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More Proof of the “Global Warming”–recordcool,0,4032125.story

Coolest July 21 recorded in Nashville as cool wave continues in Tenn.

By Associated Press

7:59 AM CDT, July 21, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cool weather has broken a previous low temperature for July 21 in Nashville that was set when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

When the temperature at the National Weather Service station dipped to 58 degrees at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, it wiped out the previous record low for the date of 60 degrees, which was set in 1877.

NWS forecaster Bobby Boyd noted it was the third consecutive morning when Nashville either tied or broke a daily low temperature record.

Temperatures were cool, but did not break records at several Tennessee cities.

Knoxville dropped to 59 degrees Tuesday morning, Chattanooga had 60 degrees, Tri-Cities recorded 58 degrees and Memphis was 69 degrees.


July 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Truth in Politics!

Truth in politics!

Truth in politics!

Finally!  An honest and truthful campaign advertisement.

July 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

National Healthcare

Thanks to Mark Levin, here is a compilation of the horrors of national healthcare.  For those of you who keep inisiting that national health care is a requirement that the government needs to provide everyone.

Background on problems caused by government intervention in the health care market.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS INCLUDES the UNITED STATES health care industry, which is HEAVILY regulated…with the usual results.

Worldwide Experiments in Socialism
Links, articles and figures detailing widespread and specific problems in countries with varying degrees of socialized health care.

  • Great Britain
  • Other European Countries
  • Canada
  • Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  • Cuba
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Americans Blindly Supporting More Government through so-called Universal Health Care
    Socialist health care system supporters often point to sky rocketing health insurance prices in the U.S. as a problem with a “capitalist” system. However, all of the pervasive problems within the U.S. health care system are a direct result of statism.

  • U.S. health care problems caused by government intervention
  • Economicsyes, it applies to health care, too
  • Straight from the Statist Guide Book…

  • What about those “40 million without health insurance”?
  • Why does “the U.S. spend such a high percentage of its GDP on health care”?
  • Great Britain
    Great Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was created on July 5, 1948. As with all government programs, bureaucrats underestimated initial cost projections. First-year operating costs of NHS were 52 million pounds higher than original estimates1 as Britons saturated the so-called free system.Many decades of shortages, misery and suffering followed until 1989, when some market-based health care competition was reintroduced to the British citizens2.

    Unfortunately for those requiring care, a mostly socialist health care system has problems. The articles and commentaries in this section identify some disasters caused by government intervention in the British health care system.

    I also recommend reading David G. Green and Laura Casper’s economic report, Delay, Denial and Dilution: The Impact of NHS Rationing on Heart Disease and Cancer to see the inevitable outcome of the necessary rationing of government health care.

    Straight from the newspapers

    Other European Countries

    Parliament unanimously passed the Canada Health Act in 1984 and established a single-payer, publicly-financed health care system. To ensure a true government monopoly (is there any other kind?) Canadian provinces outlawed private health insurance. Chaoulli v. Quebec UPDATE (June 9, 2005): In a 4 to 3 decision, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down Quebec’s law that prohibits private medical insurance.

    U.S. Patients have Greater Access to Advanced Medical Technology Than Do Canadians

    Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    The Cuban Government has implemented a two-tiered medical system (e.g. “medical apartheid”) that caters to foreign tourists while denying native Cubans access to basic medical necessities (at least it is “free” to them). This attempt to draw foreign dollars is one of many programs that were necessary once the Soviet subsidies ended in the early nineties.

    New Zealand
    New Zealand’s Ministry of Health is the New Zealand “Government’s principal agent and advisor on health and disability.”

    Australia’s universal health care scheme is relatively new (introduced in 1983, which built on the 1974 Medibank program). As with all socialized health care systems, there is a mixture of public versus private care (approximately 30% of Australians also retain private health insurance). As a result, the private patients receive better care than their medicare counterparts. The salary caps and artificial increase in demand for care that always occur in a national health care system are resulting in predictable physician shortages.

