Barbara Boxer Gets A Smack Down

This is just great.   Black Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO Harry Alford gives Senator Barbara Boxer a smack down.  Accusing Sen. Boxer of racism is awesome – by an African American no less.  It’s past time for someone to call these guys to the carpet.  Great job Mr. Alford! 

It sounds like Sen. Boxer likes the the old phrase…”some of my best friends are black.”

Of course, that is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

 

 

Local Bakery Says Cap and Trade Will Kill His Business ***UPDATE***

mcarthurs_bakery_signLiving in the St. Louis area is great.  This is a wonderful city with lots to do and also a great environment to raise your family.  To that end it is always good to see a local business make national news.

A local business, McArthur’s Bakery, decided they had had enough when local Representative Russ Carnahan voted to approve the 1,500 page Cap and Trade bill.  Randy and Dave McArthur decided to do what they could to let their customers and others passing the bakery in south St. Louis what his US Representative did – he posted it on his electronic sign.  This attracted not only the attention of Rep. Carnahan, but also the likes of FoxNews.

According to Randy McArthur:

“We make (our product) with electricity, we bake it with gas, we refrigerate and freeze it with electricity and we distribute it with gas and oil,” said McArthur, who said he worries that high prices could cost his company up to $15,000 a year in an industry with a very tight margin for profit.

That video really highlights the concern of small businesses and the real cost of this massive expansion of government for a non-problem.  Hopefully this will start a real uprising of small businesses to show the “real” effects of cap and trade.

 

***UPDATE***

Dave McArthur was interviewed on Glenn Beck’s show last week.  Good interview.

 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Steve Doocy Schools Carol Browner

Obama CzarsThe massive Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade bill that narrowly passed in the House has made it’s way to the Senate.  Hopefully the Senators will have more common sense than their buddies in the House.  We’ll see about that, but I’m always hopeful.

Steve Doocy of Fox and Friends is not known to be a hard interviewer.  He’s a common sense guy and very entertaining.  He recently conducted an interview with Carol Browner, the Energy Czar.  Mr. Doocy asked a simple question – “Did you read the bill.”  Simple enough right?  Not so much.  It seems that Ms. Browner didn’t read the whole bill.  If you are an insomniac and need some rest – here’s the entire 1200+ page bill.  Sweet dreams.

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but if you are the ENERGY CZAR, wouldn’t you take the time to actually read the most important ENERGY legislation in modern times?  If I had this type of careless disregard for my position I would be fired.  The fact is that Ms. Browner doesn’t really care what is in this bill.  As long as she is able to pass sweeping changes to force us all to change our lives and “make the planet cleaner“, then life is good in her mind.  What was the rush?  Why not take a couple days to at least peruse the contents of the legislation?  I’m sure that’s not in her job description – or maybe it’s above her pay grade.

The threat of Climate Change is not a settled matter and should be up for debate, but sadly it is not.  Global Warming skeptics are silenced and ostracised by their colleagues – especially by those in academia.  What happened to looking at the facts and then determining a course of action?  I’m not a climate scientist but I try to use common sense.  Not sure there is any happening in this “debate”.

Good job Mr. Doocy.  Keep up the good work.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

John Boehner – He’s the Republican with a Pair

johnboehnerOn Friday evening the House of Representatives passed the massively overreaching Cap and Trade bill.  Again, as has been the custom over the last couple of months, this bill was voted on with very little debate – or actual reading of the bill.  I’m confused on how legislators can vote on something that they haven’t read.  If I did that in my job I would be fired – but I guess I should be a Representative to have this kind of “perk”. 

Fortunately my Representative, Jerry Costello (D) from Illinois, and 44 of his Democratic brethren voted no on the bill.   No thanks to the 8 Republicans that voted yes on the bill. 

John Boehner (R), Minority Leader from Ohio, really says it best in this clip.  This is government at it’s best.  How do they stay awake?

Hmmm…John Boehner 2012.  Hopefully he doesn’t have any skeleton’s in his closet.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Happy Earth Day From Moses

charlton_heston_mosesI’m trying very hard to do my part on Earth Day 2009!  I’m using double the paper at work and pumping gas during daylight hours.

OK, I really don’t care much about Earth Day because I think every day is Earth Day.  The real environmentalists are the ones that know that no matter what we do, we can’t kill the earth.  The best we can do is take care of what we have but don’t take things to an extreme that take us back to the 12th century (hmmm…sounds like the Middle East).

