Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Follies Happy Hour 2014.12.19

It's Christmas week - time for my favorite Christmas carol:

Gutless Spineless Ball-less Wimps

It doesn't come as a surprise that the liberals in Hollywood cower in fear when threatened. Like all bullies, the thing they really fear is a bigger bully.

Sadly, it now is even more obvious that the obama administration is as cowardly as the gutless spineless ball-less wimps in Hollywood.

I'm talking, of course, about Sony's decision to pull the plug on its new movie "The Interview."
Sony Pictures has canceled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its abilities to wage cyber-warfare.

Sony canceled next week's theatrical release, citing decisions by several theater chains to hold off showing the film. The hacker group that broke into Sony's computer systems had threatened attacks on theaters that planned to show it.

North Korea has denied it was behind the hacking, but security experts in Washington said it was an open secret Pyongyang was responsible.
Our fearless leader's response to blackmail and threats? He is considering "a wide range of options."
"The U.S. government is working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice, and we are considering a range of options in weighing a potential response," NSC spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said..."

... several U.S. national security officials told Reuters the government had no credible evidence of a physical threat to moviegoers.
Regardless of 'credible evidence' or not, if barry had any testosterone at all, he would man up and threaten promise that if one single solitary hair on the head of an American movie-goer was mussed up, Pyongyang would vanish from the face of the earth in a hail of cruise missiles and MOABs.

No wonder our friends don't respect us and our enemies don't fear us.


More:

North Korea Gains Veto Power Over Hollywood Films
Three movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has ordered them not to show Team America: World Police one day after Sony Pictures surrendered to cyberterrorists and pulled The Interview. The famous Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, Capitol Theater in Cleveland, and Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta said they would screen the movie instead of The Interview but Paramount has ordered them to stop... Team America of course features Kim's father, Kim Jong-Il, as a singing marionette.
May as well watch the Team America theme song now, before YouTube caves in and pulls it. Warning - definitely NSFW!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Just Say "No"

Following up on an earlier post regarding the asinine response to a UCLA law professor's use of a real-life example in a final exam question, we have this example of a college professor who has both common sense and cojones.

Professor's One-Word Response Stuns Students Too ‘Traumatized’ to Take Exam
After the news began to spread of Columbia University granting their students extensions on their exams due to the protests of the recent Grand Jury decisions in Ferguson and NYC, other schools such as Georgetown and Harvard began requesting the same delays on their exams.

In the wake of this news, one student from Oberlin College emailed her professor with a similar request, stating:
“I do not know if you have been in conversation with any other students or faculty regarding finals. I do know, though, that the college administration has done very little, if anything, to support students who are struggling and feel traumatized because of the recent (and day-to-day) acts of racism in this country…

I am asking that you create an option (if you have not already done so) for students who do not feel like there are in a place, emotionally, mentally, or physically, to postpone the statistics final…

I know that you have the ability and power to make decisions like this, and I am asking that you use your power to support your students who have put so much energy into the class already. They are tired, they are hurting beyond belief, and their wellbeing needs to be prioritized.”
The professor’s answer wasn’t nearly as wordy, but it was certainly clear:
 “No.”
People like him make me proud to have been a professor.

Here's a screenshot of the exchange:


Christmas Spirit

I am sick and tired of the depressing crap that dominates the news these days - not the least of which is the latest massacre perpetrated by the 'religion of peace.'
The floors are streaked in blood and the walls pockmarked with bullet holes. Many children trying to flee were shot in the doorways of their classrooms; their bodies piled up, preventing others from escaping.
Co-exist my ass.


Then there's all the nonsense on the domestic front, the most ridiculous of which is michelle obama's claim that someone asking her to reach an item on the top shelf in Target was racial discrimination.
Michelle Obama worked her way way through college compiling poorly written essays on racial discrimination. Now, she is talking to People Magazine about a tour she took recently as the First Lady of the United States at a Target store. At 5 ft. 11 in., someone didn’t recognize her, and asked Michelle to help her grab something off of a shelf. Which is racism…
“I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new,” Michelle Obama, who is 5’11”, said.
One of the many problem's with that statement is that it runs counter to her original remarks on the event. She said the following during an interview with David Letterman back in 2012.
MICHELLE OBAMA: I thought I was undercover. I have to tell you something about this trip though. No one knew that was me because a woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said — I kid you not — she said, "Excuse me, I just have to ask you something," and I thought, "Oh, cover’s blown." She said, "Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?"  I kid you not…And the only thing she said — I reached up, ’cause she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down — she said, "Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy." That was my interaction. I felt so good.
So which is it, mooch? Racism, feel-good interaction, or shameless hypocrisy to further a fabricated narrative?

