Of Politicians, Spots (solar and political changing) and AGW

This exchange in “tips” lead me to think maybe folks DID need a place to discuss the present crop of “also rans and near nobody” that we’ve got trying for the biggest job in the world:

Chiefio, I am sorry you are not in Texas, because Rick Perry, the one candidate who has begun to say, seriously, the right things, needs lots of help and a quick science-study that can be communicated to large numbers of people. Can you add that one, E.M.?

on 24 August 2011 at 6:44 pm
R. de Haan

Rick Perry?

I did some desk top research on Perry and found out this guy changes his opinion quicker than a kameleon changes color.

I don’t trust the guy for a bit.

Think he will be a bigger disappointment than Obama.

He was Gore’s campaign manager and a member of the democratic party when Gore pushed his AGW doctrine and duing his Texas day’s he has been a stout promoter of the UN Agenda 21 crap.

Please do your homework.

We can’t afford to pick the wrong President two times on a role.

I think Perry’s past has disqualified for any future presidency.

on 24 August 2011 at 7:04 pm

Ron, this is not an appropriate place to comment re your “desk top research” other than to say you might be reading mainly those with more pure or extreme views. My only point here is that if any serious politicians are running, and Perry is one of the few with a long record and much support, and are willing to speak the truth about “climate change”, everyone of them should get “serious help” re the science from those who are excellent communicators.

So, to answer the question put to me:

I’m available to be “Science Adviser and Technobabble Translator” to any politician who:

A) Needs it. (That is, ALL of them ;-)
B) Has an open mind. (That is, near as I can tell, near the empty set.)
C) Willing to take the time to learn. (That, I believe, leaves out the rest…)
D) Wants to pay me for my time. ( I have a job now, so can’t just fly off and leave it without cause…)

I’ve got the credentials and skill set to explain hard stuff in non-hard ways to “folks with attitude and ego”… but “they have to want to know”… (“Change” we’ve had enough of already ;-)

So, in conclusion: THIS is an appropriate place to comment on the political events of the day… and the politicians trying to get out in front of The Parade …

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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44 Responses to Of Politicians, Spots (solar and political changing) and AGW

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    I should probably add that any politician who wants to post an honest question here will get an honest answer, and that I can do “for free” as time permits. It’s the personal tutoring part that needs a paycheck…They can even use a pseudonym, as long as they have a valid email address attached to it.

  2. Well put, EM.
    A major problem for your voters. Twice bitten by false presidents! (At least twice, no, make that many times).
    Not much encouragement on offer because trust has been misplaced so many times.
    Political agendas thrive, not one of them citizen-friendly.
    I wish your country’s citizens good luck!

  3. Gore sounded pretty moderate, in most respects, back in the late 1980s. Perry seems to have reacted to his increasing focus on activism by leaving the party.

    So far, he seems to be about 80% right and 20% wrong on key issues, which compares favorably to President Obama’s 10% right and 90% wrong.

    On the science aspects, it is unlikely that you will get takers from those who need it. A pity.

    I have had the good fortune and privilege to have given a global warming talk to a group of political folks, including Atty General Edwin Meese. They liked it.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  4. TIM CLARK says:

    “President Obama’s 10% right and 90% wrong.”

    You’re in a generous spirit this morning!

    I’d say if I can find one candidate who is capable of doing something right about 25% of the time, I’d vote for him. And the one I agree with the most is Herman Cain. However, I acknowledge the vagaries of the electorate and respectfully submit that he would be an exceptional running mate for whatever loonie the Repubs select. Without wanting to sound rascist, but speaking facts, I believe he would draw many from a particular significant voting bloc into the business class.

  5. Thanks for the post, E. M. Smith.

    Post-modern science, the revised name for “Lysenkoism” [1] in the Western scientific community, is now being exposed as fraudulent science that will led us to a totalitarian world government [2].

    The cornerstone of this deception was the 1967 Bilderberg model of Earth’s heat source as a steady H-fusion reactor, in equilibrium [3], that does NOT influence climate change on Earth.

    Today, I even stumbled onto a ‘Neutron Repulsion Journal’ web site [4]!

    Even gullible politicians are awakening to the fact that future energy needs CANNOT be met by building H-fusion reactors (like the Bilderberg Sun), windmill power generators, solar panels, etc. But those empty promises can led us to servitude under a totalitarian world government [2].

    1. http://www.skepdic.com/lysenko.html

    2. http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/1984/

    3. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1968SoPh.3.5G

    4. http://www.neutronrepulsion.ge/researches.html

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel

  6. R. de Haan says:

    Respect your comment E. M.

    As for your remark: “you might be reading mainly those with more pure or extreme views”

    Nope, no pure or extreme views adopted from any media what so ever, just fact checking what the guy said and what he did in the past.

    As I said, Perry will support the establishment, not the people.

