10 July 2008

Scientists Stunned to Discover CO2 Helps Plants Grow

Nobody hipped them to the photosynthesis thing, I guess.
The French Press Agency reports that a group of German scientists has found that increasing exposure to carbon dioxide can actually boost crop growth.

Researchers at the Johann Heinrich von Thunen Institute spray plants with carbon dioxide jets so that the air around the plants is equivalent to with what some scientists predict will be the level of CO2 in the atmosphere by the year 2050.

Hans-Joachim Wiegel, one of the researchers, said that by spraying the plants "output increased by 10 percent for barley, beets and wheat."

Other established scientific concepts they plan to re-discover in the future:

  1. Earth orbits Sun instead of the other way around

  2. Water is wet

  3. Sky is dark at night, lighter in the morning, extra bright between noon and 5 p.m.

02 July 2008

Just To Clarify ... "Dissent" vs. "Slimy Lies"

The main reason I can't really take Democrats very seriously is because they say stuff like this:
And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians - they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities - the Iranians.
"Goodwill"?

Um, no. This statement is not just provably incorrect; no, it's much worse than that.

If it is a statement made in good faith, it is downright dangerous; and if it is not made in good faith, it is pandering to the anti-American wing of the Left.

And in either case, it is borderline treason, to publicly make statements that offer aid and comfort to an enemy that is actively engaged in killing our armed forces.

Gasp! Did I just say treason?

Sure did. Look it up. Let's examine it, shall we?
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
Using a word like "goodwill" is offering Aid and Comfort. Check.
No person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
She said this to the press. Check.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
She is the Speaker of the House; talk about your conflict of interests!

Of course, this statement itself, and its underlying, disconnected-from-reality, surreal lunacy, wouldn't be that big of a deal if Rep. Pelosi was just a fringe nutcase, standing in the subway, wearing dirty clothes and possessing few teeth, and hitting you up for a buck to buy some Mad Dog 20/20. Which, if there is any justice in the world, might be the case within a few years.

No, unfortunately, everything she says represents mainstream thought in the leadership of the party.

And everything uttered by the other "leaders" in our Democratic Congress agrees with the kinds of things Pelosi says: Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Obama, Kennedy, Clinton, the list goes on and on.

What this means is that everything that comes out of Pelosi's mouth -- and just about every politician's mouth, to be fair -- is intentional, and researched, and focus-grouped. Every. Flipping. Word.

But no Republican would be so stupid as to say something so idiotic. But the Democratic leader of the House, third in line for President? Sure!

So. What all this really means?

It means that there are a lot of people in the United States who believe the worst about our government, and the best about the government of Iran, and countries like it. And politicians therefore see no downside to offering aid and comfort to enemies of our armed forces. And the media whistles past the graveyard, ignoring outrageousness like this, because they largely agree with it.

This is not "dissent". Dissent is offered with respect and sober judgment, and from a platform of trying to improve the nation with constructive criticism.

No, what we have here are outrageous lies offered up by slimy politicians, for consumption by the clueless and the active supporters of the enemy during a war.

I'd pay money to watch Rep. Pelosi take her bizarre opinions about "Iranian goodwill" to Iraq, and talk to some military folk who could tell her how wrong she is.

"They Drilled Hell-on-Earth, and Put Up an Oil Rig"

(sung to the tune of "Big Yellow Taxi")

We've all heard alot about ANWR, and how we shouldn't drill for oil there because it is "pristine".

In this case, "pristine" is another way of saying "bug-infested", and "a vast, uninhabitable wasteland, even for the caribou".