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LET IT BE CLEAR: POWELL WAS CRITICAL OF BOTH CANDIDATES

9/21/16

Colin Powell's leaked emails show he was pretty much equally critical of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Interesting though that the Big 3 nightly newscasts put their focus only on the four-star general's derisive remarks about Trump.

“Calling Donald Trump in email, quote, 'a national disgrace,' and Trump's birther movement, quote, 'racist,'” ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir said in introducing Wednesday's explosive story about years' worth of leaked emails that showed a candid and sometimes crude side of Powell.

When Muir threw it to reporter Cecilia Vega, she began her report with all the anti-Trump vitriol that could be mustered from the former Secretary of State's hacked messages.

“He is one of the most famous faces in the GOP, serving under three Republican presidents, but in his hacked emails, Colin Powell calls his own party's nominee 'a national disgrace' and an 'international pariah,'” Vega said, adding that Powell called the congressional investigation into Benghazi “a stupid witch hunt.”

Muir, as well as his counterparts at CBS and NBC, ignored a particularly jarring email from Powell in which he described in coarse terms what former President Bill Clinton was doing with “bimbos at home,” noted Media Research Center's NewsBusters.

Vega did read from the email where Powell attacked Bill Clinton, but omitted the critical details of his sexual exploits. “But in 2014, he wrote, 'I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect,'” Vega read. “He says Clinton has 'unbridled ambition' and calls her 'greedy, not transformational.'”
The full quote from Powell's emails stated: “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d---ing bimbos at home (according to the NYP).”

CBS Evening News introduced the report with Scott Pelley saying Powell “took a healthy swing at both candidates,” but the segment focused on Powell's displeasure with the Clinton campaign for fingering (ironic term) him as the reason she used a private email server. The newscast did report a Powell email in which he wrote: "Everything Clinton touches she kind of screws up with hubris."”

NBC reporter Pete Williams gave little time to Powell's thoughts on the candidates, but did report on how Powell believed the birther issue once championed by Trump was racist. The only critical thing Williams reported Powell said in regards to Clinton was that her speaking fees were “the gift that keeps taking.”

At this point, all I believe from anyone in the media or politics is what has been hacked from their emails.

•The Tweet of the week from Twitter came from Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips), and addresses the seeming flood of entertainment organizations (NCAA, NBA, ACC, etc.) refusing to host events in North Carolina due to the state's new law, HB2, that essentially prohibits men from using women's restrooms.

“The NCAA plays games in Cuba and China. But they refuse to play in North Carolina because of 'human rights violations' Let that sink in.”

Perfect!

•From the Washington Examiner, top House and Senate lawmakers are engaged in a last-minute push to block the Obama Administration from handing control of the Internet to a private, global organization.

Before you yawn, read-on…

Facing a Sept. 30 deadline, Sen. Ted Cruz, who is perhaps the staunchest congressional opponent to the handoff, said he is "cautiously optimistic" a rider prohibiting the transfer will be included in a must-pass government spending bill that is expected to become law by Sept. 30, the same date the transfer is supposed to take place.

The move would transfer control to a nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

The Obama administration has defended the move, which will involve transferring to ICANN the Internet domain name authority (IP addresses) now operated by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA).
Laurence Strickling, the NTIA administrator, said the transfer is necessary to ensure "that the private sector, not governments, takes the lead in setting the future direction of the Internet's domain name system."

Strickling added that the NTIA's stewardship "was intended to be temporary."But Cruz and other critics have labeled the transfer an "Internet surrender," and say the ceding of U.S. control will allow more than 160 countries, including authoritarian regimes, to have some influence over what is allowed and prohibited on the Internet; yes internet freedom is threatened.

Cruz and Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc., have introduced the Protecting Internet Freedom Act, which would prevent the Obama administration from transferring authority away from the United States. Cruz posed a question to ICANN's CEO and President Goran Marby that aimed to underscore his belief the transfer would truly threaten Internet freedom.

"Is ICANN bound by the First Amendment?" Cruz asked.

"To my understanding, no," Marby replied.

Uh-oh!

(Email Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


KAEPERNICK CAN KISS IT

9/14/16

•I flew my American Flag on 9/11 to remember the victims. I also flew the flag on 9/12 to remember the four that were murdered by radical Islamic terrorists on 9/11 and 9/12/2012. They deserve to be remembered as well.

•In the wake of the nonsense started by Colin Kaepernick, I wonder if it appeared obvious to anyone that he pulled this protest of the National Anthem in an effort to stave off being cut from the 49'ers roster? Also, isn't it ironic that he is playing behind Blaine Gabbert, a former quarterback for the Missouri Tigers?

