Sunday, August 31, 2008

It Keeps On Going....and Going....and Going....and Going

Remember when we first started talking about San Francisco's sanctuary city policy and the inanity therein?

To recap:

San Francisco is protesting against immigration raids and blocking all cooperation with the Federal government.

San Francisco has been flying drug dealers out of the country rather than handing them over to the Feds -- because doing so would hurt their immigration status.

When that was stopped by the Feds, San Francisco proceeded to send them to long-term youth rehabilitation centers, which they promptly left.

And now, to the city's complete surprise, they've caught one of them -- back in San Francisco, selling drugs, and admitting he lied about his age because he knew he'd get leniency.

Add to this the pile of whipped topping that is the murder of a father and his two sons by one of the people sprung under this twisted policy, and top it off with a cherry of San Francisco submitting a fradulent bill to the Federal government for prosecuting border-related crimes.

Keep in mind that the two people most responsible for this fiasco -- Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris -- are leading Democrat candidates for, respectively, 1) governor of California and 2) Barack Obama's attorney general.

Then ask yourself what kind of law and border enforcement the United States would have with either of them in charge.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

What? They Want to Work?????

Truly, you would have never expected this.

After all, aren't those supposed to be the jobs that Americans won't do?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Oh, You Can Make It, You Just Can't Move It

Instapundit links to a New York Times article about the elephant-in-the-room issue concerning renewable energy generation: the fact that it is almost always produced in places nowhere near where you need it.

While the United States today gets barely 1 percent of its electricity from wind turbines, many experts are starting to think that figure could hit 20 percent.

Achieving that would require moving large amounts of power over long distances, from the windy, lightly populated plains in the middle of the country to the coasts where many people live. Builders are also contemplating immense solar-power stations in the nation’s deserts that would pose the same transmission problems.

The grid’s limitations are putting a damper on such projects already. Gabriel Alonso, chief development officer of Horizon Wind Energy, the company that operates Maple Ridge, said that in parts of Wyoming, a turbine could make 50 percent more electricity than the identical model built in New York or Texas.

“The windiest sites have not been built, because there is no way to move that electricity from there to the load centers,” he said.

Of course, this being Democrat Pravda the Times, they left out one of the primary reasons why we simply don't build more transmission lines and update the grid.
Only last week, Duke Energy and American Electric Power announced a $1 billion joint venture to build a mere 240 miles of transmission line in Indiana necessary to accommodate new wind farms. Yet the utilities don't expect to be able to complete the lines for six long years -- until 2014, at the earliest, because of the time necessary to obtain regulatory approval and rights-of-way, plus the obligatory lawsuits.

In California, hundreds turned out at the end of July to protest a connection between the solar and geothermal fields of the Imperial Valley to Los Angeles and Orange County. The environmental class is likewise lobbying state commissioners to kill a 150-mile link between San Diego and solar panels because it would entail a 20-mile jaunt through Anza-Borrego state park. "It's kind of schizophrenic behavior," Arnold Schwarzenegger said recently. "They say that we want renewable energy, but we don't want you to put it anywhere."

So what we have here is a case in which the Democrat Party is blocking gas and oil drilling in favor of "renewable energy" -- and then blocking the primary means of getting said "renewable energy" to where it can be used.

End result: billions of dollars in "tax credits" spent on building generators and turbines that are producing power that can't be moved effectively or stored, and is thus utterly useless.

Insane, you say? Not in a world where natural gas a) is not a fossil fuel and b) can be produced without drilling.

Requiescat in pace


Monday, August 25, 2008

What's a Word Stronger than "Disgusting"?

Because you'll need it for this.

Read. And don't stop reading until you reach the end. Then go throw up.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Right on the Money

One of the best expositions of Obama economic theory I've seen yet.

Especially this little gem from the Saddleback debate.
How different was Obama’s response. What he was looking for, he said, was “a sense of balance, and fairness in our tax code. It is time for folks like me who make more than $250,000 to pay our fair share.”

Question: if it's so important to him that he pay his "fair share", which is presumably more than he has been paying......why hasn't he been doing so without the government telling him to do it?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We Both Speak English, Right?

Turns out more than a few of our cousins across the pond have some rather interesting misconceptions about the United States.

Evidently they've been listening to American media and Obama speeches.

Second Chance

Rumor has it that Obama's Vice President choice will be erstwhile Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

In that case, let me predict the new stump speech.

Vote for Obama! I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man!

It makes one wonder if the Obama campaign is believing their own propaganda -- and thinking that bringing on Biden will attract all those white people who, since they haven't embraced Obama yet, must have concerns that are solely skin color-related.

Your Daily Dose of Schizophrenia

Imagine that: a neighborhood which spends an inordinate amount of ink, dollars, and glitter annually on making a spectacle of itself attracting..... spectators.

As a female friend of mine once tartly put it to another who was complaining about how men were always ogling her body, "Honey, if you don't want them staring while you shower, don't leave the curtain open."

Meanwhile, to denizens and demagogues of the district....remember this the next time you and yours are complaining about the lack of traffic and empty storefronts.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

People of Earth...Hail Your New Overlord

Rarely are online personality quizzes this accurate.

You Are an Alien

You're so strange, people occasionally wonder if you're from another world.

You don't try to be different, but you see most things from a very unique, very offbeat perspective.

Brilliant to the point of genius, you definitely have some advanced intelligence going on.

No matter what circles you travel in, you always feel like a stranger. And it's a feeling you've learned to like.

Your greatest power: Your superhuman brain

Your greatest weakness: Your lack of empathy - you just don't get humans

You play well with: Zombies

(h/t His Majesty, Queen of East Whitetrashistan)

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

On a Related Tourist Note

The Chronicle ran an article earlier this week about so-called "tourism envy" -- that is, the fact that the dollar being about as valuable as a mint collection of John Edwards campaign buttons means that Europeans, Asians, Australians, and presumably Antarcticans are dancing gaily through the streets of San Francisco with designer shopping bags on every arm and cash flowing as freely as Napa Valley cabernet.

My take: given our recent bout of typical San Francisco summertime weather, the dancing is to keep from freezing to death and the shopping bags are full of anything that even looks like it might slow down the bone-chilling ocean breath that turns Market Street into a wind tunnel.

Say what one will about this city, it punishes those who treat it as a midyear fling and pampers those of us who stick with it until September.

If You're Going to San Francisco

San Francisco has two Golds Gyms -- one located among the warehouses, yuppie condos, and ugly gay bars of the South of Market district, and the other in the heart of fabulousness at Market and Noe.

Put bluntly, the one in South of Market has twice the space, four times the shower flow, and sixteen times the eye candy.

No contest.