Monthly Archives: January 2012

Green on Green Crime: Energy Efficient Window Melts Prius

The potentially destructive paradox of “green” living has reared its ugly, biodegradable head in California.

From KCAL:

A SoCal woman says the energy efficient window installed in a neighbor’s condominium is melting the plastic components on cars parked in her carport.

Heather Patron of Studio City was dealing with a mystery regarding her Toyota Prius.

“The side view mirrors were melting,” says Patron. “Anything that was plastic on the car was melting.”

Toyota told Patron nothing was wrong with the car. After having the mirrors replaced, she noticed the mirrors on the car parked next to hers were also melting.

Patron then observed a powerful beam of light that was reflecting off the window of a next door condominium, casting a concentrated beam over her carport.

CBS2’s Randy Paige placed a thermometer in the pathway of the beam on a partially cloudy day. The temperature registered over 120 degrees in less than five minutes.

I haven’t seen eco-irony that thick since Ed Begley, Jr. nearly choked to death on a Tofu burger at Beverly Soon.

Click the pic to roll tape on the news video:

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The State of the Union Rerun

Last night on Twitter I asked if the guy who loads Obama’s words into the teleprompter accidentally put one of his previous SOTU speeches. I think that was the case. Here are just a few examples:

Obama 2010: “It’s time for colleges and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs.

Obama 2012: “Colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down.”
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Obama 2010: “And we should continue the work by fixing our broken immigration system.”

Obama 2011: “I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration.”

Obama 2012: “I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration.”
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Obama 2010: “We face a deficit of trust.”

Obama 2012: “I’ve talked tonight about the deficit of trust . . .”
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Obama 2010: “We can’t wage a perpetual campaign.”

Obama 2012: “We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign.”

We’ve seen that same show so many times the speech should have been broadcast on Nick at Night.

Video from the Weekly Standard:


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The GOP presidential candidate, whoever that ends up being, should use that in an ad. I can hear it already: “He’s out of ideas, and America is out of time and money.”

Obama: Thanks to Roe v. Wade, Our Daughters Can Pursue Their Dreams

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President Obama spoke yesterday on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling. It was kind of an “I have a dream” speech, except that to make this “dream” come true, the lives of over a million babies per year in the US have to be terminated:

“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,” Obama said. “I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right.

“While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue — no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption,” Obama said.

“And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

Hey, what girl doesn’t dream of growing up to get an abortion? Call me crazy, but I’m leery of people in positions of power who believe that the right to extinguish innocent, defenseless lives is an essential element in creating a utopian society.

And Barack Obama saying “government should not intrude on private family matters” is simply hilarious. Government shouldn’t intrude on private family matters — unless it has something to do with their health care, what kind of light bulbs they use or what they eat, drink, drive, smoke, how much they exercise…..

Update: “Study” of the day: Abortion safer than giving birth

Safer for whom?

What a Surprise: Obama Supporter’s Company May Benefit From Keystone Pipeline Rejection

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Another day, another story about crony capitalism:

Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.

With modest expansion, railroads can handle all new oil produced in western Canada through 2030, according to an analysis of the Keystone proposal by the U.S. State Department.

“Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in an interview. If Keystone XL “doesn’t happen, we’re here to haul.”

It’s okay though, because Buffett will no doubt send any extra profit he makes directly to the US Treasury in order to lower the national debt (pause for laughter).

Buffett was so happy about the Keystone denial that he picked up a ukulele and sang “I’ve been working on the railroad”:


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Update: Guess who’s going to sit next to FLOTUS at the State of the Union speech tonight? Not Warren Buffett, but very close.

John Kerry Plays Hockey, Re-Lives Results of 2004 Election

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This is what happens if you crash the crease when Teresa’s in goal:

Hockey is a rough sport; just ask Senator John Kerry, D-Mass.

The senator was attending a ceremony for his hometown hockey team, the Boston Bruins, at the White House today when he publicly debuted the remnants of his own hockey injury.

Kerry appeared to have two black eyes and a swollen nose. His senate office said the black and blue was caused by a nose injury during a hockey game the senator participated in recently.

“He’s totally fine,” Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith told ABC News, “Very ironically he busted his nose recently playing ice hockey, so the Bruins can certainly relate.”

The good news is that Kerry now thinks he’s a lock for another Purple Heart.

Update: ZIP has a better photo. Thurston looks like he’s been on a three-day caviar & Chataeu Lafite bender.

TSA Detains Sen. Rand Paul for Attempting to Smuggle Common Sense Aboard DC-Bound Flight

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Sources tell me Rand Paul was detained because the full body scanner caught an image of a book the J-Nap led DHS considers terrorist literature: The Fountainhead.

