at 10/12/2007 Posted by Andy Rand
(CNSNews.com) - Just as the buzz predicted, the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize is former Vice President of the United States Al Gore for spreading the word on global warming.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on Friday that Gore would share the prize with the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which also blames human activity for warming the planet.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said in awarding this year's peace prize, it wanted to highlight the importance of battling climate change.
It praised the IPCC for its many reports over the years, which have "created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming."
The committee also praised Gore for being an early booster of human-caused global warming: "His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change," the Nobel committee said. "He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted."
Read more at the Cybercast News Service.
And now for something completely different...
Glenn Beck Interviews Steve Milloy on Global Warming
at 10/12/2007 Posted by Kitty
Aw, the joys of local blogging. Over at www.ontheborderline.nut, Mr. Peanut has climbed up on his soapbox to give us his sanctimonious drool of how he and his disgruntled band of angry, anti-community anarchists are today's version of Patrick Henry and Tom Paine. I'd love to see a video of Mr. Peanut down in his dark, dank basement feverishly tapping away at his keyboard about what a cracker jack revolutionary he is. He probably gets so steamed at his keyboard that he has to put his slime green head band on to keep from drowning in his patriotic perspiration. You go Mr. Peanut! Rip old Dougie Stovepipe at the Hudson Star Observer a new chimney vent. This valley wouldn't be the same without the flaccid idiocracy you have brought to town. I'd remain anonymous too, if I was as big a fool as you...
at 10/11/2007 Posted by Kitty
"I don’t think anyone suggests that we should do away with those regulations which insure safety for the passengers in transportation. I don’t think that we should do away with those regulations in the field of pure foods and so forth, that make sure that some unscrupulous individual can’t sell us canned meat that gives us botulism. But, we start with those legitimate areas and then we go on and regulations just keep spreading like spores of a fungus until we find that they literally are taking away the rights of management to make business decisions with regard to their competition."
at 10/11/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON
The Associated Press
Wednesday, October 10, 2007; 2:01 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Kiefer Sutherland pleaded no contest Tuesday in his drunken driving case and will begin serving a 48-day jail sentence while his Fox TV drama "24" begins its winter production break in December.
The show's star agreed to serve 30 days for driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 percent, as well as 18 days for violating his probation for a 2004 drunken driving case, according to court records.
Actor Keifer Sutherland arrives at the Fox Fall Eco-Casino Party in Los Angeles in this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo. Sutherland pleaded no contest Tuesday in his drunken driving case to ensure the star of Fox's
Actor Keifer Sutherland arrives at the Fox Fall Eco-Casino Party in Los Angeles in this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo. Sutherland pleaded no contest Tuesday in his drunken driving case to ensure the star of Fox's "24" could avoid a lengthy jail sentence, his attorney and network officials said.
at 10/10/2007 Posted by Andy Rand
Radical times call for radical designs and, in today's free market, the sky is the limit!
In the photo above, a Nissan Motor Co. staff drives the Japanese auto maker's electric vehicle Pivo 2 out from a tiny parking space during a demonstration of the 'concept' car in Tokyo Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. The ball-shaped car, being shown at the Tokyo auto show later this month, can squeeze into tight spots without backing up or tight steering because its wheels turn 90 degrees and the cabin part of the car turns full circle.
A car being developed by a local entrepeanuter is drawing a great deal of attention -- especially for those who happen to be out late at night. Powered entirely by biofuel, i.e., spent peanut shells, this car, like its desinger, has people in the community turning their heads.
at 10/10/2007 Posted by Kitty
Overheard at OTBL:
N. Onimous: "It's too bad all of that hard work will be for nothing. Without any organized opposition 2nd Choice-2 Names and the 7 Mental Dwarfs barely got an elementary school. This next referendum will be met with stiff opposition that will be well funded and highly organized. Good luck lefties, you're going to need it."
The last referendum had no "organized opposition." No kidding. Mr. Peanut was in charge. What do you expect? The next one will be "well funded and highly organized"??? Who the heck is he kidding? You mean, someone other than Mr. Peanut will be in charge this time? It's going to be well funded by a door-to-door nut sales fundraiser? Give me a break and stop by for a load of rotten plywood.
at 10/10/2007 Posted by Kitty
"Capitalism should not be considered the only valid model of economic organization."
Says who? Pope Benedict, who has carried forward from his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, the vital message that choices made in the organizing of the economic lives of nations and the world are moral decisions.
Read more at The Capital Times.
at 10/09/2007 Posted by EastWing
NR School Board requests public input
Gail Winship New Richmond News
Published Tuesday, October 09, 2007
The New Richmond School Board is seeking public input from those
residing in the School District.
Your opinion is requested on whether or not all three (West, East and
future) elementary schools should be given new names at this time.
