Archive for October, 2009

Constitution “Defeated”

October 30, 2009Contrarian 3 Comments »

In a debate on another blog (the Spokesman-Review’s “Matter of Opinion” blog), one commenter wrote, “No amount of Libertarian Ayn Randian rhetoric about the long defeated concept of “enumerated powers” as why this country can’t have universal health care is going to convince any intelligent citizens.” I asked how the doctrine of enumerated powers had […]

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Roy Spencer: Global Warming “Expensive Urban Legend”

October 24, 2009Contrarian Comments Off on Roy Spencer: Global Warming “Expensive Urban Legend”

Noted climate scientist Roy Spencer today writes on his blog, “I contend that the belief in human-caused global warming as a dangerous event, either now or in the future, has most of the characteristics of an urban legend. Like other urban legends, it is based upon an element of truth. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse […]

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Poverty Propaganda

October 23, 2009Contrarian 4 Comments »

Although I’m not one to whine about “media bias” — newspapers and other media being private enterprises entitled by the First Amendment to express the “bias” of their choice — it is dismaying when they do so by distorting, omitting, or manufacturing the underlying facts of the story, or by allowing a source or informant […]

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint — Eat Your Dog

October 21, 2009Contrarian 1 Comment »

Some greenie true believers in New Zealand have proposed a new method of reducing your “carbon footprint” — eat your dog. And your cat, too. They calculate that feeding your spaniel requires 0.84 hectares (about 2 acres) of land annually. By comparison, sufficient biofuel to build and drive your Land Cruiser 6200 miles could be […]

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Snyder’s “Fatal Conceit”

October 10, 2009Contrarian 1 Comment »

An interesting exchange here between Spokesman-Review reporter Jonathan Brunt and City Council candidate Jon Snyder regarding the “big box” development on the South Hill approved by the Council last year. Snyder had stated that he would not have approved the zoning change which will allow the development. (Exchange begins ~ 37 minutes). —— Brunt: How […]

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Proposition 4: Bill of Rights Violations

October 6, 2009Contrarian 3 Comments »

Most of the considerable opposition which has emerged to date to Proposition 4, the so-called “Community Bill of Rights” which will appear on the November general election ballot, has focused on the measure’s fiscal implications for the City and its implications for the local economy. These are certainly serious concerns. Indeed, the measure is likely […]

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