Saturday, April 24, 2010

Arctic Global Warming demonstration ends badly.

Another foolish believer in the Global Warming psudo-science has been rescued from the Arctic. Apparently, he hadn't gotten the word that despite the hysteria of the Extremist Global Warming alarmists, the Arctic is still freaking cold.

This by the way makes four years in a row that Extremists have been rescued from the North Pole.

So the Global Warming extremist now has Frostbite. Perhaps he hadn't heard that the ice sheet has been growing, and in fact is now equally large as it was when we first started to track it. Or perhaps on his Global Warming Mailing list, the dolt hadn't heard that temperatures were actually dropping on both the Arctic and Antarctic. The whole record cold winters the world has been enduring hasn't yet managed to convince the global warming extremists that the hype hasn't delivered yet.

I hope you didn't have any plans for those fingers friend, because you lost them with your stunt. Perhaps we can send more Global Warming Extremists next year, so we can all sit back and shake our heads at the future Darwin Award Winners.

Perhaps our intrepid Global Warming Activist will next demonstrate rising sea levels by cementing his feet to the bottom of the ocean.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Paging Mr. Orwell, please check your email.

George Orwell's works including nineteen eighty-four, are often invoked whenever civil liberties, or personal freedom, or truth appear to be victims of the Government for supposed collective security. I readily admit it leaped into my mind when I read this news story.

The short story is this. The Government is now claiming that by using an Internet email service like Yahoo, or Google, or any service that stores your messages outside of your possession, in other words, in the Internet instead of on your personal computer, means you have no expectation of privacy. In other words, you are entitled to be secure in your person, and papers. Sure you are. However, anything that is outside your immediate physical reach, not so much.

Google has joined with Yahoo, and others to continue the fight to explain to our sworn defenders of the Constitution the importance of the Fourth Amendment. The interesting thing here is that while President Bush was in office, the screeches from many, myself included, about the violations of Civil Rights and the Constitution by the PATRIOT ACT were loud and often. Yet, now that President Obama is the man in the oval office, you don't hear quite so much from the left anymore about the Unconstitutional aspects of this kind of action.

Yet you do hear a few people outraged about this. You see, the Constitution matters. Who is elected to "protect and defend" doesn't matter. The Constitution is what is supposed to matter. If someone you don't like violates the Constitution, it's easy to scream he is doing something wrong. If someone you do like performs the same action, you remain silent, then the Constitution doesn't matter to you.

With this news on Drudge today, you would expect someone to be talking about it on the left. Nope, not so much. I breezed through the Democratic Underground or DUmmies. The Daily Kos, or the Kos Kids. I went through Arianna Huffington's (I only take a private jet if it's going there anyway) Huffington Post. Not one blog post, not one missive. Instead there were dozens of posts where the DUmmies were announcing their intent to infiltrate the Tea Party protestors. Yeah, because people who think that 50% taxes is too much, and out of control Government spending is wrong, are more dangerous than anything else going on.

Perhaps the DUmmies and the Kos Kids, and the Huffsters will be told tomorrow that this email fight is good for the nation, because then we can round up all those who don't think like we do. I think it's a bad thing, no matter who is in power.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Early victims of Obamacare.

I saw the headline yesterday, but was unable to get the news article up, as their servers were wiped out by people who were hoping to read the article. Seriously, the news site was unavailable for a full day because of demand for this article.

( – The new health care overhaul law, which promised increased access and efficiency in health care, will prevent doctor-owned hospitals from adding more rooms and more beds, says a group that advocates physician involvement in every aspect of health care delivery.

Now, I know what you're thinking. It's all hype right? Cybercast News isn't a mainstream media outlet you insist. The story must be more hype, than right.

Hot Air pointed me towards a NY Times Article where it appears that Congress has just eliminated themselves from the Federal Employee Health Insurance Program.

WASHINGTON — It is often said that the new health care law will affect almost every American in some way. And, perhaps fittingly if unintentionally, no one may be more affected than members of Congress themselves.

In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.

For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?

The article goes on to state that the real problem is that due to the imprecise language used in the bill, the restriction on Members of Congress from participating in the Federal Insurance program, may actually be in effect right now.

Anxiously waiting for the Tea Party or ACLU Lawsuit to force the Federal Government to drop the Congressional Representatives. After all, the law seems clear, Congress isn't supposed to be in the Federal Health Benefits Program and their continued participation is apparently a violation of law.

Anyone up for a Class Action Lawsuit to force Congress out of the Federal Health program?

Government cancels Cancer Patients Medicare

When the Obamacare debate began, people like me pointed out all the horror stories that Government run health care spawned. We were just nitpicking, or we were hyping the story, or we were just trying to scare people was the inevitable response from the left wing. We would hear how the US was the only Industrialized Nation without Universal Health Care.

We would point out how people were dying in the other system, and how they were mis-treated, or left to have babies in the halls due to shortages and rationing.

Pish Posh we were told. We have to do this to keep the Insurance Companies from Canceling people who got sick.

