Friday, February 24, 2012

SP&T further silences even more voices

Brent Boyer recently announced his latest effort to silence those he disapproves of.

Ostensibly, the motivation is to “create a vibrant, thoughtful and tolerant place for readers to share opinions, debate issues and otherwise engage in the news”.

Some, including myself, would suggest the real motivation is to further silence voices which do not share the political agenda of SP&T.

I think I can say with reasonable certainty that my voice at SP&T was silenced for purely political reasons. I cannot say for absolute certain why I was banned for life from ever again commenting at SP&T. You see, I never received any warning alleging any violation of the SP&T comments policy and I never received any explanation for why I was suddenly banned for life and every comment I had ever posted was summarily deleted. All I know is that I was banned for life shortly after I criticized an article published by SP&T.

On 3/12/2008 (in the throes of a heated Presidential election year), SP&T published an article which referred to “[t]he recession of the national economy”. I took SP&T to task on this and demanded a correction. At the time, the NBER had not yet declared the economy to be in recession -- that took place much later (on December 1, 2008). Furthermore, the most recent GDP data at that time indicated the national economy had expanded in each of the previous two quarters. Therefore, I submitted that SP&T was guilty of editorializing in what was purported to be objective news reporting. I further cited an editorial critical of such practices.

At that time, voicing an OPINION (on the editorial page) that the national economy was in recession would have been acceptable (albeit unsubstantiated). What was utterly indefensible was stating this as FACT in an article purporting to objectively report straight news.

Click here and see that my criticism CLEARLY irritated Mr. Boyer. Boyer threatened to (quite arbitrarily) delete any further comments on this subject. My assumption is that he went one better and deleted every comment I ever wrote and banned me for life. I have searched Mr. Boyer’s comment history and confirmed that this was the one and only time Boyer ever responded to any of my comments.

As always, NONE of what I posted was even remotely close to being in violation of the SP&T written policies for commenting on their site. What I posted did, however, expose the political agenda at SP&T. I’m about 99% certain my critique of that political agenda is what got me banned for life.

Then, as now, the only thing lacking at SP&T was anything even remotely resembling objective and unbiased enforcement of their own written policies for commenting. Then, as now, I believe the real objective was to silence those who did not share the SP&T political agenda. Phase I (requiring commenters to disclose their true identity to SP&T) CLEARLY had that effect. Our local Leftists openly admitted this and openly celebrated it. Phase II (requiring commenters to reveal their true identity to every emotionally unstable political extremist in the area) has (not surprisingly) already silenced even more of the political opposition. Once again, local Leftists are thrilled.

Sad times for Steamboat Springs.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The 'Progressive' Fantasy World of FreeRider

I have often said that so-called “Progressives” live in a fantasy world where facts, data, evidence and reason have no role.

Click here and witness the “Progressive” fantasy world inhabited by the SP&T commenter known as “FreeRider”.

Now, a dose of reality:

1) FreeRider says:
“Bush ran up the deficit over 5 trillion on 2 illegal wars by telling us lies of WMD'S”

A) FreeRider clearly does not understand the difference between “deficit” and debt. But, few “Progressives” do.

B) Congress (not the President) has constitutional responsibility for deficit spending. But, we expect “Progressives” to be ignorant of such matters.

C) Under Bush, the debt rose from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion. So, yes, under Bush the debt rose by just under $5 trillion. Note that the “Bush” deficit spending skyrocketed after the Dims took control of Congress in 2007.

D) Neither war was illegal.

Unlike Obama’s war in Libya, both the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war were authorized by Congress. The Iraq war was authorized by the United Nations.

E) Bush did not lie about WMDs. Furthermore, WMDs were far from the sole reason cited by the Congressional authorization to invade Iraq.

2) FreeRider says:
“Obama has run it [the national debt] up about 2 trillion”

Under Obama, the debt has (in 2.5 years) risen from $10.6 trillion to $14.3 trillion. If Obama maintained that rate of debt expansion for eight years, he would grow the debt by $12 trillion (more than TWICE the debt expansion under 8 years of Bush).

But, again, Congress is responsible for deficit spending, NOT the President! The President proposes, the CONGRESS disposes!

