Archives for the month of: December, 2012

A friend posted this on her facebook. I realize it is from the web, and a few seconds searching revealed no useful information regarding origins. Even though the numbers are not quite current, they make the point, and it is worth repeating.

I’m so tired of all the talk about how our lawmakers can’t come to an agreement on fixing the fiscal cliff dilemma. I’m reposting this for a different perspective.

Lesson # 1:

* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

… Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:

* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

Got It ??…… .OK now,
Lesson # 2:
Here’s another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

Let’s say, You come home from work and find
there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood….
and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.

What do you think you should do ……

Raise the ceilings, or remove the crap?

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Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin

Just jumping on the bandwagon without further comment.

Watts Up With That?

Some days, you just have to laugh. As WUWT readers know, we’ve had the Josh 2013 Skeptic Calendar done independently in the UK via Bishop Hill, and of course we gauged interest here at WUWT. Josh sent over the artwork via email which I turned into the USA version. (Note: Dr. Mann probably doesn’t realize that Josh is a professional illustrator in the UK who gives his climate caricature services to skeptics free each week, just for fun.) Last week I sent out a few free copies to some folks that I thought could really use some Christmas cheer: Dr. Mike Mann, Dr. Gavin Schmidt, Dr. Peter Gleick, and Dana Nuccitelli.

Never beyond my wildest dreams did I think it would turn into a #Kochmachine conspiracy theory issue. But then again, there’s this strange pervading idea that skeptics are well funded and well organized.  Here’s what Dr. Mann

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http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/12/in_key_west_the_hemingway_home_battles_the_feds_over_cats.html

While many may consider it trivial, it is just more evidence that the government, especially the federal government, overreaches. Our government is too big. As President Reagan said, the most horrifying statement the average person can hear is, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

We need more rights protecting us FROM the government and from busybodies and meddlers who think they know better!

Here is an easy suggestion, add one word to the first clause of the first amendment, specifically, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of education or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”.

That would be the first step in solving lots of our societal problems.

Federal regulations are a greater threat to our country and our lives than anything else, even the debt. If the federal government were not allowed to be so big and invasive and so all-regulating, there wouldn’t be impetuous for so much spending, and the deficit would take care of itself.

Frankly, the most dangerous thing known to mankind today is the EPA (and the USDA in this instance)!

Thanks Willis.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

Ishmael, in Moby Dick.

Yeah, that pretty well describes it. I’d been spending too much time writing about the weather and the climate, and not enough time outdoors experiencing the weather and the climate. So following Ishmael’s excellent advice, I have been kayaking and walking the coast and generally spending time on and around the ocean. During this…

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More resources over at the world’s most viewed web site on climate and global warming.
Remember, cold kills; warmer is better.

Watts Up With That?


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By WUWT regular “Just The Facts”

We are pleased to introduce WUWT’s newest addition, the WUWT “Extreme Weather” Reference Page.

Realizing the difficulty in selling “Global Warming” when the globe hasn’t warmed in the last 16 years, the Warmists are now attempting to convince the public that CO2 has somehow caused “Extreme Weather”. This “Extreme Weather” meme follows a number of other ill-fated Warmist narratives including “Climate Change“, “Ocean Acidification”, “Global Weirding” and “Climate Disruption”.

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