Why is it that I wish Oklahoma’s senators lived in Kansas? Actually, we have fine senators here, but, they’re just not as active as OK’s. Which brings me to the other OK senator, Jim Inhofe. Maybe, we can get Dr. Coburn interested in genetics and he can find a way to clone the both of them. ……. (oh, now some of you might consider it!) I know, I know…. I just can’t help it sometimes. Dr. Coburn has released his “2011 Wastebook.” I haven’t got all the way through it, yet. I should note, this isn’t all inclusive of the insidiously stupid and vapid waste these assholes engage in, but it is exemplary of what these people do and how little they think of you and me. I should also remind people, in the face of ludicrous waste and fraud, President Obama and many libtards believe and insist on raising taxes on a significant portion of our society. I would encourage all Americans to insist on not paying one more dime until this blatant disregard for America’s fiscal plight, and the continued impoverishment of the American people is ended. The people that voted this shit into law should rot in hell. I’d be very happy to send them there. (for the climate skeptics, be sure to read on……..)
8) Extreme Home Makeover: Federal Highway Funds to Transform Abandoned “Rock House” into Visitors Center – (OK) $529,689 The Talimena Scenic Drive is a 54-mile stretch of scenic highway that runs from Talihina, Oklahoma, to Mena, Arkansas. Indeed, some consider it one of the region‘s most beautiful landscapes, and say it offers one of the nation‘s most vibrant fall color tours. That may explain why the area has three federally funded visitors and interpretive centers. But even the most rabid fans of the Talimena Scenic Byway are probably at a loss why the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) thinks the area needs a fourth visitors center, at a cost to federal taxpayers of more than half a million dollars.
Indeed, the USDOT‘s National Scenic Byways program has awarded the Talihina, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce $529,689 to convert an abandoned ―rock house‖ in the community into the Talimena
Scenic Drive Interpretive and Visitors Center. The total cost of upgrading and renovating the dilapidated rock house is $652,740, more than 14 times the value of the median home in Talihina, 46 a town of about 1,200 residents.
The federal grant for a duplicative visitor center makes even less sense when one considers that the scenic Talimena Drive isn‘t the most the pressing transportation need in eastern Oklahoma: its crumbling
road infrastructure makes the area 8th in the nation for its number of ―structurally deficient‖ bridges.
I’ve never seen a sitting U.S. senator single out his own state for receiving federal largess. This man is a true patriot. And he’s right. If you’ve never had a chance to go to that area, you should make it a point. But, I’d recommend spring as opposed to fall. Fall is breathtaking, but spring will make you cry from the shear beauty of the area. It is where the hills of Arkansas are starting to smooth out. It is a gateway to the plains and just a few hours south of God’s country.
And here is my favorite study…….. I’d laugh if I didn’t think this should be a criminal act, punishable by public and corporeal punishment. Seriously, prison terms, at the very least should be handed out. Clearly, this needs investigated.
29) Study: Political Candidates Should Adopt “Green” Positions – (CA)
$200,000 Political candidates can get more votes by taking a ―green‖ position, according to a study funded by the federal government. The National Science Foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to study
how the electorate reacts to political candidates‘ stances on climate change.
A Stanford researcher polled potential Republican, Democrat, and Independent voters to determine whether politicians can gain or lose votes based on whether they take ―green‖ positions. The research determined, shockingly, that ―people who pay close attention to the issue [climate change] and consider it to be extremely important to them personally — are likely to base their votes on this issue.
The study appears to be borne of a reaction to last year‘s ―ClimateGate scandal. Some survey respondents were shown ―news stories about the East Anglia emails and the questionable aspects of the IPCC reports, while others were not. Their opinions were measured based on the differences.
While the study appears to be policy-neutral, upon closer inspection it is clearly intended to help politicians feel more comfortable voting for certain legislation. ―A collateral benefit of the research proposed here is that it will help these legislators to interpret the widely publicized poll results, to become increasingly sensitive to the impact of scientific methodology
of survey findings, and to plan their legislative efforts based upon veridical rather than misleading claims about what the American public believes and what it wants its government to implement in this arena.
Here’s a challenge to the assholes at Stanford. Let me, or anyone of my choosing present the contents of either ClimateGate 1.0 or 2.0 and then do your politically motivated, anti-American, lifeblood sucking, asinine study. Then let’s see if we get the same damned results. This is scientific misconduct. Given the lack of ‘give a shit’ the American people have continually demonstrated about these vapid issues, I’ll state the study was rigged to show the results the administrators of the study intended. Again, this is misconduct and it defrauded the U.S. government. I’m off for some beer. If someone could, I’d be obliged if someone found the details of this study. Oh, btw, this was funded through the NSF. It’s time to reign these criminals in.