An Interesting Juxtaposition

Posted in Election 2016,President Obama by Ryan on the July 22nd, 2016

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The Gun Control Discussion

Posted in Gun Control,President Obama by Ryan on the June 13th, 2016

From 2015, Charles C. Cooke effectively lambasts the vacuous rhetoric calling for action on guns in the wake of mass shootings. He invites debate on specific and substantive proposals but counters the repeated mantra that of, “we must do something.”

What is that something?

Timely given the shooting in Orlando over the weekend and President Obama’s subsequent insistence to bring up gun control as a central response to the event.

Tesla, EV Charging, and CO2 Emissions

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the December 4th, 2015

Saw Tesla share this post about a ticket for blocking an EV charging spot.

Warning to gasoline car drivers, if you block an EV charging station in Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland with a vehicle that doesn’t plug-in, you risk getting a $60 parking fine. The police in Gaithersburg gave a ticket to a Jeep that parked in a clearly marked electric vehicle charging spot at the Cadence at Crown parking garage.

While I’m a fan of Tesla and electric cars in general, it can get rather interesting when you crunch some numbers. Depending on the type of vehicle parked in the EV charging spot, you may be doing the earth a favor if you block an electric vehicle. Assuming of course that you accept CO2 emissions are contributing to harmful climate change.

See, electricity doesn’t come from no where, it must be generated, and when you research the power company providing the juice, you can estimate the CO2 footprint of an electric vehicle across the same 15,000 miles uses to estimate CO2 emissions.

PEPCO, which provides power in Gaithersburg, Maryland, provides the emission estimates for their power generation given their fuel mix averaged over a previous period of months. Here is their latest information for  July 2014 – June 2015.

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So, doing some informal number crunching, given 15,000 miles a year and extrapolating Tesla’s 70kWh model with a range of 240 miles, and a Tesla would generate 4.6 tons of CO2 annually plugged into a PEPCO power source. So, it beats this Jeep (probably any Jeep, I just picked a generic 4WD 2014 Wrangler), which would emit 8 tons annually.

My 2005 Escape Hybrid, however,  is cleaner than the Jeep at 5.1 tons annually. But it still falls short of the Tesla’s 4.6 tons. But that is a 2005 1st generation small SUV hybrid. Let’s compare a current model hybrid sedan, like the Ford Fusion Hybrid or the MKZ Hybrid. Those vehicles are actually cleaner than a Tesla plugging into PEPCO power, emitting 3.5 and 3.7 tons compared to Tesla’s 4.6.

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Interesting food for thought about where you plug in an electric vehicle and the fuel mix where the electricity actually comes from. So, next time you’re in a jam trying to find a parking spot, if you drive a current model hybrid and the EV charging spot is open, go ahead and park there for the sake of the oceans and the children.

EDIT: Revisiting this, I think I made an error in comparing tons and pounds, mistaking a ton for 1000 pounds and not 2000. Doh. So, the Tesla actually produces half of the CO2 I estimated at 2.3 or so. I think comparing a Fusion Hybrid to it is still noteworthy, 3.5 vs 2.3, but the Tesla does have it beat. As power companies evolve their fuel mixes away from coal, the CO2 footprint per megawatt will continue to decline.

Head of EPA Doesn’t Know How Much CO2 is in the Atmosphere

Posted in Climate Change,Government Incompetence & Waste,U.S. by Ryan on the July 15th, 2015

When asked what percentage of the atmosphere is CO2, she deflects saying its not a calculation she has on hand. When pressed on the point, she refers to her papers (her papers!) to cite the levels in parts per million, saying we have just reached 400ppm.

How does the head of an agency, whose major regulation initiatives hinge on these very values, not know them by heart? I’ll give her a pass on not wanting to calculate the percentage given it may be an uncommon way to represent CO2, but to have to refer to notes to cite 400ppm?

Either we have another political appointee who is woefully unqualified for the job, or climate change is a convenient excuse to simply impose more control.

This is a tired record that keeps getting played over and over in the Obama era. Politicization or incompetence. Take your pick, but it might be both.

People Believe What They’re Told

Posted in Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the June 3rd, 2015

The average American is uninformed about the details when it comes to economic issues like economic growth/health, unemployment, wage growth and deficit spending. Take some results from a recent CNN/ORC poll as an example.

Compared with a year ago, more now say the nation’s economy is recovering or already recovered. Half (50%) say so in the new poll, up from 43% last year at this time. Still, nearly one-quarter (23%) feel the economy is still in a downturn and getting worse.

Meanwhile, GDP for Q1 was revised down from a paltry .2% growth to -.7%, a shift of nearly an entire point backwards.

The 0.7 percent annual rate of decline in economic output in the first quarter of 2015 was a reversal of the initial 0.2 percent advance for the period reported last month by the Commerce Department.

Wages are stagnant, real unemployment remains high (despite flawed methods making it appear near 5.4%), deficit spending continues unabated and GDP has trended downwards into negative territory.

Yet by a factor of 2 to 1, Americans think the economy is recovering or already recovered. As a left leaning media continues to carry water for the administration and saturate the airwaves, internet and newspapers with stories that don’t bring focus to these issues, paint a rosy picture, or scapegoats the bad news, the average American remains uninformed.

