Archive for April, 2011
“It was self-serving politicians who convinced recent generations of Americans that we could all stand in a circle with our hands in each other’s pockets and somehow get rich.”
Paul Harvey, Radio Broadcaster
So as not to perpetrate a mistake, I must bite the bullet on this particular aspect of the birth certificate issue. Fox News hired an expert to analyze the document, and concluded that, yes, a scanner could break it into layers. I must presume they hired an anti-socialist.
Even though I always get a second opinion on medical issues, and only have one opinion on this one, and have attempted to replicate the expert’s technique unsuccessfully, I concede that OCR software may likely separate a document into layers. OCR (optical character recognition) was designed to read a document. I scanned three different documents on two different scanners and could not separate them, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.
So, on this one, I apologize to the White House, as I was overly enthusiastic in trying to resolve the more important 14 trillion 3 billion issues.
I was asked a question on my facebook page, “What do you mean, pulled apart?” Here’s my answer:
A document that was just that, a document that was flat and scanned or photocopied is flat, without “components.” In photoshop you can assemble a document in layers, and each layer, other than what you have placed thereon, is transparent, thus you see a combination of layers. Unless it was assembled in photoshop, it doesn’t have layers. However, an expert hired by FOX NEWS maintains that a scanner with OCR software may likely break a scanned document into layers.
The above link shows a claim that the birth certificate is legit, that scanning software separates a document into layers. Okay, so I scanned three different documents (print, graphics, hand print, cursive) on two different scanners and tried to get them to separate into layers. Sorry, one layer, no separation. I need another expert, hopefully one who’s not a socialist.
“There are in fact four very significant stumblingblocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge.”
– Roger Bacon (1220-1292) Source: Opus Majus, 1266-67
Our American Aristocracy
I find it interesting that our administration uses the EPA as the ultimate weapon against increasing our energy production, yet pays absolutely no attention to the adverse effects, or costs, of their own actions.
When Obama made his recent visit to L.A., I couldn’t help but note that he brought along Marine One, the helicopter that allows him point to point transportation. Okay, he flew in Marine One from the VA Hospital on Wilshire Blvd., to LAX. Normally, that would be a 30 minute drive…of course a presidential drive is accompanied by a retinue of cars with flashing red lights and sirens, so lets say it was a 20 minute drive, giving him the benefit of the doubt.
So, how did Marine One get to L.A.? The same way the beast and it’s other lemos got there, via Air Force C-17 Globe Master. Air Force One costs over $50,000 an hour to fly, and I have to believe a C-17 is every bit as expensive. So, a five hour flight here, and a five hour flight back is something like a half million bucks. That’s what it cost to get Marine One here, not considering the cost of it’s operation.
If you only consider the cost of transporting Marine One here, and the fact it’s flight time to LAX from the VA Hospital was ten minutes or so, transporting it saved the president 20 minutes of travel time, at the worst. So, simple math:
$500,000 divided by 20 minutes = $25,000 per minute
The actual cost, if you figured in all extraordinary expense, was probably twice that, but let’s give the administration the benefit of the doubt. Twenty five grand a minute is obscene enough. Barack makes Michelle’s $600 lobster lunches look like pennies.
Now, what do you think the environmental impact of not only transporting Marine One to California and back might be? I’m sure the EPA was not questioned about that problem before our president decided to save 20 minutes at the cost of what must have been somewhere near a million bucks, all things considered.
But that’s okay, because the EPA is shutting down Shell’s exploration of the North Slope because they didn’t calculate the environmental impact of their ice breaker. What the hell, we don’t need domestic oil production anyway…do we? Come on, $6.00 a gallon gas prices, then maybe we’ll TTBO, throw the bums out.