When even Conservatives are moonbats

May 27, 2008

A Conservative Member of Parliament in Great Britain has proposed carbon ration cards for every adult in the country:

Every adult should be forced to use a ‘carbon ration card’ when they pay for petrol, airline tickets or household energy, MPs say.

The influential Environmental Audit Committee says a personal carbon trading scheme is the best and fairest way of cutting Britain’s CO2 emissions without penalising the poor.

Under the scheme, everyone would be given an annual carbon allowance to use when buying oil, gas, electricity and flights.

Anyone who exceeds their entitlement would have to buy top-up credits from individuals who haven’t used up their allowance. The amount paid would be driven by market forces and the deal done through a specialist company.

MPs, led by Tory Tim Yeo, say the scheme could be more effective at cutting greenhouse gas emissions than green taxes.

But critics say the idea is costly, bureaucratic, intrusive and unworkable.

No, really? What’s next, a tax on excess exhaling? Forget that anthropogenic global warming is junk science, this would be a tremendous expansion of government intrusion into private lives. Since when did the land of John Stuart Mill surrender to Hobbes’ Leviathan?

(hat tip: Sister Toldjah)



Major geek-moment

May 27, 2008

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a photo of the Phoenix probe during its parachute descent to the Red Planet:

Phoenix descent

(courtesy: Reuters)

I love stuff like this! thumbs_up

If Lady Macbeth can do it, so can the Prophet Barack

May 27, 2008

I think the Prophet Barack’s handlers need to have a little talk with him. Not only does he show his ignorance of history and his own country almost daily, not only does he make himself sound like a nitwit on Memorial Day, not only does promise one thing in Ohio while secretly telling someone else "not really," but now he’s rewriting history:

Obama also spoke about his uncle, who was part of the American brigade that helped to liberate Auschwitz. He said the family legend is that, upon returning from war, his uncle spent six months in an attic. “Now obviously, something had really affected him deeply, but at that time there just weren’t the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain,” Obama said. “That’s why this idea of making sure that every single veteran, when they are discharged, are screened for post-traumatic stress disorder and given the mental health services that they need – that’s why it’s so important.”

(Emphasis added.)

Ahem… Mr. Prophet, sir? Not to interrupt your message of hope, change, and waffles with petty details, but…

Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Red Army in January, 1945, you dope!

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz and liberated around 7,000 prisoners, most of whom were ill and dying.

Auschwitz is in Poland, which, last I checked, is between eastern Germany and Russia. In January, 1945, your uncle was no closer than the western borders of Germany — we didn’t even cross the Rhine until February, 1945. So, unless your uncle was serving in the Red Army…

You’re a liar.

And I can’t decide what’s worse: that you would tell such a lame lie, or that you think we’re so stupid we wouldn’t see through it. Apparently your contempt for the average American isn’t reserved just for bitter people clinging to their guns and Bibles.

Or are you jealous of Hillary and her "Tuzla dash" moment?

Or maybe you’re not a liar. Maybe you’re just unbelievably ignorant. Which is it?

Where do the Democrats find these people?


(hat tip: Sister Toldjah)

LINKS: LGF, Ace of Spades,Hot Air, Ed Driscoll, Dean Barnett. Gateway Pundit points out this is not the first time Obama has told this lie, though the details have changed.

UPDATE: (via Hot Air) The Obama campaign has admitted the candidate "misspoke" and corrected the record:

In fact, campaign spokesman Bill Burton says, his great uncle was a
member of the 89th Infantry Division that liberated the Ohrduf camp,
part of Buchenwald and, according to the Holocaust Museum, the first concentration camp liberated by U.S. troops.

The Obama campaign wasn’t about to take any guff from the Republicans over this, but, as Allahpundit points out, the Washington Post Fact Checker blog still isn’t feeling kindly towards the Prophet Barack over this:

Prior to talking about Auschwitz, Obama mentioned his grandfather
(the one in Patton’s army), recalling that he did not like talking
about the war. This led into a riff on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
a term that Obama said was unknown during World War II and the Vietnam
War. "People basically had to handle it on their own." He gave the
example of his uncle who hid away in the attic after liberating

Granted, it is getting late in the campaign. The candidates are
tired, and prone to making silly mistakes. Many Americans might have
problems distinguishing Buchenwald and Ohrdruf from Auschwitz. But
should we not expect more from a Harvard-educated presidential
candidate? Is it too much to ask that an aspiring commander-in-chief
knows (1) that Auschwitz (like many of the other Nazi death camps) is
in Poland, and (2) that the eastern advance of the U.S. Army in World
War II stopped on the river Elbe? Let me know what you think.

So, now we know the answer to the question I posed above: Obama’s not a liar. Just ignorant.