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The 2009 Clown Awards

Posted by sanityinjection on December 30, 2009

As the year winds to a close, I thought I would present the 1st Annual Sanity Injection Clown Awards to the public figures who have behaved like the biggest clowns in 2009:

Scary Clown: The Scary Clown Award goes to Venezuela’s Thug-In-Chief, Hugo Chavez. While Chavez’ antics may seem ridiculous from afar, they are a very serious thing indeed if you live in Venezuela or one of its neighbors. Between periodic claims that the US and Colombia are planning to attack, and gradually stripping Venezuelans of their judicial, speech, assembly and property rights, there’s never a dull moment with Chavez the Clown. Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time before the audience at this circus is not allowed to leave.

Embarrassed Clown: The Embarrassed Clown award goes to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. Sanford the Clown couldn’t just have a simple extramarital affair like a normal politican. He had to have one on another *continent*, and compounded his mistake by not trusting any of his staff with the truth so they could cover for him. This is one of those circus acts where you just cover your face with your hands rather than watch.

 Too Many Balls In The Air at Once: This award goes to Tiger Woods – and I’m not talking about golf balls. Woods’ stupidity lies in not in his decision to screw every bimbo in the Western Hemisphere, but in his decision to get married in the first place. Had he remained single, Woods’ busy sex life would never have been an issue. Now he’s managed to alienate his fellow golfers and some of his sponsors. As a result, the Tiger Woods Show will be taking an extended hiatus – sorry circus-goers, no refunds.

Chatterbox Clown: Was there any doubt this award would go to Vice President Joe Biden? Almost every month the White House has had to do damage control because of Biden the Clown’s inability to keep his mouth shut. Biden’s eruptions wouldn’t be such a concern if he wasn’t so frequently on a different page than the official White House positions. Nevrtheless, the Biden circus never fails to entertain the audience.

Sad Clown: It wasn’t long before Richard Heene’s tears proved to be the tears of a clown, when it was discovered that he and his wife’s anguish over the supposed dangerous balloon ride of their son Falcon turned out to be a faked stunt designed to secure the Heenes a place on reality TV. The real tears should be shed for Falcon, both for having to be raised by parents with such warped values, and for having been named “Falcon”. The best thing about the Heene Circus is that it is over.

Angry Clown: I have to go with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on this one. Although Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is arguably as much or more of a clown, and the one who got Khamenei in trouble to begin with, Khamenei’s angry rants are truly clownish in their obvious attempts to blame everything from torture and killings of protesters to the regime’s dogged pursuit of nuclear weapons on the US and Israel. Has anyone ever seen this guy smile or say anything nice about anybody? Furthermore, Angry Clown’s behavior has alienated more and more of Iran’s Muslim clerics, on whom he ultimately depends for the legitimacy of his rule. What once looked like a routine political protest could now well be heading for full-fledged civil war.

Finally, I apologize for the startling omission of Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA). Since this blog adheres to general standards of acceptable language, I am not at liberty to write exactly what type of clown I believe Congressman Frank to be, though if you are familiar with the Congressman, you can probably guess – it begins with the letter “a”.

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2009 in review

Posted by sanityinjection on December 29, 2009

Now why would I go and write a year in review column when Dave Barry’s already done it for me? It’s long, but it’s a must-read – it actually gets funnier as it goes along.

And if you find yourself having trouble recalling which things actually happened and which are jokes – well, that’s sort of the point:

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Merry Christmas…

Posted by sanityinjection on December 24, 2009

…and Happy Holidays from your Sanity Injection. I’ll be back next week with more new stuff.

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Real-life Superman?

Posted by sanityinjection on December 21, 2009

Yes, Nick Harris really is Superman. Not because I think he actually lifted a car off a trapped child – most likely he simply pushed it hard enough to roll the wheel off her – but because he saw someone in danger, and instead of doing what most of us would have done – stood there gaping too surprised to do anything helpful – he took action. He didn’t look around for someone more qualified or ask himself whether the victim was to blame for running in front of a car that was moving. He simply acted:

Do you think that Ashlyn Hough or her family care whether Harris really has super strength or not?

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Senators bribed to pass health care bill

Posted by sanityinjection on December 21, 2009

Every time you think Congress can’t possibly hit any more new lows, they always find a way to prove you wrong. The latest embarrassment? It turns ou that the only way Senate Democrats were able to herd all 60 of their cats into voting for their Frankenstein’s monster of health care bill was by outright bribery. The bill includes a slew of special provisions and giveaways only for the home states of the Senators  who needed convincing – to the tune of more than $10 billion.

