Saturday, May 31, 2014

Basketball Gate Crashers Have Rights Too - What Would Don Sterling Say?

Even though the following is a vintage story, it still pops up in my inbox from time to time.  To refresh your memories, it revolved around a rhubarb in summer of 2010 over Arizona SB 1070 - an immigration bill that attempted to curb hordes of illegal aliens overrunning the state of Arizona.

The owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, Robert Sarver, came out strongly opposing AZ's new immigration laws.  Arizona's Governor, Jan Brewer, released the following statement in response to Sarver's criticism of the new law:

"What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying?

What if they had a good idea who the gate-crashers are but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected.

Furthermore, what if Suns' ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink?

And what if, on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?"

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Here are a couple of snapshots taken shortly thereafter at the Arizona State Capitol depicting opponents of the bill showing their respect for the US flag.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Whining Sissy Murderer in Santa Barbara: A Product of Brain-Dead Coddling Parents

I'm spoiled enough.  I'm Lazy Enough. I'm Deluded enough, and Doggone it, if people don't like me I'll kill them.

Mamma's "Golden Child" can't handle the truth.

The truth is that Mamma's little angel is not special.  The truth is that life is not fair.  The truth is that Mamma has been lying to the kids when she tells them they are wonderful.  The truth is that you don't always get what you want - sometimes you get what you need - if you work for it.

And this folks, is exactly why people should teach discipline to their children and put the “everyone’s a winner” BS behind us.

When narcissistic whining punks that have been pampered and coddled daily all their life get a taste of the real world they don’t have the coping skills to deal with it. Let the kids stumble and fall a bit when they are young, so they can deal with real life once the stakes are raised in adulthood.

Winning and losing are NOT the same thing, they are not equal. You didn’t “win” a trophy by losing . . . What you win by losing is the ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. Stuart Smalley has spawned an entire generation of kids that never learned these lessons. It should come as no surprise to anyone when suddenly faced with the reality of disappointment or failure for the very first time, they snap and retreat into a fantasy world.

Without winter, the warmth of summer is not a sweet.  Winning a blue ribbon has no meaning if all ribbons are blue. Without a loser there can be no winner.

The very existence of the gutless snot-nosed murdering brat in Santa Barbara will undoubtedly be explained as a consequence of Americas "Gun Culture". It is not.  It is a consequence of misguided permissive parenting and a perverted entitlement culture that rewards incompetence, mediocrity, and failure.

Raising a generation of whiney, entitled pussies doesn’t help matters any.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

New York Times Fired Abramson for Criticizing Obama

The rampant story that Jill Abramson's departure from the NY Times was due to a a skirmish in the war on women is pure BS.

The firing of Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times happened because she "went over the line" in criticizing the heavy-handed tactics used by the Obama administration in dealing with the media, claims radio talk show host Tom Sullivan.

Sullivan pointed out that "earlier this year" (in fact, just last month, in an interview with The Takeaway) Abramson said, "The Obama years are a benchmark for a new level of secrecy and control." He said she added that "sources who want to come forward with stories they feel are important are scared to death they're going to be prosecuted."

In January, Abramson called the Obama administration the "most secretive White House" she has covered during her time as a political journalist and later said national security reporting is "effectively being criminalized" under Obama.

Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The Times, announced Wednesday that Abramson had been fired, citing "an issue with management in the newsroom."

Numerous reports have suggested the problem stemmed from Abramson's complaint that her pay was less than that of her predecessor, Bill Keller. Sullivan called that explanation "bogus."

Amid the numerous scandals of the Obama administration, Sullivan said accounts of the White House going after the media have been largely ignored. He said issues such as the seizure of phone records of the Associated Press and the tracking of phone records and emails of Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen have been "swept under the rug."

"She went over the line," Sullivan told Fox Business Network's "Varney & Co." on Friday.

"There's no other answer here. Nothing else makes sense."

Sullivan explained that The New York Times was the Obama administration's "newspaper of record" for their base. As such, he said the newspaper would not want to be known as "a bad apple group" by the White House.

Sullivan, who hosts "The Tom Sullivan Show" on Fox Business Radio, said he got the tip for the theory from a caller who described himself as a Washington insider. Sullivan said the explanation was "the secret buzz going on inside the beltway."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Antarctic Ice and the Idiocracy Quotient at Record Levels.

