Are You Smarter Than a Congressman?

November 24, 2008

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute produced a 33 question quiz which tests knowledge of American Civics.

Thirty three questions.  No sweat.

They gave this quiz to the general public whose average score was only 49%.

Then they sorted out those who were elected U.S. Officials.  The average score?  44%.

This begs the question of the month….

Are You Smarter Than a Congressman?

Take the quiz here.  Feel free to post your results in the comments.

Then read the whole report here.

Full disclosure:  I took the quiz:  You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

Hat Tip: Instapundit


Amercia’s Most Wanted: Shilling for Islam?

November 23, 2008

I read Atlas Shrugs posting today about the America’s Most Wanted episode that aired last night which recounted the honor killing of two young girls in Texas.  I trust Atlas more than I trust John Walsh and considering what John went through, when his own child was abducted and murdered, I would have assumed that he would have been more inclined to tell the whole truth rather than turn out a politically correct whitewashed version of the events leading to the murder of these two girls by their father.

This multiple murder had all of the trappings of a muslim ‘honor’ killing yet no religion or no specifics were ever cited.

Read the whole report at Atlas here.

Today is Victory in Iraq Day!

November 22, 2008

Thank You U.S. Military

You have answered the call and performed your duties beyond our wildest expectations.  You have paid the price for liberating a people who long suffered under a dictator’s boot.  You have protected them while the savages attempted to turn their homeland into a killing field.  You have mentored them while they learned to stand, walk and run in defense of their own nation.

You are all HEROES!

May God Bless You All

We join all these others in celebrating your Victory!

Gateway Pundit
Little Green Footballs
Because No One Asked
Dog Opus Blog
Oh No, Another Conservative Blog
Who Is John Galt?
Gathering of Eagles (national)
Gathering of Eagles New York
Gathering of Eagles North Carolina
Stop the ACLU
The Surfing Conservative
Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group
The Wide Awake Cafe
The Foxhole
Lighthouse on the Right
Arming Liberty
Uncle Sam Ate My Baby
Down Is Up
Foreign and Domestic
WOT Daily
The Blog of Record
Serr8d’s Cutting Edge
Army Wife: Rants from Ft. Livingroom
Hamilton, Madison, and Jay
Rochester Conservative
The Daily Blogster
I Call BS!
Macker’s World
Something should go here, maybe later
Nice Deb
The Bronze Blog
The Irascible Chef
Sharp Right Turn
Tman In Tennessee
Thunder Pig
Sith by Sithwest
Marooned in Marin
Thoughts Enroute
More Weight
The Jack Knows
Red State Rumblings
High Plains Blogger
Air Force Pundit
Fallback LGF
Liberty for USA
Diary of a Madman
The Rumbler Report
D.C. Thornton
Lock and Load
Fat Angie
Oedipal Beatdown
Conservative Action Network
A Herd of Turtles
Penny’s Potpurri
Sayyad al Wahabiyya
Brain-Surgery With Spoons
American Syndicalist Party
Public Secrets
Toxic Taxation
Berman Post
The Inquisition
Pax Parabellum
CrossFit Camp Pendleton
Freedom Watch
American Truths
Destination OBX
Fearless Dream
Theodore’s World
The Cool Blue Blog
Life With Monkeys
Woody’s Place
Wild Weazel
The Atheist Conservative
King’s Right Site
We are the Grizzwolds

The Jawa Report
Ed Driscoll
Facebook group for Victory in Iraq Day
Barking Moonbat Early Warning System
Exurban League
Noblesse Oblige
Protein Wisdom Pub
Black & Right
Johnson County Republican Party
Winefred’s Well
Still Unbounded
The Liberty Boys
Atlanta ROFTers
This is Scooter Country
The Crescent Moon
From My Position…On the Way!
Letters to a Dying Dream
Blogs for Victory
Conservative Diggs
Erica Marceau
Pirate’s Cove
Let’s Get It Right
Cmblake6’s Weblog
What Bubba Knows
Psycmeister’s Ice Palace!
Stable of Zionist Hore #2
Conservative in Seattle
Karridine Delivers
Zim’s View
I Am, Therefore I Think
Patriot Missive
USS Neverdock
Dan Cirucci
The Conservative Contessa
The Four Rs
Wake up America
The C-Square
Sarge Charlie
Red-Hot Right
Echoes in Eternity
American Infidel
supporting the troops
One Model Place
The Dumber Ox
The Lightning News
2nd Exposure
Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right
Comics Pundit
No Clever Pseudonym
Free Frank Warner
The Digital Hairshirt
The Blue Pelican
Nothing But the Facts
Environmental Republican
Irons in the Fire
no blood for sauerkraut!
The Individualizer
Nebulous Continuum
Take Our Country Back
The Conservative Radical
Zion Beckons
Soldiers’ Angels Germany
Paul Ibrahim
jweaks on Squidoo
Marie’s Two Cents
The Other Club
The Anchoress
Beyond the Veil
Michigan Taxes Too Much
Once More Into the Breach

Who Replaces Hillary Clinton?