I think we all know the answer to that one.

Anyway, like I said, I'm fed up and disgusted with all that's going on these days - and during the holiday Christmas season, no less.

Time for a little Christmas spirit...


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh Hell No!!!

In response to this story: "Jeb Bush announces he will 'actively explore' run for president"



I could not agree more!!!

Updated to add:

Winey Democrats

Just in time for holiday imbibing, I came across a pair of articles  (here and here) discussing the relationship between drinking, likelihood to vote, and political party affiliation. I'm not sure what actions can be taken based on the conclusions drawn, but the data tells an interesting story.
Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones?

Democratic drinkers are more likely to sip Absolut and Grey Goose vodkas, while Republican tipplers are more likely to savor Jim Beam, Canadian Club and Crown Royal.
For the detail-minded among you, this information comes from a report by National Media Research, Planning and Placement — an Alexandria-based Republican consulting firm. The data is drawn from a survey of over 50,000 consumers.
The results are fascinating: Analyzing voting habits of those who imbibe, (researchers) found that 14 of the top 15 brands that indicate someone is most likely to vote are wines...

... high-turnout Democrats tend to patronize Washington state vineyards Columbia Crest and Chateau Ste. Michelle, whereas high-turnout Republicans go for California wines Kendall-Jackson and Robert Mondavi.

And, perhaps not surprisingly, given the relative youth of those involved, people who take shots of Jagermeister or Don Julio (Tequila) are much less likely to vote.

Rum appears to be the most bipartisan drink. Both Bacardi and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum fall right in the middle of the political spectrum.
Fittingly, the beverage preferred by high-turnout voters who skew the most Democratic is a wine named Smoking Loon...

Click to embiggen.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Report - You Decide

I don't have the time to do a lengthy detailed post on how the media has evolved to its present state of narrative journalism – "preconceived storylines that fit a particular agenda or political or ideological view, almost always progressive." But I did find this screen shot of CNN's home page instructive.

I was looking for more information on the sickening and cowardly killing of over 130 children by - who else? - islamic fundamentalists. Here's what CNN had to say about it.


Notice a few things. First, the story about the 'School Slaughter' shares top billing with a story that advances the CNN-approved narrative of police declaring war on black men.

Second, nowhere in the School Slaughter lead does it mention that the terrorists are islamic. In the linked story it does say that the killers are Taliban militants, but nowhere in that story do the words "islamist" or "muslim" appear. I guess CNN assumes we all know that the Taliban is an islamic fundamentalist political movement.

CNN, to its credit, doesn't mention in this blurb that the man killed by cops in the Walmart was black. But the linked story makes that quite clear. It also, IMO, takes a 'continue the narrative' slant when discussing the shooting and its immediate aftermath. (BTW, the shooting took place last August.)

But don't take my word for it. Unlike CNN ("CNN.com is among the world's leaders in online news and information delivery"), I just present the facts. You can make up your own mind.

In other words, 'I report. You decide.'

More PC Running Amok

It must be the Christmas - excuse me, Holiday Season, because Political Correctness is once again rearing its ugly head.

Santa Claus disinvited from Cambridge school concert
When Merline Sylvain-Williams went to her daughter’s holiday concert Friday, she knew something was missing. The music was great, as always, and the children were adorable. But a certain jolly, bearded figure was nowhere to be seen. Ho, ho, hmm.

Santa Claus, a festive fixture at the Peabody School’s concert in past years, was absent this time around, an apparent victim of a single complaint about whether he belongs in a public school. (emphasis added)

“It’s too bad,” Sylvain-Williams said after the morning show for students in grades 1 through 4. “I like to see to the joy in the children’s faces when they see him.”
So because one person - one selfish, whiny, miserable person with no trace of consideration or compassion in his or her bleak and withered heart - can't muster just a tiny bit of tolerance and understanding, everyone else has to suffer. Especially the kids.
Another mother, Salina Frazier, said it made sense to have Santa skip the show, given the diversity of the school.
Ah, yes - diversity. We are all being forced to worship at the throne of diversity.



Speaking of diversity, here's another story that makes me cringe. There are certainly different perspectives on the shooting of Michael Brown and the subsequent events in Ferguson and elsewhere. It's what we in the education biz call 'a teachable moment.'