•Legendary rock band KISS has taken a very big stand at their concerts in response to Kaepernick's aimless protest. KISS, currently on its “Freedom to Rock” Tour fittingly launched on July 4th, makes a point to show respect to the men and women sworn to protect by serving their country in the armed services.
The band typically stops in the middle of the show and recites with the crowd the Pledge of Allegiance.

KISS also puts their patriotism and love of our military in the forefront by giving the Hiring Our Heroes charitable organization $150,000 and then top it off by selecting a current member of the National Guard or Reserve in all 32 cities of the tour to be a roadie for the day to work backstage with the crew and prepare for the evening's concert. In addition, the band partnered with Veteran Tickets Foundation which offers discounted tickets to veterans. To top it all off, the band also gave $125,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Plus, at a recent stop in Worcester, Massachusetts, KISS brought its roadie for the day on stage, along with other members of the military past and present, and led the entire arena in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lead singer Paul Stanley said:

“You should remember, patriotism is always cool. Loving your country is always cool. Standing up, respecting and honoring our military is always cool. So, to show some respect between pick-throwing, we're going to put our right hands over our hearts and why don't we say the Pledge of Allegiance.”

There are many patriotic American entertainers like KISS standing up for the values and principles that make America exceptional and the greatest nation in the world.

•I definitely recommend catching the movie Sully. There are no politics to it, but it is a great story about American heroes.

•From the Associated Press, we got this nonsense: California's Legislature has approved regulations on cow flatulence and manure – both blamed for releasing greenhouse gases.

The measure was approved shortly before the end of the legislative session Wednesday after its author, Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, agreed to give dairy farms more time to comply.

The legislation seeks to reduce methane emissions associated with manure to 40 percent below their 2013 levels by 2030. Methane is one of several gases known as short-lived climate pollutants that don't persist for long in the atmosphere but are believed by the environmental Left to have a huge influence on the climate.
The bill also calls for efforts to significantly increase composting to eliminate the amount of food waste in landfills, which releases methane when it breaks down.

I have to ask, doesn't composted food release methane as well? How are they supposedly helping the “problem” by mandating composting instead of putting the food into the landfills?

Aren't they just moving the methane to different areas? But it all is in the same global atmosphere!
Republicans say the rules would harm businesses but once again do nothing to stop it.

•National Review had the news that the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has opted to narrow the scope of what can be discussed in the classroom. Last week, three professors co-teaching a course titled “Medical Humanities in the Digital Age” released a statement that addressed students who question man-made climate change.

“We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the 'other side' of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course.”
So what about those that simply disagree? The professors “respectfully ask that you do not take this course.” One must wonder - if these professors are positive that man-made climate change is occurring as they suggest, why are they worried about a few students questioning their narrative?

Universities are supposed to be places where students can debate issues and facts and hypotheses openly, which is a tried-and-true method of education. How does the act of suppressing contradictory views help the educational process?

University Communications Director Tom Hutton backed the professors' decision to silence debate rather than encourage free inquiry. “By clearly stating the class focus,” Hutton told The College Fix, “the faculty are (sic) allowing students to choose if they wish to enroll in the course or seek an alternative.”

If that rationale was taken seriously, no student would ever enroll in a course that taught beliefs contrary to their own. That seems to be the idea. Preach only to the choir.

 


EARTHQUAKES AND THE POPE

9/7/16

•Did you feel the earthquake last week? I didn't – slept right through it.

Did you know it was centered in Pawnee, Oklahoma; population about 2,200. No deaths and scarce notable damage to structures. It was a 5.5 Magnitude quake.

Contrast this with the recent 6.2 Mag. earthquake in central Italy that killed almost 300 people. Those small towns aggregate had about the same population as Pawnee.

So why were there so many more deaths in Italy?

The NY Times (Yes, I'm quoting the NY Fishwrap!) had a great summary about that recently. Some excerpts follow.

Romano Camassi, a seismologist, surveyed the damage from the earthquake which left the village of Casetta in ruins.

Experts like Mr. Camassi, who was part of the first team from Italy's Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology to arrive at the quake zone in central Italy, say the destruction was amplified by vulnerable buildings whose upgrades to anti-seismic codes were deemed too costly for many Italians to carry out, too complicated to finance and too cumbersome to get approved.

Well that and Italians in these towns love the tourist dollars they earn showcasing the “old world charm” of their ancient and extremely unsafe town.

The most central, and inescapable, problem is that Italy is old. About 60 percent of its buildings are estimated to be more than 100 years old. That means that most of the country's architectural heritage was built before any of the modern anti-seismic standards were instituted.

“You can't ask that an ancient structure adhere to norms designed for modern structures, but you can try to improve them, that's the path to take with the objective to save human lives,” said Donatella Guzzoni, an engineer and an expert in the preservation of historic buildings.