    U.S. health care problems caused by government intervention
    All of the pervasive problems within the U.S. health care system are a direct result of statism. Unfortunately, most Americans buy into the feel-good soundbites and look to the socialist utopia to provide answers, not understanding that additional government intervention always worsens the problems.Not even the so-called experts who villify capitalism understand the difference between Statism/socialism and liberty (see Dr. Arnold S. Relman’s For-Profit Health Care: Expensive, Inefficient and Inequitable, in which he refers to “HMOs that would be paid by the government” as “care under the private system”).

    Health care is a limited commodity- even if the statists ignore this fact.

    Footnotes [top]
    1 – M. Foot (1997). Aneurin Bevan: A Biography. New York: Atheneum. [Great Britain]
    2 – P. Day and R. Klein, “Britain’s Health Care Experiment,” Health Affairs, Fall 1991, pp. 39-59; and A. Enthoven, “Internal Market Reform of the British Health Service,” Health Affairs, Fall 1991, pp. 60-70. [Great Britain]

    July 2, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | Leave a comment

    Uninstalling the Clickonce Support for Firefox

    Uninstalling the Clickonce Support for Firefox

    A couple of years ago we heard clear feedback from folks that they wanted to enable a very clean experience with launching a ClickOnce app from FireFox.  James Dobson published FFClickOnce and got very good reviews, but we had many customers that wanted ClickOnce support for Firefox built into the framework… so in .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 we added ClickOnce support for Firefox!     This made ClickOnce apps much more accessible to a wide range of customers.

    We added this support at the machine level in order to enable the feature for all users on the machine.  Seems reasonable right?  Well, turns out that enabling this functionality at the machine level, rather than at the user level means that the “Uninstall” button is grayed out in the Firefox Add-ons menu because standard users are not permitted to uninstall machine-level components.

    Clearly this is a bit frustrating for some users that wanted an easy way to uninstall the Clickonce Support for Firefox.  But good news!  We have a fix in place (enabling each user to uninstall the feature for themselves) and our testing team is making sure that is rock-solid now.. I expect that to be out in the next few weeks.   I’ll be sure to post more information on that when I have it.

    Update (5/2009):  We just release an update to .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 that makes the firefox plug in a per-user component.  This makes uninstall a LOT cleaner.. none of the steps below are required once this update is installed.

    Update to .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 for the .NET Framework Assistant 1.0 for Firefox

    In .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, the .NET Framework Assistant enables Firefox to use the ClickOnce technology that is included in the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework Assistant is added at the machine-level to enable its functionality for all users on the machine. As a result, the Uninstall button is shown as unavailable in the Firefox Add-ons list because standard users are not permitted to uninstall machine-level components. In this update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and in Windows 7, the .NET Framework Assistant will be installed on a per-user basis. As a result, the Uninstall button will be functional in the Firefox Add-ons list. This update will also make this version of the .NET Framework Assistant for Firefox compatible with future versions of the Firefox browser. Updates to the .NET Framework Assistant may include updates to the Windows Presentation Foundation Plug-in for Firefox causing it to be enabled upon its initial update.


    In the meantime, if you want to disable the Clickonce Support for Firefox here are the steps directly from the dev in charge..

    Stop-gap Solution To uninstall the ClickOnce support for Firefox from your machine

    1) Delete the registry key for the extension

    i.                     From an account with Administrator permissions, go to the Start Menu, and choose ‘Run…’ or go to the Start Search box on Windows Vista

    ii.                   Type in ‘regedit’ and hit Enter or click ‘OK’ to open Registry Editor

    iii.                  For x86 machines, Go to the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Mozilla > Firefox > Extensions

    For x64 machines, Go to the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Mozilla > Firefox > Extensions

    iv.                 Delete key name ‘{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}’