For example, when news broke back in 2010 of how the Stuxnet computer virus was used to destroy centrifuges processing uranium in Iran's nuclear program, I used that as a basis for a class project on cyber security. Half the class was assigned to develop and deploy malware that would disable a target PC, while the other half had to figure out how to safeguard the computer and data. The students had a ball, coming up with all sorts of novel methods to infect the machine (my favorite was when a couple of attractive females invited the defenders out for a drink and then tried to substitute an infected thumb drive for one of the lovestruck computer nerds' thumb drive).

More importantly, the students learned something. Not just bits and bytes, although that is important, but more significantly how to analyze a problem - to view it from different angles and perspectives, to deconstruct the situation, think through the consequences and likelihood of success of a variety of possible actions, construct a plan, and then implement it. That's a skill far more valuable than learning about a specific technology with a shelf life of 12-18 months.

Which is why I was so disappointed to see this.

UCLA law professor learns Ferguson-related exam question taboo
Law school exams often present legal conundrums ripped from headlines of the day, but one UCLA law professor is apologizing for basing a test question on what is apparently a taboo subject -- the fallout from the police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo.

Professor Robert Goldstein said the exam question was designed to test students’ ability to analyze the line between free speech and inciting violence. It cited a report about how Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, shouted, “Burn this bitch down!” after a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

The question then asked students to imagine that they are lawyers in the St. Louis County Attorney’s office and had been asked to advise the prosecutor “whether to seek an indictment against Head” for inciting violence. The exam reads:

“[As] a recent hire in the office, you are asked to write a memo discussing the relevant First Amendment issues in such a prosecution. Write the memo.”
That sounds like an excellent question. Take a real-life situation, explore the ramifications in terms of a field of study (in this case, the law), and apply what you've learned. However, evidently the powers-that-be don't agree with Professor Goldstein and me.
... students complained...
BFD - students always complain.
... writer Elie Mystal at the popular legal blog “Above the Law” opined that the test question was “racially insensitive and divisive.”
In true liberal fashion, she also got the facts incorrect.
... Mystal also incorrectly alleged that the question asked students to “advocate in favor of extremist racists in Ferguson.”
Sadly, Goldstein backed down.
Goldstein has apologized for putting the question on the test and has promised not to grade the question.

“I clearly underestimated and misjudged the impact of this question on you. I realize now that it was so fraught as to have made this an unnecessarily difficult question to respond to at this time. I am sorry for this..."
Thankfully, there are other law professors with more cojones than Goldstein, and more common sense than Mystal and other whiny libs.
Other law professors say there should be no need to apologize for such a straightforward exam question.

“If there are some law students who are such delicate flowers that merely being asked to assess whether certain controversial speech that's been in the news is constitutionally protected, in a class covering the First Amendment of all things, then maybe they should find another profession,” David Bernstein, a law professor at George Mason University School of Law, told FoxNews.com.
That would be the best outcome we could hope for from this PC absurdity - fewer lawyers.

Monday, December 15, 2014

FOD 2014.12.15

This explains a lot...
President Obama discussed his morning ritual lately with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd, admitting to feeling like the politics is a bit much at times, and he likes to kick back and watch some ESPN.

“Listen, I spend most of my time watching ESPN in the morning,” Obama said. “I get so much politics I don’t, you know, want to be inundated with a bunch of chatter about politics during the day.”

The Washington Free Beacon notes that the Government Accountability Institute reported Obama has missed 62.5 percent of his daily intelligence briefings during his presidency...
More:
... Obama said he would turn on ESPN when reading a "really fat briefing book."
One would think that the presumed 'leader of the free world' would focus a little more on major issues affecting multiple countries and billions of people. Or at least on the many and major problems facing this country.

But nooo... who beat who in last night's basketball games is evidently more important.

Asshole...


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Funnies 2014.12.14

The Christmas shopping season is upon us...


Christmas is in my heart twelve months a year.

Thanks to my wife, it’s on my Visa card statement twelve months a year also.


Good King Wenceslas phoned Domino's for a pizza.

The salesgirl asked him, "Do you want your usual - deep pan, crisp and even?" (sing it aloud to yourself if you don't get it)


You know you're a redneck when you go Christmas shopping for your mom, sister, and girlfriend, and only come back with one gift.