“In other countries there is greater renewal of the architectural patrimony. They don't think much about knocking something down to rebuild to different standards,” said Sergio Lagomarsino, an engineering professor at the University of Genoa.

But, as Mr. Lagomarsino pointed out, Italy has a more conservative approach and is aware that preserving its heritage has value for the country.

“In the face of an important building you can't demolish a historic center and rebuild it with fake stones,” he said. “It would 'denaturalize' Italy.”

Earthquakes do a much more efficient job of denaturalizing Italy!

•Did you know that George Soros is helping the Pope?

From Marc Morano's Climate Depot…

The Soros' foundation clearly views Pope Francis as an important ally in the Soros income inequality socialist movement and in the run up to the 2016 U.S. election.

The Soros notes expose a cozy relationship with Cardinal Maradiaga, the Vice Pope, and close confidante of Pope Francis. Cardinal Maradiaga of Honduras is described by the Soros operatives as 'using his influence' within the Vatican to promote the Soros radical economic inequality narrative. Clearly, Maradiaga has been identified by the Soros empire as a key player in the global radical income redistribution movement. Soros' team knows that Maradiaga will happily promote this initiative within the Vatican and, most importantly, with Pope Francis, his close friend.

PICO is the $650,000 grant recipient that will organize activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice activities.

PICO is a progressive national network of faith-based organizations. Like health care reform, this newest PICO initiative aims to redistribute wealth by demanding that “faith leaders step into the big banks' boardrooms.”

PICO was founded in 1972 by John Baumann, a Jesuit priest trained in Saul Alinsky community organizing in Chicago in the 1960s.

Another key organization that is financially supported by Soros is the FPL standing for Faith in Public Life. FPL is given its marching orders in the grant. Polling results by FPL are preordained by Soros, as set forth in the grant:

“FPL's media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope's focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being “pro-family” requires addressing growing inequality.”

There you go. FPL got its marching orders from its funder to conduct a poll and demonstrate that Catholic voters support Pope Francis on income inequality.

Who is FPL, otherwise known as Faith in Public Life? The innocuous and religious sounding organization is another radical leftist Soros funded organization that drives the left's agenda in the faith community.

Who could be against an organization that innocuously calls itself “faith in public life?” FPL is yet another of hundreds of Soros funded satellite organizations masquerading as well-meaning philanthropies which in reality promote a radical economic agenda of anti-capitalism and global redistribution.

Stay tuned, Catholics, for contrived polling data that reflects your overwhelming support for more global and carbon taxes to redistribute your income more equally. Soros will use the Vatican to promote Hillary, his hand-picked presidential candidate.

Yikes!

 


OREGON WILL BE QUESTIONING WHAT IT'S GOTTEN INTO

8/31/16

•One thing about Donald Trump that ensures my vote is he is clear on the faux issue of global warming and solid on energy policy. In his May 26 energy policy speech, he promised “to rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan” and “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.”

On July 26, Trump told Fox News, “I say it [man-made climate change] could have a minor impact, but nothing, nothing to what they're [climate activists] talking about. And what it's doing is putting us at a tremendous disadvantage as a country because other countries are not adhering to the rules; we are and it makes it impossible for our businesses to compete.”

Conservatives believe public opinion must change significantly before more Republican leaders will follow Trump's assertive approach on global warming. Handled properly, global warming could become a unifying issue for many Republican campaigns.

GOP candidates should follow Trump's lead, making use of opinions of experts like Dr. Roy Spencer (http://www.drroyspencer.com/) to clearly explain to the public that global warming is a natural phenomenon and human influence is likely very small. Democrat-driven plans to cripple the coal industry, the most important source of cheap electricity, because of improbable climate concerns is irrational and dangerous.

•Did you know that extreme global warming caused a severe mass extinction of life on Earth 252 million years ago? It took life up to 9 million years to recover.
96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of terrestrial life died off in the Permian-Triassic extinction event.

Experts estimate the mass extinction was likely triggered by an explosive event of volcanic eruptions in what is now Siberia. These eruptions lasted for a MILLION YEARS and emitted enormous amounts of volatiles which made Earth unbearably hot.

Life took an extraordinary long time to recover from this extinction, from 5 to 9 million years. Once oceans finally started cooling 6-7 million years after the extinction, nutrient rich waters returned, algae started to grow, resuscitating the oceans, and leading to an explosion of life.

In many ways this mass extinction reset the evolution of life, and paved the way for evolution of dinosaurs. They, in turn, died off in another mass extinction 66 million years ago.

Wonder when the Earth will start the next extinction?

