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From North Carolina’s most famousest 21st century pirate:

Warmist Thinks $1600 A Year Per Person To Pay For HotColdWetDry Is No Big Deal

By William Teach November 23, 2012 – 2:38 pm

But, all you climate terrorists Warmists should run right out and purchase carbon credits

(Forbes) As above, this is a very common misunderstanding of the very point of a carbon tax: it is not, not at all, in order to stop climate change. It is to enable us to have the right amount of climate change.

Now that’s funny! Tim Worstall thinks that Mankind can control the weather by (supposedly) planting a few trees through purchasing a few carbon offsets.

It’s also worth pointing something else out. $80 a tonne CO2 is something like 40 cents a gallon on gas. And that’s it, we’re done, problem solved, human utility maximised over time. OK, we’ve now got to add the tax to coal and natural gas and so on but the real point about the carbon tax is how trivially small the solution to climate change is. I myself just don’t understand why everyone makes such a fuss about it. get on with it and we’re done, sorted. In fact, in my native UK, the numbers are such that the correct carbon tax would lower the price of gas.

As Tom Nelson points out through a bit of research, the US per capita CO2 out put is 19.78 tons per inhabitant a year. That’s a price tag of $1,582.40 per American per year.

Ok, Warmists, pony up! Do your part….what? You can’t afford that? That would mean no fossil fueled trip for a vacation? Goodness!

Oh, surely not! Being utterly distraught by global warming didn’t prevent former Vice President Al Gore from using more electricity in a month than most American families do in a year at his mansion in Nashville, or buying an $8,875,000 mansion in Montecito, California. That house has “fountains” (note the plural form), things which are entirely decorative, and consume electricity to run pumps to operate them. Hypocrisy? From our friends on the left? Nahhh, couldn’t be!

Of course, some researchers are claiming that even if we ceased putting any greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, immediately, the earth would still be on a warming trend for thousands of years. Perhaps that $1,582.40 per year would be buying absolutely nothing.

With one posting from North Carolina, I naturally had to look to that state’s most beautiful blogess, but Sister Toldjah is feeling under the weather these days. She does, however, have Muffie Toldjah to nurse her back to health!

Also from Carolina,1 Cassy Fiano wrote:

Obama’s Thanksgiving Address: Screw God, Thank the State!

by CASSY on NOVEMBER 23, 2012

For the fourth year in a row, Obama’s Thanksgiving address had something noticeably missing: any reference to giving thanks to God.

He did, however, ask Americans to band together behind his administration. Because, you know, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about: being thankful for the government.

As a nation, we’ve just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy. But it also required us to make choices – and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to.

Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective – to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost.

Yeah, forget that election. It’s time to practice your slavish obedience to the state.

More at the link. That President Obama would decline to mention/ not think of mentioning God in his Thanksgiving message is unsurprising. The Democrats tried to delete all references to the LORD from their platform, and then loudly protested when, for political purposes, the platform was disingenuously amended to reinsert that reference.

What your Editor noted was something else, the President’s statement that “we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost.” President Obama sent Solicitor General Donald Virrilli to argue in favor of categorizing Americans differently, based upon race, and extend preferences for some Americans based on racial classifications,2 during oral arguments on October 10, 2012, before the Supreme Court in the case of Fisher v University of Texas. Clearly, despite the President’s noble-sounding words, we are not “Americans first and foremost” in his mind or in the policies of his Administration.

Stepping away from the Tarheel State, Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion noted the looming failure of democracy in Egypt:

Democratically elected Egyptian President seen as getting awfully dictatorial

Posted by  |  Friday, November 23, 2012 at 12:17pm

Mohammed Morsi, Egypts recently elected President who was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood following the overthrow Hosni Mubarak, has fallen out of favor with some in his country after some questionable governmental actions.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has issued an order preventing any court from overturning his decisions, essentially allowing him to run the country unchecked until a new constitution is drafted, his spokesman announced on state TV Thursday.

