FL State Plans New Clunker Appliance Program For Central AC Units

June 30, 2010

Florida’s wildly popular Cash for Clunker Appliances program soon will be reborn with a new twist: Rebates for clunker air conditioning systems.

State officials have approved a program that will give Floridians a flat fee rebate – yet to be determined — for new Energy Star-rated central air conditioning and air source heat pumps systems purchased before the end of the year, said Brenda Buchan, the chief analyst with the Governor’s Energy Office who managed the Energy Star appliance rebate program.

Window or room air conditioning units will not be included.

Buchan said Florida also is considering covering Energy Star hot water heaters in the new program but a decision has not yet been reached.


Debt to GDP, Highest Since WWII

June 30, 2010

STOP THE SPENDING — CBO: Debt to GDP to reach 62% this year, but don’t worry, it should stabilize around 67%. GDP to Debt has averaged about 36% since WWII. Happy yet? At that rate the debt can never be paid off.

The national debt will reach 62 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of this year, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Wednesday.

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SAF Files Gun Suit In North Carolina

June 30, 2010

The Second Amendment Foundation on Monday filed a federal lawsuit in North Carolina, seeking a permanent injunction against the governor, local officials and local governments from declaring states of emergency under which private citizens are prohibited from exercising their right to bear arms.

Press release here:

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June 30, 2010

Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court did not GRANT a right  –  it affirmed the existing right to self defense. “Rights” are not granted by anyone – the Supreme Court simply affirmed an existing right. No governments, neither – federal, state nor local, can rescind a “right”.

Congress cannot create rights, neither to health care nor anything else.

Where your rights come from is laid out in the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

And those unalienable rights are spelled out in the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment, the right of self defense.

Thomas Sowell: Gun control laws aren’t even necessary

June 30, 2010

Now that the Supreme Court has decided the Second Amendment to the Constitution means individual Americans have a right to bear arms, what can we expect?

Those who have no confidence in ordinary Americans may expect a bloodbath, as the benighted masses start shooting each other, now that they can no longer be denied guns by their betters. People who think we shouldn’t be allowed to make our own medical decisions, or decisions about which schools our children attend, certainly are not likely to be happy with the idea that we can make our own decisions about how to defend ourselves.

When you stop and think about it, there is no obvious reason why issues like gun control should be ideological issues in the first place. It is ultimately an empirical question whether allowing ordinary citizens to have firearms will increase or decrease the amount of violence.

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Illegal People Movers

June 30, 2010

DPS spokesman Bart Graves says that Phoenix police followed a suspicious-looking Chevrolet pickup truck with a large piece of plywood in the truck bed — smugglers often use plywood to hide people in truck beds.

The driver and another occupant were heading to a house in a newer Phoenix neighborhood near 83rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

When police pulled up, the two men in the truck took off on foot and were caught a few moments later. Police found 44 men and 7 women being held inside the house. A total of 53 people were detained.

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ObowmaSpill: Day 71

June 30, 2010

National oil spill Command announces US will accept offers of assistance from 12 countries and international organizations help. Hah, towels for pelicans maybe ?

I sure am glad it’s nothing serious, like by now, after 9/11 Afghanistan would be flat.

We’ll open this up with a quick recap on what we’re dealing with, thanks to Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit — Scoring the Obamaspill to date::

It didn’t have to be this way. The Dutch have equipment that would have prevented any oil from reaching shore but the federal government wouldn’t allow them into the Gulf.

** The feds only accepted assistance from 5 of 28 countries a month after the disaster.
** It took the Obama Administration 53 days to accept help from the Dutch and British.
** It took them 58 days to mobilize the US military to the Gulf.
** The feds shut down crude-sucking barges due to fire extinguisher concerns.
** The Obama Administration ignored oil boom manufacturers that have miles of product stockpiled in their warehouses.
** They only have moved 31 of 2,000 oil skimmers to the disaster area off of Florida.
** Florida hired an additional 5 skimmer boats to operate off its coast due to federal inaction.
** There are no skimmer boats off the coast of Mississippi.
** The massive A-Boat skimmer won’t be allowed to join the cleanup effort until the Coast Guard and the EPA figure out whether it meets their standards.
** The feds shut down sand berm dredging off the Louisiana coast.
** The president continues to hit the golf course, ball games, hold BBQ’s and party while the crude oil washes up on shore.

If you read the EPA oil spill emergency plan, you find they cite speed of response, and containment of the oil offshore. ‘At all costs’, says the EPA spill plan, ‘the oil is to be kept off the shore and out of estuaries’. After the Exxon Valdez spill, it became obvious to everyone what needed to be done. Well almost everyone. BUT — Now it is what it is. That’s what you get when you elect a community organizer as president. Can’t do much about fixing that obvious oversight until 2012.

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