June 2011

A decade ago, Boeing moved its corporate headquarters from its home base in Seattle to Chicago. It was considered something of a coup for the Windy City. I wonder how the Obama camp would react if Boeing decided to move its corporate headquarters again. It could consolidate its headquarters with its Integrated Defense Systems headquarters in St. Louis. It could move to Houston, which has a strong aerospace tradition, and is a major airline hub. It could move to an Asian capital, recognizing that that is where the growth will be.

Just wondering.


Allen West may have redeemed himself with his explanation on his Pigford vote. He said he didn’t do due diligence. How many politicians admit they screwed up, voluntarily?

He sure did a good job attacking the administration on its Libya adventure.

Sarah Palin has trademarked her name. Her daughter Bristol has trademarked her name as well. Seems like a smart move for a web savvy family. This website explains why:

How Can I Avoid Acquiring a Domain Name that Infringes a Trademark?

A prospective domain name owner can eliminate or substantially reduce the risk that a desired domain name will infringe on a trademark or service mark by doing proper due diligence before investing the time and money in registering or buying the domain name.  You should NEVER register or purchase a domain name without first investigating to determine if the desired domain name is identical or similar to an existing trademark or service mark.

This means I may have trouble registering the domain name “SarahPalinSucks.com“. Oops, already taken.

Allen West may talk the talk but he also needs to walk the walk. Corrupt and corruptible government programs need to be killed. Allen West failed. Darrell Issa failed. Too many Republicans failed.

Tim Scott (SC) voted against corruption and corrupt government programs. He succeeded. He’s been flying under the radar, but he has a track record and resume that appeals to us Tea Party types. He won a seat in the deep South after winning a GOP primary against Paul Thurmond, son of Strom Thurmond.

The main stream media paid little attention to Tim Scott’s victory. They should pay attention to him and his story.

OK, I have changed my ideal ticket from Palin/West to Palin/Scott.

Obama picked up the Perot voters as well as the groups that were excited about him. The former thought they were voting for a unifying centrist who would work with both sides of the aisle to solve America’s problems. That was the image projected by the Obama campaign and its handmaiden, the mainstream media. They may not have been infatuated with Obama, but they bought the Obama campaign’s message. The McCain campaign barely had a message, but that is another story.

Today, the Perot voters know they were sold a bill of goods. My brother-in-law, a small business owner, voted Perot and Obama. Now he listens to Glenn Beck, tracks politics, and is madder than hell. He feels betrayed by the media.

Obama has a lot of political problems. The low-turn-out groups that turned out for him in 2008 won’t be there in 2012. The hard-left is bitterly disappointed that Obama has continued so many of Bush’s war policies. Democrats in states like West Virginia and Louisiana will turn on Obama for his energy policies. The Perot voters will desert him because he lied to them.

But all is not lost for Obama’s remaining fans. The GOP has already betrayed the voters who gave them a landslide victory in 2010. The GOP establishment hates the people who gave them that victory, the Tea Party Patriots, and Sarah Palin. In Ohio, the GOP spent millions to elect John Husted instead of the Tea Party preferred candidate. The GOP will do all it can to foist a business-as-usual GOP elitist upon the party and expect to win.

Here’s the reaction that will cause: The people who delivered 2010 will focus on the House and Senate, and work against the GOP establishment in every primary. Their focus will be on destroying the GOP establishment and neutering Obama. It sure won’t be focused on electing another its-my-turn RINO. It won’t even take a third-party challenge. The GOP primary fights precipitated by the selection of yet-another-RINO will give Obama a Pyrrhic victory in 2012.

It was either Weiner or congress that got a weinerectomy.

The environmentalists, from President Obama down to the local activists, tell us that we need to switch from oil and coal to renewable energy sources like wind, solar and bio-fuels, to protect the environment. So we must stop drilling for oil in west Texas because it might disturb the habitat of a little lizard. Meanwhile, it is OK to erect wind farms that slaughter birds and bats by the hundreds of thousands. Gateway Pundit has a post explaining the impact of wind farms on rare and protected birds like the golden eagle. He quotes a UPI report:

Wind power turbines have been blamed for the deaths of scores of protected golden eagles in California’s Bay Area, wildlife experts say.

The death count of more than 60 birds a year during the last three decades worries field biologists because the turbines in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area — which have been providing thousands of homes with emissions-free electricity since the 1980s — are situated in a region of rolling grasslands and canyons containing one of the highest densities of nesting golden eagles in the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

“It would take 167 pairs of local nesting golden eagles to produce enough young to compensate for their mortality rate related to wind energy production,” biologist Doug Bell, manager of the East Bay Regional Park District’s wildlife program, said. “We only have 60 pairs.”

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/06/06/Wind-farms-taking-toll-on-golden-eagles/UPI-94681307410170/#ixzz1POoURFj4

What did the environmental impact analysis say about the threat the wind turbines posed to protected birds? Probably nothing.

Let’s return to the little lizard in west Texas.  It sounds like a great location for a farm of solar energy panels. But a solar energy farm that matches the output of a single coal-fired power station covers a lot of territory. I kinda suspect that would be more disruptive to the lizard than a few dirt roads, a pipeline and some drilling sites.

To be fair, environmentalists have opposed wind farms and solar energy farms because of the environmental impact. Unfortunately, they also oppose energy projects that have far less impact on the environment.




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