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The Left Wants A "Comforter-in-Chief"

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 19, 2008

Cue the sad violin music:

Can someone call the White House and see if the president is interested in coming to Iowa, Illinois or Missouri and comforting Americans in need?

The above quote is from Where Is The Outrage, the blog of a local lefty and radio host. He, and his fellow travelers are whining for a Nanny State, where the President would be the person to tuck us in at night, and wipe the tears from our eyes when he skin our knees.

Give me a break! If the President did show up…they’d complain about the cost of the trip and the disruption of the rescue and relief efforts (which would be true). He’ll show up later, when the critical phase of the rescue and relief efforts are well underway.

**update** 12.51pm

I just got a news alert that Bush is touring the area as I type this. Okay…will the angry, hurting lefty note this with an apology? I didn’t think so either.

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Zimbabwe Releases $500,000,000 Note, Inflation at 165,000 Percent

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 15, 2008

This is what happens when the government punishes those who produce the wealth of a nation, and attempt to “level the playing field” for those who are poor:

ZIMBABWE has introduced a new half-a-billion dollar bank note in a bid to tackle cash shortages fed by rampant inflation, the central bank said today.

The $500,000,000 note is worth $A2.61c.

“Introducing the new 500,000,000 bearer cheque for your convenience,” read a Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe full-page advert in the state daily, The Herald, displaying specimens of the new note.

The note, comes into circulation 10 days after the introduction of a quarter-of-a-billion one early this month.

This is the fourth set of high denomination notes to be issued this year, the first being in January when a 10 million dollar note was put into circulation. The next was on April 2 when a 50 million dollar note came into being before the 100 and 250 million dollar notes were introduced on May 2.

The southern African nation, currently gripped by a post-election crisis, has been ravaged by hyperinflation which reached 165,000 per cent in February.

No latest inflation figures have been released since then.

The country’s chronic economic crisis has condemned millions to grinding poverty with at least 80 per cent of the population living below the poverty threshold amid mass shortages of basic goods in shops.


You can thank the utterly worthless Jimmy Carter for Robert Mugabe’s Reign of Terror for the economic ruin that has overtaken the former breadbasket of Africa.

Has Jimmy Carter ever met a terrorist he didn’t like?

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The Pacific Decadal Oscillation Has Switched To Cold

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 30, 2008

Brrrr!….sounds like more cool weather headed this way!

A cool-water anomaly known as La Niña occupied the tropical Pacific Ocean throughout 2007 and early 2008. In April 2008, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that while the La Niña was weakening, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation—a larger-scale, slower-cycling ocean pattern—had shifted to its cool phase.

This image shows the sea surface temperature anomaly in the Pacific Ocean from April 14–21, 2008. The anomaly compares the recent temperatures measured by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E) on NASA’s Aqua satellite with an average of data collected by the NOAA Pathfinder satellites from 1985–1997. Places where the Pacific was cooler than normal are blue, places where temperatures were average are white, and places where the ocean was warmer than normal are red.

The cool water anomaly in the center of the image shows the lingering effect of the year-old La Niña. However, the much broader area of cooler-than-average water off the coast of North America from Alaska (top center) to the equator is a classic feature of the cool phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). The cool waters wrap in a horseshoe shape around a core of warmer-than-average water. (In the warm phase, the pattern is reversed).

Source: Watt’s Up With That?
Hat Tip: NC Media Watch
More Info: PDO
Solar Influence: Al Fin
Gateway Pundit: Brrrr!
Research Paper: Is Climate Sensitive to Solar Variability?

Despite what lefties say, the evidence is mounting, and the world is getting colder, which will be a disaster for mankind as growing seasons grow shorter, and as idiot lefties advocate burning food as fuel. And, as Jerry Pournelle points out, England did go from having Deciduous Trees to a 100 foot thick ice sheet in just a hundred years.

Posted in CAGW, disaster, Global Ice Age, NASA, science | Leave a Comment »

(VIDEO) Yellowtop Mountain Estates Fire

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 11, 2008

Video from WLOS and WHNS of the Yellowtop Mountain Estates Fire this past weekend.

ASHEVILLE – About 50 firefighters are working today to contain a brush fire in the Broad River community near Old Fort Road in southeast Buncombe County.

The blaze, which began yesterday afternoon, has already consumed more than 100 acres in the area, said Terry Gentry, Buncombe County assistant fire marshall.

Emergency crews are also still working to put out a fire in Rutherford County that has already burned more than 300 acres, emergency officials said.

Crews have worked to contain about 30 percent of the fire and hope that the rest will be under control by the end of the day.

No buildings or residential homes are in danger, Gentry said.

“They’ve got control over it, but it’s not fully contained yet,” said Sgt. Forrest Hollifield with the Rutherford County Emergency Communications.

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

This kind of fire scares the willies out of me, with the winds whipping, the steep terrain…houses where you don’t have a clue if anyone is in them or not…uggh.

Don’t be doing any burning, even if you have a burn barrel. Here is the current Fire Danger Statement from the National Weather Service. If you do any burning, this should be the first place you check out.

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Spruce Pine Fire on WNC Citizens Blog

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 6, 2007

I have links to coverage of the Spruce Pine Fire at WNC Citizens Blog.

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Internet Coverage of I-35W Collapse

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 2, 2007

Noah Kunin of Blanked-Out lives very close to the bridge, and has uploaded photos to Flickr and has had to evacuate his apartment.

Ed Morrisey of Captain’s Quarters was also close by, and live-blogged the local coverage.

Dole Carpenter, or Volokh Conspiracy, drove over the bridge a mere 15 minutes before it collapsed.

A local Internet Site, MN Talk, seems to be the place people are posting their thoughts and experiences. It also has links to the local media coverage, should you wish to dig deeper. There are also multiple links to local blogger coverage as well.

One of the better places to follow the collapse is at Little Green Footballs, where there are lots of reports in the comments section as well.
I’ve posted them in order here:

Massive Bridge Collapses in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Bridge Collapse – Update 1
Includes a Google Earth Image of an Intact I-35
Minneapolis Bridge Collapse – Update 2 – Blame Game Begins
Minneapolis Bridge Collapse – Update 3

The two major dailies are the Star-Tribune and the Pioneer Press.
Breit Bart Coverage.
Yahoo! News Coverage.
Minnesota Blogs Index.

My prayers are with the survivors, their families, and the families of the dead.

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