In spite of the CIA torture report, U.S. intelligence agencies found out that Al-Qaida is planning Christmas attacks in the U.S. and Europe.

The obama administration sprang into action and told al-Qaida, 'Hey, you cannot call them Christmas attacks, you have to call them holiday attacks.



"President Obama and the first lady say they will not be exchanging gifts this Christmas. Mrs. Obama says they used to, but she got tired of Barack promising big things and not delivering." –Conan O'Brien



My in-laws going Christmas shopping.

Shopping for my in-laws.

My wife after Christmas shopping.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sounds Like My In-Laws

You can't make this stuff up.

Woman Arrested For Getting Into Fight With Twin Sister Over Vibrator
A Bradenton woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after getting into a fight with her twin sister about a vibrator and her boyfriend, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Heidi Creamer started fighting with her twin at 1:38 p.m. in the 5500 block of 36th Court East over "Heidi's boyfriend and a sexual toy (vibrator)," and the verbal argument soon turned to blows...

Creamer punched her sister in the face in the foyer of the apartment, knocking her to the floor... The victim then started kicking Creamer away as Creamer punched, scratched and pulled her twin's hair.

When Creamer exited the front door to place some items outside, her twin slammed the door and locked Creamer outside.

When a deputy arrived on scene, the twin sister was on the balcony of her apartment with blood on her face, where she had been yelling to neighbors to call the police.

Creamer was banging on the front door, screaming obscenities and yelling at the officer ... The deputy handcuffed Creamer, citing safety concerns about Creamer's aggressive behavior...
Somehow I doubt if there will be any protests over the deputy's actions in this case.

And while I am usually loathe to make disparaging remarks about anyone's appearance - after all, I ain't no Robert Redford myself - I think it's pretty obvious in this case why the lady was so possessive about the vibrator. It's the only action she's likely to get.

Heidi Creamer's booking photo
There's not enough whiskey in the world...


Party Like It's 2103

Today marks the last time until 2103 that you can write down a calendar date as a series of three sequential numbers: 12-13-14. If you're really into numbers, you should celebrate the date at 9:10:11 (a.m. and/or p.m.) or 15:16:17 military time.

In any event, make sure you celebrate the occasion to the fullest. For most of us, a similar sequential calendar date won't occur again in our lifetime. The next one is 89 years from now - January 2, 2103, or 01-02-03.

Party like it's 2103.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Follies Happy Hour 2014.12.12

Edeka is a grocery store in Germany. They used 9 cashiers scanning preselected items to surprise their customers by performing a digital version of Jingle Bells. The fun was recorded by several hidden cameras.

What a great Christmas treat!

There Is No Difference

Imagine for a moment that you're the leader of a political party that just crushed your opponent in a mid-term election. The voters handed you a mandate of stunning proportions, totally rejecting the policies of the other party and its leader.

Now its time to address a major piece of legislation. This is an opportunity to stand up to the party in power; to show the voters that you received their message loud and clear.

What do you do?

If you're John Boehner and the republican establishment you fold like a cheap chair.

Boehner and Obama Join to Pass Bill Funding Obamacare and Amnesty
House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama joined forces today to push their respective party members to provide 219 votes--one more than was needed--to ensure passage of an omnibus government funding bill that permits the administration to spend money implementing Obamacare and Obama's planned unilateral actions that will effectively amnesty as many as five million illegal aliens.
Wait a minute! Didn't the American people just demonstrate that they wanted no part of obamacare or obamnesty? Did I misinterpret the results of the November elections?

I don't think so.

I think this is further evidence that there really is no significant difference between the two main political parties. They're both more concerned about lining their own pockets at the expense of the rest of us than with solving this country's problems.

This may be 'business as usual' for them, but it's the last straw for me.

A pox on both their houses ... and that spineless hypocrite John Boehner.


Edited to add:
For all the Sturm und Drang of the bill's passage last night, there's a simple reason House Democrats ultimately provided the votes to pass the CRomnibus*, and always were going to provide the votes to pass the CRomnibus: they didn't have a better alternative. If the CRomnibus collapsed, what came next would have been worse for Democrats.
* (Cromnibus = a mash-up between a Continuing Resolution, which is how congress funds the government when it fails to do its jobn and pass a real budget, and an omnibus bill, which is how congress should fund the government)
... Republicans had a Plan B. If the CRomnibus hadn't passed, they would pass a three-month stopgap spending bill. Then the next Congress could worry about how to fund the government through the rest of the year. It was actually a pretty reasonable Plan B — which is why it scared Democrats. If there was going to be a shutdown over this, it was going to be up to Democrats to cause it, and it was going to be Democrats who took the blame for it.
But noooo ... Boehner and his buddies bailed obama and the dems out.
The 219-206 House vote saved Obama from embarrassment and a quick renewal of bitter partisan fights over short-term spending bills. But it couldn't hide his strained relations with Democrats who largely blame his sagging popularity for their Nov. 4 midterm election setbacks. They lost the Senate majority and a dozen House seats.
And yet in spite of that Boehner and the republicans bent over and grabbed their ankles for barry and the dems.

Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi have bigger cojones than John Boehner...

First Christmas Party Of The Year

Not much of a post today, because we went to the first of this year's Christmas parties last night.

Maybe more later...






For those of you who still work, some tips for your office party:
1- The office holiday party is a great opportunity for you to show your co-workers the more social and fun side of your personality. If you do not have a social and fun side to your personality, hang out with Accounting.

2 - Yes, at the office holiday party your only “work” is to shmooze, drink on the company dime, and chat it up with the most attractive people in the room. If you are in Marketing, today is “business-as-usual.”

3 - The office holiday party is also a great opportunity to talk to people you rarely interact with on a day-to-day basis. For instance, you may see the engineers talking to the receptionists. After 2 - 3 minutes of awkward, choppy, pause-riddled conversation, you will understand why these 2 groups should be restricted to hallway head nods.

And for those of us who are retired:


It's good to be retired...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Lawyer Who Gets It

When it comes to lawyers, my feelings can be summed up by the Shakespeare quote "let's kill all the lawyers."

Or, if you prefer something a little more contemporary, there's this line from P.J. O'Rouke:
During the mid-1980s dairy farmers decided there was too much cheap milk at the supermarket. So the government bought and slaughtered 1.6 million cows. How come the government never does anything like this with lawyers?
However, I recently ran across this article written by a lawyer who seems to understand the consequences of 200+ years of governments passing unneeded and unnecessary laws, quite often at the urging of special interest groups.
On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce. Usually they greet this advice with something between skepticism and puzzlement, until I remind them that the police go armed to enforce the will of the state, and if you resist, they might kill you.

I wish this caution were only theoretical. It isn’t. Whatever your view on the refusal of a New York City grand jury to indict the police officer whose chokehold apparently led to the death of Eric Garner, it’s useful to remember the crime that Garner is alleged to have committed: He was selling individual cigarettes, or loosies, in violation of New York law.

… Libertarians argue that we have far too many laws, and the Garner case offers evidence that they’re right. I often tell my students that there will never be a perfect technology of law enforcement, and therefore it is unavoidable that there will be situations where police err on the side of too much violence rather than too little. Better training won’t lead to perfection. But fewer laws would mean fewer opportunities for official violence to get out of hand.

… Every new law requires enforcement; every act of enforcement includes the possibility of violence. There are many painful lessons to be drawn from the Garner tragedy, but one of them, sadly, is the same as the advice I give my students on the first day of classes: Don’t ever fight to make something illegal unless you’re willing to risk the lives of your fellow citizens to get your way.
Bravo! The man recognizes that every law on the books is at some point enforced at the point of a gun. I would argue that the vast majority of laws do not come close to meeting that standard of lethality. Eric Garner was basically killed so that the state of New York could continue to collect exorbitant taxes on tobacco (a tax of $5.85 per pack of cigarettes).

Taking that to the next step:
...federal law alone includes more than 3,000 crimes

...an astonishing 300,000 or more federal regulations may be enforceable through criminal punishment in the discretion of an administrative agency. Nobody knows the number for sure.

Husak cites estimates that more than 70 percent of American adults have committed a crime that could lead to imprisonment. He quotes the legal scholar William Stuntz to the effect that we are moving toward “a world in which the law on the books makes everyone a felon.” Does this seem too dramatic? Husak points to studies suggesting that more than half of young people download music illegally from the Internet. That’s been a federal crime for almost 20 years. These kids, in theory, could all go to prison.
Here's my proposal - for every new law that is passed, at least one, and preferably two, existing laws must be repealed. Implement that and over time we'll get back to a manageable number of laws that deal with truly significant issues.