•If you live in Oregon and enjoy air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter, good food in the refrigerator and safe medicines in your pharmacies, not to mention high tech features of the industrial revolution such as having lights in your home and computers and internet access, you might want to start stocking up on candles and gas generators.

The green energy warriors have pretty much taken over the state legislature in the Beaver State for more than the past decade and they've managed to pass all sorts of interesting laws. One of them was a rule which says that all coal fired power will be ELIMINATED by 2020. The Boardman Coal Plant is scheduled to shut down completely in the next few years and at that point there will be little besides wind turbines in terms of in-state power generation.

The mandate, signed into law earlier this year, was the result of an environmentalist-fueled push by the Democrat-controlled legislature. Under the plan, coal production will end once the Boardman plant shutters in 2020 – utilities would still be able to buy coal power from out of state for another 10 years, until a 2030 deadline to end coal use entirely.

But the phase-out already has groups warning that residents are headed for big rate increases and brownouts.

Tighten purse strings, Oregonians. Energy generation, for now anyway, remains in the realm of the free market and in order to comply with these state mandates, energy is going to cost more. The utility companies don't simply suck up those increased costs - they get passed on to the consumer. Experts estimate energy bills may double current rates. But of course, the lowest income residents will bear the brunt of this awful policy because they spend more on utilities as a percentage of their total income than any other economic group.

Coal currently provides more than a third of Oregon's energy needs. The total energy provided by wind turbines accounts for 8%. And of course that production drops to nearly zero whenever the wind stops blowing.

After 2030, Oregon will have to purchase its power from utilities which use complex federal credit schemes to say they're not delivering coal fired energy. The cost goes up but the actual source of the power doesn't change.

What does change is the reliability of the energy supply when you restrict the number of sources you can draw on. All it will take is one period of high demand when the “approved” sources aren't putting out enough and you've got rolling brownouts or outright blackouts. It shouldn't take more than a few days of that for Oregon's residents to wake up and question precisely what they've gotten themselves into.

Don't say you weren't warned.

(Email Brian at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


ETHANOL MORE DAMAGING
TO ENVIRONMENT
THAN PREDICTED

8/24/16

•The Obama administration refused a legal requirement to study and report on the impact of requiring ethanol in gasoline, the EPA inspector general reported last week.

The administration never conducted studies to determine whether air and water quality benefits from adding corn-based ethanol to gasoline. Such reports to Congress were required every three years under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The AP investigated the issue and found ethanol far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, polluted water supplies and destroyed habitat.

The EPA agreed with the inspector general's findings that it had failed to produce studies as legally required. It said it will produce the first report — on the impacts of biofuels — by December 2017, and investigate whether ethanol requirements made other environmental problems worse by September 2024. That will be 17 years after Congress passed a law requiring oil companies to blend billions of gallons of ethanol into their gasoline.

President George W. Bush signed the law and President Obama implemented it.
The EPA told the inspector general that it produced one congressional report about the effects of ethanol on the environmental and conservation in December 2011, at a cost of $1.7 million, then conveniently claimed they ran out of money for future reports. They also said they never received input from Congress on their first report and asserted that three years was too short a period for any significant scientific advances that would have mattered.

•The Washington Times reports that climate change activists are mobilizing to cut the birthrate, arguing that richer nations should discourage people from having children in order to protect them from the ravages of global warming and reduce emissions.

Travis Rieder, assistant director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, told NPR that bringing down global fertility by half a child per woman “could be the thing that saves us.”

“Here's a provocative thought: Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them,” said Mr. Rieder, who has one child.

He proposed procreation disincentives such as government tax breaks for poor people and tax penalties for rich people, a kind of “carbon tax on kids.”

Poor nations would be cut slack “because they're still developing, and because their per capita emissions are a sliver of the developed world's. Plus, it just doesn't look good for rich, Western nations to tell people in poor ones not to have kids,” NPR said.

•On Trump…

The single best reason to vote for Donald Trump for president in November is this: the media has effectively chosen the president in the last two elections. They run from Democrat scandal stories and run feverishly toward a hint of scandal from a Republican. Former Democrat staffers populate the Sunday morning shows. They feel empowered at being able to decide who will occupy the Oval Office. The media needs to be brought back down to size. Vote Trump!

•And before you try to look third party, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson said he's no skeptic of man-made global warming and endorsed a “fee” on carbon dioxide emissions.

“I do believe that climate change is occurring,” Johnson said. “I do believe that it is man-caused” and “that there can be and is a free-market approach to climate change.”

Johnson's “free market” approach to global warming includes “a fee — not a tax, he said — placed on carbon” to make those who emit the greenhouse gas pay the supposed cost of their actions, according to the Juneau Empire.

“We as human beings want to see carbon emissions reduced significantly,” he said, adding the U.S. only emits “16 percent of the (global) load” Co2.

