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Consumer Reports Spies for Obama

I used to read the Consumer Reports many years ago. I stopped when I realized they were no longer concerned with what is best for real consumers, but rather what products will help move us along to their preferred nanny-state dystopia.

This came over the transom this morning and reminded me once again why I despair for our country.

Washington, DC, August 31, 2009 – CEI today criticized Consumer Reports for reporting a high-performing shower head to federal authorities—not because it is defective or fraudulently advertised, but because it exceeds government limits on shower head water flow.

WTF? First, why should Fedzilla even be in the business of telling us how much water our showerheads can use. We all get a water bill. If I want to pay for it, it’s no one’s business but mine. and that goes double for light bulbs!

I like incandescent bulbs. They can be used with timers, dimmers, and all kinds of other electrical gizmos. And if I happen to drop one I don’t need to call a Haz-Mat team to clean it up.

But you see, it’s not about “protecting the environment.” It’s about a bare-assed power-grab where every little facet of out worthless lives will be control by Washington.

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

Update: A lovely snark form Mark Krikorian:

First low-flow toilets, then shower heads, and now light bulbs. Next, the greens will want to ban tubs in new home construction for using too much water and push for legal limits on how hot your shower can be. Sound ridiculous? Think again. This kind of thing really highlights the distinction between traditionalist conservationism and watermelon environmentalism (green on the outside, red on the inside).

I love it!

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Vote them All Out

Apparently I am not alone!

If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of
voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not
sure how they would vote.

Read the whole thing at Rasmussen.

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Dr. James Marsters, one of the co-inventers of what would become knows as TTY.
This picture is from 1971.

From the “I bet you never knew this” department:

Dr. Marsters and two deaf colleagues broke that barrier for themselves and tens of thousands of other hearing-impaired people in 1964 when they converted an old, bulky, clacking Teletype machine into a device that could relay a typewritten conversation through a telephone line. It was the first example of what became commonly known as a TTY and is now, in a greatly updated and compact version, called a text telephone.

Dr. Marsters died of natural causes at his home in Oakland, Calif., on July
28, his son said. He was 85.

(Reported int he New York Times)

I remember getting a Model 29 (like the on in the picture in the article) in 1979 and having to haul it up to my third floor apt. How far we have come.

One thing, though. Marsters, who along with Robert H. Weitbrecht and Andrew Saks developed this in Marsters garage, did this as a private enterprise. No Government stimulus here! I wonder if they would have been able to do this kind of tinkering in the age of Obama. Just saying…

RIP Dr. Marsters.

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Edward Kennedy

There has been a lot of hot air blown about over the past few days. My original plan to stay silent (not that anyone cares one way or the other) has fallen aside the groveling coverage of MSM of his life.

The man was a self-absorbed hypocrite, a liberal that lived only for the accumulation of power. (Is that redundant?)

Andrew Breitbart has this to say:

Forty years have passed since Chappaquiddick. Immediately after the accident, Mr. Kennedy scrambled to organize the best and brightest to save his career, rather than to save the life of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne.

Before the facts were gathered, as her family was being prepped for a cash payoff, the Massachusetts voter – in “shock” and “denial,” the beginning phases of Elizabeth KublerRoss’s grief cycle – was asked by the senator in a carefully constructed televised speech to look away from his misdeed in the name of his family’s recent tragedies.

In a time of grief, the young senator framed his future as a referendum on Camelot. And the media didn’t call him on it. The fix was in.

The result was Mr. Kennedy needn’t do more than show up for work to atone for his calculated selfishness. Without apology or contrition, Mr. Kennedy crafted a public career in which he spent taxpayers’ money – certainly not his own – to make up for his unspeakable behavior.

As long as he toed the liberal line, this trust-fund Robin Hood was
protected by the liberal masses and the mainstream media. Hollywood did its job by not putting his story on the big screen.

While Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment,” has become a tag line for many writers, her death is but one – albeit perhaps the worst – of many crimes.

Kennedy was one of the most dangerous people on Capital Hill. I would rank him in the top five of the worst. (Other “honorees” include John Murtha, Chris Dodd, Charley Rangel, and Nancy Pelosi.)

He decried “incivility” when conservatives questioned him, but he was the man who destroyed Robert Bork’s nomination.

He pushed for burdening American people with unsustainable requirements for “green” energy, and personally scuttled a wind electrical generating station several miles off the coast line of Cape Cod because it would “spoil” his view.

He “fought” to socialize medicine (being rich enough to never have to worry about his own care) and refused to consider requiring members of Congress to enroll in the health care plan they foist on Americans.

There are many many examples like this. Like so many northeastern Limousine Liberals, Kennedy espoused one set of rules for the proletariat while deeming himself about such limitations.

Someone said the day of his death that they “Were glad he was gone from the Senate, but would have preferred he leave a different way.” I suspect this will prove more prophetic than we realize.

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Headline from the LA Times

Sen. Kennedy’s Personal Touch
The late senator was a man who reached out when it mattered most, who let us know we weren’t alone.

Oh Good Grief… Mary Jo Kopechne couldn’t be reached for comment though…

In a related note the Democrat Senate Campaign Committee put out

Andrew Breitbart told Greg Pollowitz today:

The first rule of the Democrat-media complex is that only Republican moral failings are fair game. Embracing liberal policies grants a politician carte blanche in his personal or private life. Ted Kennedy is the embodiment of this gold double standard.

Yeah that sounds about right… Bill Richardson, Charley Rangel, Chris Dodd…

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Madame Pelosi the Speaker of the House and representative from the People’s republic of SanFran is a liar. Pure and simple. She looked at the world and told us she was never briefed on the CIA interrogations. Liar.

From the Washington Post on 9 December 2007

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

The memos, which have been released as part of the mess with the “Special Persecutor” of the CIA, reminded me once again how despicable these Congressional “leaders” are in their personal conduct.

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