Global Warming May Cause Alien Attack Says PSU Pundit

Global Warming May Cause Alien Attack Says PSU Pundit
We are Penn State!

Global Warming May Cause Alien Attack Says PSU Pundit — An astrobiologist affiliated with Penn State and NASA has co-written a paper suggesting signals to space  be curtailed since they might inspire aliens to attack us due to our slowness in dealing with global warming.

Shawn Domagal-Goldman, along with   fellow scientists Seth D. Baum, and Jacob D. Haqq-Misra, issue this dire warning in their paper Would contact with extraterrestrials benefit or harm humanity? A scenario analysis which is now making international news.

Granted these smart people posit possible positive contacts with ETs such as advancement in knowledge and such.

And they note that in the event of a hostile encounter we might heroically triumph over them or be saved via intervention by a second group of aliens.

And you kind of wonder how much tax money went into producing this stuff.

Those who support shoveling this money at Domagal-Goldman et al are the same ones who laugh at those who have expressed skepticism of evolution such as Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann.

It seem the less you fear God the more likely you are to fear  invisible men in the sky.

It should be noted that TV and radio broadcasts are among the signals we send into outer space.

Global Warming May Cause Alien Attack Says PSU Pundit


Drainage System For Cop Hill

Drainage System For Cop Hill

Drainage System For Cop Hill  — The photo shows the status of the drainage system being placed on “Cop Hill” in Springfield, Pa.  as of 2:30 the afternoon of Aug. 18.

“Cop Hill”,  is the local name for the popular sledding spot in front of the township building/police station that slopes to South Brookside Road.

The unearthed boulders that have aroused the curiosity of some township residents are going to be used by contractor A Gargiule & Sons for a project in another township.


Drainage System For Cop Hill

Mayor Nutter’s Curfew Isn’t A Solution

Mayor Nutter’s Curfew Isn’t A Solution

The televised images of violence and looting triggered one recurring thought in many people: This isn’t supposed to happen in our civilized cities. No, we’re not just talking about in London, but right here in Philadelphia, as flash mobs have grown more frequent—and more violent.

To deal with mobs—which keep residents barricaded in their homes and visitors out of the city—Mayor Michael Nutter has instituted a citywide curfew. In and of itself, the curfew isn’t a bad idea, but that seems to be the Mayor’s only answer, and that’s the real problem.

Curfews are short-term, reactive tools of government, a tactic rather than a strategy. While people feel safer—which is important to keep society functioning—the false sense of security that a curfew provides often evaporates when the situation doesn’t stabilize or the curfew is lifted.

They are simply too expensive and resource-intensive to be permanently maintained. Police become bogged down in the menial work of processing curfew violators and contacting their parents (who will be hit with fines they can’t afford), instead of focusing on the real criminals prowling the city.

The other downside is that curfews create resentment among those affected—most of whom are law-abiding citizens—because an entire group now becomes classified as criminals for doing something that two weeks ago was perfectly legal. The majority are punished for the actions of very few.

Measures that are perceived to unfairly target people based on age, skin color and gender will only enflame tensions, not soothe them. And as a result, people take on the persona of that which they are accused of being.

Curfew aside, perhaps the focus should be on targeting actual crime, and concentrating on the arrest of actual criminals (not curfew violators). If police catch the bad guys, prosecutors gain convictions, and judges hand down tough sentences, we’d be light years ahead of where we are today.

Here’s the bottom line: You don’t solve a crime problem by making something a crime that is now not a crime.
So why do we do these things? Because they’re easy and make good 30-second sound bites. While the Mayor wants us to believe that the curfew will make everything right, in reality we are left with a city that is no safer in the long run.

Beyond the curfew, what does the Mayor suggest to solve the problem? He says parents and children need to “get their act together” and that there will be a “zero tolerance” for this type of behavior.

Some parents absolutely need to get their act together, but for many, they are doing all the right things yet are still swimming against the tide. Things that would improve their situation are out of their control, and the person who could fix the problems—the Mayor—chooses not to.

Too bad Michael Nutter doesn’t employ a zero-tolerance policy where it’s needed most: educational failure and businesses fleeing the city.

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Solve the Problem
Sure, there is an element in every society that is violent and lawless, and nothing can ever change that. The only solution for those thugs is a life in prison.

But for the majority of others, crime doesn’t have to be a way of life, but often is because of the lack of opportunities, both educationally and professionally. That’s where bold leadership comes into play, the ability to reverse years of decline with real solutions to the toughest problems.