Yet, imagine my surprise when I got an email telling me to check out the Limbaugh show, and I find that a woman had her Medicare canceled right before she was to get a bone marrow transplant surgery performed that would save her life. Wait, Medicare? The Federally Funded program that we are pushing more people into? Medicare?

Oh, the same Medicare that had to be cut to be able to afford the Obamacare program. That Medicare.

So we can assume that the cancellation of this woman's procedure was part of President Obama's plan to cut waste, fraud, and abuse right? That was where he said we would save the money in the Medicare Cuts. Yet it seems to me, that they are cutting out services and treatments.

Obviously this isn't the rationing that we warned about. That will come next. This is the Federal Government canceling coverage for a woman who got sick. This is the very thing that President Obama told us would happen if we didn't pass his overhaul. It's a shame that Medicare doesn't fall under the State Insurance Commissioners right? If they did, then the Insurance Commissioner could examine the cancellation and see if it was in violation of State Law.

Now, this woman got her story on the news, and people around her community and the nation chipped in money to help her get her treatment. It's a shame that she couldn't count on the Federal Government, but got lucky instead and got on the news, otherwise she would be dead because the Feds answer to no one.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Stock Market observations

One of the many things I've learned is that the more education someone has, the less common sense they seem to have. The Professors have no grasp on reality, no idea how their books apply to the real world, or even if they do.

One example of this is the famous scene in Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield. The Economics Professor outlines the cost of building a new factory with rail and shipping docks. Rodney playing a real world businessman, promptly explains how wrong his assumptions are, and then lays out all the expenses that the Professor forgot. The difference was obvious. One was an academic who had the book answers. One was a real world businessman who had the real world experience.

For the last several years, I've been listening to the experts talk about the economy. During the Bush years, it was the worst economy for fifty years. Despite low unemployment and a high stock market. Yet, in 2002 I told the wife that the housing market couldn't keep rising like that. We had many discussions, where I insisted that the housing market was rising faster than it could possibly be expected to. It couldn't last I insisted.

It didn't. Yet it was a huge surprise to all the experts. Despite the common sense observation that the more the houses went up, the fewer people could afford them, thus the fewer people would be available to buy the houses. That would change from a Sellers Market, to a buyers market as the pendulum swung and prices would have to drop to help generate demand.

Now, for the last year, we've been hearing how we're in a jobless recovery, and how the economy is doing just fine thanks. Yes the Stock Market has been going up. Inexplicably to my way of thinking. How can people want to shove money in the market when they know the Democrats are going to increase taxes on them? When the unemployment is double digits, the place for money is not buying stocks, it's in safer long term investments. Gold is going up, so I can see that many people are taking this conventional wisdom to heart. With all the debt the Government is creating, people are not buying Treasury Bonds, which means that they think they can make more money elsewhere, or they think the US Government is going to Default on the loans.

Yet, the Market keeps going up. What I couldn't figure out was why. I assumed that Democratic Supporters like George Soros and others were buying slowly to keep the market moving up. The Banks would not take their TARP money and put it into the market, they needed it to shore up the bottom line to keep their banks from being seized under the new rules. So why is the market going up?

Today, I found a news article that explains some of it. The market is moving up, but very few trades are going on. So a vast majority of investors are not buying, or selling, they're waiting. Most people it seems may have more common sense than I gave credit to the experts for having. So the value is going up for the stocks, yet, no one is buying them, and no one is selling. Now, as for my common sense prediction on this.

The market is going to fall again. People are getting worried that they're going to have another round of losses. With continuing double digit unemployment, there is no one to buy the products that companies are making. GM has Hummer joining Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Saturn as lines that are being shut down. That will lead to more unemployment, not just at the factories, but at the dealerships, and all points in between. Truckers won't be hired to move the cars, or the parts to make the cars. So the unemployment stands to increase, again.

That unemployment coupled with the stupidity of the eco minded managers at GM will cause the company that is too big to fail, to fail. GM is putting it's future on the Chevrolet Volt. A car that can go 40 miles on just electricity before the Hybrid portion kicks in. Yet, the car costs an estimated $40,000. In order for that car to be economical for the average user, gasoline prices will have to jump to over $10 a gallon. Riots will result before it reaches $7 a gallon, so that shouldn't happen if we expect society to remain in it's current form.

Now, obviously $40,000 can get you a very nice car. However, if you're just buying transportation, something economical, you can buy a dozen different cars and have money left over. An example, the Ford Fiesta which goes on sale this year is going to be getting 30+ miles per gallon, at a cost of about $15,000. You can buy a lot of gasoline for $25,000 can't you? Or the Volkswagen BlueMotion series that gets up to sixty miles per gallon for about $25,000.

So GM is set to fail, betting on a car that nobody in their right mind would buy. Especially when you consider that 10% unemployment means that more and more people are going to be worried about food and shelter than which cool car they drive.