What this means is that on top of the higher taxes we’re all going to end up paying to support this fiasco, most of us will be paying even more to finance Medicaid in Nebraska, Louisiana, Vermont and Massachusetts, community health centers in Vermont (does Vermont even have enough people to fill *one* community health center?), tax exemptions for non-profit insurers in Nebraska and Michigan, and Medicare supplements in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York.

The most disgusting example was Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who at least had the grace to be embarrassed enough that he referred all questions about the bribe to Senate leader Harry Reid.

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New smoking gun on climate data fraud!

Posted by sanityinjection on December 18, 2009

There has been much debate over the significance of the leaked emails in what is now being called “Climategate”. How you perceive those emails seems to correlate with what you already thought about global warming. If you’re a believer, you probably think the emails have been taken out of context or misunderstood; if you’re a skeptic like me, you probably think they are proof of a conspiracy to mislead the world.

Now, however, new evidence has come to light. The Moscow Institute of Economic Analysis is reporting that climate researchers at the Hadley Climate Research Unit in the UK deliberately cherry-picked incomplete climate data from Russian monitoring stations that would support the anthropogenic global warming theory, and ignored data from over 40% of the country that contradicted the theory. This is signifcant because Russia occupies some 12.5% of the world’s landmass and therefore its data would have a very large effect in calculating world climate change.

Of course, anything called the “Institute of Economic Analysis” is likely to have an anti-warming bias to begin with. But the claims being made here are very specific and should be able to be confirmed. They are further supported by one of the leaked Climategate emails which implies that Phil Jones deliberately tried to suppress the publication of two papers  echoing the IEA’s allegations.

As I pointed out yesterday, there are plenty of good reasons to move away from fossil fuels that have nothing to do with global warming. But this is a new piece of evidence to support the charge that the world is being deliberately and falsely railroaded into taking action to solve a problem that does not exist, for ulterior motivations that have nothing to do with climate science at all.

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After Copenhagen: Climate action we can agree on

Posted by sanityinjection on December 17, 2009

In the wake of what is shaping up to be the spectacular failure of the Copenhagen conference on climate change, it may be that this presents an opportunity for a new look at the issue. I refer you to this piece by Bjorn Lomborg in the WSJ arguing that the current strategy being demanded by the global warming hysteria lobby – stringent worldwide emissions restrictions – fails not only because it is not achievable, but because even if it were achievable it would fail to benefit the people of the world’s underdeveloped countries. Because of poverty and disease, many people in these countries will not live long enough to suffer from rampant global warming. Emissions reductions, Lomborg points out, are incredibly costly and yet relatively ineffective in reducing global temperatures. For a fraction of the cost we could be wiping out malaria, for example, and save many more lives.

The irony of the global warming hysteria industry is that they have actually eroded support for moving away from fossil fuels by blotting out everything else and insisting on making global warming the defining issue. In fact, there are plenty of good reasons to support reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding our use of alternative and renewable energy, while conserving energy through hyper-efficient “green” technology. You don’t have to be a faithful worshipper at the Church of ManBearPig, er, I mean man-made global warming, to support these things. Lomborg points out that even a major increase in funding for these initiatives would be vastly cheaper than what is being discussed in Copenhagen:

“Specifically, we should radically increase spending on R&D for green energy—to 0.2% of global GDP, or $100 billion. That’s 50 times more than the world spends now—but still twice as cheap as Kyoto. Not only would this be both affordable and politically achievable, but it would also have a real chance of working.”

Even the Obama Administration is taking a break from cheerleading for Al Gore to propose tax breaks for clean energy technologies – which in addition to helping the environment, also benefits the economy, unlike Copenhagen-style emissions restrictions which hurt the economy. To use a metaphor that carbon-haters can understand – the difference between promoting clean energy and mandating emissions caps is like the difference between walking and driving. Walking may be slower but it’s reliable, healthy and doesn’t cause collateral damage. Driving will get you where you want to go in a hurry, but at what cost?

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And so it begins: If you’re Christian, you must be psychologically disturbed

Posted by sanityinjection on December 17, 2009

I have commented in this space previously about the ongoing war against religious faith generally, and Christian faith in particular, being waged by the Left in this country. Sadly, one of the chief battlegrounds has been our public schools, where the slightest mention or display by a student of anything like a Christian symbol or belief can be labeled “intolerance of diversity” and constitute grounds for discipline.