Unfortunately, this Mayor is totally lacking in that category.

As I’ve repeatedly noted, the core reason for our situation is the horrendously bad educational system, which directly results in the lack of hope for young people.

There is simply no possibility of receiving a quality education in Philadelphia, despite taxpayers spending more than $17,000 per student, per year. Some schools are deathtraps and, incomprehensibly, many sport graduation rates in the 20s and 30s—and that’s after a huge number have already dropped out. Despite all the rhetoric promising to turn things around, they have only gotten worse.

When the most basic life skills are lacking, the prospects for a decent job are virtually nonexistent, so many of our youth see the dream of a stable and prosperous life as nothing more than an illusion. Faith is lost.

If young people feel they have nothing to live for, they resort to criminal activity. The youths committing these crimes figure that, before they are 30, they’ll either be dead or in jail. The “I’ve got nothing to lose” attitude turns them into predators, and law-abiding citizens become their prey.

When education is trumped by survival, everybody loses. But no one wants to fix the problem, instead pretending that more money is the solution. Wrong—it isn’t. Only educational competition—school choice—can turn things around. But it isn’t happening, so another generation will be lost while gutless politicians continue their inane babble that accomplishes nothing.

And speaking of competition, is it any wonder why Philadelphia can’t compete with the nation’s cities that are growing? Could it have something to do with the fact that, cumulatively, it’s the highest-taxed city in the country? And that the situation is only worsening?

Under the Mayor’s watch, property taxes have gone through the roof, the city portion of the sales tax has increased 100 percent, pension payments have been deferred, and numerous other taxes and fees have been instituted or proposed. And that’s in addition to what was already a crushing tax load.

It’s a simple cause and effect. Businesses flee the city or refuse to relocate here. The resulting lack of opportunities in turn triggers despair and increased crime. As the recently released Pew survey showed, residents who can depart Philadelphia do, leaving behind an underclass with scant opportunities and even less hope.

You wouldn’t treat a heart attack victim by giving him an aspirin, since that would only be treating a symptom. In Philadelphia, curfews and feel-good fairy tale rhetoric have become the “cure” but do nothing other than speed up the city’s death spiral.

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Until leaders with a true understanding of the problems—and how to solve them—take control, citizens will continue to be held hostage to terrorizing thugs, and brazen crime sprees will increase. Whether it’s flash mobs, riots, brutal subway attacks, or cops in the crosshairs, it’s clear that respect for authority is waning, and no one is off limits to the predators.

Create opportunity, and you create stability. People with good jobs buy houses, have families and become productive, law-abiding citizens with an incentive to keep their neighborhoods safe. Ignore the problems, and you have a powder keg ready to explode. With nothing to lose, all bets are off—and society takes a hit.

Anything less than real solutions will make flash mobs more than just a flash in the pan, but an unfortunate part of everyday city life.

Mayor Nutter’s Curfew Isn’t A Solution

Yankee Hipster Go Home

Yankee Hipster Go Home — The man who made the Obama “hope” posters that were so cool back in 2008 found his buzz harshed in Denmark Aug. 7.

Shepard Fairey and his colleague Romeo Trinidad  were kicked and punched outside a Copenhagen nightclub after the unveiling of his exhibit commemorating the infamous “Ungdomshuset” (youth house) at Jagtvej 69, which had been the base for city’s leftwing community until it was demolished in 2007.

Fairey’s assailants accused him of being a member of the “Obama illuminati” and told him to “go back to America”.

Graffiti was later found on his artwork saying “no peace” and “go home, Yankee hipster.”

Fairey said that the hostility from the proletariat was due to a misunderstanding, and that he wished to make it clear to the masses of little people that he was not on the side of the authorities.


Yankee Hipster Go Home

Yankee Hipster Go Home

Obama Loses Beer Buddy

Obama Loses Beer Buddy — The webzine edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. has published an article suggesting that blacks not be so emotionally invested in President Obama.

It’s written by and entitled  “Breaking Up With Boyfriend Barack”. It appears in today’s (Aug. 16) edition of  The Root.

Arceneaux notes that (official) unemployment for African-Americans is double that of whites at 15.9 percent.

He points out that Obama’s approval rate among blacks is down to 85 percent.

Gates was the famous participant at the “beer summit” held in July 24, 2009 which came after Obama made uninformed comments in defense of Gates  who had been charged with disorderly conduct  after police found him trying to break into his Cambridge, Mass. home from which he locked himself out, and he threw a fit upon being asked to identify himself.

