Monday, August 27, 2012

More Nukes!

This is where I cut my teeth in the commercial nuclear business nearly 30 years ago. Scroll to the north and west and you will see the site. In those days, the completed units on the right were in the same condition as the two new units currently under construction.
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Saturday, August 25, 2012


The Beer:  Bad Santa is aging before bottling.

The Bicycle:  I plan to get up on the trainer pretty soon here.  I want to be ready for next year's riding season.

The VRWC:  

I saw D'Souza's documentary last night.  His presentation I did not consider "Obama-bashing", but rather a look at the research and conclusions through the eyes of a man who had grown up in the Third World with an eye to defining the current President.

There were too many holes in the "marxist", "muslim", "Soros-puppet" memes. But if you look at it from the viewpoint of anti-neo-colonialism, everything makes sense. For example, now the "99%" stuff makes sense, because on a global scale, wealth is largely divided up that way. The seemingly inconceivable regulations and executive orders that, to anyone with half a brain will only make our lives worse now come closely into focus such that every detail is abundantly clear.  The ill-gotten gains of the neo-colonialist United States has brought undeserved wealth which must be repatriated to the rightful owners (i.e. those countries from which it was "stolen").  The love for the United Nations which will make all things right for the Third World by repatriating that wealth through schemes like Kyoto, Rio and Copenhagen now makes complete sense.  The gutting of the military and his hatred for them is also now understandable for they are the instrument of that oppression and theft.  And think about this for a minute: The reason Democrats flock to him is because they ALSO believe the United States is a colonizing power. "No Blood for Oil".

The fact is that the United States has never permanently colonized and subjugated a conquered foe. If the opposite were true, the US would have cheap oil, no shortages of other minerals and we would all be living like kings.  This neo-colonialist fantasy that the Left has is just that.  They know better, but in their incessant drive to make everything and everyone "equal", they have to believe the fantasy.  There can be no other answer to them because "you didn't build this".  The only way anyone gets ahead is by "exploiting" others.  Therefore, the only way the United States became such as it is is through exploiting other countries.

Of course, none of this is true.  The United States admittedly has done some things at the expense of other countries (Banana Republics come to mind), but they were minor and short-lived.  The United States has become a wealthy country, as has its citizens through trade, innovation and development.  Were it different, the Marsall Plan would not have been developed.  We would have continued to occupy the conquered following WWII and helped ourselves to their resources.  But instead, they were rebuilt with our money to provide us with trading partners.

The United States is the "good" in the world.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Problem With Electability

The Beer:  It's time again for Bad Santa.  I brew tomorrow.

The Bicycle:  My friends are preparing for Race the Lake without me.  I wish them well and plan to return in the spring.

The VRWC:  H/T: Dad29 whose post caused my thought processes to again flow.

This is the problem with "electability". The candidate has to hide  what he really believes.  Let's make it a referendum on their ideology vs. ours. Liberty and self-determination vs. soft slavery. I'd go so far as to call out Republicans who have been part of the problem and state clearly that I am not them and this is what I believe. "Electability" is nothing more than disguising who you really are and what you really believe. If we want to return to true Liberty and self-determination through a Capitalistic Representative Republic in which the states and the people control the Federal Government, we have to frame the debate in that manner. We can easily anticipate the arguments from the Left (they are incredibly transparent in that regard) and parry them. If the electorate likes our ideas better, we win. If not, well there ya go. At least put true conservatism to the test.

The Cowardly Left

Stormbringer covered a "protest" of sorts at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge.  He rightly points out the cowardice of the Left in their quest for a nuclear-free world.  That they only seem to protest ("speak truth to power") where it is safe to do so.  They never went to the Soviet Union, they don't go to China, NoKo or Iran.  Only in the Western democracies and specifically the United States, where the worst they will get is a slap on the hand, will they pull crap like this.  They are cowards, lacking the courage of their convictions.

That brings me to a story from late 1981.  I was working as a consultant in the commercial nuclear power industry, post Three-Mile-Island incident.  The assignment was to observe and evaluate the first post TMI emergency drill.  It was at the now closed Big Rock Point  plant in Michigan.  The idea was to hold the drill both with the plant and local civilian authorities and allow the "intervenors" (read "anti-nuclear Luddites") to observe up close and personal.  We were incredibly polite to these people, going far out of our way to explain what was happening, why and how.  We were friendly and engaging.  Those with my team never acknowledged us and our openness, never thanked us, never even treated us with the common courtesy one would give a stranger.  We were the enemy,apparently.