    But that’s my opinion for now. That said I am always open to other arguments that make me change my mind.

  7. Mark Miller says:

    I’ve been observing that some Republicans are trying to solidify around a candidate who is “electable,” that is, “Anyone will do, just so long as people find him/her (right now the recommendations are all centering around male candidates) a good substitute for Obama.” I disagree with this strategy. A complaint that conservatives have had about the Republican Party, which I agree with, is that Democrats have been heading the country for a cliff at full speed, but when Republicans are in power, they also direct us toward the cliff, just more slowly. It’d be nice if the Republicans represented a stark philosophical change of direction. That would likely put their electability at risk, but I think it can be legitimately argued that there’s no real progress towards a worthy goal without some risk. The problem I see is that without this contrast, the Republicans are actually more dangerous to the country than the Democrats, because the only lobby against increasing state power doesn’t want to seem to be opposing the candidate who is supposedly in their camp.

    I’ve heard a bit over the years about how a lot of politicians have been in need of remedial education in understanding current science, no matter what the subject. That’s one reason why there are even a lot of Republicans who are enamored with the idea of a cap & trade scheme, because they buy the theory of AGW just as the Democrats do. It’s just that many of them have a constituency that’s against the idea. That’s probably the reason such a scheme wasn’t imposed through legislation already.

    From what I understand, Bush was initially resistant to any supposed AGW “counter measures” in legislation, but in his second term he fell in with the warmists.

  8. pyromancer76 says:

    Since E.M. has invited discussion, I will cautiously weigh in. IMHO in the U.S. we need leadership in governance. Look at what an unvetted, non-Natural Born citizen “community organizer” got us. And I only want to vote for someone who has walked the walk for a long time. I want to evaluate him/her, warts and all. No senator or representative need apply. Also no governor who quit her job (Palin) or stopped running for office in order to run for the Presidency (Pawlenty). Get in there and work, or get out. I also don’t want a loser from the last time ’round. We need a breath of fresh air, even if don’t completely like the way it “smells”. This is the real world, after all.

    At present Perry is the front runner in the polls. (Notice Bernanke is not suggesting a QE 2-1/2 right now.) With six months to go we will see how Perry holds up to the Establishment’s (to the extent he touts changes) and the socialist’s (Democrats) legitimate evaluations and their barrage of lies.

    Any governor worth his salt must deal honorably with the business community (without crony capitalism — definition: most of their profits coming from my tax dollars) as well as with the working person. I am looking for someone who supports first and foremost: 1) limited government; 2) fiscal prudence; 3) transparency and accountability — especially the financial boondogglers; 4) a sensible and productive energy policy; 6) the scientific method re climate change (and everything else); 6) equality of opportunity [to work] for all; 7) secure borders. (The immigration issue is complicated; we all are immigrants; it is not black and white — secure the borders, then let’s sort things out; not until.) These seem fundamental to me to get our jobs-engine functioning again.

    Perry seems to be better on most of these — by my current research — than any other governor in the running. I have spent quite a bit of time researching. Just like I did with BHO. Then I was absolutely appalled that such an enemy (and an affirmative action one at that) would ever be considered for the highest office of the U.S. Traitors all who put him forward (In My Not-So-Humble Opinion).

    I would like to hear from Ron and others as to their choices and why. If there is interest, and as I have time, I will be glad to share some of my research. Thanks. I am looking forward to September 17th.

    P.S. E.M., I wish one of the candidates would ask to pay you for your time and what your research efforts are worth. They would be well rewarded and your income would be much heftier than today’s!

  9. @Tim Clark

    I also like Herman Cain. He doesn’t quite have the political gravitas to pull this off at this point, but I’d find Cain to be a very acceptable VP with Rick Perry, for example.

    I’m pretty much in line with Pyromancer76’s thinking above as to candidates and concepts. I’ve recently posted some links on Perry to research items; you’ve probably seen those links already.

    I like him more than I expected to, actually.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  10. adolfogiurfa says:

    BTW, I know your government is involved in fighting against obesity, this is a layman explanation of your decaying economy. You have misunderstood them, they want you to be lean and healthy…… :-)

  11. H.R. says:

    The trouble is… anybody who wants the POTUS gig should never be allowed to have it and the few that should be the POTUS don’t want the job.

    It makes our job as voters that much tougher. I like the idea of assigning how much damage vs how much good a candidate brings to the table. Let’s try to get someone in who does the right thing 51% of the time and screws the pooch only 49% of the time. We’d be miles ahead of where we are now.

    Me? The “social issues” can sit for the next 8 years. I think we need to be downsizing government and have some leadership on getting the nanny state mentality relegated to the dustbin. You have to pay the bills sometime. The longer you wait, the harder it gets.

  12. Jeff Alberts says:

    Is Perry the guy who had a prayer meeting, or whatever you call it, to help the economy?

