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Mother of All "Global Warming" Scams
assume the Obama EPA gives Schwarzenegger, Brown, Sorrell, Douglas, and
Welch their heart's desire. What will it mean for Vermonters?
will mean that about six years from now many Vermonters registering a new
car will have to pay more - probably a lot more - for an exotic upscale
hybrid, or cram themselves into a smaller and less crashworthy car, van
that solve Vermont's air pollution problem? No, because sparsely populated
Vermont doesn't have an air pollution problem caused by tailpipe emissions.
that defeat the Menace of Global Warming? No, because for eight years the
planet has been steadily cooling, and the complete disappearance of sunspots
predicts a couple of cold decades ahead. In any case, human-caused emissions
of carbon dioxide have no detectable effect on climate change.
Long Islander Pleads for "The Ethan Allen" Subsidy
surfaced in a 1 Jan 09 Rutland Herald Letter to the Editor by Glen Header
Rob Simonds, who wants the taxpayers of Vermont to continue to subsidize
his rail visits via Amtrak; not for his personal benefit, you understand,
but because it's a "service that only provides a benefit to the [Rutland]
area during these difficult economic times". The rail service doesn't
its own costs -maybe that's because the fares are too low? --and
Amtrak requires a Vermont taxpayer subsidy to continue the Ethan Allen
from Penn Station to Rutland. The full annual subsidy amount is $2.2M,
which is revealed by adding the VT AoT's figure of $1.4M saved by stopping
the Ethan Allen, plus $800K saved by not starting up the bus substitute.
It works out to $68 per rider, the Herald reports. That's $3 more
than the standard adult fare, which Amtrak posts on its web site at $65.
This suggests that the real cost is $133, of which the rider is expected
to pay a bit less than half. That's an even better buy for Mr. Simonds
than his MTA Penn Station fare, where he has to pay a bit more than half.
I tend to agree with those who speculate that Glen Headers like Mr. Simonds
would not readily self-demote in transportation-class from train to bus,
if stingy Vermonters were willing to spring only for that lesser subsidy.
-- An Occasional Newsletter from the Legislature
Rep. Thomas F. Koch, Barre Town
his inaugural address on January 8 and again in his budget address on January
22, Governor Douglas raised the issue of school budgets. Jim
Douglas is many things—stupid is not one of them. He was well aware
that he was kicking a hornet’s nest, and the educational establishment
predictably swarmed all around him, stingers ready for the attack.
But what he said needed to be said, and he deserves credit for saying it.
of the targets of all this enforcement of illusion is Israel. It's not
our fault, say the maniacal (remember, Religion of Peace) Islamists, It's
all Israel's fault. They make us do it. You just need to divide Jerusalem,
amputate the Golan, Judea, and Samaria, just give us another state (only
the 57th) and we'll give you all peace and security. Sure we will.
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100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to
teaching Remedial English in college." -- Joseph
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Weekly News Round-Up
the Caledonia Record, February 03, 2009
pro-single payer health insurance lobby (read socialized medicine lobby)
loves to parrot their claim that more than 62,000 Vermonters are uninsured
and at risk of suffering, even dying, because they can't afford health
care. The inevitable next comment is, "My goodness! What should we do for
them? Why, we must give them insurance at public expense."
is one important consideration that is conveniently forgotten in this compassionate
syllogism. The fact is this: the biggest single group of uninsured in Vermont
is not the poor, or the elderly, or the children. It is the cadre of men
and women between the ages of 18 and 32. The rate of uninsured children
and elderly is shockingly low.
War On Wal-Mart
Vermont Tiger, February 05, 2009
waits, too, on Washington. But this does not mean Montpelier has
been idle. There is a
measure making its way through the statehouse that is aimed at Wal-Mart.
There is an element in Vermont that hates Wal-Mart the way that Sox fans
hate the Yankees. That is, without reason and remorselessly.
what makes Vermont today break it tomorrow?
Kevin O'Connor, Rutland Herald, February 4, 2009
takes pride in its dairy farms and a population that rates high in national
health rankings. And that could be a problem, the Council on the Future
of Vermont warns.
nonpartisan study group has released a new report, "Vermont in Transition:
A Summary of Social, Economic and Environmental Trends," that shows the
state's lack of diversity may threaten its growth. With dairy totaling
nearly 80 percent of Vermont agricultural sales, for example, "no other
state has a single commodity that accounts for such a high percentage,"
says the report written by the Center for Social Science Research at Saint
Michael's College in Colchester.