But I ain't holding my breath...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sitemeter Bites The Dust

A few days back Peter commented that he was having problems with Sitemeter (Sitemeter is a widget that keeps track of blog statistics, such as number of visitors, where they're from, etc.). I had Sitemeter installed on this blog, but it had never given me any trouble, so I shrugged my shoulders and moved on.

Then last night and today I discovered that anyone trying to access this blog was redirected to an advertising site. I did some google-fu and found out I wasn't the only one.
... Increasingly often over the past year or so, the sitemeter tracking code has been non-deterministically routing visitors to unwanted advertising sites, playing strange background music, etc. At about the same time, the company stopped responding to any support queries or complaints. Because its tracking statistics are useful, and because the unwanted redirections were rare and intermittent (and arguably due to mistakes rather than malice), I've stuck with them.

But as of yesterday evening, for a significant period of time, every single attempt to access (this blog) resulted in a glimpse of the desired page followed quickly by redirection to x.vindicosuite.com, which is apparently some sort of passive DNS replicator or something. As far as I can tell, no virus or worm attack was involved, but the redirection alone is unacceptable...
The cause?
... Sitemeter has been bought by the same ad-ware intensive company that bought MySpace.  And, now the script that you embed on your web site for the Sitemeter is also going out and establishing connections and setting cookies for all of these other sites.

I not only found it is setting this cookies and establishing these connections, but it is also REDIRECTING my site to an "ad" page...
Many others have reported the same problem. Thankfully, much like the federal government, Sitemeter appears to be mindlessly incompetent as opposed to deliberately evil. Nevertheless, it can still cause great harm.

I get that much of the 'free' content on the Interweb is supported by advertising. But the pop-ups are getting more and more intrusive - especially those damn auto-start videos. When they cross the line from annoying to manipulative, it's time to get rid of them. Life is too short (and this blog doesn't pay enough) to put with crap like that.

So adios, Sitemeter.

If you encountered any problems here in the last day or so, I apologize.

BTW, I've also noticed that when I reply to comments I have to do that Captcha thing where you enter numbers to prove you're human. I don't know where that came from. I've double-checked the blog settings and Word Verification is turned off, Anonymous Commenting is enabled, and I can't find anything else that would require that. I'll keep looking, but in the meantime I hope it isn't too much of a deterrence to comments.

Another Lie


In 2011 obama promised that by 2015 there wouldbe more than 1 million electric cars on the road.

He lied - again.
... with just days to go, he's only about 826,000 or so cars short of that goal. 
Instead of 200,000 Nissan Leafs on the road today -- as Obama's Department of Energy predicted in 2011 -- there are less than 70,000.
And while Obama forecast 375,000 Chevy Volt sales by 2014, just a bit more than 71,000 have made it off the showroom floor.
Fisker, which was supposed to be selling 85,000 electric cars a year by now, went bankrupt last year.
Add it up, and there are a grand total of less than 180,000 plug-ins on U.S. roads today. Worldwide, there are only 400,000.
And so, after shoveling $8 billion in taxpayer money into electric cars, Obama quietly ended up ditching his 1 million goal late last year.
The electric car picture isn't likely to get much better in the years ahead, no matter how much money the government throws at this technology.
As Mark Mills carefully and devastatingly explains in an article on Real Clear Politics, electric cars face one impenetrable obstacle in replacing gas-powered cars -- it's called physics.
"Pound for pound (and pounds matter) the chemicals that comprise gasoline store 40 times more energy than the best chemicals in batteries," he writes. "Gasoline is not only more dense but also remarkably safe, easy to store, and portable."
He goes on: "The underlying difference in energy density — hydrocarbons vs. electrochemistry — is locked in the physics of the associated atoms and molecules. No venture capital, government subsidy, or computer magic can change that," he writes.
What this means is that electric engines must be far heavier. "A Tesla battery pack, plus motor, weighs over 1,500 pounds. A loaded fuel tank, plus motor, in a Mustang weighs just over 500 pounds."
Electric cars are also, he explains, far more expensive to drive than gas-powered ones when you include all the costs involved.
Back in the day, one of the things I taught was cost-benefit analysis. I used to pound into my students heads that they must consider not only primary costs and benefits, but secondary and tertiary - and beyond - ones as well.
 
In the case of electric cars, that includes not only the cost of batteries and electricity, but also the cost of constructing those batteries, generating and distributing that electricity, and even the cost of building the facilties to acquiring the carbon fuels or renewable energy used to generate the electricity that charges the electric cars.
 
Science and business - two things the obama administration and most progressives know nothing about.