    I don’t think that’s sound political acumen.

  13. @Jeff Alberts
    Rick Perry used this mechanism to get thousands — millions, perhaps — thinking intently about the economy. That might be cleverer than you think.

    And by comparison, even though Barack Obama closes his speeches with “and may God bless America,” it is clear that when it comes to the economy he hasn’t got a prayer.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  14. Another Ian says:


    IMO an Interesting article on credibility at .


    having had some experience in building trust and credibility and seeing how it can be destroyed.

    And from selected comments

    “WWS says:
    August 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm
    credibility is about as easy to regain as virginity.

    dhunter says:
    August 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    I hope you are all right.
    I just wonder when, if ever, the presstitutes are going to realize the magnitude of their malfeasance and treat this abject failure as a human tragedy and not a kING, and when if ever they will give solid American citizens like Sarah Palin, Rick Perry and the Tea Party a small margin of the respect and credit they deserve for stopping the insanity of uncontrolled government redistribution.”

    I think that “presstitutes” term is not bad!

  15. H.R. says:


    Pure gold!

    I’m going to start using that instead of “MSM” or “Lame Stream Media.”

    I think that term will catch on. It’s clever and clearly states the position of modern media in one word.

  16. Another Ian says:

    E.M. Our politics at the moment in summary.

    “That Australian sense of humour: not the Tea Party, the G.R.O.G. Party
    G.R.O.G. = Get Rid Of Gillard”

    More at http://joannenova.com.au/2011/08/that-australian-sense-of-humour-not-the-tea-party-the-g-r-o-g-party/

  17. Pascvaks says:

    I wonder as my thoughts wander (all over the land)…
    Remember the “Good Old Days” and the BIG Party Conventions that actually duked it out over who the best of the candidates were? And the little sound bites about what reporters thought was happening among the different States and back in the Smoke Filled Rooms? Now those were Conventions. Ohhhh for the Good Old Days! Wellll maybe not but it does make you wonder.

    Everytime I try to get my mind on the Politics of the Day I get depressed. We really do need Two Brand New National Parties, but I’d settle for a revolution in each of the two we have today that actually had the same effect in a much shorter timeframe. (I know, I know, ‘Dream On Bozo, it ain’t gonna happen’;-) If only the kids in this country would wake up, look around, get mad, and start jumping up and down, we’d get back on the straight and narrow and bouncing off both sides of the middle. Right? (Hummm, yah I know, dream on Bozo;-(

    Politics is a lot like Climate. (Or is it the other way around?) Most people ignore the subject and the ones who don’t are evenly divided at the two extremes. There has to be a connection there somewhere, right?

    I know you know who picks the Bozo’s on the ballot. Only old folks vote in Primaries. (And most of the mob on the local party committees are a little over the hill too.) Oh well..

    One day the kids will wake up and realize they’ve been had.

  18. R. de Haan says:

    “Since E.M. has invited discussion, I will cautiously weigh in. IMHO in the U.S. we need leadership in governance”.

    Pyromancer, Perry did three terms in Texas.
    Did you check the the debt position of Texas?
    Texas has become the “Ireland” of the USA while he was Governor.

    And this guy threatens Bernanky while flooding his own State wit debt.

    As I said, this guy might be worse than Obama and IMO he’s a big hypocrite.

    Just check the freaking facts:

    I have some more where this one came from.

  19. pyromancer76 says:

    Ron, thanks for the link, I will check it out and report back what I find.

    Meanwhile I have been following the Pam Geller charges that Perry secretly favors Islamists (or the diminishing of Western society in favor of the Muslim’s version, a serious charge). Here is an investigation at http://ace.mu.nu/ — 8/26/11. “So…. Yeah… The New Smear Is That Rick Perry Is a Dhimmi, Huh?” —Ace. I am not into smear and counter-smear; however, I am in favor of “rough” debates, responsibly done. (I view this as part of the scientific method, a precious development of Western society.) Ace’s work, and that of those he links to, is what I call real investigative journalism (except perhaps for some of the language).

    Where does this fit in my essential items? It comes under equal opportunity for all. There can be no equal opportunity without open and truthful education. Anyone who comes to the U.S. (or lives here) must be prepared for extensive evaluations of their religions, values, ethnic practices, beliefs, etc., and must adhere to our practice of equality before the law and commitment to representative democracy. One’s religious faith must remain private, within one’s religious community — even if “the media” chooses to cover it. If that faith enables one to be a “better American”, fine. Many do. This includes Perry’s evangelical faith, too.

  20. R. de Haan says:

    Chris Christy, another “GOP Talent” came out of the closet as a warmist and now has called a moratorium on fracking.
    Moratoria are the wet dream of the environmental movement and Obama.


    People like Chris Christie and Rick Perry will finish the job that Obama has started.

    Global Governance anyone?

