Toyota’s Pinto Memo Moment, Pt 3 – The Government Meddling In The Market… For It’s Own Advantage!

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Instapundit has a link showing how the Government take-over of General Motors has affected the way Washington has gone after Toyota.

I have more evidence of that:

“I would like to know how it could take us 6 years, dozens of lives, numerous lawsuits, substantial consumer complaints, mat replacements and repeated expressions of concern by an insurance company before any real action was taken to initiate an investigation into the safety of a product being used by millions of American families,” Sen. John D Rockerfeller, chairman of the Senate Transportation subcommittee said. “Simply put – the American people deserve better.

The Guvment continues to pile on!

“We’ve seen claims in the last month that they didn’t know how severe these problems were until this year, and now you’re working around the clock to find out what’s wrong,” said Rep. Harry Teague, a New Mexico Democrat. “That’s rubbish. You knew you had a problem a long time ago. You lobbied to limit the recalls. This committee’s staff has uncovered memos going back to 2004 where you knew you had a problem and you didn’t do anything about it.”

And then there’s….



These are doctored quotes are from a CNN article about the Ford / Firestone hearings ten years ago, altered to make a point. Politicians, no matter which party, will jump all over a situation like this to show they are concerned for our safety. And these are actually Republicans, not Democrats, who are up in arms, doing the standard regulatory hand-waiving. Here are the actual quotes: Read more »

Toyota’s Pinto Memo Moment Pt 2 – Hot Air’s Failed Yoda Moment.

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Karl over at Hot Air channels Yoda with a post titled “Begun, the Toyota war has…”. He insinuates the problem with the sudden acceleration in Toyota’s… well… it’s all the drivers fault, saying that they accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the brakes.   He quotes from a Detroit News article:

Experts say the number of fatalities linked to reports of uncontrolled acceleration of Toyota vehicles — 15 when the first recall was announced, and now 34 — isn’t a big number for a company that sells close to 2 million cars and trucks a year in the United States.

Most independent auto experts and investigators say unintended acceleration is most often caused by driver error; the driver, in a moment of panic, or in an unfamiliar vehicle, may accidentally step on the wrong pedal.

Thirty years ago, Audi faced damaging complaints that its cars were prone to unintended acceleration — allegations that U.S. safety regulators now say were never proven.

Similar complaints in the late 1990s against Chrysler Corp.’s Jeep Grand Cherokee turned up no defect, said Vines, who was then working for Chrysler. The problem was either a floor mat trapping the gas pedal, or people stepping on the gas, he said.

Lets take each claim in reverse order. Read more »

Toyota’s Pinto Memo Moment.

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How do you stop an out-of-control Toyota from killing you? Shift into neutral or turn off the car…. Duh!

Seriously, I find this video advise troubling on a few different levels. Read more »

Climate Science Defense = Ad Hom Central

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Jeff Id is taking notes.

This has really ticked me off! It’s everyone else’s  fault that your science is so screwed up!

When you can’t defend you actions, attack your enemies. When you can’t defend your scientific practices, attack your enemies. And of course, the pathetic lazy main stream media is all too happy to follow along. Note that in this article, they imply Steve McIntyre, the guy in the picture,  is one of the Exxon Six!  (OK, I made up the name, but it sounds cool), yet never connect him to anything.  He, in fact, is quite independent and does his own research. He doesn’t take talking points from anyone!   You know, the libel laws are much different in England than they are in the states.  Steve McIntyre could, under their rules, probably sue the paper for this.

Do you wonder why your media is dying! Idiots!

PS: Where the HELL is my Exxon money!!!

Conservative Cat Fight!!!! Levin vs Beck!

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The battle for the soul of the Conservative movement is on!!!  I have no idea which one I want to lose more: each has some good points… but most often, both are idiots!!!!! Man, do I have to pick sides?????

Twenty to one says Rush will not be able to stay out of this one.

