Archive for August, 2012

ZeroHedge: Drought Crop Update

From Harsh Expectations To Harsher
Reality :

Frank J. Fleming: US Budget FAQ

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Budget :

I still don’t understand. If we’ve been spending more than we take in for some time, doesn’t that prove that that’s a fun and good thing to do and that we can keep doing it forever and ever?
No. As we continue to spend more than we take in, we add to the national debt, and eventually there will be a reckoning for that.
Since the national debt is almost $16 trillion — so big it’s essentially a made-up number — can’t we just ignore it?
This is not a good idea, as it will not continue to ignore us. Our credit was already downgraded. At some point, the world will lose confidence in the U.S. economy, and we’ll no longer be able to borrow money. This could result in a complete economic collapse.
And what happens after that?
The apes take over. They’re debt-free.

We’re not laughing WITH you :-D

Instapundit, Ann Althouse, et al explain Mitt Romney’s birth certificate joke to the humorless.

And reader Bobby Franklin writes: “Romney owes Obama rent for living in his head. It appears we may have underestimated ole Mitt. He is simply toying with Obama, Democrats, and the media – and they don’t even know it.”

Ace of Spades HQ: John Galt leaves a comment

Or it sounds like it. 🙂

No country can survive socialism. It just doesn’t happen. Sooner or later the bill comes due. But before it does you always get demagogic idiots like Obama, or Chavez who try to blame their failures on the only people who are keeping everything afloat. It is not enough they sank the damn ship… they have to come after the people in the life boats too.

Catholic Online: On Paul Ryan, Political Choices, & Catholicism

Bishop Robert Morlino Affirms Paul Ryan’s Effort to Apply Catholic Social Teaching:

At the foundation of those truths is the dignity of every human person at every age and stage. To be Pro-Life is NOT to be “single issue” in your political positions; it is about having a world view. It is the dignity of the human person which requires a respect for every human life whether that life be in the first home of the womb, a wheelchair, a jail cell, a hospital room, a hospice, a senior center or a soup kitchen.
Another one of these truths is that marriage is between one man and one woman, intended for life, and ordered toward the bearing and raising of children in the family. Marriage is not some social construct which can be redefined by courts or legislatures. It is the foundation for family and family is the first society, first church, first school, first economy, first government and first mediating institution. The first community which humanizes and civilizes all of us is the family.

This year seems different in that traditional Democrat voting blocks, like Catholics, are reconsidering party loyalties.

ZeroHedge: America’s record drought map

Summarizing America’s Record Drought In One Picture

Slashdot: Gates to reinvent toilet

Bill Gates Wants To Reinvent the Toilet:

‘Inventing new toilets is one of the most important things we can do to reduce child deaths and disease and improve people’s lives,’ Gates said. ‘It is also something that can help wealthier countries conserve fresh water for other important purposes besides flushing.’

Indoor plumbing has long been one of my all-time favorite technologies. 🙂