Archive for January, 2009

Obama’s Miracle Blue Book: Your Free Pass for Free Gas

January 31, 2009

Obama's Miracle Blue Book

This is not a gag. Here is how online seller Amazon desribes “Pocket Obama”:

This is the little blue book that right-wing partisans love to hate. Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, POCKET OBAMA is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama’s speeches and writings, intended to keep the momentum going for those inspired by his message of hope and change. The portable book serves as a reminder of the remarkable ability of this man to move people with his words, a primer for readers who want to examine the substance of his thought and reflect on the next great chapter in the American story. His captivating oratory has earned comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this collection presents words that catapulted his remarkable rise to the American Presidency and set a true course for the future. Includes themes of democracy, politics, war, terrorism, race, community, jurisprudence, faith, personal responsibility, national identity, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a new America. POCKET OBAMA is essential reading as we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the work of remaking America.

And inside the editors issue these ominous words:

Here’s what one commenter at Amazon had to say about the miracle Blue Book:

I bought this book and read some of it to my landlord. Guess what?! He said I didn’t have to pay rent any more! And when I went to fill up my gas tank, the service attendant saw my book, winked, and said, “No charge!” At the DMV, standing behind 30+ others, I held up my pocket Obama and was immediately ushered to the front of the line! Wow! At just $5.95, what a great investment! It’s like an all-access pass and everything is free!

Many more witty and prescient comments here.

Kinda reminds one of that other little book; Mao’s Little Red Book!

Obama's Miracle Blue Book


January 26, 2009



Guess what folks! We are now having to deal with the latest inane acronym: FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States). POTUS was bad enough, although I confess to having used that one a lot for convenience. Then came the made-up Office of the President Elect (OPE), this should actually reflect that there is not such office (NOPE). This was followed shortly thereafter by the made-up holiday (KWANZAA).

FLOTUS, hardly a flattering term, came to my attention by way of a posting by The Politico’s Nia-Malika Henderson today reporting the displeasure being expressed by certain fashion designers of color that FLOTUS was not wearing their precious designs.The Black Artist’s Association (BAA) has notified FLOTUS of their pique in a letter to the FLOTUS office. BAA Cofounder Amnau Eele told Women’s Wear Daily (WWD):

It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Are the World’ by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers”


WOW! HuffPo Publishes Gore Debunking….

January 4, 2009


Love that word-“debunking”; the act of discrediting and exposing claims as being false, exaggerated or pretentious. The term debunk originated in 1923, when American novelist William Woodward (1874-1950) used it to mean to “take the bunk out of things.” Anyway, I digress. The news is that The Huffington Post, affectionately known as Puff Host, has actually published a piece anti the climate change alarmism. An essay by Austin TX based writer and musician Harold Ambler thrashing, and trashing, the Goracle’s Global Warming Theories appeared on HuffPo yesterday. Ambler writes: (excerpts)

Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that “the science is in.” Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind….the expression “climate change” itself is a redundancy, and contains a lie. Climate has always changed, and always will. There has been no stable period of climate during the Holocene, our own climatic era, which began with the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago….One last thought on the expression “climate change”: It is a retreat from the earlier expression used by alarmists, “man made global warming,” which was more easily debunked. There are people in Mr. Gore’s camp who now use instances of cold temperatures to prove the existence of “climate change,” which is absurd, obscene, even…

Ambler was just getting warmed up. He proceeds to demolish the Algore theory about CO2 and temperature increase with the, by now, well established fact that temperature rise precedes CO2 rise by 800 years.In conclusion Ambler emphasizes what others have noted, that the most important influence on our climate is our Sun, not anything we do. About sunspots and cosmic rays Ambler says:

The number of sunspots for 2008 was the second lowest of any year since 1901. That matters…. because of a process best described by the Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark in his complex, but elegant, work The Chilling Stars. In the book, the modern Galileo, for he is nothing less, establishes that cosmic rays from deep space seed clouds over Earth’s oceans. Regulating the number of cosmic rays reaching Earth’s atmosphere is the solar wind; when it is strong, we get fewer cosmic rays. When it is weak, we get more. As NASA has corroborated, the number of cosmic rays passing through our atmosphere is at the maximum level since measurements have been taken, and show no signs of diminishing. The result: the seeding of what some have taken to calling “Svensmark clouds,” low dense clouds, principally over the oceans, that reflect sunlight back to space before it can have its warming effect on whatever is below…..Svensmark has proven, in the minds of most who have given his work a full hearing, that it is this very process that produced the episodes of cooling (and, inversely, warming) of our own era and past eras.

This is a long read, but a good one; highly recommended.

Also see NY Times, Jan 2,’09: In Obama’s Team, Two Camps on Climate

h/t Radio Vice Online
Gore Myths Debunked