From the Daily Caller:

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s press secretary Moira Bagley tweeted on Monday that Transportation Security Administration officials were detaining her boss in Nashville, Tenn.

“Just got a call from @senrandpaul,” Bagley tweeted at about 10 a.m. on Monday. “He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”

Bagley hasn’t immediately responded to The Daily Caller’s request for comment for more details.

Texas Congressman and current Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul – Sen. Rand Paul’s father – placed a post on Facebook about the news as well. “My son Rand is currently being detained by the TSA at the Nashville Airport,” Ron Paul posted. “I’ll share more details as the situation unfolds.”

Ron Paul adds, via Twitter, that the TSA detained his son “for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner.”

If it were really the TSA’s mission to protect America from threats, they’d detain Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, et al… for a long time.

Rasmussen: Gingrich Overtakes Romney in Florida

Most of the Florida polls I’ve seen for the past few weeks had Mitt Romney with a comfortable 20 or more point lead over Newt Gingrich. The recent poll average showed Newt narrowing the gap but still trailing. But today Rasmussen comes along with this whopper:

Less than two weeks ago, Mitt Romney had a 22-point lead in Florida, but that’s ancient history in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Following his big win in South Carolina on Saturday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now is on top in Florida by nine.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters, taken Sunday evening, finds Gingrich earning 41% of the vote with Romney in second at 32%. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum runs third with 11%, while Texas Congressman Ron Paul attracts support from eight percent (8%). Nine percent (9%) remain undecided.

The Florida primary is a week from today. Tomorrow Romney releases his 2010 tax return as well as his 2011 estimate, and I suggest the latter shows a monster charitable donation to Dreams for Seniors or something similar.

How bad do things have to get for Romney before he has to start thinking about the unthinkable — which is a complete and total mea culpa for Romneycare? It’s not often that the “nuclear option” involves dropping the political versions of Fat Man and Little Boy on yourself, but if the trend doesn’t start going back in Romney’s direction it’s something he’ll have to consider — especially if he loses Florida.

At that point, of course, we’d accuse him of being insincere and flip-flopping again, but it could be his only hope.

Charlie Rangel Falls Asleep During Obama Speech

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At least I have something in common with Charlie Rangel:

President Obama’s fund-raising tour of New York was highlighted by a few funny moments — including Rep. Charlie Rangel falling asleep during his speech, and the president proclaiming he preferred Showtime’s “Homeland” to the Republican debates.

Obama raced through the city on Thursday, appearing at two events at Upper East Side restaurant Daniel, then at a dinner for 40 at Spike Lee’s townhouse, followed by a fundraiser at the Apollo.

A witness tells us Rangel “passed out” at his table at the Harlem venue’s “A Night to Remember” event and, “His wife Alma was shaking him to wake him during the president’s speech.” A rep for Rangel denied he fell asleep.

Believe it or not, Chollie’s snooze had nothing to do with Obama. It’s tax season, so Rangel always hibernates at this time of year.

Fox Sports: Joe Paterno Has Died

A sad and swift addendum to an already horrible story:

Joe Paterno, the iconic former Penn State football coach whose legend was tarnished when he was fired in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, has died, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 85.

Doctors had said Saturday that Paterno’s condition had become ”serious” in recent days after he experienced complications from lung cancer.

The winningest major-college football coach of all time with 409 victories and two national titles, Paterno was diagnosed shortly after Penn State’s Board of Trustees ousted him Nov. 9 following the child sex-abuse charges against Sandusky, his former assistant.

Gingrich Wins South Carolina

For those of us who like things to stay interesting, this is our election year. Santorum ended up winning Iowa, Romney won New Hampshire, and now Gingrich has a convincing win in South Carolina:

Newt Gingrich won Saturday’s South Carolina GOP presidential primary, marking a stunning turnaround for a candidate who finished fourth in Iowa and New Hampshire and whose campaign had been left for dead — again — by observers just weeks ago.

With about 95% of polling places reporting, Gingrich had 40% of the vote, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney getting 27% and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum getting 17%. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas had 13%. Based on early returns and exit polls, CNN projected Gingrich the winner.

Romney still leads in delegate count, however. And now it’s on to Florida for the primary on January 31, which just got a lot more interesting.

What was the reason for Newt’s late S.C. surge? Among other things, we can’t discount the Sarah Palin nod a few days ago.

The big loser of the night? Possibly ABC News, who you just know thought they had a campaign-ending blockbuster expose, but instead all it did was cost them a Sunday morning interview with the winner of the S.C. primary.

Here’s Gingrich Saturday night after it was clear he won: