Showing posts from May 16, 2010

F1 to upstate New York?

Now this is a good idea

I'm not sure how keen they'd be to host F1 but I can tell from their website there is a lot they need to do to be anywhere near ready for F1. The track is only 2 years old which is good b/c certifying it for F1 is going to be much easier than an older/resurfaced track. Given the state of Silverstone and the Nurburgring at the end of their runs it should pass muster with a few upgrades. The big thing is going to be spectators and associated infrastructure. They're a private track with virtually no accommodations for fans. No fencing, no stands, no vending, no bathrooms, no parking etc. Now you're starting to get the picture as to why you don't just pick a track and start racing. Let's also mention that the typical F1 team brings as many as 10 tractor trailers with them when they travel. Twelve teams with say, 5 trailers each that's 60 right there. My head is starting to swim at the prospect. I am, however, keeping my fingers…

Profitability and wind power

The Craziest Thing I Heard When I Was in France Last Week - Veronique de Rugy - The Corner on National Review Online

That's when everyone turned to the economist. His response was so French that I thought it was worth sharing it with you:

"First, I would like to dispute the idea that Eolienne windmills aren't profitable. Once one adds all the subsidies and financial support the industry receives from the French government and the European Community, it is losing very little money." He went on to explain that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds."

It's not as if American economists don't say their fair share of stupid things, but if that's the definition of a profit in France, then I guess we have an explanation for many of our economic differences in the last 20 years.

Which is why I have little faith in the wind krep that's been peddled in the DE blogosphere. Wind is fine but it's not cost effective in many places. Dela…

I do not think it means what you think it means

Government dependence and living off of others creates entrepeneurship?

She is half right in that health coverage is killing mobility of labor. However, the answer is to free people from the current constraints. Decouple it from employment and allow it across state lines.

Nothing to see here, move along...

Terrorist Threat On Border With Mexico
A recent congressional report on the border threat confirmed members of Hezbollah have crossed the Southwest border. It shows photos of military jackets with Arab insignias found on the border. One depicts a picture of a plane crashing into the twin towers in New York City.

See this isn't simply about hating Mexicans. It's way beyond that. Did you know that North Korea's second largest Embassy is in Mexico City? Any unsecured border is a danger. The Canadian border needs to be sealed also. This is not about hating Canadians either. We patrol our waters not to keep out Cubans in rafts. (We do that too but they're not the main problem) There are drug smugglers, arms smugglers, human traffickers, terrorists, criminals and God knows what else trying to get here. We all know the realities and the Amnesty crowd simply wants to close their eyes to the real dangers. They'd rather make this about something it's not.

I have…

Obama and the rat

And when he scurried by a Fox News reporter was shouting, "Senator! Senator! Would you care to comment on the President's plan?"

Just so we're clear

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So...Big Oil is patrolling our shores with Federal Law Enforcement Officers whom they are directing to arrest for attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights and it barely rates a mention in your report? What if know what? Never mind.

I did not know that

The Scavenger : Apple won't take iPad buyer's cash
"iPad purchases are limited to 2 per customer and must be purchased with a Credit Card or Debit Card only."

"A Ha!" Says I. Cash is legal tender, they *must* take cash. Or not.

There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise.

I would have bet a zillion dollars that businesses are required to accept cash. Learn something new every day.

Imagination not captured

No you clueless fool it did not "capture our imagination". It enraged people. We wanted bloody revenge and death. We did not sit in wonderment about the implications for free speech. OK, maybe the Ivy Leaguers did. That is, after all, what they do.

God this is maddening. The man is so arrogant and ignorant at the same time it's hard to stomach.

Just go away. Just hole yourself up with your staff and at least pretend to work on important things like the economy, the disaster in the gulf and such.

Is it wrong to flatten a village?

Israel has been in the business of flattening neighborhoods, groves of trees and the like for decades.  Wikipedia has a page on it.  'Natch.

To wit:

House demolition is a controversial tactic used by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) against Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Official IDF explanations for house demolitions include use as a counter-insurgency security measure to impede or halt militant operations[1], as a regulatory measure to enforce building codes and regulations[2], and as a deterrent against terrorism in the occupied territories.[3]

Human rights organizations and the United Nations criticize the ongoing demolitions[4] of Palestinian homes as violating international law, and contend that Israeli governments actually use demolitions to collectively punish Palestinians[1] and to seize property for the expansion of Israeli settlements. [5][6]

Emphasis mine. So it's wrong. The UN says …

Must read of the day

A slow-burn bonfire of liberties
As for Muslims, in December Tohseef Shah sprayed the words “KILL GORDON BROWN,” “OSAMA IS ON HIS WAY” and “ISLAM WILL DOMINATE THE WORLD” on the war memorial at Burton-upon-Trent. But the Crown Prosecution Service decided his words were not “religiously motivated.” Phew! Thank goodness for that, eh?

I really wish they'd go through with this

If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation.
I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.

I really really want AZ to shut off their power. I know it would be bad for California but frankly they started this scrap and AZ needs to finish it. Let them live by their principles. Either that or apologize and go back to screwing up California.

Lost Lulz

They still play this ad on TV in Utah.

Oh the ironing!

Obama may personally greet each graduate: Kalamazoo Central seniors to fill out paperwork for Secret Service | -
Seniors are being asked to provide their birthdates, Social Security numbers and citizen status to the Secret Service so background checks could be performed.

Why he must be a racist! Only racist anti-Mexican Teabaggers ask people for citizenship status! Nazi! Nazi! Nazi!


h/t: Malkin

Something occured to me while watching this....

The open borders/amnesty crowd wants to restrain the government because the individual actors might act in a fashion counter the law they are supposed to uphold and enforce. Where is this skepticism for the people that are supposed to obey the law? Why are the police stations assumed to be filled with racist morons who can't not racially profile people? If they were in any way ideologically consistent, they'd be very wary of any large group of people. They'd be equally concerned that the ranks of Mexicans crossing the borders are filled with criminals as well.

They give the benefit of the doubt to those who are criminals and cast immediate suspicion upon those who uphold the law.

The mask slips

Why elites do belong on the Supreme Court
So now you are responsible for choosing your leader. Do you want someone like you or someone better than you?

Get that? Not smarter, not more experienced, better.

The problem here is the good professor doesn't know what "better" means. The better man is the braver man. The better man is stronger in character. Better often has little to do with smarts and is frequently found in inverse quantities. If the professor were a better man, he'd know that.

Your daily nutrition lesson


This made my day

What happens when people in Copenhagen want to wish a bus driver happy birthday? 

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Vaya con DIOs

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