Archive for August 2011

The real science bashers are found in the Church of Global Warming

Today I am writing about religion. Specifically, about those who worship in the Church of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming. More specifically, about those who, as a matter of faith, believe that the science of climate change is settled. These believers preach that mankind is steering the planet onto an irreversible and cataclysmic course unless... Read more »

Kudos for environmentalists

Big auto companies are making concerted moves to build electric cars, GM, for example, plans to work together with a big electronics company, South Korea’s LG Group to add to the automaker’s portfolio of electric cars.  Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. will jointly develop a gas-electric hybrid system for light trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Both announcements came... Read more »

Obama nails cause of East Coast earthquake

This is blasting around the Internet: This just in: President Obama has just confirmed that the DC earthquake occurred on a rare and obscure fault line, apparently known as “Bush’s Fault”
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Bank of America didn't need Warren Buffet money?

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway stands to make a pretty penny by investing $5 billion in Bank of America whose stock had been diving toward the cellar. BofA’s stock soared on the news, as did the value of Buffett’s stock that he had just purchased for a song. But what is most amazing about... Read more »

Some great questions about that 90% hike of Illinois tolls

The Illinois Tollway Highway Authority is likely this week to approve a 90 percent increase in tolls for its Northeastern Illinois network of highways. This, of course, is nonsense because the reason for the increase is political payoff for suburban legislators that caved in to O’Hare Airport Expansion. They now can crow that got the... Read more »

Obama's vacation wasn't long enough

Or far enough away. Republicans giving President Barack Obama the shive for daring to take a vacation should recall what a cheap political stunt the criticism was when it came from Democrats while President George W. Bush was taking his vacation. Sarah Palin joined in this mindless criticism during on interview with Fox News’ Greta... Read more »
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Fracking our way to energy independence

Spectacularly vast stores of natural gas — by some estimates a staggering 837 trillion cubic feet — trapped in shale formations thousands of feet below our nation’s surface could endow America with decades of energy independence. But the method of exacting the natural gas, a process nicknamed fracking, could be the next environmental superdebate. Maybe... Read more »

Even the liberal League of Women Voters can't abide the Dem remap

The new legislative and congressional district maps for Illinois drawn by Democrats has drawn a lawsuit from the League of Women Voters. You can usually county on the League to favor policies backed by liberal Democrats, but not this new map. The League said in a press release: Governor Pat Quinn, in signing the Congressional... Read more »

Tobacco firms sue FDA over new graphic warnings

If the government can require cigarette packs to sport gruesome illustrations of diseased lungs and dead people as part of an anti-smoking campaign, then why shouldn’t abortion clinics be required to display posters of mangled and dead fetuses. The Associated Press reports: Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday... Read more »
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What harm is Catholic Charities really doing?

The standard guardians of political correctness are all over Catholic Charities because they are using a religious exemption in the disposition of foster children. (The story is here.)Reflecting the tenets of its faith, Catholic Charities licenses only married couples and single parents living alone as foster parents, while referring couples in civil unions to other... Read more »
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