That's actually only 3% but whose quibbling?

Johnson said: “I don't want to do anything that harms jobs.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told campaigners at the American Energy Alliance (AEA) in March he opposed a carbon tax.

“The Obama administration committed an overreach that punishes rather than helps Americans,” Trump answered in AEA's survey. “Under my administration, all EPA rules will be reviewed. Any regulation that imposes undue costs on business enterprises will be eliminated.”

Republicans have been increasingly concerned about attempts to get a carbon tax through Congress. GOP lawmakers often argue taxing CO2 would amount to an energy tax that would raise the price of everything, hurting the poor.

Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse introduced a carbon tax bill last year to raise $2 trillion over 10 years and reduce CO2 emissions 40 percent.

Whitehouse has also called on the Department of Justice to prosecute those who disagree with him on global warming.

(Email Brian at bfkubicki@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)

 


WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO STANDS FOR ISSUE WE CARE ABOUT

8/17/16

•Watching the amazing Olympic gymnastics competition, and being old, it occurred to me that the gymnasts today can do much more than even the athletes I saw in the '70's. The Olympics have been going on since 1896 for men and 1936 for women. I suppose it's reasonable to assume that the earliest gymnastic competitions were probably amazing the public by doing something as simple as a somersault. “Look at that, Bill….he just did two somersaults in a row - AMAZING!!!”

•I'm working on a detailed endorsement of Donald Trump for president, and am all over the map as to why. Suffice it to say though, if you look at the issues of importance to any presidential election, Trump is way more conservative than either Mitt Romney or John McCain and is even more so than Bush 43, Bob Dole, and Bush 41. I didn't have problems voting for them – well, I did the whole “hold-your-nose” thing as many conservatives did. Look at the issues of national security, immigration, life, taxes, jobs, and energy, and you are better covered by Trump than Hillary by a long, long way.

•To be fair, I do differ with Trump on a lot of issues. Trade for example. Tariffs only raise costs for consumers. If you want to bring jobs like Carrier air conditioning back to America (they moved to Mexico) end the over-regulation by the EPA. Better yet, eliminate the EPA entirely. The department was created by Richard Nixon, for goodness sake.

•The importance here that seems to be emphasized by the Trump run is we really don't need our president to be someone selected by the media. We need someone who stands for the issues we care about. There's really nothing else important in the decision.

•Read on for more EPA-driven nonsense.

•From The Guardian via Climate Depot, dairy groups are blasting methane regulations for massive reductions stating: “Cows expel gas so they don't explode!”

California wants to limit the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by belching and farting of their 5.5 million cows.

Methane gas is said to be 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period, but the industry says it's “nature's design” for cows to pass a lot of gas.

California's attempt to curb emissions of methane is facing vocal opposition from a dairy industry that fears government meddling in the flatulence of its cows.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has set a goal of slashing methane emissions by 40% by 2030, from 2013 levels, and has targeted the belching and farting – known as “enteric fermentation” – of California's 5.5 million beef and dairy cows, as well as the manure they create.

A strategy document produced by the regulator states that improved manure management practices, new diets for cattle and “gut microbial interventions” could help cut the amount of methane released into the atmosphere. State legislators are currently considering a bill to enforce these suggestions.

California has moved to limit methane after the state's glowing reputation for climate action received a nasty blow by a natural gas leak this year in the mountains above Los Angeles that took 112 days to plug and spewed 97,100 metric tons of methane into the atmosphere.

But the state's dairy industry has criticized the crackdown on methane leaking from cattle, launching a social media and email campaign that claims the ARB is overstepping its power and raises the specter of exploding cows.

“The focus here is to highlight ARB's efforts at over-regulating the dairy industry,” said Anja Raudabaugh, chief executive of Western United Dairymen. “By nature's design, (cows) pass lots of gas. Quite frankly, we want them to expel gas so they don't explode.”

The Milk Producers Council has also lambasted the prospect of new regulation, with the lobby group's general manager Rob Vandenheuvel stating that the methane rules plan “threatens the future of the California dairy industry.”

“This is about fighting against the ridiculously stupid 'go-it-alone' strategy for implementing business killing regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gases,” Vandenheuvel said.

“When the US talks about going this direction, while countries like China refuse, I call that crazy. When a single state like California does it on its own, I call that absolutely insane.”

In May, the Obama administration unveiled new rules to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by up to 45% by 2025, from 2012 levels. The rules are part of a number of executive actions taken by the president this year – including on emissions from aircraft and refrigerants – in the face of escalating global temperatures.

Neither California nor the federal government, however, has yet adopted an idea from Argentina's government that large backpacks be strapped onto cows to trap methane and turn it into green energy.
Is there any remaining doubt that the environmental movement is utter nonsense?