Morsy also ordered retrials and reinvestigations in the deaths of protesters during last year’s uprising against strongman Hosni Mubarak. That could lead to the reprosecution of Mubarak, currently serving a life prison term, and several acquitted officials who served under him.

The order for retrials could please some Egyptians who’ve expressed disappointment that security officers and others have escaped legal consequences over last year’s protester crackdown by the Mubarak regime.

Some demonstrators in Cairo, however — protesting for a fourth day against Morsy and the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood — expressed anger over his assumption of more power. About 2,000 people protested Thursday night in and around Tahrir Square, with some chanting “birth of a new pharaoh” and “Morsy the dictator.”

Political rivals also expressed dismay Thursday evening.

“Morsy is taking over the executive, judicial, and legislative powers in his hands, and this is a dangerous path,” said the Twitter account of Hamdeen Sabahy, a former presidential candidate.

“Morsy has issued immunity to any laws he issues. This is the birth of a new dictator,” tweeted Khaled Ali, another former presidential candidate.

This may be just the beginning of a renewed round of civil unrest within Egypt.

President Morsi at least had the decency/ political acumen to wait until Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left Egypt before announcing his promotion to Pharaoh decrees, but it seems apparent that Mr Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are fans of democracy, freedom and an independent judiciary only when such produce the results they wish. The most immediate results of the decrees is that officials acquitted in the political trials of former Mubarak regime members will be tried again, and again, and again, until convictions are obtained.

American readers should note that the constitutional protection against double jeopardy, while not uniquely American, is stronger in the United States than elsewhere. It is a fairly common point of law, even in the European democracies, that the prosecution can appeal an acquittal; that is considered not double jeopardy, but a continuation of the original prosecution, and that the state can retry a case is substantial new evidence against a defendant is obtained.

Robert Stacy McCain had this take on a whole new meaning for Black Friday:

Discount Death

Posted on | November 23, 2012 |

You stay classy, death merchants:

A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in southern Florida is offering a black Friday discount — including $10 off a visit to the abortion center today.

Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast offered the special, saying, “Visit our West Palm Beach or Kendall Health Center for special after Thanksgiving savings on Friday, November 23rd.”

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek noticed the Black Friday discount and responded, “Planned Parenthood brings new meaning to the term, “Black Friday,” doesn’t it?”

This is the same abortion business where the chair of the national Democratic party headlined a small rally last year.

You may wonder, how can Planned Parenthood afford to offer discounts? Because they’re funded with your tax dollars, of course.

A tougher question: How do they sleep at night?

Regrettably, I’m sure that the answer is that they sleep quite well at night. When you have no conscience, that’s fairly easy to do.

Karen’s feeling a bit under the weather as well, but she did have a post about ObaminableCare:

Obama’s Part Time Economy

November 23, 2012 | By 

We’ve gone over this before, but it’s worth repeating. Obamacare is forcing employers all across the United States to cut the number of hours employees can work in order to stay in business and remain profitable.

When my better half told me that her boss was thinking about cutting all full-time employees to part time in order to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance requirements (for full-time employees), my initial response was, “Surely the federal government wouldn’t have allowed such a blatantly obvious way of getting out of the requirement.” But that turned out to be false.

In fact, major names in the service/hospitality industry (e.g., Denny’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse) are already in the process of going to a part-time employee schedule for all employees. Thus, as a very possible consequence of the short-sightedness of the Affordable Care Act legislators, more people will be working two jobs to make ends meet.

Yet acquiring a second part-time job may be an impossibility for a large number of service/hospitality employees. (Read More)

It isn’t just the hospitality industry, either. Community colleges and small to medium sized businesses are all going to have to rethink their business models. The reelection of Obama pretty much sealed the deal. If you think the economy is bad now, just wait. But it’s not like nobody saw this coming, as Smitty said, “Sow crap policy, reap policy crap.

The obvious response is that that’s what happens when you have to pass a bill to find out what’s in it, but I never really thought that the Democrats didn’t understand the bill completely. Rather, I said that “the Democrats agreed to some compromises that they knew wouldn’t work, to get the last few conservative Democrats to go along with it, to simply establish the precedent that the federal government is ultimately responsible for paying for everybody’s health care. Then, when this abomination fails, the only remaining option will be single-payer; a return to the system as it was in 2008 won’t be an option.”