  21. R. de Haan says:

    Also read Harold Ambler at SPPI blog about Rick Perry and Agenda 21

  22. pyromancer76 says:

    For those interested, while I continue to find what fits the economic/financial questions (limited government, fiscal prudence), here is a site by garnet92, “a retired business owner, car nut, veteran and granddad, I live in a suburb of Dallas” that provides a excellent outline for everyone’s inventigative journalism.

  23. pyromancer76 says:

    And the link: http://peskytruth.wordpress.com. Garnet92 writes from the perspective of an advocate. He provides two summaries — pluses and minuses.

  24. Jay says:

    I don’t think the country can stand another governor from Texas.
    Perry attended the Bilderburger meeting a while back, signaling that he is part of the globalist agenda.
    Perry advocated mandatory Gardasil vaccinations for Texas girls while taking campaign contributions from the manufacturer.
    Even Barbera Bush thinks Texas schools suffered under Perry

    He is pretty weak compared to Ron Paul..

  25. pyromancer76 says:

    I prefer in depth research so here is some background. But E.M. might have other issues; after all, we are at TGIF.

    1. Perry and all other Texans have been resposible for an economy (gross state product) comparable to the 11th and 12th in the world — India and Canada – and the 4th largest of sub-entities of a country — England (UK), California, and Tokyo Prefecture. (Wikipedia) What is the leadership of this size economy like?

    2. Texas’ poplation has increased by over 20% in ten years; that’s alot of people to account for. With this kind of growth there should be a real need for teachers, police, health workers, new schools, upgrading transportation, sanitation, many other human-living concerns. Private-sector employment grew by 775,900 (73.5%) while governments added 280,000 jobs

    3. During this time the number of people per government worker has increased by a factor of 0.313. Seems like an amazing feat on the face of it. Meanwhile, the nation lost 1,295,000 private-sector jobs while increasing government jobs by 1,230,000. Pretty decent comparison. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/private-sector-not-gov-t-created-nearly

    4. The Washington Post claimed that since 2007, Texas private-sector job growth has been 0.6% and its public jobs growth 6.4%. It has received $25 billion of federal stimulus with only CA and NY getting more. Haven’t worked with these stats yet.

    5. Wikipedia re the Tax Foundation: Texans’ state and local tax burdens rank 7th lowest in the nation, 8.4% of resident incomes. State property and sales tax totals 6.25%, no income tax. Local taxing jurisdictions may add 2% for a total maximum rate of 8.25%. (I note difference from the 8.4% above.)

    6. Texas must manage 68% of the U.S.-Mexico border, even though it’s supposed to be the Fed’s responsibility. 38% of the population claim Hispanic or Latino ethnicity (Census Bureau 2/2011) . Texas is second behind California in number of illegal immigrants, 1.7 million (1.1 million in the work force). Report by Pew Hispanic Center by way of mysantonio.com.

    7. There are a bunch of additional points, e.g., a) how are AGW-regulations and the administration’s refusal of permits hamstringing Texas’ economy — there seems to be a vendetta by the White House; b) how much has the green energy boondoggle taken in Perry and others in Texas — I think of T. Boone Pickens and all his windmills. But I don’t have time now. How can any governor not have made some significant mistakes in this area over the last 10 years with all the hype, the venture capitalists hounding them, and all that government money being throw at them? My questions: How bad? How many scams? How long before he/she realized the mistakes?

    I’m still working on current debt; given the recession, I imagine few states can be in the black. I admire Walker in Wisconsin. What have they (Perry here) done about the red stuff each year would be my question.

    I am concerned about the purposes of “global governance”, want us out of the U.N., and desire a secure border. At the same time, I also approve of imaginative entrepreneurial attempts to solve problems by enabling people to work productively at them. Clear, unethical pay-to-play is a problem as is crony capitalism as is joining “Agenda 21”.

    But there also is plenty of envy directed at successful “rich” people. I think the U.S. could do much better if some imagination were put to the owners v workers problem if we really want a free enterprise system that includes workers as dignified and “appropriately paid” members. Not all “profits” should go the “owners” or “creators” who sometimes can believe that they and only they are truly hot stuff. I think some proportionality is in order. And get rid of the bureaucrats; way too many of ’em. Lots of room for E.M.’s “dig here”.

  26. The “Bilderberg” business is peculiar to me. Ron Paul would have been invited had he been governor of the US’s most successful state.

    We either have all of the many hundreds of invitees forming an evil conspiracy, rendering George Soros something of an irrelevant bit player, or Soros really is a problem. I think he is, and I don’t think that a couple of days of PowerPoint presentations at a hotel each year are enough to clue all the putative players in to the proper actions of a “globalist” conspiracy.

    Many of the attendees have been bitterly opposed to each other, politically. They get invited because they’ve achieved a measure of success; it’s something of a “You Have Arrived” mark.