Tax Revenues Fall
WCAX-TV, February 4, 2009
tax revenues continue to fall, coming in well short of expectations for
the month of January. Personal income is the biggest single source of revenue
for the state. So far for the fiscal year, tax collections are 3 percent
lower than last year. The sales tax is down more than 5 percent and meals
& rooms is off 2.6 percent.
Rejects Route 7 Zoning Change
Andy Kirkaldy, Addison Independent, February 2, 2009
the opinions of most residents who spoke at Thursday’s packed public hearing
at the Grange Hall, Ferrisburgh selectmen unanimously rejected a zoning
petition and planning commission amendments that would have limited fast
food restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations along Route 7.
Lawmaker Wants to Revive Republican Tax
the Associated Press, February 5, 2009
lawmaker wants to help Vermont weather the recession by reviving an income
tax increase proposed by former Republican Gov. Richard Snelling.
Newspapers Rethink Business Strategies
Nina Keck, Vermont Public Radio, February 9, 2009
over, the newspaper industry has been hard hit by the recession. In Vermont,
The Rutland Herald, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and The Burlington
Free Press have reduced staff.
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Global War on Terrorism
Director: Al Qaeda is Job 1 of Top 10 Security Challenges in 2009
FOXNews.com, February 02, 2009
North Korea and Al Qaeda are still in, but Iraq is out of the list of top
10 national security threats the United States is likely to face in the
Was Right. Again.
Monica Crowley, Human Events, February 04, 2009
never know it from listening to the lamestream media this weekend, but
Iraqis went to the polls in nationwide provincial elections. Turnout
was strong, and there was not a single major act of violence.
early returns show a repudiation of the Islamist and other religious parties
which had been in large part dominated by Iran. Secular parties,
and in particular, the party of the current Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki,
appear to have gained position. This is a huge step toward a secular,
stable representative democracy in Iraq.
Pearl and the Normalization of Evil
will our luminaries stop making excuses for terror?
Judea Pearl, The Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2009
Those around the world who mourned for Danny in 2002 genuinely hoped that
Danny's murder would be a turning point in the history of man's inhumanity
to man, and that the targeting of innocents to transmit political messages
would quickly become, like slavery and human sacrifice, an embarrassing
relic of a bygone era.
somehow, barbarism, often cloaked in the language of "resistance," has
gained acceptance in the most elite circles of our society. The words "war
on terror" cannot be uttered today without fear of offense. Civilized society,
so it seems, is so numbed by violence that it has lost its gift to be disgusted
New Satellites: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Space
Dr. Walid Phares, Family Security Matters February 7, 2009
launching of an Iranian satellite into orbit, said to be about "communications
technology" and "earthquake
monitoring," would have been a normal news item not exceeding the greater
news report about India landing a space craft on the moon
last month. But according to news agencies around the world, Western chanceries
and national security agencies have taken the development "seriously."
Associated Press and the BBC described reactions as "nervous." Although
the debate about the value of Iranian space
technology and commercial rocket capacity usually concludes that the
Mullah regime is far away from reaching a respectable level, many defense
analysts dismiss the issue as about the sole industrialization of the Islamic
Republic: In fact it is about the "weaponization" of the satellite. Obviously
this one launch may not be the crossing for the line, but the first step
was accomplished and statements were made about the immediate following
steps. The quasi consensus today is about the strategic intention of Tehran's
war room, solidly in the hands of the Pasdaran (Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Corps. As I argued in discussions I had on France 24 TV and the BBC this
week, the space program is one component of a regional strategic deployment.
Hence, it deserves to be analyzed from this perspective
Is Obama's Mideast Pillar
The Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2009
about security? A month ago, Gen. Ray Odierno predicted that "al Qaeda
will try to exploit the elections because they don't want them to happen.
So I think they will attempt to create some violence and uncertainty in
the population." But al Qaeda was a no-show on Saturday. Meanwhile, more
U.S. soldiers died in accidents (12) than in combat (4) for the month of
January. The war is over.
what are you going to do about the one bright spot on your map -- an Arab
country that is genuinely democratic, increasingly secular and secure,
anti-Iranian and, all-in-all, on your side? So far, your only idea
seems to bid to it good luck and bring most of the troops home in time
for Super Bowl Sunday, 2010.
