.
It appears these EcoScientists are primarily located in government agencies and grant supported sections of universities where they are immune to independent evaluation of their work and performance and therefore are safely tenured and nurtured by the politicians they satisfy. Sounds like scientific socialism doesn’t it?
The liberal media plays a major role in this scenario by ensuring that these politicians and their symbiotic EcoScientists are shielded from public scrutiny and accountability as we have witnessed by the lack of public visibility into ClimateGate, GlacierGate and OzoneGate.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Roanoke Times Convulses at Power Sharing
Roanoke Times, 1-25-10, Pg 1 & 14: Court makes bad decision on corporate cash; corporate influence without bound; The Supreme Court enables government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations.
-Me thinks “The Ladies of the Roanoke Times Editorial Board” Doth Protest too Much!
Ah yes, that nasty Republican Roberts Supreme Court looked at the fact that the major media are super-corporations that exercise political influence without bounds or reason or fairness and concluded that if they have that much political power, why not other corporations too? Something about a goose and a gander.
Why not indeed? In the last election the major left-wing liberal media provided hundreds of millions of dollars in super-positive coverage and support to Obama while denigrating and marginalizing McCain and Palin at every opportunity.
Hopefully some corporations will run advertisements informing the public that there are other candidates, ideas and views than those espoused by the major left-wing media corporations. Apparently this is something the Editors of the Roanoke Times find very scary. Why aren’t they OK with open debate on a level playing field?
-Some examples of the Roanoke Times free political support for their friends:
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Obama: The Audacity of Arrogance
Roanoke Times, 1-23-10, Pg 9: Obama’s anniversary catchword: “Fight” used more than a dozen times at a rally in Elyria, Ohio.
This is the hope and change we can believe in? Sounds like more of the Chicago and Rev Wright stuff coming out of our inept leader who needs to take a “time out” and stop and listen and smell the coffee.
In his sit-down with George Stephanopoulos this week he lamented that he hadn’t been visible enough to the American people. Not visible enough? He’s held over 44 major TV appearances and hundreds of photo-ops and chats with his friendly media cronies in less than a year.
-It’s not the packaging or the advertising – it’s the content of the Obama-Pelosi-Reed actions that have convinced voters in less than a year that we need a “new change” not their change!
The three elections in Va, NJ and Mass. are sending a message that inclusion and compromise and negotiation are being demanded by the American electorate, not more fighting and arrogance and isolation.
Prime examples of voter frustration over ObamaCare are the Louisiana Purchase (Dem Sen Landau) and the Cream Corn Delight (Dem Sen Nelson) and the gross compromises with the AFL-CIO and UAW. It’s clear that this bill is not being processed on its merits but on intimidation, coercion and bribery. Sounds like typical Chicago operations and not the change we were promised.
An excellent LTE: We need another kind of change by Chuck White, of Roanoke Vahttp://www.roanoke.com/editorials/commentary/wb/233467
Some Prior Items:
Friday, January 22, 2010
ClimateGate Heats Up Into GlacierGate
Not found in the Roanoke Times (they’re too busy watching reruns of Inconvenient Truth when they should be watching Not Evil – Just Wrong)
U.N. Panel's Glacier-Disaster Claims Melting Away
The world's most famous climate change expert is at the center of a massive controversy as the leading environmental science institute he heads scrambled to explain its assertion that the Himalayan glaciers (There are some 9,500 Himalayan glaciers) will melt completely in 25 years.
Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and director general of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Dehli, India, said this week that the U.N. body was studying how its 2007 report to the United Nations derived information that led to its famous conclusion: that the glaciers will melt by 2035.http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/20/panels-glacier-disaster-claims-melting-away/
The facts are that many glaciers have been receding for 250 years. Many have been receding rapidly as part of natural global warming that started at the end of the little ice age in 1750, with negligible contributions from man-kind or CO2.
The following four land-based northern hemisphere glaciers are prime examples of our 250 years of natural global warming that the alarmists refuse to address because these facts clearly falsify the Gore-IPCC-Hypothesis that we are the cause of global warming.Click to enlarge the graphics
Obama Team Still Not Terrorist Ready
Roanoke Times, 1-21-10, HIDDEN in tiny print back on page 9 under an ambiguous title:
Official misspeaks about readiness of new unit.
The handling of this item is a new Roanoke Times personal best in gross Slant and unprofessional conduct ostensibly for political cover for their partisan friends.