    I spent some time looking around at this issue, reading dozens of documents (and scanning hundreds) at some notorious websites, and could find no real support for this conspiracy whatsoever.

    There really are organizations with globalist or related agendas who are bitterly opposed to US sovereignty; the UN, the OIC, and many others.

    And there are giant corporations who contribute to areas that are problematic, such as Enron’s (and Royal Dutch Shell’s) support of Global Warming catastrophist actions.

    Let’s go after the real, visible problems. Focusing on Bilderberg conspiracies instead of these others strikes me rather like calling CO2 “pollution” rather than addressing real pollution issues.

    These are sideshows and distractions, it seems to me. You could almost say that the real “Bilderberg conspiracy” by the Left is convincing conservatives that there is one, so that they don’t focus so much on real movements and people who should be opposed.

    There are folks on the Left claiming that it’s an evil right-wing conspiracy. Apparently, it’s an equal-opportunity bunch of folks. But for us, it’s an opportunity to put some distance between imagined enemies and real ones.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  27. pyromancer76 says:

    Perry, well, Texas, on jobs. Read Matthias Shapiro’s piece for data on pre- and post-recession at politicalmathblog.com (http://www.politicalmathblog.com/?p=1590). Texas remains pretty impressive. Still many details to work out. The recession, or now stagflation, is tough on everyone.

    Debt coming up if brain will work. Texas debt does not work like that of the federal government, or most states. Much of it’s debt (85%?) is local, bonds passed by citizens, with pay-back written in — user fees, etc. These local citizens have become pretty impressed with themselves and the Texas miracle. (Probably too many overgenerous types transplanted from California, too.) They want to solve problems and might have passed more than they should, but they are paying for their obligations — and, so far, have the income to do so. This is not say that there are not shortfalls in the state government budget. I’ll try to work out the state’s part — more Perry’s responsibility — in more detail.

  28. Pascvaks says:

    Texas Governators are real funny people. If Texas succeeds at anything, give the credit first to the people and then to the Legistature. The Governator is a gladhander, a babykisser, a poster on a wall, and a signiture on a piece of paper, who can have some say in Texas politics by way of personality and which way the wind blows. IF their smart enough to know where Texas stands.

    In my mind, Perry is a brainless GOP poster boy. He brings nothing unique to the table; no fresh ideas; no necessary changes to save us from our own stupidity for the past 50 years. If Perry wins, we better give him a House and Senate full of hardnosed, middle of the road, common sense, fiscal miracle workers who know how to write great new laws and revoke bad ones; or we’re toast. Perry will sign anything that’s put in front of him.

    PS: Maybe I’m so down on him because of Johnson and (Bush) JR.

  29. Mark Miller says:

    Re. Keith’s point on Bilderberg meetings

    I heard Charles Krauthammer talk about them once. It sounded like he had attended at least one of these meetings, or talked to a few people who did. He said the reason that what’s discussed is kept secret is no one would come if it was out in the open, because what gets discussed is so dry and dull. He said they don’t get together to plot the takeover of the world. That makes it out to be a lot more interesting than it really is. He said the discussions in the meetings are all about crop yield statistics, and such. He explained that the reason there’s so much security around it is because they want to create a secure environment for foreign leaders.

    Membership in the Council on Foreign Relations is the same sort of distinction, from what I understand. It’s a social club environment, and if you get invited in it means “you’ve arrived.” The members are not all part of the same agenda, though I’m sure there are some who would like nothing better than for nations to drop their borders and for everyone to form a global government. A more accurate picture of the situation is it’s the George Soros’s of the world who want that, not everyone else involved.

    A common theme, though, that these groups probably do promote is the idea that they know better than everyone else about what should be done. The whole idea is a “meeting of the minds” to become concerned about societal problems that need to be solved, and “what needs to be done” on societal scales to solve them. That’s what feels anti-democratic about them, because it feels like the focus is on imposing solutions onto countries that may end up exacerbating problems, and decreasing freedom, rather than making things better.

  30. Tim Clark says:

    “If only the kids in this country would wake up, look around, get mad, and start jumping up and down, we’d get back on the straight and narrow and bouncing off both sides of the middle. ”

    Paraphrased by memory:
    When i was a child, I had the time (or energy or something I don’t remember) to be a liberal. When i was older, i had the brains to be a conservative.
    Winston Churchill

  31. Paul Hanlon says:

    Wow, that peskytruth was a long read, but I like the way he upfront declared his allegiance and tried to address the criticisms honestly with plausible counterpoints. I came away from the site liking a lot about Perry.

    Pretty much since the fall of communism, all Western governments have been spending like drunken sailors, to the extent that the governments in most of the EU countries are taking over half of the GDP of that country. To my mind, that’s Communism, not just socialism.

