Trouble in Sweden. “The State is always Right”. Children taken from parents without due process.

Every now and then there is a news story that upsets me, and I am not clear why this story and not the riots in Egypt, the disregard for constitutional law, the general breakdown of civility and countless other stories that should upset you. The video shown below is of a Russian woman living in Sweden with her twin daughters and the government takes them away from her to protect the children from her. I know nothing of the case except it does not pass the smell test.

Maybe it is because as a child growing up in Sweden we lived in a textile town with an unusual amount of refugees from WWII, mostly from Estonia, but also Finland and Lithuania. I had many Estonian playmates. They spoke perfect Swedish, but their parents, often a single mom spoke none and were dependent on their children to function in the Swedish society. The Children translated the letters the government sent them and tried as a family to cope in this foreign land. They made it through only because their family unit, broken as it was, was all they had and this was enough.

Fast forward to today. Sweden is a total welfare state, champion of Children’s rights (against their parents). This means that the State, not the parents has total control over the children. There is a strong movement to take away the Parents Rights here in the U.S.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s goal is to make this country sign the UNITED NATIONS Convention on the Rights of the Child. This convention is signed by 194 countries but not US and Somalia. While looking good on paper the effect of this convention is that the State (Remember “separation of Church and State”) has first dibs on the children, not the parents. This clip is from Russian Television.

Job Czar Jeffrey Immelt: Crony Capitalism 101: A Limerick.

Corruption shows a familiar ring:

Immelt has friends in the White House wing

Re: Power consumption.

He got his exemption.

It  helps to be friend of the King.

Obama issues global warming rules in January, gives GE an exemption in February

By: Timothey P.Carney, Washington Examiner 02/02/11 4:50 PM

Jan 2011, the Obama EPA began enforcing new rules regulating the greenhouse gas emissions from any new or expanded power plants.

A week later the EPA issued its first exemption, Environment & Energy News reports:

The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, U.S. EPA says in a new court filing that marks a policy shift in the face of industry groups and Republicans accusing the agency of holding up construction of large industrial facilities. According to a declaration by air chief Gina McCarthy, officials reviewed EPA policies and decided it was appropriate to “grandfather” projects such as the Avenal Power Center, a proposed 600-megawatt power plant in the San Joaquin Valley, so they are exempted from rules such as new air quality standards for smog-forming nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

There’s something interesting about the Avenal Power Center The proposed Avenal Energy project will be a combined-cycle generating plant consisting of two natural gas-fired General Electric 7FA Gas Turbines with Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) and one General Electric Steam Turbine.

Maybe GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s closeness to President Obama, and his broad support for Obama’s agenda, had nothing to do with this exemption. But we have no way of knowing that, and given the administration’s record of regularly misleading Americans regarding lobbyists, frankly, I wouldn’t trust the White House if they told me there was no connection. On the upside, at least Job Czar Immelt is creating jobs!

Mikado in Missoula, Montana, Sarah Palin beheading?

Mikado in Missoula, Montana, Sarah Palin beheading?

Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own;”

This is a phrase in the Gilbert and Sullivan play “Mikado” comic opera that the Missoula Community Theatre performed Jan 21-23, 26-30 in Missoula, Montana.

It is supposed to be political satire, the script calls for inserting current political events. The song itself sings about it: “The task of filling up the blanks I’d rather leave to you. But it really doesn’t matter whom you put upon the list, For they’d none of ‘em be missed — they’d none of ‘em be missed! (Chorus: (including Children)) You may put ‘em on the list — you may put ‘em on the list; And they’ll none of ‘em be missed — they’ll none of ‘em be missed!”

So, what current political trends did the good people of Missoula come up with?

Being an enlightened, liberal University town the up-to-date script called for the beheading of Sarah Palin. The public laughed and applauded. They had modified the lines:

And the lady from the provinces, who dresses like a guy, And who “doesn’t think she dances, but would rather like to try”; And that singular anomaly, the lady novelist — I don’t think she’d be missed — I’m sure she’d not he missed! (Chorus: (Children)) He’s got her on the list — he’s got her on the list; And I don’t think she’ll be missed — I’m sure she’ll not be missed!”