(Follow Brian Kubicki on Twitter @bkparallax or email him at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


IDEOLOGICAL OPPOSITION TO PESTICIDES HAS NO BASIS IN SCIENCE

8/10/16

With the Summer Olympics in full-swing, we are hearing a lot more about the Zika virus and what's to be done to fight it. Congress wants to spend over a billion taxpayer dollars on it.

You know what is the best answer to fight the spread of a mosquito-borne illness?
DDT.

Gerald and Natalie Sirkin wrote a great piece a few years ago that took-on all angles and presented all the relevant facts about the reason tens of millions of people have died of malaria since 1972. Some excerpts follow.

“Fraud in science is a major problem.” So begins “DDT: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud” by the late J. Gordon Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Entomology at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

In World War I, prior to the discovery of the insecticidal potential of DDT, typhus killed more servicemen than bullets. In World War II, typhus was no problem.

The world has marveled at the effectiveness of DDT in fighting malaria, yellow fever, dengue, sleeping sickness, plague, encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, fleas, and lice.

Today (this was 2005), the greatest killer and disabler is malaria, which kills a person every 30 seconds. By the 1960s, DDT had brought malaria near to extinction. “To only a few chemicals does man owe as great a debt as to DDT. In little more than two decades, DDT has prevented 500 million human deaths, due to malaria, that otherwise would have been inevitable,” said the National Academy of Sciences.

Rachel Carson began the countrywide assault on DDT with her 1962 book, Silent Spring. Carson made errors, some designed to scare, about DDT and synthetic pesticides. “For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception to death,” she intoned.

“This is nonsense,” commented pesticide specialists Bruce N. Ames and Thomas H. Jukes of the University of California at Berkeley. (Ames is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, world renowned. Jukes, was a professor of biophysics and a leader in the defense of DDT.) “Every chemical is dangerous if the concentration is too high. Moreover, 99.9 percent of the chemicals humans ingest are natural… produced by plants to kill off predators,” Ames and Jukes wrote in Reason in 1993.

Her first charge against DDT was that it causes cancer. No search has ever turned up any evidence, despite massive use of DDT in agriculture in the 1950s and 1960s. Wayland Hayes, U.S. Public Health Service scientist, for 18 months fed to human volunteers daily three times the quantity of DDT that the average American was ingesting annually. None experienced any adverse effect, then or six to ten years later.

“There has never been any convincing evidence that DDT (or pesticide residues in food) has ever caused cancer in man,” concluded Ames and Jukes.

No harm to humans, they turned to bird health, alleging a decline of bald eagles and other birds of prey, which they associated with heavy DDT usage. Rachel Carson led the accusation. The charge is DDT use thins the shells of bird eggs. When nesting parent birds sat on the eggs, the shells cracked and no babies hatched. Carson charged that DDT was bringing bald eagles and robins to the “verge of extinction.”

Bald eagles between 1941 and 1960 migrating over Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania, doubled during the first six years of DDT use. Their numbers increased from 9,291 in 1946 — before much DDT was used — to 16,163 in 1963 and 19,765 in 1968.

Facts have not impeded the endless repetition of Carson's bird myth. Scientists tested the popular shell-thinning hypothesis. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists fed birds for 112 days on a diet with 100 times as much DDT as they were getting from the environment. No thinning of egg shells was found. The DDT had no effect on the birds.

In 1969, the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, and National Audubon Society petitioned the Secretary of Agriculture to ban DDT, claiming it is carcinogenic to humans. He agreed to partially phase it out by December 31, 1970, which did not satisfy the environmentalists.

Following Ruckelshaus' ban, the USAID, prodded by a lawsuit by the Audubon Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council, undertook to discourage other countries from using DDT by threatening to stop foreign aid to any country using it. The threat spread Ruckelshaus's ban worldwide.

The effects of giving up DDT were immediately felt in the malarial areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Sri Lanka (Ceylon), reacting to Silent Spring, in the 1960s gave up DDT. Its malarial cases had decreased from 2.8 million down to 17. After Sri Lanka gave it up, malaria shot back up to over 2.5 million.

South American countries gave up DDT and suffered the customary rise in malaria. Ecuador, which manufactures DDT, resumed using it in 1993. By 1995, Ecuador had reduced its malarial cases by 61 percent.

The search for a malaria-vaccine continues to fail.

The environmentalists' ideological opposition to pesticides has no basis in science. It is a death sentence to millions.

 


THE MEDIA BIAS FOR HILLARY IS EASY TO SPOT

8/3/16

•Boy, it is easy to see media bias in favor of Hillary Clinton at work when you consider all the furor over Trump's being criticized by Khizr Khan, parent of an American soldier son who died in Iraq, at the DNC Convention and there were only dismissive rants against Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, who criticized Hillary Clinton at the RNC convention for lying to her about that bogus internet video being the cause of her son's September 2012 death.