    And it wouldn’t be so bad if the money was spent on people, but its not. Most of it is spent on running the government, with all the waste and the cronyism that goes along with that. We’re at the point where we have coordinated coordinating coordinators. Absolute madness.

    Until that is addressed, and governments get back down to around 33-40% of GDP, the West is not the place to be if you’re trying to get a good idea off the ground, or get ahead in life.

  32. Another Ian says:

    E.M. From the G.R.O.G. thread at


    comes this explanation

    August 27th, 2011 at 8:59 am



    Enterprise &



    (Australian venacular in use – rooting is not cheering for a team)

  33. Pascvaks says:

    I have a feeling that Brooklyn should have never let the Dodgers leave for Calliefornie. I could see something like this storm coming many years ago. Now they’re defenseless. Toast!

    Irene, goodnight
    Irene, goodnight
    Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
    I’ll see you in my dreams

    And no public transportation?
    What a revoltin’ development this is!
    Where’s the FEMA man?
    Call the FEMA man!


    PS: Yes, it’s not funny! Sometimes it’s just so hard to not be human.

  34. pyromancer76 says:

    Too much research I guess plus a few mountains of print-outs on poitical beliefs, actions, and articulations — Perry, Romney, Bachman, Palin — to sort through. Can’t sleep. Looking forward to the next Chiefio post. So spending time with people “I like” on the interet while the research material sifts and sorts its way through consciousness and the unconscious. Came upon Pierre Gosslin’s blog notrickszone.com and had a revelation as I read his take on the CERN experiment for German society.

    “It’s going to take Germany a long time to wake up from it’s global warming science folly, if at all. The prospects are poor. All of Germany’s major institutions like the public media, government, political parties, science bodies (such as the PIK, German Weather Service, Max Planck Institute), schools, etc., all have negligently and wrecklessly embedded the global warming dogma deep and firmly into their structures and psyche, thus making it the main pillar on which the architecture of Germany’s future society will rest. Now that pillar is cracking and crumbling. Suddenly Germany’s grand plans for a Green Empire are facing the scrap heap.”

    All of a sudden it came to me why I would be attracted by “another” Texan (still with reservations — much more than that he is a career “politician”) when I was not enamored of the previous three. Even more than JOBS as the focus, we must have destruction of the bureaucracy who implement the pernicious PC “firmly into their structures and psyche.”

    All these high salaries and generous pensions are trying to rule and ruin our lives for their selfish and secret-totalitarian-like benefits. Begin with administrators in schools and work up from there to the federal level — EPA first and then most departments of the Federal Government. (Yes, I know we need a lot of public services, protection, etc., for a large country. I am fine with this.) Who has the grit to take this one on? This will be a bloody war. The events of Wisconsin come to mind.

  35. Nica-in-Houston says:

    Guys, additional reading at willisms http://www.willisms.com/ Well sourced back to original data, not “fever swamps partial data presentation.” Has been writing on Texas, and his bias seems to be Texan to the core, and Perry incidentally. Also, a really sweet and funny endorsement from Kinky Friedman of “Kinky Friedman and his Texas Jewboys” fame – remember “The ballad of Charlie Whitman?” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/24/kinky-friedman-rick-perry-s-got-my-vote.html

    Chiefio, a little more skepticism in your interpretations of what you read. You did a darned good impersonation of an “intemperate coot” there, boy! Made me want to look at previous stuff through a new filter.

    [What do you mean “impersonation”? I AM an ‘intemperate coot’! ;-) At least, when I want to be … -E.M.Smith ]

  36. KevinM says:

    “mountains of print-outs on poitical beliefs, actions, and articulations — Perry, Romney, Bachman, Palin — to sort through.”

    Start by throwing away all of the Palin and Bachman prints. Zero chance of winning a general election.

  37. pyromancer76 says:

    Kevin M, yes Pakin ad Bachman might not (probably will not) win even the nomination, but their views are being heard. What do they have to say about reducing the size of federal and state governments, living within our means without raising taxes, eliminating the busy-body nature of all agencies. Exactly how do we go about this task. (Just had to stop my professional organzation from stating that they could require me to acquiese to their intrusion into my a private practice. Finally they said, sorry, it (“you must send *** for your file”) is only a request. At my first inquiry — “you are required”. And this is a “private” organization. Let’s get the massive number of public intruders out of our lives and pocketbooks.

    By the way, the more I read about Perry’s leadership in working to close the Texas budget deficit, the more I like it. No increase in taxes, no stealing now from the rainy-day fund, restructure and reduce the state government first eliminating and reorganizing state agencies (I have the huge list), and reduce spending increases from the past on education. Next year should be another go-round, and even harder. I want my candiate to take on the tough jobs.