Following is an excellent oration (well, transcript) from Charlton Heston.  He read this passage from Michael Crichton’s prologue of Jurassic Park on the Rush Limbaugh show in 1995.  I think this says a lot although I would dispute the age and origins of the earth.    

 

You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There’s been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away — all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years.

Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in Arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. It might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It’s powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out.

Do you think this is the first time that’s happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine. When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn’t have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we’re gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.

 Happy Earth Day!

 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

The #1 Cause of Global Warming!

Problem solved.  We’ve found the real culprit causing Global Warming Climate Change.  Mother of pearl, it’s our friend the COW!

I ran across this video on Youtube and just had to post it. 

I want to warn you, it involves cows pooping. 

Those of you from rural areas, this is not a big deal, but you city-folk may be grossed out.  Honestly, I can’t believe someone took the time to film this and produce it, but here you go.

So everyone do your part to fix Global Warming Climate Change….. EAT SOME MORE BEEF!

(After the video, make sure to leave a comment.  I left one and it was promptly removed)

What the Heck is Cap and Trade?

If many of you are like me, you are casual observers (OK, I’m a frequent observer) of the the news.  There seems to be some new term or program out there.  Who can keep it all straight?  To better inform everyone, I thought it would be useful to explain the Cap and Trade issue.  Don’t know what that means?  Well, I’ll try to tackle that in this post.

I found a decent definition from a “Green” looking website – Ecomii.com

Cap-and-trade is one method that can be used to regulate the amount of pollution emitted into the atmosphere.  The government sets a cap on pollution, limiting the amount that companies or other groups are allowed to release. The government then issues credits, which allow companies to each pollute a certain amount as long as the aggregate pollution equals less than the set cap.  Since some companies can reduce pollution more cheaply than others, the group engages in trading these permits. Companies that can cheaply reduce pollution sell permits to companies that cannot easily afford to reduce pollution. The companies that sell the permits are rewarded while those that purchase permits must pay for their negative impact. Applied to climate change, this system would theoretically reduce carbon emissions at the lowest total cost.

Co2 Monster - Oooo, Scary!

Co2 Monster - Oooo, Scary!

Confused yet?  As a thinking person ask yourself, “Who does this benefit?”  I can tell you it is not the normal folk in this great country.  This is another boondoggle that is being hoisted on the taxpayers of America to help fund government programs.  How much extra cost will that add to production of a product and ultimately the cost at Wal-Mart? 

It’s so nice that we work hard to institute laws and regulations to tray and tax ourselves into a clean environment.  The fact is that the US is one of the cleanest countries in the world.  Without getting into some nerd-like discussion about the environment, let’s consider things in terms that I can understand.   We can agree that if a country is deemed to be more polluted (lax environment regulations, poor government oversight, third-world / Communist economy, etc.), THEYshould be the ones footing the bill for any supposed problems with the environment.   According to the Associated Press in a story dated from 2006, the most polluted areas in the world are listed below.  Funny, I don’t see the US on that list.   To be fair, I looked at several sources, although many were from sources I didn’t know and didn’t want to list here, but the list was pretty much the same.  

  • Linfen, China
  • Haina, Dominican Republic
  • Ranipet, India
  • Mayluu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan
  • La Oroya, Peru
  • Chernobyl, Ukraine
  • Kabwe, Zambia
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    What does this have to do with Cap and Trade?  Well, I believe it’s all the same issue – Global WarmingClimate Change.  We as Americans are being asked to correct a problem that is really not a problem.  Cap and Trade is just another way to give up our money, to clean the environment when there is no hard evidence that there is a problem in our country – or anywhere else for that matter.  Climate patterns are cyclical throughout history.  The impact that man has had on these patterns is not conclusive and some evidence has surfaced that we are now in a cooling cycle (same as in 1924 & 1974).   In fact, the wonderful edible Cow is responsible for 65 percent of nitrous oxide – much more powerful than Co2.  (Those of you who don’t know, cows fart a lot – that’s nitrous oxide!)

    Bottom line is that I really don’t think it is prudent to further burden our system on theories and suppositions.  I think at this point we’re all in the mood for a little global warming (we’ll wish for global cooling in July and August).

    Of course, that’s just my opinion.

    Rob’s Rant

     

    Sources: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Economy/wm1723.cfm, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=20772&Cr=global&Cr1=environment, http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Widescale+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15320729/