•Have you noticed that whenever Hillary Clinton's nomination is mentioned in the media she is described as “…the first woman from a major political party to be nominated…” and not “…the first woman to run for President?” That's because there have been somewhere near 12 women that have run for President prior to now.

From Business Insider…

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to run for president.

As Janet Tavakoli at Tavakoli Structured Finance pointed out on Monday, the first time a woman was nominated was in 1872.

Victoria Woodhull, also the first woman to work on Wall Street, secured the third-party nomination by the Equal Rights Party in the 1872 election.

Her opponents were Horace Greeley, of the Liberal Republican Party, and incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant, of the Radical Republican Party.

Grant won, but Woodhull, along with her supposed vice presidential candidate (he never publicly acknowledged the nomination), Frederick Douglass, ran 48 years before women were even able to vote.

Her story is an amazing one; a rags-to-riches story of a woman from a rural town in Ohio who made it to Wall Street and then the presidential race.

This was the first election after the formation of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. As a result, protests for women's suffrage became more prevalent. The NWSA held its annual convention in New York City on May 9, 1872. Some of the delegates supported Victoria Woodhull, who had spent the year since the previous NWSA annual meeting touring the New York City environs and giving speeches on why women should be allowed to vote.

Woodhull gave a series of speeches around New York City during the campaign. Her finances were very thin, and when she borrowed money from supporters, she often was unable to repay them. On the day before the election, Woodhull was arrested for "publishing an obscene newspaper" and so was unable to cast a vote for herself.

Interestingly, Woodhull was actually ineligible to be president on Inauguration Day, not because she was a woman (the Constitution and the law were silent on the issue), but because she would not reach the constitutionally prescribed minimum age of 35 until September 23, 1873.

Historians have debated whether to consider her activities a true election campaign. Woodhull and Douglass are not listed in "Election results" on most resources, since the ticket received a negligible percentage of the popular vote and no electoral votes. Also, several suffragettes would attempt to vote in the election. Susan B. Anthony was actually arrested and fined $100 for attempting to vote.

•Catholics (and I am one), this pope!

From Breitbart.com, Pope Francis suggested Sunday that Christianity is equally prone to violence as Islam.

When asked by a journalist about the hideous assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel in northern France who was killed in the name of Islam (the murderer shouted “Alahu Akhbar” while slicing the neck of the aged priest) last Tuesday, the Pope replied that he doesn't like speaking about Islamic violence because there is plenty of Christian violence as well.

Really? How many Christians shout, “God is Great!” while sawing the head off of a living human being?

Pope Francis said that every day when he browses the newspapers, he sees violence in Italy perpetrated by Christians: “this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law… and these are baptized Catholics! There are violent Catholics!”

“If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence,” Francis said. “And no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there's everything.”

In his response, Pope Francis seemed to suggest that jihadists killing innocent people in the name of Allah is not significantly different from a Catholic who kills his girlfriend or mother-in-law, presumably for motives unrelated to the Christian religion.

Francis acknowledged that there are “violent persons of this religion [Islam],” immediately adding that “in pretty much every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. Fundamentalists. We have them.”

This Pope is either certifiably nuts or he IS the Antichrist.

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JOHN KERRY SAYS
AIR CONDITIONING IS
A THREAT LIKE ISIS

7/27/16

Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna last week said that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

Really?

The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators.
“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we – you - are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has led to the trend of global climate change.

“The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it's because it is. It's the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”

Not to go all techie on Kerry here but, the basic refrigeration cycle, called the vapor-compression cycle, uses a circulating liquid refrigerant as the medium which absorbs and removes heat from the space to be cooled and then rejects that heat elsewhere. All such systems have four components: a compressor, a condenser, a thermal expansion valve, and an evaporator.

Circulating refrigerant enters the compressor in the thermodynamic state known as a saturated vapor and is compressed to a higher pressure, resulting in a higher temperature as well. The hot, compressed vapor is superheated vapor and it is at a temperature and pressure at which it can be condensed with either cooling water or cooling air flowing across the coil or tubes that contain the refrigerant. There the circulating refrigerant rejects heat from the system and the rejected heat is carried away (via the outdoor unit). The condensed liquid refrigerant, now a saturated liquid, is routed through an expansion valve where it undergoes an abrupt reduction in pressure. That pressure reduction lowers the temperature of the liquid and vapor refrigerant mixture to where it is colder than the temperature of the enclosed space to be refrigerated. A fan then blows across coils in the room containing this cool refrigerant and our sweat glands start to relax.

