February 8, 2008

Big News

Obama wraps up the former Mayor smoking crack with prostitutes endorsement.

Global Warming Cause of the Day: ETHANOL.

Biofuels harm more than help, studies find

Growing crops to make alternative fuel releases large amount of carbon into air

Alan Zarembo Los Angeles TimesFebruary 8, 2008

The rush to grow biofuel crops – widely embraced as part of the solution to global warming – is actually increasing greenhouse gas emissions rather than reducing them, according to two studies published Thursday in the journal Science.

One analysis found that clearing forests and grasslands to grow the crops releases vast amounts of carbon into the air – far more than the carbon spared from the atmosphere by burning biofuels instead of gasoline.

"We're rushing into biofuels, and we need to be very careful," said Jason Hill, an economist and ecologist at the University of Minnesota who co-authored the study. "It's a little frightening to think that something this well intentioned might be very damaging."

Even converting existing farmland from food to biofuel crops increases greenhouse gas emissions as food production is shifted to other parts of the world, resulting in the destruction of more forests and grasslands to make way for farmland, the second study found.

The analysis calculated that a U.S. cornfield devoted to producing ethanol would have to be farmed for 167 years before it would begin to achieve a net reduction in emissions.

"Any biofuel that uses productive land is going to create more greenhouse gas emissions than it saves," said Timothy Searchinger, a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the study's lead author.

Since 2000, annual U.S. production of corn-based ethanol has jumped from 1.6 billion gallons to 6.5 billion gallons – supplying about 5 percent of the nation's fuel for transportation, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.

Federal legislation passed last year calls for production of ethanol to more than double over the next decade.

Food crops such as corn, palm oil, sugar cane and soy beans have so far been the main source of biofuels because they are already grown in abundance and relatively easy to convert.

The fuels are environmentally attractive because, unlike fossil fuels, they are theoretically carbon-neutral. Carbon is released when the fuel is burned, but a similar amount is absorbed from the atmosphere as the crops grow.

Calculating the actual increase or decrease in carbon emissions has been difficult because of myriad factors involved, such as the energy used to produce the fuels and the varying amounts of carbon released through cultivation.

The biggest source of emission, by far, comes from land-use changes associated with biofuels, the new studies showed.

Several scientists said it is becoming clear that the biofuel industry needs to focus on potential biofuel sources that do not increase pressure on land, such as municipal trash, crop waste and prairie grasses.

The government is also promoting those sources, but there are still technological hurdles, and the powerful agricultural lobby has put its weight behind food-based biofuels to boost crop prices for farmers.

"We need better biofuels before more biofuels," said Alex Farrell, a professor of energy and resources at the University of California at Berkeley who was not involved in the study.

And who should Hillary's VP be?


Such a wide variety, but I think the choice is clear.

While we are thinking about running mates...


How about this one for Barack Obama?

Hillarycare

From Seacoastonline.com

Landlord: Clinton staff stiffed me on rent

PORTSMOUTH — Rochester physician Terry Bennett said he rented a city building to people who worked for Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign — and skipped town without paying the bill.

Making matters worse, Bennett said, the 3,000-square-foot building at 236 Union St. was left trashed. Campaign signs were left lying all over the place, he said.

"It's a very nice little building, with an 1,800-foot warehouse and the rest can be offices," Bennett said. "There's a full kitchen and bath. They used it as a campaign center and dormitory. I expected them to hand the Realtor a check as they left. They did not."

Bennett said he wanted to be fair. The tenants contacted him and said they wanted the building for five days before the New Hampshire primary, which was held Jan. 8.

Realtor Michael Whitney said arrangements for the rental were made by Emily Walsh, who, Whitney said, corresponded with him from a Clinton campaign e-mail address. A New Hampshire woman named Emily Walsh has a blog written on Clinton's campaign Web site. She is listed on the Web site as a resident of Manchester. An Emily Walsh from Manchester has also been named a 1st Congressional District delegate for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver, Colo.

Calls and e-mails from the Herald to Kathleen Strand, Clinton's New Hampshire spokeswoman, were not immediately returned. E-mails and attempts to reach Walsh by phone, as well as calls to a woman who picked up the keys from Whitney, were not returned.

The Herald also made a call to Clinton's national campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va. A woman reached in the press office said she would try to get someone who could respond, but there was no response.