A few people in the audience thought this was not in the best taste, one man, Rory Page, Clinton wrote in a letter to the editor: (excerpt) Now, I realize you play to a mostly liberal audience in Missoula and so, I am sure, felt comfortable in your calling for the beheading of Sarah Palin. I am painfully aware that most in the audience tittered with laughter and clapped because “no one would miss her” but there were some in your audience who took great offense to this “uncivil tone” about another human being:

This came to the attention of national media, and so  the Executive Director Michael McGill decided to alter the lyrics for the remainder of the schedule. He also sent out a “letter of  apology” where he states: “I am sorry that the satirical reference to Sarah Palin has offended some of our patrons.” He was in no way sorry for what the writer had done, only that some took offense to it. So he changed the lyrics, and it became:” And that crazy Sarah Palin needs a psychoanalyst. She never would be missed, No she never would be missed.”

That was reassuring. Sarah Palin had to remain in the lyrics in the most derogatory form they could muster, in this new “Civility” environment.

Of course there is no name associated with

“Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own;”

Any ideas?

And the obligatory limerick:

Misoula, Montana, a small college town.

They are so superior, they have cap and gown.

“Behead Sarah Palin’

The Mikado railin’

The children chimed in, you must not let them down.

Obama’s accomplishments, wood hay and stubble. A Limerick.

Obama, our President gets us in trouble.

The debt to our children is poised for a double.

 “Together we thrive”,

it just does not jive.

Obama’s accomplishments? Wood, hay and stubble*.

*Quote from the King James Bible 1 Corinthians 3:11-13 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.   Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

Lies, damned lies, Statistics and Climate Forecasting. A song.

It is hard to make predictions – especially about the future (Yogi Berra, Niels Bohr, et al.)

The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain’s worst polluters. The massive machine – the UK’s most powerful computer with a whopping 15 million megabytes of memory – was installed in the Met Office’s headquarters in Exeter, Devon. With a total peak performance approaching 1 PetaFlop — equivalent to over 100,000 PCs and over 30 times more powerful than what was in place before. It is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second to feed data to 400 scientists and uses 1.2 megawatts of energy to run – enough to power more than 1,000 homes.

So what glorious new and accurate information are they producing now?

Met Office Initial Assessment of Risk for Winter 2010/11 This covers the months of November, December and January 2010/11, this will be updated monthly through the winter and so probabilities will change. Temperature 3 in 10 chance of a mild start 3 in 10 chance of an average start 4 in 10 chance of a cold start Precipitation 3 in 10 chance of a wet start 3 in 10 chance of an average start 4 in 10 chance of a dry start Summary: There is an increased risk for a cold and wintry start to the winter season. Looking further ahead beyond this assessment there are some indications of an increased risk of a mild end to the winter season.

I am really impressed by their newfound forecasting ability. So impressed I have written a new lyrics to Merle Travis song: Sixteen tons (Popularized by Tennessee Ernie Ford)

Some people say people are made outta mud

Global warmists they are, they are chewing their cud,

Chewing their cud and follow Al Gore

A mind that’s a-weak can you ask for much more?

More than one megawatt, and what do you get?

Another prognosis and deeper in debt

Saint Peter don’t you call ’em ’cause you must let ‘em be

They sold their souls to the IPCC.


They came in one mornin’ when the sun didn’t shine

They picked up their papers and continued the grind

They had  sixteen conditions, mostly falsified bull

And the straw boss said “Well, a-bless my soul”.

More than one megawatt, and what do you get?

Another prognosis and deeper in debt

Saint Peter don’t you call ’em ’cause you must let ‘em be

They sold their souls to the IPCC.


They came in one mornin’, it was drizzlin’ rain

the prognosis had failed them again and again

The boss harshly told them, You will do many more

Do as I tell you, and agree with Al Gore.

More than one megawatt, and what do you get?

Another prognosis and deeper in debt

Saint Peter don’t you call ’em ’cause you must let ‘em be

They sold their souls to the IPCC.


The cold snap we’re having now, it just cannot last

and hidin’ the warming that occurred in the past

Their ol’  man Mann and his hockey stick.

With conditions like this nothing ever will click.

More than one megawatt, and what do you get?

Another prognosis and deeper in debt

 Saint Peter don’t you call ’em ’cause you must let ‘em be

They sold their souls to the IPCC.

Memorial service t-shirts and applause. A Limerick.

Some thoughts on the memorial service for the victims of the Arizona tragedy Jan 2011.

Now what do you think? Does Obama have taste?

A memorial service is no time to waste.

 The start of the campaign

Let’s bring out the champagne

and t-shirts, applause signs prepared in all haste.