November 22, 2008

With Hillary Clinton about to pack her carpet bag again and head off to Washington, an interesting situation arises in New York with an unelected Senate replacement and an unelected Governor facing election in two years.  This is an opportunity for New York to throw off the chains of the entrenched Democrat power elite and put a more conservative voice in the Senate.

The expected move of Hillary Clinton to Foggy Bottom will set off an intriguing parlor game among New York State Democrats. Whom will Governor Paterson appoint to succeed Clinton? And how will it affect the gubernatorial and senate races in New York in 2010?

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has long been seen as a likely primary opponent to Paterson in 2010, and given his famous name and fundraising base, he’s likely to offer a stiff challenge. Paterson will surely be tempted to dispatch Cuomo to Washington — if he’s willing to go.
Recent reports say Cuomo would turn the job down, but his attitude might change once the discussion moves past hypotheticals.

On the other hand, the New York State chapter of NOW wants a woman to succeed Clinton. That could boost the chance that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn could become the first openly lesbian member of the U.S. Senate. And if all that speculation weren’t enough, the New York Post reports that Paterson and Senator Chuck Schumer may already have a deal to appoint a relative nobody to the spot. It seems that Schumer’s priority is that he get recognized as New York’s senior Senator, and Andrew Cuomo would be the only contender for the Senate seat to threaten that status. Schumer apparently wants a less high-profile junior Senator — someone like Buffalo Representative Brian Higgins, or Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand.

Read the whole thing here.

More local New York speculation here.

And here, here, here, here, here and here.

What You Get When Congress Builds the Cars

November 21, 2008

The Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition.

It’s in the way you dress. The way you boogie down. The way you sign your unemployment check. You’re a man who likes to do things your own way. And on those special odd-numbered Saturdays when driving is permitted, you want it in your car. It’s that special feeling of a zero-emissions wind at your back and a road ahead meandering with possibilities. The kind of feeling you get behind the wheel of the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition from Congressional Motors.

All new for 2012, the Pelosi GTxi SS/Rt Sport Edition is the mandatory American car so advanced it took $100 billion and an entire Congress to design it. We started with same reliable 7-way hybrid ethanol-biodeisel-electric-clean coal-wind-solar-pedal power plant behind the base model Pelosi, but packed it with extra oomph and the sassy styling pizazz that tells the world that 1974 Detroit is back again — with a vengeance.

Read the whole thing here.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

Victory in Iraq Day! Celebrate Saturday Nov. 22, 2008

November 17, 2008


November 22, 2008

Celebrate Victory in the Iraq War.
Democracy brought to over 26 million Iraq citizens.
Al Qaeda in Iraq brought to its knees.
Vital Victory in the War on Terror.
More at this link.

Cooking the Books at NASA

November 12, 2008

Global warming aka Climate change has become a mantra to those who persist in seeing humans as the bane of the environment and the universe.  Time and again it has been proven that climate change is NOT a human driven event and that instead of warming, the earth is actually cooling.  Yet true believers are always looking for more facts to bolster their failing arguments and, in some cases, actually cooking them up.

The following exposes such a story:

Amateur team finds NASA error similar to one they discovered a year ago.

NASA’S Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) is one of the world’s primary sources for climate data. GISS issues regular updates on world temperatures based on their analysis of temperature readings from thousands of monitoring stations over the globe.

GISS’ most recent data release originally reported last October as being extraordinarily warm– a full 0.78C above normal. This would have made it the warmest October on record; a huge increase over the previous month’s data.

Those results set off alarm bells with Steve McIntyre and his gang of Baker Street irregulars at They noted that NASA’s data didn’t agree at all with the satellite temperature record, which showed October to be very mild, continuing the same trend of slight cooling that has persisted since 1998. So they dug a little deeper.

McKintyre, the same man who found errors last year in GISS’s US temperature record, quickly noted that most of the temperature increase was coming from Russia. A chart of world temperatures showed that in October, most of Russia, the largest nation on Earth, was not only registering hot, but literally off the scale. Yet anecdotal reports were suggesting that October was actually slightly colder than normal. Could there be another error in GISS’s data?

An alert reader on McKintyre’s blog revealed that there was a very large problem. Looking at the actual readings from individual stations in Russia showed a curious anomaly. The locations had all been assigned the exact temperatures from a month earlier– the much warmer month of September. Russia cools very rapidly in the fall months, so recycling the data from the earlier month had led to a massive temperature increase.

A few locations in Ireland were also found to be using September data.

Now here is where it gets really interesting…

GISS is run by Dr. James Hansen, a strident global warming advocate who has accused oil companies of “crimes against humanity”.  Hansen recently made headlines when he travelled to London to testify on behalf of a group of environmentalists who had damaged a coal plant in protest against global warming. Hansen also serves as science advisor to Al Gore.

Steve McKintyre informed GISS of the error by email. According to McKintyre, there was no response, but within “about an hour”, GISS pulled down the erroneous data, citing a “mishap” and pointing the finger of blame upstream to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA).

NOAA’s Deputy Director of Communications, Scott Smullens, tells DailyTech that NOAA is responsible only for temperature readings in the US, not those in other nations.

Read the whole thing at Daily Tech and then read‘s deliciously snarky story:

Did Napoleon Use Hansen’s Temperature Data?