Obama tried to make things right by inviting Gates and the arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley, to share a beer with him and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden.

If Gates is now publishing articles about”breaking up with boyfriend Barack”, the President has a problem.



Obama Loses Beer Buddy

Polar Bears Are Not Drowning

A keystone in the claim that gases produced in the production of energy are causing global warming has been shown to be laughably overblown.

Despite millions of public school children being taught it as an unquestionable truth.

The polar bears are not drowning as famously described in Al Gore’s Nobel-Prize-winning, Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth.

Human Events is reporting that Charles Monnett,  the author of the study widely cited as establishing this as fact, has been placed on administrative leave from the U.S. Department of the Interior after serious problems were found with the earthshaking claims he made in his 2006 paper in Polar Biology regarding drowning polar bears.

It appears that Monnett’s claim was based on observing from a plane four, what-appeared-to-be-dead polar bears in the Beaufort Sea after a major windstorm, and assuming that they were dead, and had died from drowning, and had died from drowning due to be unable to reach pack ice.

The paper was peer reviewed but the reviewing was done by Monnett’s wife and a Canadian who is under investigation in his country regarding bias in his papers.

If one really thinks global warming is happening due to gases formed in the production of energy, start demanding that coal plants be replaced with nuclear ones and stop trying to rip down hydro-electric plants.

Otherwise let me have cheap gas for my pickup truck.

Polar Bears Are Not Drowning

Polar Bears Are Not Drowning


Dear Boss

Dear Boss Courtesy of Judy McGrane

Dear Boss,

I have enjoyed working  here these past several years. You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream about.

I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position.  During this time I will show up for work when it is convenient. In addition, I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.

Oh yeah, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter.

I can and will do this.

Every Senator or Congressman running for President.
…Try that at your job and let me know how it works for you.


Paraprosdokian Courtesy of Kate Rainey

“Paraprosdokian”. “Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.”

“Where there’s a will, I want to be in it,” is a type of paraprosdokian.

1. Do not argue with an idiot.  He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you.  But it’s still on my list.

3. Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism.  To steal from many is research.

10. A bus station is where a bus stops.  A train station is where a train stops.  On my desk, I have a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career.  Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’

13. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman.  Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way.  So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

18. You do not need a parachute to skydive.  You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

19. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

20. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

21. I used to be indecisive.  Now I’m not so sure.

22. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

23. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

24. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

25. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

26. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

27. A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.

28. Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were.

29. I always take life with a grain of salt.  Plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.

30. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.



Plan Protecting Career Pols Advances In Pa

Plan Protecting Career Pols Advances In Pa — The shrinking of the Pennsylvania legislature pushed by Gov. Tom Corbett now has the support of legislative Republican leaders.

Several bills are pending that would cut the size of the legislature now at 50 senators and 203 House members to  40 or 30 senators and to either 153, 151 or 120 House members.

The claim is that it will  save money.

Of course, that  larger  constituencies   insulate  career politicians  from angry voters is a simple, happy by-product.

House members now represent about 63,000 people apiece, while a senator represents about 254,000 people. During the outrage over the 2005 legislative pay hike, only two senators were voted from their seats in 2006 — and in primary elections where the constituency is halved — compared to 23 in the State House including five in the general election. The Republicans kept control of the Senate without a change to their eight-seat majority. The Democrats took eight seats in the House to take control of that body.

If the legislators were serious about saving tax money instead of  protecting their jobs they would cut their $79, 623 (rank and file) salaries by a third; eliminate their pension and health plans, and, especially, kill the $163 per diem they give  themselves.

But you don’t hear them saying that.

Pennsylvania has a larger than average state legislature. It also has a much higher-paid than average state legislature.

Larger than average representation is good. Larger than average in cost is bad.

Let’s keep the representation and cut the cost. Let’s be represented by fellow citizens and not by mandarins who think their jobs are an entitlement.

Plan Protecting Career Pols Advances In Pa

Plan Protecting Career Pols Advances In Pa

U.S. Credit Downgraded Again Deservedly

U.S. Credit Downgraded Again Deservedly
By Chris Freind

On any given day, tens of millions flock to the beach for the sun, sand and surf. Yet because there have been 50 cases over the last decade of people digging deep holes in the sand and then getting trapped in cave-ins (including one in the last week), there is a renewed call to ban digging holes at the beach. Some towns have already done so (Myrtle Beach), and some are close to following suit (Los Angeles). It’s such a “serious risk” that the L.A. lifeguard division chief, when asked by a reporter what advice he would give parents who are heading to the beach, replied, “Don’t let your kids dig holes.”

