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2009 Pontiac Solstice Concept Car

It is almost official that Winter is here.  The ground has been frozen for sometime and the flurries have been flying.  At 12:47 today Winter Solstice 2009 begins officially.  It is also the shortest day of the year.  The word solstice derives from Latin, Winter Solstice meaning Sun set still in winter and usually associated with a time of rebirth with celebrations like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, festivals of light, etc.  We even got invited to a Solstice Party, since it is no longer correct to say or celebrate Christmas.  Gag me, we sent our regrets.

We’ve been going to bed when it is dark and waking up when it is dark so the idea that the days will now begin to get longer, gives us hope that spring will eventually return. Too bad we will probably never see this Solstice concept car on the roads free of snow, gravel and salt.  The Pontiac division of GM has been shuttered along with any future plans to make this vehicle. 

Today’s Solstice chart shows a tight conjunction of the Sun to Pluto, planet of death and rebirth, suggesting that something will end during this period and something born anew.  Because Pluto is still widely challenging Saturn in a square formation this change and transformation will likely not come easily.  Something that is already established (Saturn) will have to be surrendered (Pluto) in order for evolution to occur. http://blog.beliefnet.com/astrologicalmusings/2009/12/the-astrology-chart-of-the-200.html

Unfortunately, that which is being surrendered is your personal choice in health care as the Senate has enough votes to pass sweeping, pork laden legislation.  The evolution of government run health programs is laughable considering social security, medicaid, medicare, etc., are already nearly broke. The government also owns 61% of General Motors- the future is still out on that investment.  Our debt is in the trillions and the government accounting office is setting off alarm bells at the cost of free health care.  Equally as alarming, “The Congressional Budget Office, however, determined that the 90 percent requirement that Franken and Rockefeller had pushed for amounted to nationalization of the industry.’ via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/19/franken-dems-unified-behi_n_398183.html

Throw in the fact that President Obama’s cap n crap bill, the land management bill that will give the government control of not just navigable waters- but puddles in your yard, and a future climate change treaty, it is enough to ruin any one’s Solstice Party.  Can anyone think of anything at all that the government does not have a hand in? 

While there are still people who believe global warming and climate change is man made, much of the world is digging out from massive snow storms.  Valdez, Alaska got almost 6 feet of snow, the last couple of days buried most of the northeast and “The heaviest snowfall and extremely cold weather for years has brought much of the U.K. and Europe to a standstill in the last couple of day’s, five trains where stranded in the Channel tunnel and thousands of weather related accidents have been reported and thousands of travellers are stranded waiting for cancelled flights! via http://gazbom.blogspot.com/2009/12/severe-winter-arrives-in-northern.html?spref=tw.  We got an email from Target letting us know due to the weather it was extending is hours to 7 am – midnight to accommodate last minute capitalists.

Living Through The Looking Glass, who writes at http://creativehealinggoddess.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/goal-setting-during-the-winter-solstace/   says, “The period is  from the 21st to the 23rd (this is a three-day portal) so during this time the use of  tapping into your creativity  to plan and find out what is really needed right now and what needs to be done to bring harmony into your  life.  This is also a time to seed  your dreams, pay attention to your dreams, and keep your body free from foods that are going to shut down your Intuition.  Use the energy of the number 3 to bring yourself into alignment with Spirit, and the energy of the number to build and give structure which is needed at this time.”

What is really needed is to vote out our elected officials and start with a clean bill of health.  For the record, not one Republican voted for this health care bill. 

The elections are far off.  In the meantime you might as well celebrate Solstice and have a Merry Christmas while your at it.

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We heard President Obama’s speech on the radio from Cop 15- the politically correct means if describing the  U.N climate treaty being discussed in Copenhagen.  It is very hard to be a polite driver while listening to the rhetoric and thinking of giving the middle finger.

President Obama touted that “for the first time in history, all major economies have come together to accept their responsibility to take action to confront the threat of climate change,” calling the late-hour agreement struck in Copenhagen, Denmark an “unprecedented breakthrough.” http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/12/obama-calls-global-warming-agreement-an-unprecedented-breakthrough.html

Furthering the evidence of global warming and climate change, ABC said:

“Mr. Obama will depart the conference earlier than the rest of the leaders due to the massive winter storm headed for Washington, D.C. But, Mr. Obama said that he’s confident with the status of agreement and can leave before an official vote. “Because of weather constraints in Washington I am leaving before the final vote, but we feel confident that we are moving in the direction of a significant accord.”