    OR alternatively

    i.                     Open a command prompt window (must be ‘run as Administrator’ on Vista and later)

    ii.                   Copy and paste the appropriate command below and hit ‘Enter’

    For x86 machines:
    reg DELETE “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions” /v “{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}” /f

    For x64 machines:
    reg DELETE “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions” /v “{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}” /f

    2) Reset the changes made to the Firefox user agent

    i. Launch Firefox, go to the Firefox address bar and type in ‘about:config’

    ii. Scroll down or use ‘Filter’ to find Preference name ‘general.useragent.extra.microsoftdotnet’

    iii. Right-click on the item and select ‘reset’

    iv. Restart Firefox

    3) Remove the .NET Framework extension files

    i. Go to the Start Menu, and choose ‘Run…’ or go to the Start Search box on Windows Vista

    ii. Type in ‘explorer’ and hit Enter or click ‘OK’

    ii. Go to ‘%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\’

    iii. Delete the ‘DotNetAssistantExtension’ folder and all its contents

    Published 27 February 09 12:00 by BradA

    # Silvr said on April 1, 2009 4:18 AM:
    According to (

    “This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for websites to easily and quietly install software on your PC.”

    Question is :

    Is the above statement true. Is Brad Adams or anyone from Microsoft able to disprove it.

    I respect this site since it gave me a lot of help for a lot of stuff microsoft had long-since discontinued support for, and it has provided me great troubleshooting advice.

    I agree with other comments that this  secret install borders on the level of malware.(Sony anyone?)

    It was stupid on Microsofts part for the following reasons :

    1. Risking flak from security community and firefox community(if this indeed creates vulnerabilities in firefox)

    2. Add the fact this was install without any user notification or consent. All my other plugins and extensions were installed with permission from me.

    3. Risk antitrust allegations for using microsoft update to promote microsoft products over other(java).

    June 1, 2009 Posted by | General Computer Tech, Security, Windows / Microsoft | Leave a comment

    Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

    Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

    A routine security update for a Microsoft Windows component installed on tens of millions of computers has quietly installed an extra add-on for an untold number of users surfing the Web with Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser.

    Earlier this year, Microsoft shipped a bundle of updates known as a “service pack” for a programming platform called the Microsoft .NET Framework, which Microsoft and plenty of third-party developers use to run a variety of interactive programs on Windows.

    The service pack for the .NET Framework, like other updates, was pushed out to users through the Windows Update Web site. A number of readers had never heard of this platform before Windows Update started offering the service pack for it, and many of you wanted to know whether it was okay to go ahead and install this thing. Having earlier checked to see whether the service pack had caused any widespread problems or interfered with third-party programs — and not finding any that warranted waving readers away from this update — I told readers not to worry and to go ahead and install it.


    I’m here to report a small side effect from installing this service pack that I was not aware of until just a few days ago: Apparently, the .NET update automatically installs its own Firefox add-on that is difficult — if not dangerous — to remove, once installed., which lists various aspects of Windows that are, well, annoying, says “this update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for Web sites to easily and quietly install software on your PC.” I’m not sure I’d put things in quite such dire terms, but I’m fairly confident that a decent number of Firefox for Windows users are rabidly anti-Internet Explorer, and would take umbrage at the very notion of Redmond monkeying with the browser in any way.

    Big deal, you say? I can just uninstall the add-on via Firefox’s handy Add-ons interface, right? Not so fast. The trouble is, Microsoft has disabled the “uninstall” button on the extension. What’s more, Microsoft tells us that the only way to get rid of this thing is to modify the Windows registry, an exercise that — if done imprecisely — can cause Windows systems to fail to boot up.

    When I first learned of this, three thoughts immediately flashed through my mind:

    1) How the %#@! did I miss this?

    2) The right way would have been to just publish the add-on at Mozilla’s Add Ons page.

    3) This kind of makes you wonder what else MS is installing without your knowledge.