Neither Bennett nor Whitney knew how many people actually stayed in the building. The rent charged was $100 a day, for a total of $500.

Whitney, with the firm of Keller Williams Coastal Realty, confirmed the building was not left in good condition.

"We had to pick up after them," he said.

Whitney said he has been trying to collect rent for four weeks.

"I sent about 20 e-mails," said Whitney. "I hear the Clinton campaign is out of money. Maybe the woman got laid off. I called, but they will not return any of my calls."

This week, national news reports said Hillary Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million of her personal fortune. Bennett said he finds it hard to believe she can't afford $500.

When the group did not give him a check for the amount up front, as per the agreement, Whitney said, he gave them the benefit of the doubt.

"But they packed up and left," he said.

"They left enough trash for a small army," said Bennett. "We filled two of those big black trash bags with what they left. There might still be a 4x8 Hillary sign there we pulled off the fence."

An excellent suggestion.


James T Harris asks if John McCain might want to take a look at J.C. Watts as VP.


I could get excited about that.

The Nominee


Who 'Dat?


February 7, 2008

Paging Florida and Michigan...

Obama Campaign Projects Deadlocked Race After Primaries Finish
By Catherine Dodge and Alex Tanzi

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama's campaign is forecasting that the Democratic presidential race will remain deadlocked after the primaries end, and the outcome may depend on a fight over whether delegations from Florida and Michigan are counted.

By the time the last primary is held June 7, Obama's advisers project he will have 1,806 delegates to 1,789 for New York Senator Hillary Clinton, according to a document outlining the scenario that was inadvertently attached to a release on delegate counts from yesterday's Super Tuesday primaries.

The forecast doesn't include Florida and Michigan, which were stripped of delegates by the Democratic National Committee for holding primaries ahead of the schedule set out by the party. Clinton, who won uncontested primaries in both states, is vowing a fight to have those delegates -- slated to be 366 in total -- seated at the nominating convention.

``This is only one of an infinite number of scenarios,'' Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, adding that the release of the information was unintended.

Another issue is the so-called super delegates, 796 Democratic officials and officeholders who aren't bound by the results of primaries and caucuses. Obama's campaign projects about half will be pledged to either the Illinois senator or Clinton, and the rest could swing the nomination.

A Draw


The rest.

Guess the number game


$30,000,000,000


UPDATE; $30,000,000,000 is the rough amount of taxes paid last year by Exxon. This is an amount greater than the bottom 50% of earners pay and a corporate income tax of 41%.
Now our liberal posters can come along and tell us again how we should raise corporate taxes while completely failing to understand that money is all paid for by us at the pump. And by the way, that figure does not include state and federal gasoline taxes.



February 6, 2008

Snowpocalypse.







Everybody ok out there?

Name one accomplishment by Obama

Super Duper Tuesday thread.

I have not the time to jump into details. They are still adding up the delegates and the picture will come into light in time.

Have at it folks.

DRQ, Drinking Right Quotes

Beer is my friend. Fraley

I'll be writing in none of the above. Nick

I've never watched Caddyshack. Nick (Dude, It's easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat. But the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat. )

You know it is a bad night when Fraley is the optimist. Steve

You came? Boy you are hard core. Mark

The Greenie Freakie. Fraley

He's a great tenor though. Nick.

We survived four years of Carter, we can survive four years of Clinton or Obama. Peter

Aren't you from the south? Nick

That doesn't mean I eat that s**t. Fred

Call it gasp. Orv

They surrender. Fred

I hear that a lot from women. Nick.

I got Farked. Peter.

I've neve been Farked. Nick.

There is a double standard. Peter.

If you don't have a funny hat you are not a Christian. Nick.

February 5, 2008

MRQ of the week.

Congratulation Kate on winning MRQ of the week!

Who would name their kid Plaxico? Sounds like a drug company.

There is new MRQ of the week poll on the side-bar.

James T Harris on the impending White Death.

Wisconsinites...This is it! This is our chance! Our chance to shine, to make up for all of the ridiculous hand-wringing, hysteria and weakness.

Wisconsinites, it’s time to show some strength. It is time to embrace your heritage! It is time to carry on tonight (and tomorrow), as if snow and ice and cold were no big deal in Wisconsin during the winter season. (It is February, after all.)

Cancel nothing. Keep your appointments. Turn off the tube, and shovel the snow. (Help out your neighbors, even!) Wake up tomorrow, shovel the snow, drink hot cocoa, and then...SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL!