  38. pyromancer76 says:

    Last one. Thanks, E.M., for “ecouraging” my drive to find answers I need for this mad, slugfest of an election season coming up. Here I suggest a way to cut all state and federal agencies. The specific example, Education in Texas. What suggestions do our prospective leaders have for shrinking our debts and public expenditure on every level. I consider myself a liberal — a real one — not a conservative. This proposal is from neither the right nor the left.

    Texas has an elected State Board of Ed, so Perry’s place in its policies I cannot say at present. More research. It is the principle. Any agency can only perform the duties prescribed for it. All “public salaries” will be limited. All extraneous activities will be cut. For education, the sole purpose is teaching kids.

    Texas stats — the info below comes from americansforprosperity.org, 8/?/11, information from Austin American-Statesman 7/28/11. (Please correct any misinformation.)

    Education spending mades up 57% of general revenue funds.
    Funding for education has grown 5 x faster than student enrollment in the last 10 years. (Yes, let’s hold Perry accountable wherever possible.)

    From Fall 1998 – Spring 2009, elementary and secondary education spending increased 95.3% ($28 bill to $54.7 bill). Enrollment grew by 20%. Per pupil spending increased 63%.

    Capital costs increased 130%
    Operating costs increased 195%
    “Professionals” (bureaucrats in my book) make an average of $8,392 more than average teachers annual salary
    “Administrators” (bureaucrats) make $22,399 more than teachers.
    Superintendents (bureaucrats), 200 of ’em, earn more than the Governor of Texas


    School districts across the state are at least $103 bill in debt, most bond issues, most for facilities

    These funding allocations wihin school districts are made by the local school districts and school board members — they are not mandated by the Texas legislature. However, spending contributions by the state could be limited to only those functions approved by the legislature.

    Looks to me like EDUCATION SPENDING spending could be CUT ALMOST IN HALF. All dollars for use in classroom — salaries – teachers and aides, teaching supplies, maintenance — and after-school programs. One principal for each school with teachers managing themselves (department chairs, small remuneration for “glory”. Statewide testing (also national testing) per subject area at certain grades, e.g., 4th, 8th, 11th as a reality check for parents, in addition to their parents’ participation in their children’s school.

    How to cut? First cut. Lay off every “bureaucrat” hired since 2005 (arbitrary date); cut administrator salaries by 20% first year, with more cuts later, with a salary cap; make superintendent an elected job (retired, knowledgeable teachers can run), minimal salary; cut all additional programs that are not related to teaching subject matter, some remedial efforts and English-as-a-foreign language efforts, and after-school programs. Merit pay for teachers given assessment of children’s abilities at start of school year and the accomplishments re grade-level expectations at end. (Not only gifted-kid teachers or affluent-district teachers will get merit pay.) Eliminate federal funding for education other than testing and some help for remediation.

    Make the lowest state spending per child the most admirable (reverse of today’s expectations) given good outcomes. Apparently Texas has very good outcomes on all ethnic levels — reflects on Perry.

    There are many other state, federal agency tasks beyond those of education that would be done better at the private level. Eliminate agencies. All government spending can probably cut at least in half, except defense, not a private matter.

  39. pyromancer76 says:

    Here is an example for all School Superintendants, and from California no less. How about that fiction that “he runs 325 schools”. Most schools run themselves — ask teachers and principals. If true, he is “giving up $800,000 over three years — $800,000 OVER THREE YEARS!?! — for minimal teacher’s pay.


  40. pyromancer76 says:

    I wrote “last one” two posts ago. But E.M.’s invitation, “THIS is an appropriate place to comment on the political events of the day… and the politicians trying to get out in front of The Parade …,” is too inviting particularly with the good minds engaged here.

    I recommend A.J. Strata’s blog for a take on Perry as frontrunner at present: http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/17213#comments

    I am working on Perry in relationship to crony corps, pay to play, Agenda 21 by focusing wind power, begun under Bush, developed in Texas to the largest in the U.S. (fourth in the world) and now advancing toward building “superhighway(s) of transmission lines” within Texas to move that power from rural areas, West Texas, and the Panhandle to cities. In addition an offshore development is either planned or already begun. I have also read about “plans” to extend that superhighway to other states. Also slated for Texas is a “gigantic new wind power storage facility” (no time to look-up). (The latter from an article: “Wind Power Beats Nuclear Power in Texas” from cleantechnica.com)

    Atkins Global, the UK’s largest engineering and design consultancy and the world’s 11th largest design firm, published 7/6/11 that they were successful in a number of the power line applications.