a campaign promise, but it isn't a foreign policy. Foreign policy begins
with the recognition that Iraq has now moved from the liability side of
the U.S. ledger to the asset side. As an Arab democracy, it is a model
for what we would like the rest of the Arab world to become. As a Shiite
democracy, it is a reproach to Iranian theocracy. As the country at the
heart of the Middle East, it is ideally located to be a bulwark against
Nations Population Fund Leader Says Family Breakdown is a Triumph for Human
Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews.com, February 3, 2009
in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has declared that the breakdown
of traditional families, far from being a "crisis," is actually a triumph
for human rights.
at a colloquium held last month at Colegio Mexico in Mexico City, UNFPA
representative Arie Hoekman denounced the idea that high rates of divorce
and out-of-wedlock births represent a social crisis, claiming that they
represent instead the triumph of "human rights" against "patriarchy."
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The Children (from Global Warming Propaganda)
Marc Sheppard, American Thinker, February 05, 2009
alone, who owns the youth, gains the Future
in modern history exploited propaganda as diabolically and successfully
as did the Third Reich, thanks, in large part, to its focus on those most
vulnerable to their ideological manipulation -- children. And with
more American adults seeing the cold truth behind warming misinformation,
alarmists are stepping up efforts to brainwash our schoolchildren using
a playbook that would have impressed Joseph
Persistence of Ideology
Obama Stimulus Harmful Over Long Haul
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, February 4, 2009
Obama's economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in
the long run than if he were to do nothing, the nonpartisan Congressional
Budget Office said Wednesday.
Still Won't Work
Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator, February 9, 2009
is never a bad time for Republicans to speak economic truth, and the truth
about the Pelosi plan can still be summed up in three words: It won't work.
Radical Che Chic
Bruce Edward Walker, Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty, February
people I talked to conceded that they were impressed by Soderbergh’s depiction
of Che Guevara as an ideologically pure revolutionary, a humanitarian doctor
who tends to sick children and fallen comrades, and even a man of religious
faith. If the only thing you know about Guevara is what you get from this
new film, then maybe that view is understandable. But the truth is that
"Che" serves essentially as a cinematic paean to one of the twentieth-century’s
most infamous butchers who had as much to do with purity, compassion and
piety as T.S. Eliot’s "The Waste Land" has to do with garbage dumps.
Insolvency of the Fed
Philipp Bagus and Markus H. Schiml, Ludwig Von Mises Institute, February
August 15, 1971 the US dollar has been an irredeemable paper currency.
Every irredeemable paper currency in history has failed. Yet, the experiment
of the US dollar and the rest of the fiat paper world continues.
the current crisis, however, financial systems all over the world are increasingly
struggling, and the end of the experiment seems closer. In fact, the Federal
Reserve System has used up much of its "ammunition" for monetary interventions
in an attempt to keep the experiment going, lowering its target interest
rate almost to zero. Other central banks are also quickly approaching the
"zero limit" for interest rates.
Jed Babbin, Human Events, February 2, 2009
only four weeks since it convened, so how could a reasonable person say
the 111th Congress is a failure? Actually, a reasonable person could hardly
avoid that conclusion.
110th Congress’s legacy is one of inaction, failing to address the nation’s
most urgent problems. The worst part of that failure was the hastily-drafted
bank bailout bill of last fall which -- at the cost of $700 billion --
was rammed through despite warnings that it simply wouldn’t work.
Planet or Economy?
Dennis Avery, American Conservative Union Foundation, February 4, 2009
the nation is now entering its third straight harsher winter, triggered
says NASA by a shift to the Pacific Ocean’s 25–30 year cold phase. Only
a fool would escalate energy prices in a recession while global temperatures
are trending down.
new President will thus have to dance the same federal minuet as Kevin
Rudd, the new Australian Prime Minister—also elected on a Green platform
to "save the planet." Rudd is promising a tiny 5 percent cut in greenhouse
emissions—trying to keep his base without scaring investors away from Australia’s
manufacturing and its big farming and coal industries. The dance leaves
no one happy, most certainly not millions of Australian investors.
Old' for Hip Surgery
we inch towards nationalized health care, important lessons from north
of the border.
Nadeem Esmail, The Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2009
Obama and Congressional Democrats are inching the U.S. toward government-run
health insurance. Last week's expansion of Schip -- the State Children's
Health Insurance Program -- is a first step. Before proceeding further,
here's a suggestion: Look at Canada's experience.
resources are not unlimited in any country, even rich ones like Canada
and the U.S., and must be rationed either by price or time. When individuals
bear no direct responsibility for paying for their care, as in Canada,
that care is rationed by waiting.
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