Worse news, though, is that the next phase of anti-Christianity has now begun. Unsatisfied with labeling Christians as bigots, the new logic goes like this: Belief in Jesus is irrational and therefore evidence of a psychological problem, which should of course be treated with therapy and drugs until the person becomes a happy, well-adjusted atheist.

If you think this is a wild exaggeration, consider the recent case of an 8-year old boy in Taunton, Massachusetts. In response to an instruction by his teacher to draw something that reminded him of the holiday season, the boy drew a stick figure of Christ on the cross. The teacher and the school administration decided that the appropriate reaction to this outrage was to send the child home from school immediately and force him to undergo a psychological evaluation  – which he passed – before allowing him to return.

The teacher apparently became upset because he or she felt the image was violent, being especially disturbed by the child’s drawing Xs where Jesus’ eyes would be (a common way of representing closed eyes.) The teacher claims the boy said he had drawn himself on the cross. You can judge for yourself how alarming and violent the image is here.

Even taking the teacher’s explanation at face value, I fail to see how a rational person would judge this 8 year old  boy to be a danger to himself or his classmates based on this drawing. If the teacher had concerns about the boy’s home situation, surely that did not require such immediate and drastic action. Needless to say, the poor kid does not understand what he did wrong and has been rather traumatized by the whole business. He will be transferring to another school at the request of his parents.

It is difficult to escape the conclusion that it is the teacher rather than the student who should be undergoing a mandatory psychological evaluation. But don’t hold your breath.

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Democrat Senators stand up for fiscal responsibility

Posted by sanityinjection on December 15, 2009

As much as I have castigated Democrat legislators in this space for irresponsibility, hypocrisy, and general stupidity, I take pride and joy in the occasions when I am able to praise individual Democrats for Doing The Right Thing.

In that spirit I would like to commend Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), who yesterday called on President Obama to veto  the recently passed $450 billion spending bill:

“…Congress must be restrained. We have to take the credit card away from the politicians who just want to spend, spend, spend. More than $1 trillion of spending was just way too much. This may not win me a popularity contest in the halls of Congress, but it’s the right thing to do.”

I applaud Senator Bayh’s remarks.  Cynically, I might note that Bayh comes from a conservative state where this stance is more likely to help than hurt him, and that he may be eyeing a run for president in 2012 if Obama falters, giving him incentive to move toward the center politically. But Bayh isn’t known for being a liberal. I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt for now that he’s doing what he thinks is right.

Also voting against the spending bill were Democrat Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, both of whom I have mentioned previously as examples of Democrat legislators who aren’t a waste of space.

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White House gate-crashers: A waste of time

Posted by sanityinjection on December 10, 2009

I’ve been resisting writing about this because I’ve been hoping it would go away. But it hasn’t. I am of course referring to the #1 news story of the century, the successful attempt by Tareq and Michaele Salahi to crash a White House party to which they were not invited.

I am flabbergasted by the amount of attention this incident has received – not from the media, whose warped priorities I am familiar with, but from Congress. The latest nonsense? The Salahis have been subpoenaed to testify before the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Wait a minute, you ask. Isn’t this a serious security issue that needs to be addressed? In fact, no. What everyone seems to be failing to understand is that the President, First Lady, and their distinguished guests were at no time in any danger as a result of this incident. People are acting as if checking to see if someone was on the guest list was the only security measure in place for the event. In fact, the Salahis, like every other guest at the function, had to go through a series of security checks – identity verification, body scans etc. – to make sure that they were not a danger. The Salahis passed these checks precisely because they were not terrorists and not carrying weapons. They were exactly who they said they were, and they were there to attend the function just like all the other guests. Had they been “evil-doers”, they would have been caught by the measures in place.

When you remove the security element, what you are left with is a simple case of unwanted guests. This does not require a Congressional investigation! Sure, the Secret Service and the White House Social Office should overhaul their procedures to make sure that future uninvited guests are not allowed to annoy the Obamas. But again, that is not a security issue. It is, however, an opportunity for self-important, posturing blowhard legislators to kick up a fuss and try to attract attention to themselves.

The subpoenas are even more ridiculous because the Salahis are guaranteed to invoke their 5th Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and will refuse to answer questions. So they will get to sit there on TV – and remember, getting on TV was their main goal to begin with – and waste Congress’ time and the taxpayers’ money.

It’s time to drop this nonsense. If Congress wants to hold hearings into a  scandal, how about investigating Climategate? Now there’s a deception that could actually have serious consequences.

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