    Then I found that I wasn’t the only one who had these ideas. Microsoft has heard these criticisms from others who long ago commented on this unfortunate development (see the comments underneath this post).

    Anyway, I’m sure it’s not the end of the world, but it’s probably infuriating to many readers nonetheless. Firstly — to my readers — I apologize for overlooking this…”feature” of the .NET Framework security update. Secondly — to Microsoft — this is a great example of how not to convince people to trust your security updates.

    // By Brian Krebs  |  May 29, 2009; 7:40 AM ET

    June 1, 2009 Posted by | General Computer Tech, Security, Windows / Microsoft | Leave a comment

    Stimulus Checks and Obama Voters?

    Seems kinda funny how bureaucracy can inadvertently tell the truth without realizing it.  Seems I may have found the proof that there were too many voters in the election  of Obama.  Seems that some people are now getting stimulus checks who aren’t even eligible.  What would make them ineligible?  How about lack of life.  Yep.  Being dead.

    So dead people are receiving government stimulus checks.  And in at least one case, a person who died in Italy and was never eligible for Social Security received a check.

    And I can’t help but wonder if he voted for Obama, thanks probably to ACORN.   And the next logical question becomes how many others and which ones…

    Thousands of Americans are receiving federal stimulus checks in the mail, this week. Only problem: many of them are deceased.

    Recently, a Long Island, New York woman was shocked when she checked the mail and received a letter from the U.S. Treasury — but it wasn’t for her.

    Antoniette Santopadre of Valley Stream was expecting a $250 stimulus check. But when her son finally opened it, they saw that the check was made out to her father, Romolo Romonini, who died in Italy 34 years ago.

    Romonini was a U.S. citizen when he left for Italy in 1933, but only returned to the U.S. for a seven-month visit in 1969.

    The Santopadres are not alone. The Social Security Administration, which sent out 52 million checks, said some of those checks mistakenly went to dead people because the agency had no record of their death. That amounts to between 8,000 and 10,000 checks for millions of dollars.

    The feds blame a rushed schedule, because all the checks have to be cut by June. But strangely, some of the checks were made out to people — like Romonini — who were never even part of the Social Security system.

    May 15, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | Leave a comment

    Green Scam – Windmills

    I saw this on Slashdot and found it funny.  The return on the investment for the windmills was not able to produce enough energy to pay for themselves, let alone power a few homes.  So after proving that small windmills are not able to be cost effective, I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before we start seeing them everywhere.

    “A real-world test by the Dutch province of Zeeland (a very windy place) demonstrates that small windmills are a fundamentally flawed technology (PDF of tests results in Dutch, English summary). Twelve much-hyped micro wind turbines were placed in a row on an open plain. Their energy yield was measured over a period of one year (April 1, 2008 — March 31, 2009), the average wind velocity during these 12 months was 3.8 meters per second, slightly higher than average. Three windmills broke. The others recorded ridiculously low yields, in spite of the optimal conditions. It would take up to 141 small windmills to power an average American household entirely using wind energy, for a total cost of 780,000 dollars. The test results show clearly that energy return is closely tied to rotor diameter, and that the design of the windmill hardly matters.”

    April 20, 2009 Posted by | World News | Leave a comment

    Money, Power, Corruption, and the radical liberal…

    I just read this and I’m amused that I saw this in the Wall Street Journal.  To find that a nationally read paper is picking up on the building level of corruption and erosion of the American system of capitalism amuses me.   Several talk-show hosts have been talking about this for some time, but many of the media types have been ignoring them.  Now the liberal media is starting to get a clue of how deep this could go.   I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before the media starts getting “bailed out” too.

    Now it is starting to look like the only hope we have is the upcoming mid-term elections.  That gives the American people about 18 months to prepare a response for the destruction of our culture.