-One year after taking office Obama and his team admitted to Congress that “we never thought about how to handle a terrorist caught on US soil”; and we don’t know who made the decision to process the Christmas plane bomber as a US common criminal but no one talked to us about it and our terrorist processing unit is not yet established or ready.
-This admission of massive incompetence and malfeasance was made to Congress by: Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, her two top assistants and Obama’s National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair.
Pointed Commentary by Byron York (who clearly doesn't work at the RT):
It seems like a pretty simple question. Who made the decision to charge Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused terrorist arrested for trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas Day, as an everyday criminal, as opposed to an enemy combatant?
After all, Abdulmutallab was trained by al Qaeda, equipped with an al Qaeda-made bomb, and dispatched by al Qaeda to bring down the airliner and its 278 passengers. Even though the Obama administration has mostly abandoned the term "war on terror," the president himself has said recently that the United States is at war with al Qaeda. So who decided to treat Abdulmutallab as a civilian, read him the Miranda warning, and provide him with a government-paid lawyer -- giving him the right to remain silent and denying the United States potentially valuable intelligence that might have been gained by a military-style interrogation?
Obama has not yet announced who made this incredibly stupid decision although “unnamed sources” indicate it was AG Eric Holder (why are we not surprised?).
Scott Brown, the new Republican(41) Senator from Massachusetts articulated the view of most Americans about this situation during his acceptance speech when he said our tax dollars should go to defeat terrorists, not to defend them: : Click to watch:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhmLXTqiGKk
Thursday, January 21, 2010
America Rising: Va, NJ, Mass, Nov 2010
The Colonialists and now the American People Do Not Suffer Arrogant Leaders Gladly
-click for youtube video:America Rising-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZs8k4pJcyk
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Obama’s Trifecta: Va, NJ, Ma
One year to the day of Prince Obama’s Reign, he hit the losers trifecta: Va, NJ, Ma!
Obama’s last ditch effort was to travel to Boston and ridicule Scott Brown’s pickup truck. The last time I saw that was Ed Koch, mayor of NYC, running for Gov of NY ridiculed the upstate vote by saying they wouldn’t vote because they were busy driving their pickup trucks downtown to get a seersucker suit. Ed lost big and so did Obama!
The Democrats friends in the liberal and left-wing media fired some of the vilest and most vicious personal attacks I have ever heard. MSNBC’s Olbermann topped the list with:
"In Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees," MSNBC host Keith Olbermann said, echoing the fear chamber that has included several senators making overt reference to the sex act in describing the conservative grassroots tea party movement.http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/19/massachusetts-voters-head-polls-force-dc-machine/
The liberal mouth-piece Gergen who moderated the last debate set-up the most poignant statement of the campaign:
Gergen to Brown: You mean you would use Ted Kennedy’s seat to vote against healthcare?Scott Brown: This is not a Kennedy seat; this is the people’s seat!
-That exchange is at the very core of the people’s rebellion against the obscene arrogance of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Democrat team.
During Scott Brown’s acceptance speech the crown chanted:
John Kerry you’re next -- Yes we can!
-Just some more hope and change we can believe in! Yes we can!
Some Prior Items:http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/01/obama-neck-deep-in-big-economy-muddy.html
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Obama: Neck Deep in The Big Economy Muddy
1-9-10, Pg 3: Some are predicting jobless rates of 11%
85,000 jobs lost in Dec 09
Counting those who have given-up, underemployment rate at 17.3%
1-15-10, Pg 7: Obama says job creation is now a key focus
What’s with the NOW thing?
His “stimerlus” (Dr Ruth) package of almost a Trillion Dollars was supposed to keep unemployment under 8% and create 3.5 million jobs
Pg 7: December deficit sets record at $91.85 BILLION
The 2009 Deficit surged to $1.42 TRILLION more than three times the last Bush year.
1-17-10, Pg 3: Democrats facing election year are nervous about Obama agenda
Obama under fire to find a way to create jobs – even considering “TAX CUTS”.
-Neck deep in the economy muddy – and the big fool says “Push-ON”!
For a comprehensive view of what Obama-Pelosi-Reid have accomplished in one short year click-on and view slides: (should play in MS-IE browser):
-Just more hope and change we can believe in! Yes we can!
Some prior items:
Haitians Defend Yourselves! – With What?
