We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When we get global cooling, what will we do? Did you read Richard Lindzen's piece in Newsweek yet? Why so gloomy about global warming? And how about 100% reduction of carbon emissions? Tim Blair. And, from noted scientist Christy Todd Whitman: Let's regulate carbon even if it makes no difference. Hey, that's a brilliant idea. I have a better idea: Why don't we all just jump into the lake and drown? No,...that would pollute the lake.
It's always good to fact check the clowns. One comment: I think the argument about the recent temperatures and their implications for global warming misses the point. One has to subtract out non-human effects to see the human signature. I blogged about this here. If you do that, you get quite a different answer.
At any rate, I suspect 2007 will exceed 1998, and then the clowns will say, "only one year has exceeded 1998 ..."
Nice picture... I just so happened to cook a couple of nice 1 & 1/2 cut Ribeyes, baked potatoes and garlic cheese bread for Mrs. Loophole and myself tonight. I probably broke many rules that would make the cultural elitists gasp in horror. The least of which, beyond eating meat, is cooking the steaks with butter, cracked pepper and blue cheese to medium well, and I probably released some carbon emissions with the gas burners. Oh wait. I also pumped up the heat a bit cause it was a very cold April evening here in the south.
I suppose the global warming, animal activism, and food police will be knocking on my door. Oh well, I always enjoyed breaking the rules
While having dinner at a nice restaurant a few weeks ago, Christy Todd Whitman and friends were seated at the next table over from us. She seemed like a very nice lady. When I saw her I got some very mixed emotions.
She may be the last well-known Jersey politician who isn’t famous for corruption. She was Governor when my wife and I moved here. Back then there was hope in NJ. Taxes were relatively low compared to other states in the Northeast and there was a lot of business growth going on. So she brings back some fond memories of a time when the state wasn’t a disaster area of taxes and corruption.
Then I remember how she set the stage for that disaster. Whitman was so avidly pro-choice, she used it as a litmus test for her State Supreme Court appointments. Unfortunately this required her to appoint liberals who couldn’t read the state constitution. What we got was a group of activists who like to nothing more than to legislate from the bench.
The court has re-interpreted the state constitution to require free daycare for all children in urban areas – to be paid for by suburban tax-payers (who also have to pay for their own daycare). Urban areas also have state funds pumped into their elementary and secondary school districts at an obscene level while most suburbs get nothing from the state.
The result: the highest state income in the U.S. The highest sales taxes in the U.S. And, since most suburban districts get no aid from the state, they have the highest property tax rates in the U.S.