If you choose to cruise and peruse the Interwebs  for sources of info less reputable than the Badger Lake Observer, you probably have run across a story or two about rapid melting of Antarctic Ice.  Some mush-for-brains wee-todd-dids actually are doing the Chicken Little routine over predictions of imminent doom for the entire planet.

As usual, the talking heads and barking moon bats are merely spreading doom and gloom in an effort to allow his Holiness and Master of the World (including Kenya); Barry Hussein Obama the First, to distract the mindless from a plethora of dirty deeds being done to advance his agenda of Idiocracy.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Solar Power Death Rays, Vaporizing Birds, Cliven Bundy, and Harry Reid.

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi  have their collective chonies in a bunch over Cliven Bundy.  You see, one of their pet pork producing projects is being disrupted by Cliven's cattle.

Harry and Nancy have been blinded by the light.

You've heard about birds being shredded by monster wind turbines - well this is the SDI version.  Those hapless birds are now being incinerated in mid-flight by 1000 degree light beams of death in the desert.

According to a report by the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, it goes something like this:

“After several studies, the conclusion for why birds are drawn to the searing beams of the solar field goes like this: Insects are attracted to the bright light of the reflecting mirrors, much as moths are lured to a porch light. Small birds — insect eaters such as finches, swallows and warblers — go after the bugs. In turn, predators such as hawks and falcons pursue the smaller birds.

But once the birds enter the focal field of the mirrors, called the “solar flux,” injury or death can occur in a few seconds. The reflected light from the mirrors is 800 to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Either the birds are incinerated in flight; their feathers are singed, causing them to fall to their deaths; or they are too injured to fly and are killed on the ground by predators"

- David Danelski, Solar: Ivanpah Solar Described as Deadly Trap for Wildlife,”   Riverside-Press Enterprise, April 8, 2014.

The slaughter of birds caught in the revolving blades of wind energy turbines has grabbed national attention lately. But even more pernicious is the nearly invisible vaporizing of birds that fly into the new Ivanpah solar mirror project in California’s Mojave Desert seeking to feed on the insects that are drawn to the light of the reflecting mirrors.

Ivanpah is the largest solar thermal mirror project in the world encompassing 4,000 acres of land and 347,000 heliostat mirrors focused on three 450-foot high towers. 377 megawatts of electricity is generated by a conventional steam turbine from concentrated heat from the mirrors. Solar thermal mirror energy plants are actually hybrid solar-natural gas power plants.

 Counting bird deaths may be accurate for wind farms. But counting dead birds on the ground from solar mirror projects may be a highly inaccurate way to measure the impacts on the entire ecological food chain. That is because many birds are vaporized in mid air and often there is no trace left of them. Investigators call these “streamers,” referring to the momentary puffs of smoke as birds are vaporized. Here is how it is described:

“The investigators could not identify many burning objects, which they call streamers. We observed many streamer events, the report said. It is claimed that these events represent the combustion of loose debris, or insects. Although some of the events are likely that, there were instances in which the amount of smoke produced by the ignition could only be explained by a larger flammable biomass such as a bird. Indeed, OLE (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement) staff observed birds entering the solar flux and igniting, consequently becoming a streamer. OLE staff observed an average of one streamer event every two minutes.”

 Two streaming events every two minutes would be 360 such incidents every 12-hour solar day for an unscientific count of 131,400 per year. However, unsurprisingly only 55 actual dead or injured birds were found on the Ivanpah site in March 2014.

Because of the smaller number of actual bird carcasses, Ivanpah spokesperson Jeff Holland minimized the impacts on birds in an Atlantic magazine article, saying the reports were premature and unscientific.

Yucca Moths Led to Flame of Solar Mirrors? 

Unlike wind farms that mainly kill birds, solar tower projects could result in impacts to the entire desert ecological food chain:

Mojave Desert Food Chain: 
  • Raptors (golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, falcons, owls),
  • Small insect eating birds (finches, warblers, gnatcatcher, doves, bats), 
  • Reptiles (desert tortoise, Chuckawalla lizard), 
  • Moths and insects (yucca moths, soaptree moths, other insects) 
  • Yucca plants (Joshua trees, soaptree yuccas, etc.) 