    Obama Wants to Control the Banks

    I must be naive. I really thought the administration would welcome the return of bank bailout money. Some $340 million in TARP cash flowed back this week from four small banks in Louisiana, New York, Indiana and California. This isn’t much when we routinely talk in trillions, but clearly that money has not been wasted or otherwise sunk down Wall Street’s black hole. So why no cheering as the cash comes back?

    My answer: The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler, and will surely control the health industry in the not-too-distant future. Keeping them TARP-stuffed is the key to control. And for this intensely political president, mere influence is not enough. The White House wants to tell ’em what to do. Control. Direct. Command.

    It is not for nothing that rage has been turned on those wicked financiers. The banks are at the core of the administration’s thrust: By managing the money, government can steer the whole economy even more firmly down the left fork in the road.

    If the banks are forced to keep TARP cash — which was often forced on them in the first place — the Obama team can work its will on the financial system to unprecedented degree. That’s what’s happening right now.

    Here’s a true story first reported by my Fox News colleague Andrew Napolitano (with the names and some details obscured to prevent retaliation). Under the Bush team a prominent and profitable bank, under threat of a damaging public audit, was forced to accept less than $1 billion of TARP money. The government insisted on buying a new class of preferred stock which gave it a tiny, minority position. The money flowed to the bank. Arguably, back then, the Bush administration was acting for purely economic reasons. It wanted to recapitalize the banks to halt a financial panic.

    Fast forward to today, and that same bank is begging to give the money back. The chairman offers to write a check, now, with interest. He’s been sitting on the cash for months and has felt the dead hand of government threatening to run his business and dictate pay scales. He sees the writing on the wall and he wants out. But the Obama team says no, since unlike the smaller banks that gave their TARP money back, this bank is far more prominent. The bank has also been threatened with “adverse” consequences if its chairman persists. That’s politics talking, not economics.

    Think about it: If Rick Wagoner can be fired and compact cars can be mandated, why can’t a bank with a vault full of TARP money be told where to lend? And since politics drives this administration, why can’t special loans and terms be offered to favored constituents, favored industries, or even favored regions? Our prosperity has never been based on the political allocation of credit — until now.

    Which brings me to the Pay for Performance Act, just passed by the House. This is an outstanding example of class warfare. I’m an Englishman. We invented class warfare, and I know it when I see it. This legislation allows the administration to dictate pay for anyone working in any company that takes a dime of TARP money. This is a whip with which to thrash the unpopular bankers, a tool to advance the Obama administration’s goal of controlling the financial system.

    After 35 years in America, I never thought I would see this. I still can’t quite believe we will sit by as this crisis is used to hand control of our economy over to government. But here we are, on the brink. Clearly, I have been naive.

    April 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    PETA Killed 95 Percent of Adoptable Pets in its Care During 2008

    Hypocritical Animal Rights Group’s 2008 Disclosures Bring Pet Death Toll To 21,339
    WASHINGTON DC – Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed 95 percent of the adoptable pets in its care during 2008. Despite years of public outrage over its euthanasia program, the animal rights group kills an average of 5.8 pets every day at its Norfolk, VA headquarters.

    According to public records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 2,124 pets last year and placed only seven in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 21,339 dogs and cats have died at the hands of PETA workers.

    Despite having a $32 million budget, PETA does not operate an adoption shelter. PETA employees make no discernible effort to find homes for the thousands of pets they kill every year. Last year, the Center for Consumer Freedom petitioned Virginia’s State Veterinarian to reclassify PETA as a slaughterhouse.

    CCF Research Director David Martosko said: “PETA hasn’t slowed down its hypocritical killing machine one bit, but it keeps browbeating the rest of society with a phony ‘animal rights’ message. What about the rights of the thousands of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that die in PETA’s headquarters building?”

    Martosko added: “Since killing pets is A-OK with PETA, why should anyone listen to their demands about eating meat, using lab rats for medical research, or taking children to the circus?”