At the end of the (very successful) drill, we allowed them to speak at the outbrief.  It did not surprise me when the 30-something woman in the overalls and red bandana red from a prepared statement full of communist propaganda about the proletariat vs. the bougoisie, the evils of Capitalism and the wonders of the Workers Socialist paradise.  No "thank you", no "gee this was interesting and we learned something", not even a "kiss my ass".  This is the point at which I knew what we, as a country were up against.  An enemy within that has no desire to see the other side of the equation, no plan other than to kill the nuclear industry and, as an extension work their way to undermining all of the United States from within.    They have quite nearly succeeded.  These are the same people from the war protests, the Cindy Sheehans of the world, the OWS folks, the piad protestors of the SEIU and AFL-CIO.  They are cockroaches which we will never eradicate, but must endure until they decide to give up.  Because it is safe to be one of them in this country....for now.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Of Chicken Sandwiches and Free Speech

Mike Malloy purveys his own type of hate:

I responded via email with this: 

 Wow. Dude, I caught your rant regarding Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. Just You really have no clue what this is about, do you? You really don't understand the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This wasn't about chicken sandwiches. It wasn't about Gay Marriage. It was about the Right, the UNALIENABLE Right of individuals to speak their minds, especially those who hold views others disagree with. You are not the arbiter of right and wrong. There is no such thing as "hate speech" that needs to be banned. There is only "speech". As reprehensible a human being as you appear to be from the clip I just heard (I've never heard such a hate-filled diatribe from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, by the way), I am in favor of your Right to say the hateful things you said; things far worse than anything said by the owner of Chick-Fil-A. Have you even bothered to read his quote? Have you even bothered to research the company? Now all that said, the publicity given to Chick-Fil-A by all the ensuing hoo-ha by you and those who vilified Dan Cathy for his beliefs was the best thing to happen to the chain. Record sales, got the name out there for people who might now know about it. You have shown that God works in mysterious ways. That's awesome. 

 I have to add one more thing: The Muslim Brotherhood and radical Muslims in general advocate the killing of Gays, something Dan Cathy did not do, nor would he do. Why do you not rant about them? Could it be that you know radical Muslims kill those with whom they disagree? 

 I wish you Peace and send my sincerest regards, 

(I signed my name and listed my location)

This is the problem:  The Left and especially the Left Wing talkers have such blinders on that they are incapable of seeing anything other than what they consider "objectionable" from those of us on the Right.  I believe we on the Right are intellectually honest about wrongdoing on our side.  That is, if we bitch about what someone on the Left is doing, we tend to bitch about it from people on our own side.  The Left seems to have no such ability.  Obama was against Gay Marriage until he was before it.  I saw no outrage.  Obama was going to close GITMO and end wars.  That has not happened and I see no GITMO protests and no "War for Oil" protests.

More Leftist hypocrisy.  They want to remove the mote from our eye while ignoring the log in their own.

Edit: 8/4/2012 @ 1248

I also want to clear up any misunderstanding.  While the First Amendment only applies to the Federal Government (your state Constitution will prevail on this), I believe the "War on Chicken" started in the White House.  It is no coincidence that Rahm was the first out of the box, so I believe this is a Federal issue.  In addition, this is enabled by Federal "hate crime" legislation at the Federal Level.  Attempting to codify "hate" in favor of the protected classes is anathema to Liberty.

Edit: 8/5/2012 @ 0730

Here is the response I received:
10:04 PM (9 hours ago)
to me

Our Geek Algorithm indicates this email contains words and/or sentences indicative of extreme right wing political or fundamentalist nonsense incorporating language that is used primarily by low-functioning, low intelligence individuals. Based on these indications this email is essentially worthless. Consequently, it is being deleted unopened.


Now, if the description of my email were true, I suspect he would have read it on the air and made fun of it.  But I am pretty certain he or his staff opened the email, knew it was all true and realized they couldn't possibly read it on the air because of the fundamental truths contained.  Cowards.  Completely unable and unwilling to even consider another point of view.