The shills are in the Stock Market, but don't listen to them, listen to your common sense. Nobody has ever heard of a Jobless Recovery. Recovery means that JOBS are available for the population to WORK and PRODUCE at. Government doesn't produce, it confiscates. Government jobs are NOT good jobs for the economy.

Get ready for the second big drop friends. My instincts tell me it's coming, and I honestly hope I'm wrong.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

What is a Mandate?

Representative Wasserman Schultz of Florida claimed during a Town Hall meeting that there was no requirement, nor any mandate that you the individual must buy Health Insurance.

Yet, the the law itself says that coverage is Required. Otherwise you are charged an additional tax to offset the cost to the others that you cause them to pay by not having insurance.

From the Law text itself as quoted by the News Article linked above.

REQUIREMENT TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.—An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month

Now, I don't know about you. But when a law is passed and is enforced with a fine, including forfeiture of all your tax refund, over the simple fact that you may not have an approved insurance policy for your health care, then I have to wonder what Required really means.

Obviously Representative Wasserman Schultz of Florida has a different definition of Mandate, or Required. A definition that is strangely out of step with the rest of us as well as the text of the law she voted to pass.

One must wonder what Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz uses Required for if not the way that the Dictionary defines it. This is obviously a play on words, an attempt to tell people that up is down, left is right, and black is not black, but actually white. In other words, it's a lie.

When Required is used in the bill you voted for, how can you possibly claim that the thing the law says is Required, isn't actually mandated, or commanded. The law says it is. The law you voted for.

One can only hope that the voters in her district decide that re-elect actually means fire outright this November.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

More new taxes planned

History has clearly shown, the way to stimulate an economy is to lower taxes, and keep them as low as humanly possible. To accomplish this, Government must be kept small, and un-intrusive, because large and intrusive is more expensive.

With the passage of the Obamacare law, and the expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts, and increases in State, City, and County taxes there is progressively less money in the economy. Now, the idea is to pass additional taxes, to help make up for the record deficits that the Democrat Controlled Government is running up every day.

The next plan is a VAT or Value Added Tax. Strictly speaking, it's like a sales tax that is collected for the Federal Government.

Already, with the Obamacare taxes, people in 39 states stand to pay in excess of 50% of their income in taxes. That doesn't include the telephone tax originally begun to pay for the Spanish American War. Nor does it cover sales tax, Federal Fuel Taxes, or any other of the literally hundreds of taxes that the average citizen pays every single day.

Still more than half the income is being seized, and the argument is that it's only hitting the rich. Pfui. That's nonsense. We'll all be paying it. We'll all see our taxes go up, and our earnings go down. We'll see more hidden taxes, and with the VAT tax hitting literally everything you buy, expect the costs of things to go up by triple whatever the percentage is. An example if I may. If they announce that they are enacting a 10% VAT tax. That means that everything has that Value Added Tax put on it.

Now, the plant where it is manufactured has to pay 10% tax on all materials that they're using. For something relatively simple like a shirt, that is the material and the thread, and any expendable items like needles and other parts of the machines. Then that is moved to a packing unit, where the plastic and cardboard to ship it is also taxed at 10%. Then it's transported by truck, with the fuel costs also getting taxed by the same VAT in addition to the Federal Fuel Taxes already in place. The truck will eventually be replaced when it is worn out, and it, with the trailer, will also have similar taxes on all materials going into it's construction, and then it's final sale.

So that simple little 10% tax will in reality be a 30% increase in the cost of everything. Now your paychecks that are already looking a little thin, will look a lot thinner when it no longer can manage to afford food and housing, much less anything else, because you can't figure out how to stretch it 30% further to satisfy the hunger of the Federal Government.

We always hear how the Rich are just getting richer, how companies like Exxon are greedy for making profit producing petroleum products for us to use. Yet, the sad truth is that Exxon makes about 5 cents on a gallon of gas in profit. However, the Federal Taxes collected is 18.4 cents per gallon. More than three times the amount that Exxon gets in profit for actually drilling the hole in the ground, pumping the oil out, and then refining it into gasoline for us to use.

Why are we never asking the obvious question. If Exxon is so greedy making 5 cents per gallon, why isn't the Government three times as greedy for demanding 18.4 cents on something they had no hand in producing?

Find me a tax that the Government ever stops once it is started. The famous Telephone Tax is a good example. Every time it runs out, they find another excuse to put it back on since the Congress first decided it was a good idea during the Spanish American War. At the time, only the rich had the luxury item of a telephone, so only the rich would pay the tax. Now, we all pay it, and we wonder why our phone service is so expensive.

The conservative answer is obvious, historical, and simple. No new taxes by any name. Do in DC what the rest of us have to do all the time. Put off buying things we can't afford. Don't spend more than you have, and don't promise to spend more than you make regarding credit.

The rest of the households in the nation have to balance their budgets, and if families are sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out what can be paid on the bills, and how they can afford to buy what they need, much less what they want. Washington can figure out how to do with less too. They got us into the mess, and it's time for them to make some hard choices on how to get out of it. We shouldn't be alone in our suffering and worries.

Hit Counter