Hillary Clinton and America’s Ethical Compass

Posted in Election 2016,Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the April 29th, 2015

I am genuinely interested to see how long and how far the campaign of Hillary Clinton for President continues. The obvious lack of transparency and as Mitt Romney put it, “every appearance” of unethical conduct and cover up and graft, would normally disqualify someone almost instantly. Yet here we are, with still more scandals and disturbing facts coming to light, but no overwhelming swell that is clearly sweeping her from the national stage. Talking heads wonder if it will harm Hillary’s campaign and others discuss her strategy and path to be the nominee for the Democratic party, and eventually President. Fortunately, some have come to their senses and are beginning to have serious reservations, despite idealogical alignment with her. Were she a Republican, her demise would already be assured, but the media does not adhere to an unbiased standard among the two parties.

If the Democratic party proceeds to ignore the numerous issues surrounding Hillary Clinton, it will show just how ethically bankrupt democrats are. That fact that she is still held up as a serious candidate already betrays their lack of principles.

I hope that she is eliminated as soon as possible from serious discussion for the Presidency, not for the sake of ending Mrs. Clinton’s political career, but for the sanity and soul of America. We need good men and women to fill our high offices.

Out of Control Police

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the April 10th, 2015

There is no place for law enforcement “professionals” like this in the United States. They shouldn’t be placed on paid leave, they should be on unpaid leave if you’re not going to terminate them right away. Then charge them for anything and everything criminally prosecutable in the video.

I’m sure the suspect will have his day in court as well for his lawlessness, after he gets out of the hospital.

The suspect was knocked off the horse, went prone and was clearly submitting to surrender. The chase, whatever it entailed, was over. He even placed his hands behind his back and kept them there. I’m sure he wished he hadn’t spread his legs for the officer that took a well aimed kick at the opportunity, to say nothing of the cheapness of every single blow delivered.

The irony is that the actual criminal prior to this beating will likely be a very rich man after the dust has settled in the coming months or years. Congratulations Mr. Pusok, you just won the stupid police brutality lottery.

UPDATE: I missed this development, but a month after posting this, an article detailed the settlement for Mr. Pusok.

The county agreed to pay Pusok a $650,000 settlement less than two weeks after the incident.

What would be great is if it came out of the officers’ paychecks and pensions. Garnish their wages for the next 10 years or something. Sadly, I assume it’s essentially coming out of the pockets of residents of San Bernardino County.

The worst part is that Mr. Pusok basically just cashed out, instead of doing what needs to be done and strip some of these officers of their badges.

As part of the settlement, the county admitted no wrongdoing in Pusok’s arrest.

Climate Change’s Reach Expands Further Yet

Posted in Climate Change,President Obama by Ryan on the April 8th, 2015

President Obama took to blaming climate change as a contributing factor in his daughter’s asthma as a child, and encourages action on climate to prevent more asthma related incidents.

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I believe the logic follows that warmer temperatures increases the duration and volume of pollen during the spring, thus exacerbating asthmatic reactions and thus the potential for attacks. It is spelled out here at this NIH website.

Increase carbon dioxide concentrations and temperatures, thereby affecting the timing of aeroallergen distribution and amplifying the allergenicity of pollen and mold spores


It didn’t take long for some to point out other likely culprits.


If you go to the CDC website on Asthma and second hand smoke (yes, there is a page dedicated to the subject) you learn the following:

Tobacco smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers. Tobacco smoke—including secondhand smoke—is unhealthy for everyone, especially people with asthma.


Topping the CDC’s list of Common Asthma Triggers?

  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Dust Mites
  • Outdoor Air Pollution
  • Cockroach Allergen
  • Pets
  • Mold
  • Smoke From Burning Wood or Grass


But just like Michelle Obama’s trip to Target, it’s possible that Malia’s asthma will be repurposed by Obama at some point should a politically convenient opportunity arise.

Indiana’s RFRA and a Macro Perspective on the Culture Wars

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the April 1st, 2015

Tim Carney encapsulates the sentiment held by many on the right regarding the culture war fireworks with the recent outburst on the left over Indiana’s RFRA.

From gay marriage to abortion, the left has become unsatisfied with tolerance and even legal recognition of their positions. They now demand philosophical compliance and legal enforcement of their positions. Where once they requested respect and tolerance, they now extend neither.

Religious liberty is the terms of surrender the Right is requesting in the culture war. It is conservative America saying to the cultural and political elites, you have your gay marriage, your no-fault divorce, your obscene music and television, your indoctrinating public schools and your abortion-on-demand. May we please be allowed to not participate in these?

But no. Tolerance isn’t the goal. Religious conservatives must atone for their heretical views with acts of contrition: Bake me a cake, photograph my wedding, pay for my abortion and my contraception.

The CDC is Fundamentally Broken

Posted in Government,Government Incompetence & Waste,U.S. by Ryan on the October 17th, 2014
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a fundamentally broken organization and plans should be underway now for the replacement of its Director and any other senior leadership involved in decision making during the response to Ebola in the United States thus far.

The abject incompetence evident in the non-response to the first confirmed Ebola victim in the United States has exposed the absence of capability and adequate planning to deal with a contagious and deadly disease of any variety.

As a result of the CDC’s ineptitude and inaction, 2 nurses have contracted the disease and hundreds have been unwittingly exposed.

The nature of this inaction and lack of awareness betrays fundamental and inherent flaws in the CDC and its leadership. This inaction is so profound, it cannot be fixed while maintaining current leadership. A lack of planning and subsequent scenario management shows that new leadership at the CDC, or a new entity entirely ought to lead the charge against any future incidents of Ebola within the United States.

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