    CCF obtained PETA’s “Animal Record” filings since 1998 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Members of the public can see these documents at

    In addition to exposing PETA’s hypocritical record of killing defenseless animals, the Center for Consumer Freedom has publicized the animal rights group’s ties to violent activists, and shed light on its aggressive message-marketing to children.

    The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies, and consumers, working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices. For media comment, contact our media department at 202-463-7112 ext. 115

    March 30, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | 2 Comments

    Green Scam 2

    OK, so a couple of days after my first post on the Green Scam I find the following  articles:
    Heaviest Snow in 18 Years Brings Much of Europe to a Halt

    and the forecast from February 4,2009:

    Chill all the way to Florida
    Tom Moore, Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
    Feb. 3, 2009 8:42 pm ET
    In the wake of the southern New England snow and wind event, the Northeast will be left with scattered snow showers on Wednesday. A weak storm system over North Carolina by Wednesday morning may send some snow over the lower Chesapeake Bay and the southern Del-Mar-VA Peninsula. Wind chills will be low with temperatures forecast to range from the mid-teens in areas near the Canadian border to the upper 30s in south-central Virginia.
    Much of the Midwest will be quite cold and windy on Wednesday with scattered snow showers extending from the Great Lakes southward into eastern Kentucky and the central Appalachians.  Lake-effect snow will continue overnight across portions of northern Indiana just south of Lake Michigan. Several more inches are likely to fall. This activity will gradually diminish by morning. Gusty southerly winds on the Great Plains will drive temperatures up to near or above average. High temperatures will range from the single digits on parts of Michigan’s U.P. to the low 60s in far western Kansas.
    An Arctic cold front will sweep down through Florida on Wednesday leading to a very cold Wednesday night. Light snow will continue across the southern Appalachians through Wednesday. Some overnight and early morning snow, with light accumulations are likely in the Raleigh, N.C., to the Norfolk, Va., corridor. Above average temperatures will prevail across the southern Plains and Texas, however. Highs will range from the mid- and 20s in central and eastern Tennessee and the southern Appalachians to the mid-70s in extreme southern Texas.
    High pressure aloft will hang on for another day across the West. The result will be dry conditions. All of that will change by Thursday as a storm system pushes into California. The parched state will at least see some much needed rain into Saturday. High temperatures range from the 20s in the northern Washington Cascades and Glacier National Park to the low 80s in parts of Southern California and southwest Arizona.

    There have been a lot of stories this winter about how cold it is.  And there is one on how sunny Florida is expected to have record cold.  Many other places are having a record cold this year too.  Has anyone informed Al Gore or the rest of the eco-scammers?  Oh, that’s right, they’ve started changing their ritualistic religious mantra.  The  environmental scammers have started calling the scam “climate change” in stead of “global warming”.  Le’s look at that for a second, shall we?  What is “climate change”?  Wouldn’t the yearly season changes of spring, summer, fall, and winter, qualify as a “climate change”?   I think it would.  Don’t believe me, grab a dictionary and start reading.  Look up the definitions of the words climate and change.  These people like to redefine things to fit their needs.  But the twisting of the English language and misuse of wording is another rant for another time.

    Here are some of the things that these people don’t take into account when they start their “climate change” scam conversations:

    • What are the Earth’s weather and climate trends for the last 500 years?  How about 1,000, years?  5,000 years? or 10,000 years?  We don’t have a clue.  Why, because the ancient Romans, Egyptians, Mayan or any other ancient culture didn’t keep records.  But these scammers would have us believe that their predictions for the next 20 to 50 years are absolutely correct even though they have no clue about what long term cycles the Earth’s climate may have.

    Enough ranting about the Green scam for now.  I’ll just leave these links here for those that are interested in additional information.

    Freezing Temperatures Follow Al Gore to Harvard!

    More Inconvenient Truths for Al Gore and the rest of the enviro-scammers.,05394.cfm

    February 4, 2009 Posted by | Funny / Humorous, Politics, World News | Leave a comment