Archive for February 2007

Another Inconvenient Truth

The Economist is reporting that Al Gore is a hypocrite:

Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.

“As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

I wonder how many of those limousines the stars pulled up to the Oscars in were fuel-cell powered or hybrids.

Before you flip out and call me a Right-Wing anti-nature nutter, note that I’m an organic gardener who has actually “done” chimp habitat conservation in Africa. The forest was growing at the site I worked at, and my Wife was helping determine how the chimps were assisting in the spread of the forest. This meant I spent a lot of time handling chimp sh*t to pull out seeds which were then tested for viability.

The inconvenient truth is that conservation is not a Liberal-Conservative issue, and that many of the staunchest conservationists are also some hard core Conservatives who would clap their hands in glee should Hollywood slide into the ocean to provide a whole new artificial reef for the California coast’s endangered sea life.

Gore and the liberals who fawn over him like to don ideological hair shirts – but they are hair shirts crafted by Armani and made from the softest animal fur by peasants in the Andes paid $1/week. It’s hypocrisy, and it’s the truth.

UPDATE: Even the LA Times smells the hypocrisy:

A single cross-country round trip on a Gulfstream IV, or GIV, the model owned by Feinstein’s husband, churns out about 83,000 to 90,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, experts say. By contrast, on a per capita basis, the average American produces 50,000 pounds from all activities in an entire year.

Nonetheless, Feinstein and Schwarzenegger intend to continue their noncommercial flying ways because their jobs demand a flexibility the airlines can’t match, spokesmen say.

Chimps Seen Using Spears to Hunt

Chimpanzees are capable of making spears to hunt other primates and have been seen using the weapons to apparently kill bushbabies for meat, scientists announced today.

What’s next? I suppose a chimpanzee anti-spear movement, followed by the “spears don’t kill bushbabies, chimpanzees do,” anti-anti-spear movement.

Given the progress of primate researchers, it won’t surprise me to see a headline stating that they’ve been seen using hunting rifles to kill monkeys for meat – or found using chainsaws to make their nests.

After all, they’ve been employed as chaperones for years…
Trunk Monkey - Chaperone

The Newest Addition to Our Family

Rocky the Chihuahua

This is Rocky, the family’s first chihuahua. He’s about 10 years old. He was saved from a Philadelphia kill shelter by the Delaware Humane Association. We needed a companion for our year old Lab Mix, also from the DHA.

If you stumble upon this post because of the photo of a cute chihuahua, please remember to spay and neuter your pets.

Mike Castle Claims To Support Our Troops

But he sure has a weird way of showing it. Since he’s my congressman, and I voted for him last November, AND my stepson is a Marine, I called the Congressman at his Washington DC office today and voiced my displeasure for his support of the Democratic bill condemning the troop build up.

He can vote his conscience, but so can I – and I won’t forget this vote which emboldens those who target my stepson and those he serves with.

Missed a Bank Robber by 20 Minutes

And by someone wearing a burqa no less:

Woman robs Brandywine Hundred bank
By TERRI SANGINITI, The News Journal
Posted Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 3:59 pm

A woman walked into a Brandywine Hundred bank this morning and held up the teller, state police said.

The bandit entered Artisans Bank at 1706 Marsh Road about 10:40 a.m., and approached the teller with a demand note, implying she was armed.

The teller handed over an undisclosed sum of cash, and the woman left the bank.

The woman was in what appeared to be an all-black burqa, with her head and face partially covered, police said.

Anyone with information on her identity is asked to call Troop 2 detectives at (302) 834-2620, ext. 4.

I stopped at a neighboring bank 20 minutes afterward. At the time a single state police cruiser was parked out front. None of the tellers knew what was up – or at least they claimed to not know what was going on when an elderly gentleman asked about the police cruiser next door.

By the time I had left the bank, there were two police cruisers, a crime scene van and two middle-aged guys wearing glasses and ties that screamed “FBI”.

Party Like It’s 1982…

Thanks to Audacity the open source audio mixer.

I have an extensive cassette tape collection from the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Most of this stuff was recorded from an even more extensive vinyl collection. I still have some gems on vinyl, like this:

Sex Pistols - Great Rock & Roll Swindle

Unfortunately, most of that tape is fading, as magnetic media is prone to do. Worse, it’s taken up gobs of space in the basement without being listened to.

So, thanks to Audacity, a $5 stereo cable from Radio Shack, and Taiyo Yuden CD-R media, I’m listening to Dale Bozzio from Missing Persons as I begin the task of converting the emotional yearnings of a teenager into the emotional baggage of a middle aged man. Well, putting it that way I’m off to dose up on my geritol…

Missing Persons - Spring Session M