Roanoke Times, 1-19-10, Pg 1 & 8: Police tell Haitians to defend themselves. Gang leaders who escaped from prison are taking control of slums they once ruled.If you don’t kill the criminals, they will all come back a Haitian police officer shouts to local citizens.
What an unbelievable headline in a paper that has printed hundreds of square feet of anti-gun ownership articles and commentary and have supported every anti-gun law and legislator they can identify. They were particularly enamored with the DC law that forbid citizens from even possessing long-guns in their homes!
In a country in which law-abiding citizens have been disarmed, how are they going to defend themselves against hardened criminals with weapons?
Oh yes! I forgot! The police are going to protect them! Talk about hypocrisy!
But back on page 8 is the real eye-opener. Bob Perito, Obama’s thirty-something Haiti coordinator, said: concerns about the gangs are legitimate – in the long run. In the more immediate future, the gangs may be more of a nuisance.
They are not going to challenge the US military, he added.
Is this kid for real?
This Obama-kid makes FEMA-Brownie look like Rudy Giuliani!
This is “The Haiti Coordinator” for the entire US effort?
-Just more hope and change we can believe in! Yes we can!
Monday, January 18, 2010
The Liberal Media and Katrina vs. Haiti
Roanoke Times, 1-18-10, Pg 1 & 16: Haiti Aid distribution a struggle
-Why is there such a major difference between the media coverage of Katrina vs. Haiti?
In Haiti it’s hard, it’s a struggle, roads are out, bridges are out, the infrastructure is in ruins and the local government is non-functional.
All these things were also present in New Orleans, but there it was Browne, FEMA and Bush all directly and personally responsible for the death and destruction and misery of black people; and with the implication that racism was a factor.
So now, where are all the other anti-American American-hating governments? Wasn’t Obama supposed to foster a world-wide community of nations for the mutual benefit?
Where’s the English, French, Germans, Russians, Chinese and most of all the UN into which we pour hundreds of millions of dollars each year? Where are their ships and helicopters and disaster teams? Where's Norway & Sweden with their hundreds of Billions of oil money and Nobel Prize?
This looks a lot like the Tsunami mess! Our assets, our people, our equipment and in the end a good stiff kick in our pants and being told-off by the victims and our world-order “friends” that we didn’t do enough and didn’t do it well either. Even the victims kicked us out with little or no thanks or ongoing gratitude; all George Bush’s fault no doubt.
Unfortunately the worst is yet to come. The starvation and misery of the people will drive them back into their most basic DNA behavior. Then when our marines are forced to shoot violent rioters and looters, in many cases in self-defense, we will once again be painted in the most negative way and our people will be on trial yet again.
-Unfortunately in real life: No good American deed goes unpunished.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Liberal Media Starting to Get Obama Remorse
The liberal media (US subsidiary of Pravda) are starting to publicly reflect the reality of the first year of Obama Leadership and his team. What took so long? The polls show that the majority of Americans had ObamaRemorse months ago.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/06/obama-honeymoon-winding-down.html
Clearly the liberal media have a long way to go to engage in the kind of critical review and analysis that highlighted their juggernaut about Bush for eight years. Perhaps the honeymoon will soon be over and they’ll back to some objectivity.
Some notable liberal media examples available on youtube:
CNN - Cafferty & Blitzer on Pelosihttp://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=A6_xgKWzhRw
The Daily “News” Show – Obama and the 30,000 troops to Afganhttp://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-december-2-2009/30-000
The Daily “News” Show – ClimateGatehttp://www.roanokeslant.org/ClimateGate/ClimateGate.swf
MSNBC – Hardball - Chris Matthews – Obama’s First Year Fumbles
Limit Medical Costs by Committing a Felony
Roanoke Times, 1-17-09, Pg Va 1 & 3: Medical Cost series by Dan Casey; Medical costs getting absurd.
Item A: Finally, here’s a little piece of advice (from Dan). If you’re bitten by a stray animal (dog, cat) that may not have been vaccinated against rabies; kill the animal on the spot and get its brain tested for rabies. Might save big medical bills!
Apparently Dan is not familiar with Virginia’s Comprehensive Animal Laws:http://law.justia.com/virginia/codes/toc0301000/toc03010000027000040000000.html
PETA and the Vets have joined forces to enact misguided laws that give Vets and animal control officers the sole right to euthanize all dogs and cats in Virginia! All other acts are a felony!
