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The Washington Times has an interesting commentary by Richard W. Rahn, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth.  In addition to the fallacies pointed out in the article, I would like to bring up another, the idea that government mandates for alternative energy can create jobs.

Like anything else, the production of energy requires labor.  Even the most automated production system was designed and built by human labor.  So mandating a less efficient form of energy production, such as ethanol, wind turbines, or solar, seems to require more labor to produce the same amount of energy.  And so it does.  Thus, stopping with this simple analysis, we would conclude that less efficient energy production results in more jobs.

But energy is used to produce other things.  Thus, the cost of producing those other things has now gone up.  This cost can either be borne by the owner of the company in lower profits, by the employees in lower wages, or by the consumer in higher prices.  Whoever bears the burden, and it is probably a combination of the three, the purchasing power of these people is reduced.  They will buy less because they have less to spend.  Because they are buying less, companies will produce less, and employ fewer people.

The net result is that there will be fewer jobs because of the less efficient energy production.

Adam Smith’s seminal work on Economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, is available online.  Although economic theory has progressed since 1776, like Newtonian Mechanics, Smith’s theories are still applicable 99.9% of the time.  For a more up-to-date economic treatise, try John Kenneth Galbraith’s The New Industrial State.  For those of you who want something a little lighter, try Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics.

An understand of economics is critical to one’s participation in politics today.  When our leaders are proposing Universal Health Care, windfall profits taxes on oil companies, and taking so much of our money in taxes, it is a dereliction of duty for a voter not to have as much understanding of economics as he can.

Thanks to the miracles of modern medical technology and the liberal definition of a “person,” it is now possible to have a child with no mother.  How is this possible?  Well, human ovaries are complete — eggs and all — before birth.  Let us say that a mother-to-be, near full-term, is killed in a car accident, and the unborn child, too.  The distraught father not-to-be could have eggs extracted from the unborn child, which eggs could then be fertilized and implanted in a surrogate.  The resulting child would have no mother.

Obama still leads in the delegate count, but his star is fading fast.  Unfortunately for the Democrats, it is not likely to fade fast enough for Clinton to overtake him in the pledged delegate count before the Convention.  If Obama wins the nomination, you can expect the union workers, a.k.a. the bitter clingers to God and guns, and the Hispanics, to stay home.  Even worse, they might actually vote for McCain — especially the Hispanics, since McCain wrote the Amnesty Bill.

The other possibility is that the superdelegates can put Clinton over Obama.  The job of the supers is to nominate the candidate they think has the best chance of winning in November.  If they do put Clinton in, the Blacks will not stay home, they will go out and riot.

Either way, it’s lose-lose for the Democrats.

Can you say, “President McCain”?  I knew you could.

I am only going to give you this heads-up one time.  For those of us with ADD, ADHD and Altzeimers-too bad.  Staple a post-it to your forehead and look in the mirror often!  What?  Can’t read backwards either?  I have no other suggestions for you.

It seems that decisions made elsewhere and from middle-managment are about to give us a complete scenerio of how to kill a satellite; from beginning to end.  The interviews are still being made as I type this.  The program should include those people that made the decision, those people that implemented the decision, and those people that revamped everything to make it workable.  If we get really lucky (and I believe we will), there will be nose camera footage of the missle to target up to the last few seconds before impact.  Some things just have to remain classified as it should be.  Oh, stop crying and whinning.  If you want to see what missle impacts look like, google footage for the first Gulf War.

All this should come about around mid-June timeframe.  It is developed and brought to you by the Discovery Channel BUT will air on the Military Channel.  Get those VCR’s (or TiVO’s) ready.  Ought to be a good time!

The situation of the polygamist Mormons in Texas in disgusting.  This is religious persecution, pure and simple.  The Washington Compost reports that the anonymous call that precipitated the raid was a hoax.  It is for precisely this reason that an anonymous call is not sufficient justification for a search and seizure.  Having found no evidence of abuse, the state “will say that the culture of the church, which encouraged girls to marry and bear children in their early teens, was a danger to any child immersed in it.” 

Such a theory is ridiculous.  It seems to me that encouraging people to delay marriage, contrary to the God-given sex drive which comes in one’s early teens, and teaching the “safe sex” lie rather than celibacy outside of marriage, which is the standard liberal line, is far more of a danger to children.  Despite condoms and other means of protection, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are still a threat to teenagers who have sex.  (Abortion is not risk-free to the mother — to the child, of course, it is fatal.  Having a baby out of wedlock is a ticket to poverty for mother and child.)  But if women only have sex with their husbands, and husbands only have sex with their wives, there are no such dangers. 

Young marriages, and arranged marriages, have been the norm around the world for a very long time.  Only now, in our Western culture, is it considered bad.  There’s that cultural arrogance that the liberals are so fond of point out.  Where is the vaunted liberal tolerance when it comes to religious conservatives?  Oh, yes, that is reserved for those religious conservatives who hate America and are not White.