BTW, when did the press start calling him Mr. Obama as opposed to President Obama?

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from midnight tonight to 6 am EST Sunday for Washington, D.C..  Precipitation type… snow.  Accumulations… heavy snow with accumulations of 1 to 2 feet through Saturday night.  http://www.wunderground.com/US/DC/Washington.html

 

Copenhagen only got four inches of snow yesterday.  If you think two feet of snow is unusual during a period of global warming and climate change for Washington- the town of Valdez, Alaska got over 63 inches of snow this week.

Valdez got more than four inches per hour at the height of the snowstorm that began there Monday and ran through the week. By the time the citizens of Alaska’s only oil port finally caught a break, the snow was piled 5 feet, 8 inches deep. Yes, you read right.  Five feet, 8 inches; over the head of your average American woman, up the nose of your average American man. The National Weather Service called it record. Fire hydrants were buried so deep under snow not even Tiger Woods could have hit them.  http://www.alaskadispatch.com/dispatches/news/3334-valdez-socked-in

If you have no idea what nearly 6 feet of snow looks like then ck out snowers‘ new photo blog, Front Row Alaska http://bit.ly/7hrFZK  

Neither the weather or the speech are going to help his ratings. “At the same time, there’s growing negativity toward the president’s handling of the broader global warming issue. Around the 100-day mark of Obama’s presidency, 61 percent approved of the way he was dealing with the issue. Approval slumped to 54 percent in June and to 45 percent in the new poll.

Most, however, oppose a widely floated proposal in which the United States and other industrialized countries would contribute $10 billion a year to help developing countries pay for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they release via http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/18/AR2009121800002.html?wpisrc=newsletter

Throw in this little diddy from the WSJ, How to Manufacture a Climate Consensus: ttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704398304574598230426037244.html

…with the release of the Climategate emails, the Climatic Research Unit, Michael Mann, Phil Jones and Tom Wigley have dramatically weakened the case for emissions reductions. The EPA claimed to rely solely upon compendia of the refereed literature such as the IPCC reports, in order to make its finding of endangerment from carbon dioxide. Now that we know that literature was biased by the heavy-handed tactics of the East Anglia mob, the EPA has lost the basis for its finding.property rights.

You’ll recall long before climategate, back in October Lord Christopher Monckton’s ”scathing and lengthy presentation, complete with detailed charts, graphs, facts, and figures which culminated in the utter decimation of both the pop culture concept of global warming and the credible threat of any significant anthropomorphic climate change,” with video at https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/us-sovereignty-ends-obama-signs-un-climate-change-treat/

Still, President Obama want to steal from the rich but this time give it to the poor in developing nations. OMG. When you can’t say it better sometimes you have to re-post from http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Obama-Copenhagen-speech-solves-climate-crisis-8666528-79570882.html, The Washington Examiner:

Delegates to the global climate conference in Copenhagen sat in stunned silence today as President Obama solved the global warming crisis with a single 25-minute speech. “While the challenges we face may seem insoluble,” the Nobel laureate said, “the solution is actually quite simple. It’s historically reliable. It works every time it’s sincerely tried.”

“Basically, the problem is that poor nations are broke,” Obama explained, “and rich nations don’t want to throw their money down a totalitarian rathole, into the hands of tyrants who see this treaty as a gold mine and who have no intention of reducing carbon emissions. Since we need trillions of dollars to fund development of speculative green technologies, the only answer is for the poor nations to get rich fast.”

Obama said the broad outlines of his plan included having poor nations “adopt the time-tested Protestant work ethic, free-market capitalism and equal justice under law.”

“Once you see your vocation as a calling from God,” he said, “you work diligently toward excellence, to bring glory to your creator. If your property rights are guaranteed under law, you work to improve yours, and to acquire more, by serving others. Under my plan, within half a century, the less-developed nations will go from being pathetic dependents to equal trading partners.”

While skeptics said the president’s plan would put off a solution until the world’s coastlands were under water, Obama said, “Free men and women solve problems for profit, for accolades and for inscrutable personal purposes … but they do solve problems. If, in five decades, there’s still a climate crisis, we can all get together, kick in an equal share per capita, and hire someone to fix it.”

Examiner columnist Scott Ott is editor in chief of ScrappleFace.com, the world’s leading family-friendly news satire source.

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