What a lock on hundreds of millions of dollars of business the Vets have by force of law!
Mom and the kids would be arrested today if they euthanized “Ole Yeller” themselves.
According to the code you can kill a vicious dog attacking your dog or cat, but nowhere in the code does it allow you to kill such dog if it’s attacking you or a family member!
The old NRA motto applies: "I'd rather be judged by 12 of my peers than carried by 6!"
It’s not clear if this is an unintended consequence of the law or is it just indicative of the PETA-mentality we’ve come to know and love?
Item B: Dan describes in great detail the saga of someone getting a $20,000 medical hospital bill for treatment for an animal bite (that appeared to be caused by the patient’s less than bright behavior – perhaps there’s some lesson there in managing our own risk).
It appears (to me) that this series is being featured by the RT as somehow supportive of the ObamaCare mess being rammed through Congress as we speak.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/01/obamacare-incubating-in-black-box.html
After lamenting the medical care billing in this series, Dan has not yet begun to address how the ObamaCare thing is going to help the costly situations he so passionately describes (apparently it’s a right brain thing with all his articles).
The hospital financial reality is that it’s a “cost center” that must recover, through its revenue sources, the total expenses it incurs each year. The primary revenue is for the labor, material and facilities it extends to each patient. Just imagine the bill if only one person needs care next year! Groups of patients get discounts just like Avis gets discounts from Ford for its fleet of cars. Individuals pay the full price for goods and services and in some cases, to a limited extent, can negotiate on their own.
It’s not uncommon for a hospital bed to be priced at $1000 per hour, or more, for outpatient care.
High utilization (high occupancy) is key to cost control and to that end government currently controls and dictates how many medical facilities and hospital beds are allowed in each area. That’s why it’s so incredibly hypocritical for government officials to complain that there might not be enough hospital beds in the event of a pandemic.
Based on current ObamaCare discussions (at least those we are allowed to hear) it’s not clear how medical costs are going to be reduced without significant reductions and or eliminations of medical care and services and by forcing uninsured people to buy medical policies. How foolish is that thought? Clearly the government will use taxpayer money for them because most are part of the 45% who not only don't pay any taxes but in fact get a big IRS subsidy check each April.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Yet More Roanoke Times Petty Bias and Slant
Roanoke Times, 1-16-10, Pg 9: Heading: McDonnell Inauguration costs fall to state taxpayers. Virginia will spend about $240,000 on today’s swearing-in ceremony at the Capital in Richmond. Picture of Gov-Elect McDonnell with heading: Aiming to raise $1.5 million for inauguration events.
Ah yes! Those darn spend-thrift Republicans! Cavorting around at the taxpayer’s expense. And aren’t they the one’s always talking about cutting taxes?
However, buried in the article is a reference to the $325,000 of taxpayer’s money that was spent on outgoing DEMOCRAT Gov Tim Kaine’s Inauguration.
-That’s a 26% reduction isn’t it? How about that for this news item headline!
Also buried in the article is the fact that Kaine and Mark Warner raised more private contributions for their festivities than the $1.5 million McDonnell is targeting to raise from private contributors.
Perhaps the real political news items of the day are that much to the chagrin of the Liberals and Democrats, the Republican team is being swept into office with an amazing Virginia voter landslide. The results in NJ are equally notable and the current close US Senate race in Mass. is amazing, regardless of the final outcome. How could “Teddy’s” 50-year chair in the Senate possibly be in too-close-to-call contention?
It’s amazing how small and petty and partisan the editorial board of the Roanoke Times really are. However, they are tenacious. They will scour every item on the news wires to find and then slant an item to perpetuate their liberal, left-wing pro-Democrat agenda.
Apparently in their narrow minded way they are making a contribution to their personal cause and ignoring their real mission to provide a fair and balanced news source to the people of the Roanoke area. And then they wonder why their business is shrinking.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Global Warming Runs Hot and Cold
Roanoke Times, 1-7-10, Pg 3: Some weather experts have said the recent stretch of chilly weather is “just a blip in the long-term heating trend” that’s affecting the globe.
It’s a part of natural variability said Gerald Meehl, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Co.
Amazing how ClimateGate combined with a “cold snap” can change the alarmists tune!
We are indeed in a long-term heating trend. It’s 250 years long and it started in 1750 at the end of the little ice age and it clearly has NOT been caused by mankind or CO2.
