Reducing Emissions Through Limiting House Size

Reducing emissions is the goal. Our city government addresses climate change. To me, it seems a little like making a plan at the city level for influencing nuclear disarmament or accomplishing interplanetary space travel, out of the realm of proper city subjects.

Bozeman’s North East Neighborhood News, March 2010 states, “The future of lowering emissions belongs to residential and new housing.” By this the writer means to say that the surest way to address global warming is to retrofit existing houses and alter the design of new houses. Consumer preferences must be sacrificed.

When will zoning law be used to restrict new homes to the footprint of the average European single family dwelling? In America, the average is , something like 2,500 square feet. In Portugal a home is 800 square feet. Some will say: Why should anyone need more?

A quick google search of “restrict house size” shows that Palo Alto, Surrey, B.C., Aspen and Boulder, CO have done or attempted house size limits. To some, addressing climate change demands every possible tactic. It is easy to predict  demands for restricting house size will increase, enforced by environmentally inclined city planners. Federal law, perhaps though EPA regulations, may try to accomplish something of the kind. Mark my prediction.

Liberalism Pseudo-science

Listening to a radio program where paranormal phenomena were being repudiated, I reflected on another form of pseudo-science: liberalism. Thomas Sowell, in The Quest for Cosmic Justice, and other writings, points out that advocates for socialism never check their data. Programs throughout US history and socialism’s experiments around the world over the past 100 years, provide lots of data. None of if strengthens liberalism’s glowing promise of security and well-being. The data reveals mass murder, starvation, fear, families torn asunder, economic privation. Socialism’s friends ignore this data. They are “deniers”.

Health Care Passes. Sound the Dirge.

R.I.P., U.S.A.

Dastardly! They passed the loathsome thing. Oh, the perfidy, the chicanery!

Obama and Pelosi scaled the summit. But every step, underfoot, lie crushed the liberties, lives and health of their subjects.

We have witnessed the hasty dismantling of the rule of law, of freedom of contract, of an economy based on individualism and markets. We have witnessed the hasty hoisting of taxes, a ravenous gulp of the wolf jaw of the central planners.

The government has gone from 50% owner of health care to 100%.

Add health care to the scalp pole, on which are banks and auto makers. Soon to follow will be energy!

“Go back to your machines!

Quiet, ye rabble! To your chains!

All aboard for the Gulag!”

How do you like being a cog in the vast state-owned enterprise?

Take it lying down or fight back every step of the way.

Everyone is a Child

The Washington Post reports:

Regardless of the political fallout, historians say health-care reform will take its place in the same category as the enactment of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare in 1965, and only a rung or two below passage of the major civil rights bills of the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to the bill’s providing coverage for more than 32 million uninsured Americans, people would no longer be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions. The “doughnut hole” for Medicare prescriptions would eventually be eliminated, and young people could stay on their parents’ insurance plan through age 26. (Underlining is mine, TLB)

To a liberal, everyone is a child.

Candidacy is a Meat Market

Candidacy is a Meat Market

Judging beef

Judging beef

Want to be judged as in a beef judging contest or a meat market? Run for public office.

Here are some of the guidelines for judging beef:

  1. First, because it’s most important for meat quality, inspect the animal’s muscling, especially over the shoulders, loins, rump and round. The muscle should be well defined and toned.
  2. Examine each animal for finishing. Beef cattle should be heavy enough without a large fat deposit beneath the skin. They should also have deep, voluminous rib cages for adequate feed intake.
  1. Check each animal for conformation. Have the showers take their animals around the ring, and watch their gaits. Cattle should be balanced front to back and have a level topline. When not in motion, the animals should have square foot placement, and legs should appear straight when observed from the front or behind.


As a candidate, be ready to be judged on muscling, (make sure it’s well-defined and toned!), finishing, conformation, gait, haircut.

Filing for office is like walking down a style show runway. People scrutinize you. Yesterday I gave a 10 minute speech at an announcement event at the Holiday Inn. The event was right after the Gallatin Republican Women’s luncheon.

At that luncheon, two candidates for county commission, two for treasurer and two for sheriff spoke at a forum and answered questions. They were examined for demeanor, vocabulary, presentation, dress, forcefulness and warmth. Their positions on issues were also under a microscope.

At my event, people stood back and asked themselves: Does he look statesmanlike? How did he situate the backdrop behind the lectern? Did he have a strong message? Did he craft it persuasively and deliver it warmly and crisply? Is he a champion I can support with money? Is he a winner? They look at hair, physique, clothes, campaign materials. They ask: What are his chances of winning? What will other people think?

And that’s the looks and questions of Republicans, those who are your friends!

In TV people give you 4-5 seconds and have to evaluate you for toughness, odds of winning, intelligence, principles, physical looks.

Candidates are supposed to be combative but not mean. They are never to back down. Voters like a fighter, someone fighting for their values. They put no value in a candidate who absorbs blows like a Tai Chi fighter, who is humble like a searcher after religious truth such as a priest, nun, monk or devotee, who admits that their opponent might have a point, who is willing to admit and learn from mistakes. No; weakness, meekness, humility and teachableness are not seen as attributes in a political candidate.

Try combining fierceness with personal warmth, in a few seconds or a few minutes. All while placing words together coherently. It’s not easy. Candidates are expected to pull this off. Campaigning is a meat market.

California’s Budget, Montana’s Budget

California’s “ongoing annual budget problem is about $20 billion.” LAO of CA. Nov. 2009.

California’s population is 36 million. Montana’s is 974,000 or 1/37th that of CA.

Our budget problem, projected to 2013, is $473 million, 1/42nd that of CA.

Montana’s budget problems are nearly as bad, person-for-person, as California’s highly publicized problems.

WIC Trouble

WIC Trouble

A friend was buying groceries. The woman ahead of her was paying for her cart of groceries with WIC bucks. (Women, Infants and Children food program, from the US Department of Agriculture, administered by the states.) The woman held up the line for 15 minutes. She not only looted their wallets but inconvenienced their time. She had picked a half gallon of 1% milk. The guidelines precluded that. A stocker had to run to the back to exchange it for a quart. Alberston’s doesn’t carry that item. A substitute had to be found. My friend was steamed. Welfare programs, seen up close often disappoint, to speak euphemistically.

Two days later, I overhead a young couple at church who walked up to the full-time missionaries.

They said, “Hey, we can give this to you.” They pulled from their backpack two large cans of canned orange juice.

“This is some of our WIC juice. We get so much we can’t drink it all.” It’s a case of freebies so lavish the recipients cannot consume them. The non-qualified get the overrun.