The raptors prey on the small birds; the small birds and reptiles forage on insects; yucca moths and butterflies pollinate yucca trees and other plants; and yucca trees provide habitat and nectar for yucca moths.

Source: Mojave Desert Gazzette

 Yucca moths pollinate Joshua Tree yuccas. The yuccas could not live without the moths and vice versa. And moths and other insects are attracted to the brighter lights of the Ivanpah solar towers and mirrors (shown here).

A word search of the Biological Assessment for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station completed in December 2009 indicates the document does not even contain the words “insect” or “moth.” A map of the Ivanpah site in the Biological Assessment clearly shows a preserved grove of Mojave Yucca inside the one-mile buffer from the arrays of solar mirrors (see Figure 3-2 on page 3-13). The document also reports that Joshua Trees are found on the site although sagebrush is the dominant ground cover.

Additionally, the Ivanpah site is visible from the Mojave National Preserve, the Mesquite Wilderness and the Stateline Wilderness parks. A dense Joshua tree forest exists in the Mojave National Preserve that is pollinated by the Yucca Moth.

 Solar thermal tower energy plants are what is called an attractive nuisance in real estate that end up vaporizing birds. Something similar probably occurs with wind farms, especially at night when most wind energy is generated. See the photos of wind turbines at moonlight near Palm Springs, near the Columbia River, and in Oak Creek Pass, Kern County, California. Insects, including pollinating moths and butterflies, are drawn to the shiny blades of wind turbines in the moonlight and bats, nighthawks, and owls chase them or know that insects congregate around wind towers at night. During the day the shiny wind turbine blades probably have the same effect by attracting small birds that chase insects. Where tall transmission line towers are also nearby, birds typically perch on them to look for prey or to forage insects. If wind farms are bird killers, solar thermal mirror energy plants are bird killers on steroids and by stealth methods.

 The California Energy Commission is currently considering an even larger solar thermal mirror project in the Mojave Desert by the same developer as Ivanpah– BrightSource Energy. The Palen Solar Thermal Project would be a 500 megawatt power project comprised of two 750-foot high solar towers and would create the same “solar flux” that kills birds and insects at Ivanpah. BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar contend they have data showing only 202 bird kills at Ivanpah based merely on body counts, not reported vaporizations. No mention is made of any insect and yucca moth deaths that are part of the food chain for small birds and reptiles. Unlike Ivanpah, however, the Audubon Society is exerting its opposition to the project but apparently based on bird body counts only.

Oddly, the California Water Resources Control Board has mandated that all 19 coastal power plants must convert from seawater cooling to air cooling systems to avoid killing millions of fish larvae that such sucked into intake tubes. Fish larvae is part of the marine food chain for more mature fish just as insects are for desert wildlife.

 If a bird is vaporized in a forest of solar panels and no evidence is left behind, did it ever happen? Perhaps those investigating bird losses from solar and wind farms should refocus on moths and butterflies that are the apparent link to the sustainability of the avian and desert ecosystems. Problem is birds and tortoises are prettier and more captivating than insects or yucca moths. But the yucca moths are perhaps sexier.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

America - What a Conundrum!

Of late, talking heads on the tube (and even on the interwebs) have been tussling over a conundrum. 

Some say the USA in decline, but others say no - because the rest of the world would gladly trade places with the USA.  This is the same USA that is referred to by those "others" as oppressive, evil, and greedy.  Oh - I forgot to mention - racist. 

What is in decline is the average American's IQ. 

Here are a few Conundrums none of which all can be expounded upon with clarity by the vast unwashed majority of Americans:
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is

2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the

4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting

5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in
other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about -
yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

Now, let's consider the following three items.  What do they tell you about the USA - is it in decline or ascent?

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few
lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions
of a few lunatics.
Funny how that works.
2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run
out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps
running out of money?
What's interesting is the first group worked for their money, but the second didn't.
And last but not least;

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our
military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but
we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.

Am I the only one missing something?   Or perhaps it is as simple as not understanding what the proper definition of "is", is.
I think I'm gonna puke.