Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the sphere….The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble


  • NOTE TO BILL LANNING: I have to say, Bill, I do like the idea of auditing the stimulus funds to see where that money is going, or has gone.  My suspicion is that it has gone to places that we the people would rather it not go.  That said, on what basis do we consider it possible, much less likely, that the auditing numbers are going to be any more accurate than the numbers that the White House has come up with so far as regards “jobs saved”, global warming, and health care?  You see, the real problem is not that we’re not being given numbers to justify the actions of the government, but that we don’t trust the numbers that we’re being given, because we don’t trust the government and those in it at the moment.
  • MORE ON THE CRU HACK (Yes, “Global Warming”): Andrew Ian Dodge over at Belmont Club has additional commentary on the hack of the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, and the implications. As I told you the other day, I am firmly convinced that this should , but probably will not, label the global warming fraud as such.  Notably, Andrew quotes from a Telegraph article, saying:

    Andrew Ian Dodge

    James Delingpole at the Telegraph thinks it may be “the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming'” but adds “there are too many vested interests in AGW, with far too much to lose either in terms of reputation or money, for this to end without a bitter fight.” While the leaked documents and emails strongly suggest that Global Warmists have been taking the public for a ride, the news is as likely to be welcomed as a belated discovery that Karl Marx was actually a stockbroker.

    Quite so. When there is religious fervor at work, and global warming is certainly that, facts really don’t mean much to the discussion.

  • JONAH NAILS IT: Well, look, he usually does but this is outstanding:

    Slate magazine is just one of the countless media outlets convulsing with St. Vitus’ Dance over that demonic succubus Sarah Palin. In its reader forum, The Fray, one supposed Palinophobe took dead aim at the former Alaska governor’s writing chops, excerpting the following sentence from her book:

    “The apartment was small, with slanting floors and irregular heat and a buzzer downstairs that didn’t work, so that visitors had to call ahead from a pay phone at the corner gas station, where a black Doberman the size of a wolf paced through the night in vigilant patrol, its jaws clamped around an empty beer bottle.”

    Other readers pounced like wolf-sized Dobermans on an intruder. One guffawed, “That sentence by Sarah Palin could be entered into the annual Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest. It could have a chance at winning a (sic) honorable mention, at any rate.”

    But soon, the original contributor confessed: “I probably should have mentioned that the sentence quoted above was not written by Sarah Palin. It’s taken from the first paragraph of ‘Dreams From My Father,’ written by Barack Obama.”

    The ruse should have been allowed to fester longer, but the point was made nonetheless: Some people hate Palin first and ask questions later.

    And that, dear reader, doesn’t include just the left, I’m afraid.

  • MORE FALLOUT FROM THE GLOBAL WARMING MYTH: I do note a story floating around today about how Global Warming is supposedly responsible for pushing young women into prostitution. It only took a minute or so to come up with a reason why that’s so.  Can you imagine all the money to be made from prostitution in Copenhagen, as a result of all those people attending the global warming conference there?  No need to imagine it. It’s already on record.
  • I DO HOPE I”M NOT SUPPOSED TO FEEL SORRY FOR THIS GUY: Word from ABC News over the weekend, that utterly magnificent bastard, Major Nidal Hasan, is paralyzed from the chest down and is in serious pain, needing constant medical attention.  This news, incidental to an argument from his defense attorney that he is not a flight risk.  You’ll pardon me if I care little about whether not the guy will try to run away or has the physical ability.  You also pardon me, of course, if I consider his situation a small price to pay for what he has done.  I suspect, of course, that there is more to come.  So there should be.  There and, lies the largest part of the concerns of western society.  Pain or not, paralyzed or not, he is alive.  That he should live to see his punishment, should be the stated goal.  Keep in mind, that I am usually quite vocal about enforcing the death penalty.  In this case I am not.  In my view, he needs to live inside of a jail cell as long as possible.  This is one instance, I think, where the death penalty does not suit the crime.  The reason is, Hassan would be considered a martyr were he to be executed.
    Rich Lowry

    Rich Lowry

    Dems have talked themselves into the ludicrously self-delusional notion that what ails them and the president is that they haven’t yet passed the hundreds of billions of dollars of tax hikes and Medicare cuts that finance (albeit incompletely) ObamaCare.

    And of course, they’re trying to deal with that lack just now. Says Lowry:

    They believe that Obama can’t afford failure, that’s it’s the defeat of ClintonCare that killed the Democrats in 1994

    Actually, it wasn’t the defeat of Clintoncare, but rather that it was on the Democrat agenda at all that gave Gingrich and company the edge they needed in 1994. Indications are that support for the Democrats is dropping not because of their not being able to get Obamacare into place but because they’re trying to.  The mid-terms this time are going to make ’94 seem a small thing by comparison.. assuming that the Republicans can cure the recto-cranial inversion they’re currently experiencing… and that to my mind remains an open question, frankly.

  • WHEN YOU LOSE “TINGLES”…. it’s game over.
  • CONGRATS, MEL:   Congrats to BitsBlogger Mel Douglass, who has a new grand niece. Mazel tov!
    Moments after the delivery and already adopting the correct attitude

    Mel's new Grand Niece. Moments after the delivery and already adopting the correct attitude 🙂