Climate Science – The Fix Is In… UPDATE.

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…And has been for a very long time. Here are a couple of current examples, one from Rodger Pielke, and the other from Steve McIntyre. Note that Pielke’s work on land use and its effect on climate is peer reviewed, yet, for some reason, it just doesn’t count when talking about climate change. When you so obviously stack the deck in your favor, it is no wonder you get a consensus.

PS. Note to Ed Barnes and Fox News; fact checking can be your friend. Rodger Pielke resigned from the CCSP, and not the IPCC (though other scientists have for the same reasons), and how can Tom Karl be “appointed to oversee the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center, an ambitious new office that will collect climate change data and disseminate it to businesses and communities.”, and also have  “played a pivotal role in key climate decisions over the past decade, has kept a low profile as director of National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) since 1998,…”.

When someone of my lack of fact-checking skills feels the need to lecture another, you know something is wrong.

UPDATE: This next bit demonstrates just how much the process is stilted against the skeptics. The UK Parliament is supposedly conducting an “Independent Review” of the issues involved in Climategate and are conducting an oral interview of witnesses to gain clarity. Here is the first goal of this inquisition:

1. Examine the hacked e-mail exchanges, other relevant e-mail exchanges and any other information held at CRU to determine whether there is any evidence of the manipulation or suppression of data which is at odds with acceptable scientific practice and may therefore call into question any of the research outcomes.

It’s telling that Steve McIntyre, the guy who is subject of so many of the e-mails, the guy who runs the blog Climate Audit and has, more than any other in the last six years, been “pointing out the evidence of the manipulation or suppression of data which is at odds with acceptable scientific practice”, has not been interviewed by this committee and is not invited to this session.

There is a term for this.


The False Flag Of Fiscal Responibility

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I was reading Bruce Bartlett’s blog today concerning the government defaulting on the national debt, and a commenter left this remark:

Gingrich threatened debt default during the 1995 budget impasse. That gambit failed because everyone knew that the consequences would be so dire, there’s no way the GOP could have stayed united behind it.

But conservative commentators don’t remember anything (or at least assume, rightly, that their intended audiences don’t remember). Part of the problem is that the conservative movement is that, since 1994, they have lurched from one debacle to another: they blinked first on the budget debacle, they squandered an immense amount of political capital trying to impeach Bill Clinton, and then of course the epochal catastrophe that was the Bush presidency, especially from 2003-2006. So they keep having to find new voices that aren’t tainted by participation in, or endorsement of, the previous catastrophes.

BTW, that’s a large part of the point of the tea party movement, to be able to disclaim what nearly all of them voted for. The perception is that they are a bunch of sore losers unwilling to accept an unfriendly election result, and that’s true as far as it goes. But equally it’s about distancing themselves from the Bush years, which (since, again, they all voted for him) is even more illegitimate than not accepting the 2008 outcome.


Fiscal responsibility has always been one of my overriding political issues when voting. I went for Bush in 2000 mainly for one reason – he was endorsing the abolition of base-line budgeting. OK, two reasons….  he wasn’t Al Gore!  🙂 But the budget was the first priority.

Let me be clear upfront that I never bought the “ten year surplus” meme. There is no such thing as a “ten year surplus”, precisely because you don’t know and can’t  predict what financial pressures will come to be in the future. There is only a surplus for that one current fiscal year. Al Gore was campaigning on the promise that the government was going to spend that extra money to fix social security.  I didn’t buy that either. Returning the money to its rightful owner – us – was the proper move. Though there may be instances where I recognize the necessity of it,  I’m not a fan of fixing your governing mistakes on my dime, thank you very much. One reason is that those fixes are always temporary if you don’t fix the structural reason for the deficit. See the sad state of California for a perfect example of what I’m talking about.

But I digress.  This is a topic of a separate blogpost. Back on point.