Talk about burying your head in the sand. Fifty cases out of millions is insignificant. We’re talking about creating laws to ban an activity that had negative results for only 50 out of literally billions of beach trips.

Given that this warped mentality is now the norm, it’s no surprise that America just got handed a horrendously bad debt ceiling deal by Congress—one that will only exacerbate the problem—yet is already being celebrated as a necessary step and part of the “solution.”

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

So what do passing ridiculous laws and debt-raising deals have in common? Both ignore the real problems, with bury-your-head-in-the-sand thinking. Bad decisions are rationalized in a paternalistic, group-think way, accomplishing nothing but providing the decision-makers with a false sense of feeling good.

It’s bad enough that we now make laws to “protect” idiots who want to dig six-foot-deep holes side by side and try to tunnel between them. But laws intended to prevent stupidity never work. So why don’t we instead focus on the real problems that we have, instead of passing do-nothing regulations that only hinder law-abiding folks using common sense? Because it’s the easy way out.

Welcome to the MO of the United States Congress.

Let’s look past the rhetoric and ponder the real implications of the debt deal recently passed by Congress and heralded as absolutely “necessary” to save America:

1) If virtually everyone in Washington agreed that the high national debt was a bad thing, then how could those same folks turn around and raise it? It’s like locking an alcoholic in a liquor store for a week and expecting sobriety. If the debt was admittedly the problem, then raising it, by definition, would only make the problem worse. Go figure.

2) How can Congress be expected to solve the nation’s educational failures when its own basic math skills are suspect? So to cut two trillion in spending, the solution is to add two trillion to the debt? Hmmm. Granted, columnists are not that smart, but that one just doesn’t seem to add up.

3) A number of Republican congressmen voted for the debt deal “so that the small businessman wouldn’t be hurt” and to avoid a credit-rating downgrade. Now, they get the worst of both worlds. As any high-schooler could have told you, the downgrade was coming, since the cuts weren’t nearly substantial enough. So now faith in America takes a huge hit, interest rates and inflation will rise, and the markets will continue to free-fall. Yep, those things really serve the interests of small business.

4) Who exactly is going to buy the additional trillions in debt? Sure, there will be foreign nations, investors and fund managers, but there simply isn’t enough money out there to buy that much debt. And don’t look to China to buy a whopping share of the new debt, since they aren’t exactly thrilled with the way things are going. They are nervously watching their current U.S. debt holdings, and don’t want to be holding a worthless bag of goods as the value of the dollar continues to plummet. The Chinese may be a lot of things, but being imprudent with their own money is not one of them. They were cutting back on buying U.S. Treasuries well before this current fiasco.

5) Most significantly, does anyone really have any idea what a trillion is, let alone two, or 17, for that matter? No, not even the brightest astrophysicists. It is an incomprehensible number. So to give the debt increase some perspective, we have just given ourselves the green light to borrow more than twice the entire economic output of Texas, currently the most productive state in the nation in terms of attracting residents and businesses and beating the recession. For that matter, the debt increase is greater that the gross domestic product of all but four countries—just the increase!

The truth of the matter is that America’s credit rating should have been downgraded quite some time ago, so it is a mathematical certainty that it will be downgraded again in the relatively near future. And regarding the argument that raising the debt was necessary to avoid default, that’s Washintgton-speak, plain and simple. There were numerous ways to pay the nation’s bills while not raising the debt ceiling. Don’t get hypnotized by the “complexities” foisted upon us by a Congress—both parties—with an insatiable appetite to spend. They could have fixed the problem. They chose not to.

And the beauty of it all, at least from Congress’s perspective, is that they got what they wanted: more money to spend now, and down-the-road reductions that can, and absolutely will, be ignored by future Congresses.

So what happens? Given our unprecedented situation, no one really knows for sure, but none of it will be good, and the pain level will be huge.

The West is experiencing its financial bankruptcy in large part because of its spiritual bankruptcy, and until that changes, don’t expect things to “get back to normal” anytime soon.

But there is one measure of preparedness that will undoubtedly come in handy as the economic storm worsens: When at your foreign-owned service station, learn to ask for your Middle Eastern-derived gasoline in Chinese.


U.S. Credit Downgraded Again Deservedly