3) FreeRider then embarrassingly digresses into the usual silly race based political nonsense we expect from “Progressives”.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Global Warming Cultists Propagandizing Tonight in Steamboat

Quoting our local Socialist rag:
“[Tom] Easley will appear at 7 p.m. today at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library in conjunction with Transition Steamboat to present the talk about climate change in our area…

Specifically, Easley said tonight’s talk will concern the water cycle. He said U.S. Forest Service data show a trend of winter shortening by about two weeks from 20 to 30 years ago.”
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Click here and see why cherry-picking a timeframe of “20 to 30 years ago” is breathtakingly dishonest.

Click here and examine 24 years of winter cooling in the continental USA.

Click here and note that the ONLY outside source Mr. Easley’s organization EVER cites is the Natural Resources Defense Council (a purely political environmental advocacy group originally created as a project of the Tides Center -- a spin-off of the Tides Foundation).

Hell, these charlatans are SO extreme that they don’t even cite their fellow alarmists at the IPCC or NOAA!

What is worse, this page seems to suggest that the city of Steamboat Springs misappropriated my tax dollars to fund these snake oil salesmen!

Click here for some basic climate change science.
Click here to debunk the hysteria topic by topic.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Energy Ignorance of Ken Brenner

Here, we expose the breath-taking ignorance in a recent letter to the editor from the worst politician Routt County has ever endured:

Ken’s myth:
“the BP disaster in the Gulf”

Even the uber-Liberal Time Magazine knows there was no environmental disaster.

Click here for more on the environmental disaster that wasn’t.

Ken indulges his favorite fantasies:
“In the past several days, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced new leases for solar and wind projects on our public lands. I appreciate his efforts in that area and look forward to the jobs that come with those industries.”

Click here & examine wind power follies.
Click here for a brief insight into solar power follies.

When governments subsidize alternative energy “solutions”, they ONLY serve to subsidize FAILURE! So long as their failures remain subsidized, these alternative energy “solutions” will NEVER become economically viable in the real world. But, Ken has never lived in the real world.

Ken’s myth:
“energy companies have yet to develop a commercially successful process to extract the oil from rock”

Oil Shale technology was proven on a commercial scale at least as far back as 1924.

The largest Oil Shale facility has been in commercial operation since 1980.

Ken’s ignorance:
“Many experts have expressed concern about the impacts of large-scale oil shale production to our water, air, agriculture and public health. We want those impacts to be fully addressed”

It has already been addressed. The guidelines already exist for environmental protection in developing Oil Shale. These guidelines are the most stringent in the entire world.

The ONLY remaining obstacle is the most dangerous religious cult ever. And, Ken Brenner is a charter member of that cult.

Click here to learn more.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fighting the Progressive Takeover of State Courts

Quoting Matt Arnold
at Human Events:
“As more and more citizens have come to understand that ‘progressive’ courts and judges have aided and abetted the growth of government power and the erosion of individual rights, they are pursuing the opportunity — and the right—to hold our judicial officeholders accountable at the ballot box.

In several states—most prominently, in Iowa, Kansas, and Colorado—the normally sleepy judicial elections are turning into some of the hottest issues on the ballot in this already critical election year.”
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Click here for two basic 2010 election issues.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

An Academic Pinhead Displays Her Ignorance

Quoting local pinhead Teresa Audesirk:
“Satellite measurements over the world’s oceans, combined with data from more than 6,000 land-based sites throughout the world, tell us that decade by decade, Earth is inexorably warming.”
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Let’s very briefly review the shocking ignorance displayed in just that one quoted sentence:

1) Even the world’s foremost alarmist admits that there has been no statistically significant global warming in the last 15 years (and, peer reviewed science shows that the data which demonstrate that contain an estimated warm bias of about 30%).

2) Peer reviewed science demonstrates that there is nothing even remotely unusual about the latest (now stalled for 15 years) warming trend. In fact, the ONLY thing which makes the current interglacial warming period even remotely unusual is that we have yet to match -- much less exceed -- temperatures produced by ANY of the previous FOUR interglacial warming periods. Not only that, but the closest we came to matching the temperatures of ANY of the previous FOUR interglacial warming periods was about 8,000 years ago during what is known as the Hypsithermal. Furthermore, as the previous link documents, we are in the middle of an on-going, uninterrupted 10,000 year cooling trend which the latest warming has NOT reversed!