    Chiefio posted on wind power 3/20/09: “Wind is presently competitive with Natural Gas fired electricity and pushing on coal in the American Plains. T. Boone Pickens proposed putting in about $10 Billion of wind farm. [Pickens sold out when there were no transmission lines, I understand.] While the whole of the U.S. could be powered by the wind in the area to the east of the Rockies and west of the Mississippi with lots of room to spare, storage is an issue just like for solar and frankly, while I like the looks of windmills I’m personally bothered by the air pressure variations and noise. I’m also not fond of the tendency to murder birds and bats…”

    I focused on one of the largest, Roscoe Wind Farm, constructed by German firm E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R), to get some details: 627 wind turbines; 781.5-megawatt capacity; covers 1000,000 acres in four counties; capacity to power 230,000 residences; negotiations with over 300 landowners; turbines made by Mitsubishi, GE, Siemens; investment $1 bill; 500 workers (no details on these as yet). One complaint: 80% of all jobs were “sent” overseas.

    Texas agencies involved: Texas Public Utility Commission (Tex PUC); Department of Energy; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

    Perry met with “Texas business leaders to express his views against proposed federal cap-and-trade legislation, which are in opposition to those who feel the bill would encourage green technology innovations. Texas has shown you don’t need federal mandates to improve the environment or foster the next generation of energy technology….Texas should be wary about a cap-and-trade bill that would not only impose the largest tax hike in the history of the U.S., but also inject the federal government further into every Texas home, farm and workplace.” CNET News, Candace Lombardi. 10/1/09

    At this point I am left with many questions, having read little positive about wind power and reading reports of its “failure” elsewhere — Spain, Germany, Denmark, etc.

    1. Is Texas different because of geography, including abundant rural areas, often arid, where the wind does blow? (Example of positive views — dry cotton farmers losing their communities to outmigration glad to lease their land to wind companies for income. Their communities “flourish” and they continue to farm under the rotating blades.)

    2. Perry seems to be level-headed in one respect. No sympathy for AGW, but a supporter of “energy diversity” (he is not going to be pigeon-holed as an oilman like Bush) and “renewables”. He supported a % (can’t find now, faulty memory says 15%) in a speech in 2006.

    3. For how many dollars for how long is the ratepayer/ taxpayer on the hook for this project, and all the others? Wind farms are legion across Texas.

    4. We know the energy density/efficiency is much greater with fossil fuels — all of which are being enthusiastically developed in Texas — and nuclear. However, is there a role for wind power that makes the costs, which are not only financial, reasonable?

    I read “The Great Texas Wind Swindle” Parts I & II. Below are the main areas of discussion:
    1. Taxpayer Subsidies/Ratepayer Pain
    2. Energy Density
    3. Soviet-Style Technocrats (my despicable bureaucrats)
    4. Beyond Property Rights: Performance
    5. Headed to the Junk Pile — citing failures in Hawaii and California; question: same in Texas without subsidies?
    6. Major environment problems
    7. Problems of Quasi-Capitalism (“massive corporate welfare system”)

    Robert Bradley, Jr., at masterresource.org wrote: “Gov Perry joins Ken Lay and George W. bush as the fathers of the great Texas Windpower Malinvestment.” 8/26/11

    To conclude with the “positives”. Energy diversity and states’ rights are Perry’s main objectives. No federal constraint on coal, oil and gas, as well as no federal mandate of ethanol-blending. “Wind last year supplied 8% of the electricity on the Texas grid, up from less than 1% in 2000, when Perry took office.” “Under Perry’s leadership, Texas has remained the nation’s leader in energy production, all while cleaning its air more than most other states and protecting jobs”. For those interested this is an important article for further research: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2011/08/21/perrys-tenure-includes-wind-gas-booms/ Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 8/21/11

    I am still considering all the options. Anyone with wind power knowledge want to weigh in here?

    One final thought. How much does the wind blow during other “climate change” regimes? When it gets cold, does Texas get both arid and windless? (E.g., when it gets warm, California seems to get major droughts, e.g., MWP.) If the wind remains when it gets colder, perhaps wind power is a good alternative energy for Texas and worth the investment, as long as the blades don’t freeze. Perhaps they can use Gulf wind power for “massive” desalination plants in preparation for the droughts.

  41. Mark Miller says:

    For some empirical evidence on wind energy, I recommend <a href="Texas wind energy fails, again," by Robert Pryce at National Review. It kind of matches up with what I’ve heard locally, that wind energy is not always appropriate, especially due to present lack of energy storage, because the most common wind occurrences might be when energy demand is low.

    Pryce claims this of Texas, where this past summer, on the hottest days, the wind died down. As the temperature cooled, the wind increased. In fact, you can see an inverse relationship on a graph Pryce included. As energy usage increased, wind energy generation decreased. As it decreased, wind energy increased. Not exactly what you’d want from a power source. Another fact he talks about is at peak energy usage, only a small fraction of the total megawatt capacity of Texas’s wind power is used, due to this dynamic.

    I’ve heard a similar analysis locally, that in my state of Colorado the wind mostly blows at night, when power usage is lowest. So it would not be a good alternative energy solution here. If anything, it sounds like solar might be a better option in Texas, and where I live, if we wanted to make an alternative energy play.

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