Sunday, February 21, 2010

What's new, pussycat? #1

Israel is preparing for war
It is reported that Israel demonstrated a strategic bombing capability. According to Yahoo : "The Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters), making them the size of Boeing 737 passenger jets and the largest unmanned aircraft in Israel’s military. The planes can fly at least 20 consecutive hours and are primarily used for surveillance and carrying diverse payloads.

At the fleet’s inauguration ceremony at a sprawling air base in central Israel, the drone dwarfed an F-15 fighter jet parked beside it. The unmanned plane resembles its predecessor, the Heron, but can fly higher, reaching an altitude of more than 40,000 feet (12,000 meters), and remain in the air longer.

I believe Israel should step up its nuclear production in order to demonstrate that a nuclear attack on Israel would result in complete obliteration of the entire Moslem world. Do you remember the liberals celebrating the MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) as a major reason for keeping the peace during WW2 (of course, this was done AFTER USSR was destroyed)? Well, I have a feeling that the liberals will abandon this theory once the Jooos declare it as their main defense against the destruction of Israel.

Liberals discover that "green tax cuts" go to politically connected entities
I've accidentally found an article written by a liberal about an interesting development - the so-called "Business Energy Tax Credit", whose official purpose was to promote "Green Energy" is used by large and small companies to avoid paying taxes. The gist of the story - a well-connected foreign company Solar Panel(which accidentally does not pay any taxes in the state of Oregon) received a "tax credit" from the liberal government of Oregon - and then sold it to Wal Mart.

The article clearly demonstrates the narrow-mindness of a liberal reporter Al Norman, who fails to see the obvious. According to him, "This financing credit was designed to stimulate the development of renewable energy, and to attract jobs to Oregon. It was never intended to write down costs for retailers like Wal-Mart, whose fixation with 'green' has nothing to do with energy."

But in real life, according to one of the critics, this tax credit is "a financing scheme for people with money to make money. There's this whole industry of lawyers and wealthy individuals that sells the tax credits."  Al Norman is still perplexed and says "It is puzzling why the state would offer a huge tax break to a manufacturing company that already pays no taxes -- but the real incentive is in the provision which allows the manufacturer to turn around and sell the credit to a company that imports cheap products from China as its mainstay -- nothing at all to do with renewable energy."

Al, what you see is not a bug in the Oregonian system of taxes - it's a feature. This is how politicians get elected - by promoting nice sounding policies which in reality are nothing more than a handout to well-connected. The entire "Green Energy" is designed to help the incumbents. It has nothing to do with saving planet. Why can't a liberal "question authority"?

And here is the best part. "Business Energy Tax Credit" was supposed to cost 1.2 million dollars during the first biennium, but in real life "it cost $235 million for the current two-year budget cycle, growing to an estimated $374 million for 2011-13." And this is happening in the state that just passed a major tax increase on real businesses that produce what people need - and this tax increase ins unlikely to generate enough revenue to offset the "Business Energy Tax Credit". I am asking - who is stupid enough to believe that this debacle is not by design?! And if it is an "accident" as the governor of Oregon claims - then he should lose his driving license - he cannot be allowed to ride a bicycle, let alone drive a car. In fact, I am not sure he can be trusted with a fork - since it would be dangerous to the public.

European Union is using government money to promote itself to the children
This is another dog-bites-man story. EU commission is spending government money to persuade the children that it is a great organization. Nothing new here - this is good old Soviet agitprop.

Moslems may receive a special status in US
Another "dog-bites-man" story. A moslem man brutally kills his daughter. His lawyer argues that the moslem man cannot be sentenced to death because christians cannot be allowed to kill moslems in US - even if this moslem is a vicious murderer. The prosecution listened to the lawyer and apparently agreed with him. In other words, moslems just got a special status - above all other US citizens. Just as expected.

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