This isn’t Minnesota, for crying out loud. We don’t watch our football in the comfort of a dome (at least not yet...) and we don’t navigate our cities via heated underground mazes. This is Wisconsin!

People, in the name of Brett Favre, ice fishing, the Ice Bowl, The Frozen Tundra and all that use to be good and right about this great state... MAN UP!

Happy Paczki Day.




Foriegn Perception.


This was snapped at a German parade. I guess we know where their Super Tuesday prediction comes in.

February 4, 2008

MRQ wind and snow and rain and death and other stuff.

I can always wait for a better day. Grumps

Mom was not pleased. Aaron.

Where's Keillor? Can I get his autograph? Wiggy.

Just what we need… Lynn Spears to raise ANOTHER child. TMB.

Grab the popcorn! Sister T.

That depends on what your definition of “death” is. Plebian.

Isn’t a Libertarian voting a little like an atheist going to church? Elliot.

Bubba is so worse than a woman! Ally.

Wouldn't it be nice if she just went away for good? Steve

I always pictured you as being liberal. Nick.

Isn’t it ironic that the presidential election is being held in the year of the rat. Silent E.

My head feels like a ton of bricks right now. I blame Scott Walker. hsgbdmama.

You’ve had 11 beers and you gotta work tomorrow. Patrick

if you’re into chick flicks. Lance.

Packers by 10. Jimi.

a merry occasion for a date with a poorly lit room JB.

Fool-Aid. Joey.

I believe you're in my seat. LMS.

1 Ground hog, 2 quarts Water, 1/4 cup Salt. Wiggy.

No asterisk either. None needed. E.S.K.

is it just underwear with the team logo on? Ally.

Attention those feeling guilt over global warming....

Announcing the Vectrix Electric Scooter. This bad boy runs on 5 12 volt has a 30-mile range and a whopping top end of 40-45 mph. (those flames painted on their logo make it look really fast!)

Zero emissions.
Your price only $11,000 - $12,000. If you believe you should be willing to pay.


Funny though, so far they have only sold 123 of these things.


Hey, it comes in red too!



The David Tyree Catch!!

So was this the best catch in NFL history?

Mrs RDW will be so proud...

Among the searches to find the blog today I found the following: chocolate addiction chocoholics

We were the 10th item listed on Yahoo.

Caption This.


I "borrowed" this from Brad at Letters in Bottles. This was snapped at a Mardis Gras parade in New Orleans.


I guess there have been big changes since Bobby Jindahl took office.

Bar economics.

This is a nice reminder given the current class warfare battle in the "stimulus" bill.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20."

Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.

But what about the other six men - the paying customers?

How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same; amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before.

And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings."I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!"

"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works.

The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Super Tuesaday.

Predictions?

Thoughts?

Opinions?

This is your big chance.

Drinking Right

This is an announcement of the Drinking Right Preferential Tuesday Alert System.

Drinking Right will not be held the second Tuesday of the month (as usual), Drinking Right will be held tomorrow, the 5th of February at Papa's Social Club.

See you there.

February 3, 2008

Retreating Arctic Ice Levels....

Not so much.

SBRQ - Super Bowl Random Quotes.

Are you shippin’ me? CarMax

Guys are excited. Michael Strahan

These two teams will burst. Joe Buck

Tails it is. Coin Toss

Do you have a cat? Bud Light Ad

He still won’t go down. Joe Buck

Going on a cheese run. Bud Light Ad

Yeah, I can fly. Iron-Man

Brandon is inches shy. Joe Buck

Do you like popsicles? Chuck Barkley

Taste the smoke. Daytona 500 Ad

I was going to have a witch doctor shrink your head. Cars.com

It’s Shaq by a nose. Sobe.

Wall-E, never heard of him. Buzz Lightyear

The linebackers sucking up. Troy Aikman.

Jinx, buy me a coke. Bill Frist.

I rented a clown. E*Trade Ad.

I really underestimated the creepiness. E*Trade Ad.

I loved that song until you ruined it. American Idol Ad.

Bill Belichick is up the tunnel. Joe Buck.

Super Bowl XLII Open Thread.



This is your Super Bowl XLII open thread.

Now that the Packers are out of the picture do you care?

Are you cheering for the underdog Giants or for the unbeaten Patriots?

Or, maybe you are just in it for the commercials....