The warmer temps have also allowed for us let the Official Weekend Pundit Woodstove to take a break. If this winter follows the pattern of last winter (as it has so far), we'll only be needing the woodstove for another month. After that we might need it for the occasional cold evening.
Surprisingly, we haven't used nearly as much firewood this winter compared to last winter. We easily went through six and-a-half cords last year. This year we might use all of four. I'm not complaining by any means.
*********Is Obama channeling Richard Nixon? After reading about the Obama White House Enemies List, I'd have to say so.
I can't wait to share that honor with Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli, Jim Cramer, and David Brooks. If all it takes is to question Obama's policies, honesty, and/or competence, then I'm a shoo-in!
*********Eric the Viking links to a number of Obamanomics posts showing us he really has little understanding of how the US economy works.
Then again, few socialists have any understanding of economics. Certainly Hugo Chavez has proved that axiom.
*********There's so much crude oil out there that storage facilities are full and tankers are being used as floating storage tanks.
Says Insty: “I think this is good news.”
If this continues for any length of time expect crude prices to fall even further, production cutbacks by OPEC notwithstanding. The worldwide recession has poked a serious hole in oil consumption, dropping demand to levels not seen in decades.
*********As I wrote about yesterday, more people are planning to “go Galt”, cutting back on their production in order to make their income fall below the $250K trip point for paying higher taxes. A very good compilation of the going Galt phenomenon can be found at The Liberty Papers.
One of the better ideas found there came from QandO:
“I’d be more impressed if they fired a shot across the bow and coordinated a national day for cranking up their withholding allowances, just as high as they can. They’re planning their next party on Tax Day, right? One might think they’d be interested in ceasing to lend their earnings interest-free to the government. They might take some satisfaction in doing something that actually shows up on the government’s ledger.
Do you think the government would notice if hundreds of billions of dollars failed to flow into federal coffers? The government would lose the use of all of that money interest-free. That's one way of sending a message that can't be ignored.
Of course the government would induce Congress to change the tax laws or regulations making it a federal offense to claim more withholding allowances than they think you should.
*********There's no doubt in my mind: Obama is in over his head.
More than once this blogger has said Obama wasn't ready for the White House, having little to no experience dealing with executive decisions. He's very good at getting elected, but he's never really had to govern. His one stab at dealing with making executive decisions led to his wasting over $100 million of Annenberg Foundation funds with nothing to show for it.
This is going to be a long four years.
*********Apparently the state of Connecticut has decided to declare war on the Roman Catholic Church with a piece of legislation that can only be called 'evil'.
I would think the proposed legislation violates the First Amendment “as it is written, as opposed to the non-existent liberals’ First Amendment.”
(H/T Maggie's Farm)
If this young man is any indication, the future of the conservative movement is assured.
Young Jonathan is homeschooled, was a child actor, and is a published author. His book, Defining Conservativism, outlines it's core values.
*********I've seen this clock before, but it's still way cool!
*********Vermont Woodchuck at New England Republican tells us a precautionary tale about the history of gun control and its unintended consequences.
Certainly Australia's citizens are paying the price for their government's successful efforts to disarm them, with violent crimes on the rise (armed robberies are up 44 percent). So much for making the populace safer by taking away their guns.