This is the first step in the process to name the elementary
school(s). If the public is interested in naming all three, the School
Board will implement a plan to choose three names.
If the community wishes East and West Elementary to remain so named,
requests for naming the new school will then be solicited.
Please send your opinion on naming one elementary or three - no names
are being accepted at this point - to Frank Norton, principal of West
Elementary at email@example.com.
Once the Board knows how many schools will be named, requests for
public input will be issued for name suggestions.
Here are a few to start the fun:
North Shore Wing Nut Institute
Anonymous School of Slander
The Document Sean Hannity Doesn't Want You To Read
"Don't believe the slander and lies the MoveOn.org, liberal media media says about me."
Why?...becuase its true!
Speaking at the Take Back America conference on June 3, American Progress CEO John Podesta said, "I think when you get so distant from the facts as -- as guys like Limbaugh and Sean Hannity do, yeah, I think that tends to -- it kind of -- it tends to corrupt the dialogue." Apparently he struck a nerve with Fox News' Sean Hannity. Hannity challenged Podesta to "defend and explain one example where I -- where I said something that was so false." Since choosing just one of Hannity's distortions is too difficult, here are fifteen examples:
All Hannity quotes from Hannity and Colmes unless otherwise noted.
HANNITY: "You're not listening, Susan. You've got to learn something. He had weapons of mass destruction. He promised to disclose them. And he didn't do it. You would have let him go free; we decided to hold him accountable." (4/13/04)
FACT: Hannity's assertion comes more than six months after Bush Administration weapons inspector David Kay testified his inspection team had "not uncovered evidence that Iraq undertook significant post-1998 steps to actually build nuclear weapons or produce fissile material" and had not discovered any chemical or biological weapons. (Bush Administration Weapons Inspector David Kay, 10/2/03)
"We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him. . . . But we cannot have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure."
President Ronald Reagan
"At first, there was a great opposition to most of the Federal revenues that are going to education on the part of many educators. Once the money was there, however, it was like the farmer who went into the woods and came back with the wagon loads of wild pigs. When they asked him how he had done it–they’d been wild for a hundred years–he said, "I built a fence and I put corn down and fed them, and they got used to eating the corn there, so l extended the fences’s sides and finally I had an enclosure and I corralled them." He said, "If I can get them to take food from me, I’ll own them." And this is what really happened with Federal aid to education. You know, the Federal Government could have done it differently if the Federal Government did not at the same time want control."
at 10/08/2007 Posted by Kitty
There's a post from the Uber Rationalists over at OTBL ( See below ) that uses the following logic to
calculate the cost per pupil of the recently passed referendum.
Last year's enrollment = 2,692
This year's enrollment = 2,720
New Students = 28
Cost of Referendum $9.2600,000 / 28 = $3,307,143
Now I ask you this. What kind of moron uses this kind of logic?
Answer = the OTBL kind.
Let's look at this equation Rationally.
The last new High School was built in 1965 that means it's given 42 years of service to New Richmond Students.
It's not an unreasonable assumption that the next new school buildings will be in service for 42 years.
If you take the 42 years times 2,720 students ( that's assuming zero growth ) the new school buildings will produce 114240 students-years of service. Now divide $92,600,000 by 114,240 you get a cost of
$810/student-year of service from the cost of the last referendum.
A far cry from Bauer-ville Moron Math that calculates the cost at $3,307,143 per student.
My guess is Jack Buaer wasn't paying attention in public school math class!
"28 New Students in New Richmond This Year"
"The numbers are in, and enrollment in New Richmond schools didn't quite reach the level of pre-referendum predictions. Superintendent Morrie Veilleux reported that enrollment for
kindergarten through 12th grade came in at 2,720. That compared with 2,692 last year at the same time, or a 1 percent rise in total enrollment. Prior to last year's successful building referendum in the District, projected enrollment was 2,761 for this school year, according to a Power Point presentation by school officials.
Those original projections predicted 2.5 percent enrollment hikes over the next few years, although critics claim the stalling housing market will ensure far slower growth.
Interestingly, District enrollment has steadily declined since the first day (Aug. 20) count of 2,774. The numbers fall as families adjust their education plans and as seasonal employees leave the area. The Aug. 27 count stood at 2,750 for K-12.
The above is in this week's New Richmond News under a story headlined "Student Numbers
Rise 1 percent in New Richmond",
Don't ya love this?
These 28 new little rascals are going to cost alot of money. $92.6 million worth or about $3,307,143 per kid.
Even mroe amazing is that at the recent Annual Meeting of the District, Morrie Veilluex was
quoted in the same New Richmond News as expecting between 50-75 new students. Not only
does he have problems with projecting from year to year on growth projections, but he does not
even know how many kids are currently in the existing schools.
What a complete joke!"
at 10/07/2007 Posted by Andy Rand