It became clear early on that the Bush administration was not going to make any effort what-so-ever to address that issue, and instead showed themselves to be more of the same as usual type administration as far as spending is concerned. I didn’t vote for either Bush or Kerry in 2004, and I was so ticked at the economic stupidity on display for the 2008 choices, I wrote in Paris Hilton for President. I figured it couldn’t have been much worse.

You would think I would be a prime candidate for the Tea Party recruiters…. Nope.

I liked the idea, but it quickly became obvious that the weakened Republican party was laying the groundwork for massive infiltration. Running on the ideal of “smaller government” and “less taxes” is fine, but my question is always this: “What are you going to cut?”.

I usually get a response such as: “Well, entitlements are a huge reason why we’re going broke!”

“OK. So how much of the medicare and social security benefits are you going to cut?”.

“Well, we won’t know until we have our guys in office”.

Note that’s not really an answer, and I know I won’t get one. So I go to a different topic – George W Bush. He is universally derided for he spending policies. So I pose this question: “We both know that Bush spent way too much and was a “big government” President. Which of the Bush big government add-ons are you proposing we cut? Medicare-D? No Child Left Behind? Department of Homeland Security?”

I never get an answer.

The fact that the Republicans scored political points against ObamaCare by opposing cuts in medicare is all you need to know about how serious they are about reducing spending.

Sand Castles And Stuff @ Shell Beach

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Here are a bunch of pictures from our trip to Shell Beach.

Climategate – A Defense For The Lack Of MSM Coverage.

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OK, here it is. Someone let me know if this makes any sense:

Is the NYT ignoring “Climategate”? Part II
Posted By Blake Hounshell Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – 7:58 PM Share

Walter Russell Mead responds to yesterday’s post about the IPCC’s recent woes. And it seems we’re more on the same page than I thought. Mead’s bottom line:

Let me say this again one last time: the story here is that the movement to stop climate change is being swift-boated right before our eyes. And just as Senator Kerry and the journalistic establishment failed to see the importance of the swift boat attacks and develop a counter strategy early, so the Times along with the climate change establishment is, yet again, missing the boat on a major piece of news.

Bingo! And he’s right that the Times is missing that story.

So, the story isn’t the fraudulent use of exaggerated or made-up data, a-la the “fake-but-accurate” Rathergate debacle, or the use of non-peer reviewed reports, a violation of IPCC rules, included in the AR4 for the sole intent to scare governments into crippling their economies in the name of climate change.

And you wonder why the MSM is in so much trouble.

But it gets better:

One other note: U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern was asked today about the IPCC’s screwups over Himalayan glaciers. Here’s how he handled it:

QUESTION: Now my question about – India has distinctly announced that they will set up their own IPCC because they believe that the UN’s IPCC is not that realistic, that they are a bit confusing and it’s – they’re not reliable. What’s your opinion on that?

MR. STERN: Well, look. I think it’s a good thing for countries to have an active scientific effort. I don’t know what the details are. I don’t know what Minister Ramesh or others in India have in mind. But I think, obviously, the United States has all sorts of scientific work that we do through our various agencies of the U.S. Government. So I think that’s all a good thing.

I think the IPCC as an institution has made a very large contribution and I think it’s an important body that will continue and that is very representative of countries all over the world. So I don’t know what – I’m not familiar with the specifics of what India —

QUESTION: He was talking about – Minister Ramesh was talking about recent controversies about Himalayan glaciers.

MR. STERN: About what?

“The What”??????

That is the terrific way to handle this issue?

This is the guy who is on the government payroll. Ignorance is bliss I guess… But it doesn’t bode well if you’re the guy we are paying with our tax dollars to stay informed on all things climate. Then again, he’s just a lowly envoy, and not a Czar, so maybe I expect too much.

This sooooo feels like a “Nelson Moment”.

Headlines We’d Like To See – Inspiration For Avatar Na’vi Tribe Revealed

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Here is the Na’vi Neytiri in action.

Here is the inspiration.