Click here to easily verify the source data for the previous two links and to explore that data in greater detail.

In writing this bit of purely political propaganda, Ms. Audesirk has not applied ANY critical thinking skills. She has ONLY regurgitated the same tired old talking points of the purely political and utterly tyrannical eco-extremist Left.

What is REALLY scary is that Ms. Audesirk is a text book author. Would I want anybody’s children “learning” from her text books? Not on your life! Parents! Home school your kids!

Click here to expose Ms. Audesirk’s hurricane ignorance.
Click here for more basic climate change science.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sustainability = Stagnation

Our local Socialist pinheads are at it again -- promoting the “sustainability” fraud.

Fraud? Yep, 100% fraud -- at least under any market based system.

Proof? That’s simple -- name ONE natural resource which the world has EVER run out of. There are none. And, only a centrally planned economy could ever deliver one. Under a market based economy, the natural law of supply and demand ensures that the world NEVER runs out of ANY natural resource. Rather, as the resource becomes scarcer, the price goes higher. Demand then drops, the price drops and the cycle repeats. But, the general trend is for GRADUALLY increasing prices and GRADUALLY decreasing demand. This creates incentives to find alternatives. And, higher priced alternatives become NATURALLY competitive and GRADUALLY take hold as the preferred commodity. Or, ideally, lower priced alternatives are found through the fountainhead of innovation. If you want an example, study the hysteria surrounding predictions that the world would run out of whale oil -- never happened!

I need to update my Peak Oil post to eliminate my “world of hurt” phrase and replace it with the GRADUAL concept described above.

Back to the sustainability fraud…
The sustainability fraud promotes stagnation and the death of innovation. It presumes that we will forever remain dependent upon the resources we current use and never make use of other resources in more innovative and/or less expensive ways. Again, that only even begins to make sense in a centrally planned economy where all innovation has been crushed under the jack boot of a Socialist totalitarian regime -- exactly where we are heading.

So, once the Socialists more fully impose their utopian fantasy and more fully crush innovation, we will -- indeed -- be forced (at gunpoint) to embrace the sustainability fraud in order to survive. But, as noted in the opening paragraph, the irony is that this utopian nightmare is the ONLY circumstance under which we could ever actually run out of any natural resource.

The Socialists tell us that they are actually providing -- through government subsidies -- the spark which will ignite the innovation that delivers the next generation of energy sources. BALDERDASH! Direct government subsidies (of any sort) do NOTHING but subsidize failure and stagnation! Wind and solar power would be MUCH farther along in finding their natural niche in our power grid if government had NOT subsidized them! The subsidies eliminate ALL incentive to improve the product and find the natural niche!

Ethanol never had a natural niche and never will. It was 100% pure government fraud and corruption (and still is). And, the same eco-nuts behind the sustainability fraud are the very nuts who -- as documented in a previous post -- reacted in an utterly irrational way to Three Mile Island and ensured we would not develop any new nuclear power plants for DECADES.

As I noted in a previous post, the global warming hysteria fraud is very similar to the stagnated mindset of the pinheads who promote the sustainability fraud. And, as we can see in the editorial which prompted this post; the two frauds are very deeply intertwingled. The stagnation promoted by the climate change alarmists is the fantasy that current climate conditions are ideal and any change -- natural or otherwise -- is inherently catastrophic. The entire fraud is based upon the notion that we must -- at ANY COST and no matter how insane the cost to “benefit” ratio -- find a way (which does not exist and never will exist) to stagnate the climate and perpetuate the current conditions forever. That, my friends, is typical of a stagnated mindset which is scared to death of ANYTHING which represents change of any sort.

The ONE aspect of our current condition which is truly “unsustainable” is deficit spending to fund entitlement fantasies. But, reigning in these truly unsustainable deficits is -- naturally -- anathema to the Socialists who ignorantly promote their alternative sustainability fraud.