Posted by Liberty on April 26, 2009
“The most insidious part of the Earth Day movement is how it has fully infiltrated our schools. They are successfully scaring the pants off our kids.
So much so that a new Opinion Research poll of America’s preteens shows that one in three children fears an Earth apocalypse. An astonishing 75 percent of black children and 65 percent of Hispanic children believe the planet will be irrevocably changed by the time they’re adults.
What does that tell you? There are larger concentrations of minorities in the cities. There’s also a larger concentration of liberals pushing this apocalyptic garbage in the cities.
They are brainwashing our kids into losing sleep over a myth. Almost 60 percent of metropolitan area kids as a whole feel we’re doomed while 47 percent of suburban kids have such fears.”
I found this column by Phil Valentine pretty interesting. I wish more people [like those clowns in Congress] would accept the fact that arctic ice is actually increasing.
Posted in Environlunacy, Liberalism | Tagged: Arctic ice, Brainwashing, Earth apocalypse, Earth Day, Global warming, Liberalism, Phil Valentine, Public schools | 1 Comment »
Posted by Liberty on April 8, 2009
I heard an interview with Todd Myers [Director of WPC’s Center for the Environment] on the radio the other afternoon. He’s been conducting an investigation into the efficacy of Washington State’s “green schools” mandate and has concluded that supporters of the mandate have made exaggerated the cost savings of green schools.
“Lawmakers passed the mandate for one-size-fits-all “green” government building construction standards in 2005 based on numerous promises, including that it would reduce energy costs for state buildings and increase test scores. WPC looked at the data and discovered the top-down mandate has failed to live up to its proponents’ promises and in some cases is actually using more energy and costing more than non-green buildings. After reviewing WPC’s research, KING 5’s Susannah Frame decided to investigate school district claims, resulting in at least one official confirming there are no actual cost savings from these mandates.”
And a link to the KING 5 story:
There’s video of the report available at that link as well.
“It [Gray Middle School, Tacoma] has impressive environmentally friendly features everywhere you look. Some of them include banks of windows for lots of natural light, recycled beams from an old high school, rubber flooring that doesn’t require chemicals, drought tolerant landscaping, and a filtration system that circulates fresh air all day long.”
There’s a video on the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website that promotes the benefits of these green schools. In the video, the SPI and Department of Ecology claim that in exchange for an approximate 2% increase in design and building cost, green schools cost 10-15% less in operating costs. Kudos to Susannah Frame at KING 5 and Todd Myers at WPC for digging for the truth on this one.
“Large districts in the state tell us it’s [green school construction] between 3 and 7 percent more expensive. That adds up.
Half a billion dollars will be spent on school construction in the state this year.
If green mandates cost 5 percent more, that’s $25,000,000 additional dollars. All that money comes from local school district tax dollars.
After the first year, the legislature pulled all funding for the green schools mandate.”
That last sentence made me wonder: if the very people [the Legislature] who imposed this green school mandate don’t believe in it enough to fund it, why is it still in effect?
Posted in Environlunacy, Liberalism, Washington State | Tagged: Green school, Green school claims oversold, KING 5, Washington Policy Center, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 21, 2009
Not many people take Greg Nickels seriously. And that number could be diminishing. I found this article by Nicole Brodeur in the Seattle Times fairly entertaining, even though I don’t necessarily agree with her analysis of the AIG situation.
“Mayor Greg Nickels announced the other day that he was falling on his checkbook by decreasing his own pay and the salaries of about 100 other top executives in city government.
Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis made much of the fact that salaries will be frozen at 2008 levels, as if this is a huge sacrifice. He makes $187,317 a year, poor thing.
I appreciate putting the brakes on payroll, but frankly, gentlemen, I’m confused.
Just 90 days ago, Nickels was fighting for the right to give big raises to the city’s highest-paid employees — some by as much as 37 percent.”
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Liberalism, Washington State | Tagged: Greg Nickels, Mayor, Nicole Brodeur, Overpaid bureaucrats, Payroll, Seattle, Seattle Times | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 18, 2009
While AIG has been roundly criticized, attacked and demonized for awarding bonuses [per contract] to some of its employees, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s outrageous bonuses haven’t gotten much play.
Posted in Innate hypocrisy, Liberalism | Tagged: AIG, Bonus, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Liberal hypocrisy | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 16, 2009
Dateline: Cincinnati. Police crowd estimate: 4,000!
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Liberalism, Positive News, Sticking to their guns | Tagged: Cincinnati, Government spending, Rally, Tea Party | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009
Prelutsky just wants to help liberals get better from the mental illness that has afflicted them. What astounds me is that he was able to keep it to only 12 steps…ok, he made it a baker’s dozen at 13. Here’s my favorite:
“Step #7: Stop using the word “big” as a pejorative. There is nothing intrinsically bad about big oil, big agriculture or big pharmaceuticals. Overall, they do a very good job of keeping our cars on the road, food on our tables and most of us over 60 alive and functioning. On the other hand, big government, which so many liberals simply adore, represents a usurpation of the allegedly inalienable rights of individuals. A quick perusal of the Constitution should convince you that beyond declaring war, forging treaties, overseeing patents, printing money, running the post office, collecting taxes and protecting our borders — and a few other things that Washington doesn’t do at all well these days — the federal government has very limited responsibilities.”
Posted in Conservatism, Educate yourself, Liberalism, Lighthearted amusement | Tagged: 12 step, Big Hollywood, Burt Prelutsky, Liberal, Recovery program, Using "big" as a pejorative | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009
From Powerline Forum this morning:
“Under rules imposed in 2006, rural areas would be kept to the same standards as urban areas for what the Environmental Protection Agency calls ‘coarse particulate matter’ in the air.
The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council had petitioned the government to provide an exemption to farmers. They argued that evidence of harm caused by dust in rural areas hasn’t been determined.
But the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Tuesday that the EPA had already provided the evidence necessary to determine farm dust ‘likely is not safe.'”
Posted in Bureaucratic ineptitude, Environlunacy, Judicial malpractice, Liberalism | Tagged: American Farm Bureau Federation, Coarse particulate matter, Envirolunacy, Environmental Protection Agency, Killing our own productivity, National Pork Producers Council, Power Line, Regulating dust, U.S. District Court of Appeals | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 2, 2009
“For all of his lavish new spending plans, President Obama is making one major exception: defense. His fiscal 2010 budget telegraphs that Pentagon spending is going to be under pressure in the years going forward.”
Hope and change = same old Democrat policies.
Posted in Liberalism, National Security, Obama | Tagged: Budget, Defense spending, National Security, Obama | Leave a Comment »