Oddly enough, even Texas Law allows young teens to get married.  If it is allowed by state law, how can the state argue that it is a danger?  The worst possible prosecution for an actual crime might be that they did not get a marriage licenses — which is only a misdemeanor.

But here is the crux of the state’s dilemma: it must argue that minors’ getting married is harmful enough that it must be controlled by the state, but minors’ having sex outside of marriage is not.

Well, being a Hokie myself, I’m no fan of BC football, but I have to admit that the Falcon’s choice of Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan to replace the idiot (C)Hokie Michael Vick is a good one.  Last October, Tech went to the God-forsaken “prevent defense,” and Ryan took advantage of that stupidity in brilliant fashion.  (In the Dec. 1 rematch for the ACC Championship, however, Tech did not repeat their earlier stupidity, and kept the pressure on Ryan the whole game, winning 30-16.)

The Rams have also made a fantastic choice in UVa’s defensive end Chris Long, son of Hall-of-Fame Raider Howie Long.

I am very impressed that the first round was dominated by linemen.  “Seven tackles were taken in the draft’s first 21 picks, and eight in the first round. Seven defensive linemen were selected in the opening round.”  (WaPo)  It does a team no good to have and excellent quarterback and receivers if the receivers cannot run their routes before the quarterback is sacked or flushed out of the pocket.  It does no good to have a running back without a line to make holes and provide lead blocking.

One of the most impressive wins I’ve seen was a few years back when the underdog Redskins crushed the Dallas Cowboys.  On each running play, the Redskins linemen were getting five yards upfield before the running back passed through the holes they made.  On the other hand, in Virginia Tech’s national championship game in 2005, the Hokies took the lead by rushing the football.  They had a bigger and stronger offensive line than Florida State’s defense could handle.  But it was Vick’s last game, and they wanted to make it the Michael Vick Show, so they went back to the pass.  The Criminol’s defensive line, smaller and faster than the Chokie’s offensive line, ran right around the outside and sacked Vick.  Game over.

I’ll take the best lineman and with a mediochre backfield over the reverse any day.

It appears that some in the U.S. enviro-whackos-r-us crowd are beginning to see the light. The first part of the equation is there is no scientific proof that we cause global warming. The second part is that wind power, solar power etc is too inefficient to meet our energy needs. What we need is a return to the energy source of that we abandoned in the 70′s, nuclear power. Patrick Moore says:

 

there is no proof global warming is caused by humans, but it is likely enough that the world should turn to nuclear power

A nuclear power plant creates less nuclear waste than a coal burning power plant. The amount carbon 14 released directly into the atmosphere far and away exceeds the amount of nuclear material created by a nuclear plant. Then there are the other pollutants created by burning of fossil fuels such as coal.

Life has not been good to Al Gore, first he gets stuck as vice-vice president, third in line after Hillary Clinton while ol’ Bubba is frisking interns, then he loses the election despite the media being in the tank for him, a more or less peaceful world and a good domestic economy. Now Gore is proving to be one of the more famous snake oil salesmen in history. If the oceans would just hurry up and rise already. In the mean time food is getting scarce due to the emerging bio-fuels fiasco:

 

One factor being blamed for the price hikes is the use of government subsidies to promote the use of corn for ethanol production. An estimated 30% of America’s corn crop now goes to fuel, not food.

“I don’t think anybody knows precisely how much ethanol contributes to the run-up in food prices, but the contribution is clearly substantial,” a professor of applied economics and law at the University of Minnesota, C. Ford Runge, said.

This means of energy production is turning out to be grossly inefficient, and does not reduce the CO2 emissions. In fact considering the amount of energy needed to created a gallon of biofuel, it more than likely will become a net increase.

This form of energy does have a plus side I am sure in the eyes of the left wing enviro-whackos, it will starve out all those pesky poor people and finally cause that long needed population draw down. Not to worry though, because the middles class will become poor paying for food due to this plan. We will still have poor people, the future of the Democrat party is ensured.

In the meantime this is turning out to be an embarrassment for Gore, the swami of the environmental movement, he has a Nobel peace prise and an Oscar to prove it.

 

Mr. Senauer said climate change advocates, such as Vice President Gore, need to distance themselves from ethanol to avoid tarnishing the effort against global warming.

but

In an interview last year, Mr. Gore expressed his support for corn-based ethanol

Ooops! Guess he should have thought this one through first a bit. First time for everything, this would have been a good place to start.

Considering the impact this is having we need to look at Japan and other first world countries to see what passes for energy policy outside the U.S., being we do not have an energy policy. Japan seek to get 60% of their power from nuclear energy by 2030. Part the the drive to increase nuclear power is to decrease CO2 emissions. Something the one would expect the enviro-whackos to applaud, but no, they obviously would prefer to see us living in yurts, and all that implies.