Click to enlarge graphic: 2-1/2 miles of deglaciation in 200 years with NO CO2 change
The statement “part of natural variability” is a nice touch. Didn’t see that in Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” in which he purposely reversed the cause-effect between temperature and CO2. Closer scrutiny of his famous chart shows that CO2 LAGS temperature changes from 200 to 800 years thereby falsifying the Gore-IPCC--hypothesis.
We’ve had “cold snaps” before. The first half of my life, the 35 years from 1940 to 1975 was a major global cooling period during a time of increasing atmospheric CO2. Clearly this global cooling was also caused by “natural variability”.
We may never know the depth of data manipulation revealed by ClimateGate, however there are those who are developing a 30 year time-line of the manipulation of the data and of the mis&dis-information that was fostered upon the public.
The question now is what are the responsibility, accountability and liability of those who manipulated this “crisis” for their own benefit and will the liberal media finally wake up and smell the natural coffee?
Click on the link for an initial analysis of the ClimateGate Emails:
Analysis of the key emails, includes excerpts and links
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Reid The Racist
Roanoke Times, 1-10-10, Pg 14: Reid apologizes for no Negro dialect comment
Tiny print, Pg 14, extreme back of front section of paper.
How hard did the editors of the Roanoke Times work to find this spot to hide this story?
-Democrat Senator (Nev) Howard Reid, president of the US Senate, described Sen Obama as “light skinned and with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one”.
-One can only imagine the size of the Page 1 print and in-depth analysis and critique IF Reid were a Republican senator.
How about the Roanoke Times coverage of Sen Conrad correctly calling Obama a liar.
“Maureen Dowd labeled Joe Wilson a racist for his outburst stating Obama lied about illegal immigrants taking advantage of Omaba care.
She even managed to throw-in her imagined “Boy” word just in case folks weren’t fired up enough to meet her satisfaction!”
All this well covered multiple times by the RT and liberal press!
And just reflect on the vicious never-ending diatribe launched by the Roanoke Times editors and their liberal friends relative to Senator Allen’s poorly chosen comment at a political rally.
But, when it comes to their Democrat associates, the liberal press down-plays, covers-up and minimizes the coverage and damage. Wouldn’t want to disparage their friends!
-Just more fair and balanced news from your liberal media.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
ObamaCare Incubating in a Black Box
Roanoke Times, 1-7-10, Pg 3: Pelosi says congress very close on health bill.
Pg 16: Editorial: Open the health care negotiations
Candidate Obama promised the American People and reaffirmed in his inauguration speech that the health care process would be open and transparent. So open, that C-SPAN TV would be broadcasting all the debate and discussions and negotiations for all to see! This would be an example of the new Obama-model government.
-Now we see nothing!
Obama, Pelosi and Reid are huddled in a Black Box deciding the details of our most personal medical support systems and the demands and compulsion that government will be making upon every citizen.
Based on the Louisiana Purchase (Dem Sen Landau) and the Cream Corn Delight (Dem Sen Nelson) it’s clear that this bill is not being processed on its merits but on intimidation, coercion and bribery. Sounds like Chicago doesn’t it!
-JUST MORE HOPE AND CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN! YES WE CAN!
Monday, January 04, 2010
Obama Owes Thousands of Fliers $27,500 Each
Due to governmental agency TSA mismanagement, Thousands of airline travelers were “stuck” at Newark Airport on “lock-down” for over six (6) hours Jan 3, 09.
Based on the latest Obama-team directive, airlines are fined $27,000 per passenger who are “stuck” on airlines for 3 or more hours.
What was I thinking? This fine only applies to the airlines, NOT to the government!The government doesn’t have any responsibility, accountability or liability for anything they do!
Click for photos and details:http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,581832,00.html
NEWARK, N.J. — A man walked through a screening checkpoint exit into the secure side of a terminal at one of the nation's busiest airports on Sunday night, and flights were grounded for hours and passengers had to be re-screened while air safety officials searched for him.
-Just more hope and change we can believe in! Yes we can!
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Obamas Bold New Military Initiative
After months of numerous agonizing meetings, Obama announced his bold new strategy for the Afgan War.
His last bold new strategy was announced in March.
Click for a comprehensive review of the decision by the only major news organization to explore the story in-depth.
-Just more hope and change we can believe in! Yes we can!