Let’s face it: the system under ObaminableCare can’t work. Under the wholly misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, everybody is required to get health insurance, with the mechanism being that they will get it through their employers. But the law deliberately excludes companies who have fewer than fifty employees — which would be the vast majority of small businesses in this country — and allows employers of more than fifty employees to exclude from coverage part-time workers who are scheduled for fewer than thirty hours a week. People who don’t earn enough money to purchase health insurance on their own will be eligible for subsidies from the government to buy health insurance on the open market.

Our friends on the left adopted conservative rhetoric, saying that this would increase competition for the business, which would lower prices. Unfortunately, they were unable to move from conservative verbiage to actually employ conservative thought: conservatives knew all along that this wouldn’t be the case, because the law eliminated the option of not buying health insurance at all. Now that insurance companies know that people have to buy insurance from someone, now that they know their customer base is guaranteed, there’s no reason to lower prices; if they don’t sell insurance to one guy, they’ll sell it to the next, but total volume, industry wide, is guaranteed. As any MBA graduate can tell you, price is normally a larger component of profit than volume, so there’s no incentive to compete on price for marginal returns in volume.

So what do we have? We have a system which creates an entitlement of government subsidies to purchase health insurance, a system which guarantees customers to health insurance companies, and a system which provides both a means and an incentive for companies to reduce costs by keeping people off of employer-based health insurance. Those companies are already exercising some of their options, and the health care law hasn’t even come into full effect yet. Your Editor does not believe for a moment that a lot of the Democrats didn’t know that this would be the result.

Finally, from Robert Stacy McCain’s blog sidekick Smitty:

The Left’s Race Baiting Is Bewildering If You Argue Rationally

Posted on | November 24, 2012 | by Smitty

A taste of Jonah Goldberg in the New York Post

Racial slander is like duct tape: There’s no limit to what you can do with it.

But can you imagine how much worse it will get if Republicans actually do reach out to black community (as they should)?

One of the points of racial slander is to signal that only liberal policies are guaranteed to be non-racist (even when such policies were forged with racist intent, like the Davis-Bacon Act). This is why the Congressional Black Caucus insists on calling itself the “conscience of the Congress.”

That’s why policies like school choice are routinely denounced as racist, even though they’re largely aimed at improving the lives of inner-city blacks trapped in bad schools. Teachers unions don’t like school choice, ergo, it’s racist.

The United States is founded upon an Enlightenment approach to rational argument. The myopic genius of the Left has been to rediscover purely hormonal populism, and turn it into political power.

The $16T question is: how do you fight that? Rational argument is predicated upon both parties arguing in good faith. The Left seems to argue from the standpoint of bogging down honest discussion, and running out the clock. Meanwhile, votes are bought on the side with ‘free stuff’, and the Left continues to build the entitled mob.

How do you argue with that? Are there any teachers other than time and pain for these Lefties?

The Democrats are thinking that there is no way to argue with that. The time and pain accrued to the Republicans in the last election, not the Democrats, and if the Benghazi lies were meant to hold position until the clock ran out, that much worked. In the meantime, the Democrats conglomeration of group politics and entitlement mentality outweighed the Republicans appeal to people of common sense and economic productivity.

Nor do the Democrats feel any need to cover for the most outrageous lies; as noted above, President Obama blithely proclaimed that “we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost,” at the same time as his Justice Department is arguing that no, we are not all Americans first and foremost, but we are white Americans or black Americans or Asian Americans or whatever Americans we need to be classified as to obtain a particular verdict. Until we can get enough Americans actually educated into seeing how wrong that is, time and pain will continue to be the part of the Republicans on election day.


  1. When I lived in Virginia, it was just common practice to refer to North Carolina as just Carolina.
  2. .pdf file of the Brief of the United States as Amicus Curiae in support of the Respondents.

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