Notice that throughout this entire process, no refrigerant escapes to the atmosphere. Vapor-compression cycles hold refrigerant in a closed system. Very little of it ever reaches the atmosphere. I've lived in three homes in 30+ years and only once had a refrigerant load need to be charged and that was only a few pounds.

As for release of CO2, I can't determine where Kerry thinks that occurs, because the air blown across the coils indoors or outdoors already has some CO2 in it, so nothing new there.

We should probably just leave it that John Kerry is an idiot, on at least this subject. This is just another example of the left's attempt to attack the free market and private property by stopping us from making life better.

•From ClimateDepot.com, Marc Morano posted a truly fitting petition movement that will put John Kerry's sweat glands where his mouth is.

Sign Petition: 'Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property' – Prompted By Kerry's comments

The petition:
WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of our elected and appointed government officials to lead by example,
THEREFORE, we call upon the U.S. Department of State to remove air conditioning from all property that the Department owns, rents, or otherwise employs, including but not limited to embassies, consulates, office buildings, etc., all vehicles owned and/or operated by the Department, and any other property, real or movable, owned, rented, or otherwise employed by the Department.

I signed the petition and urge others to as well if they feel similarly motivated to make the State Department stink even worse than it does now.

https://www.change.org/p/remove-air-conditioning-from-all-us-state-department-property/sponsors/new

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DIRE PREDICTIONS
BY SIERRA CLUB CRAZIES
HAVEN’T MATERIALIZED

7/20/16

•A new seemingly wise move as a result of the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union is the near-elimination of the U.K. equivalent of the EPA; their Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Greg Clark has been appointed Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary as new Prime Minister Theresa May scraps the old Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The appointment signals the end for a department that put climate change at the top of the agenda. Only eight years after it was created by then prime minister Gordon Brown, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is being merged into Clark's new department and losing the "climate change" part of its name.

Naturally, environmentalists immediately reacted to the "shocking" news, voicing fears that the reshaping of departments showed the government was downgrading climate change as a priority.

Now if we can just get someone in the Republican Party to talk about eliminating the Richard Nixon-created EPA.

•In a move that absolutely enamors me with Trump, the Sierra Club published a 37-page report recently attacking presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for his “regressive” views on global warming.

These are the views of the Sierra Club:

The environmental group's official policy until 1996 was that both birth rates and immigration levels needed to sharply decline to stabilize the U.S. population. The Sierra Club has splintered and lost members over immigration before finally announcing in 2013 that it supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.

Now, the organization's only position on population reduction is its promotion of “voluntary family planning and reproductive health services.”

“Childbearing [should be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license … All potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing” David Brower, the first executive director of The Sierra Club, stated in an interview in 1990.

“…issuing antidotes?!?!” These people are nuts!

The dire predictions of the Sierra Club crazies have consistently failed to materialize. The number of people living in poverty has significantly declined and the amount of food per person has steadily increased, despite population growth over the years. The quality of life of the average person has also immeasurably improved.

Their green solution to global warming is to spend lots of money on wind and solar power while banning conventional energy sources that emit carbon dioxide (CO2). This causes the price of electricity to spike, harming poor people.

The price of everything that uses electricity spikes when power costs increase. Poorer people tend to spend a higher proportion of their incomes on basic needs, like groceries, utilities, clothing, housing and gasoline than wealthier people.

President Obama's Clean Power Plan is estimated to raise the average annual electricity bill from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent of average household income. Minorities tend to have lower than average household income and thus spend a far higher proportion of their money on electricity and energy. The average black household in America will see its annual spending on electricity rise from 4.5 percent to 5.8 percent of income thanks to Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Lower-income black Americans will bear an even larger burden and could spend up to 26 percent of their household income on electricity.

Let's send the Sierra Club packing when President Trump takes office!

•Wally the Whale is back.

Newport Beach lifeguards Monday set out for the second straight day to protect the city's beaches from an unwelcome visitor – the bloated, decaying 45-foot-long carcass of a humpback whale named Wally.

The dead and decomposing animal was floating about five miles off the coast and getting closer, according to lifeguards.

The whale's body is no stranger to the shoreline.

On June 30 it washed ashore at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles County. The next day, officials with the National Marine Fisheries Service identified the 22-ton carcass as Wally, whom biologists had tagged in August. Later that day, crews got the carcass back into the ocean with the help of the high tide, and two lifeguard boats towed it out to sea in hopes that it would decompose naturally. Instead, Wally's body is threatening to return to the coast, which it did this past weekend.

Newport Beach lifeguards saw the carcass Sunday morning. Apparently winds had pushed the blubbery mass to within a mile of the Newport coast.

Lifeguards could see Wally from their headquarters at the Newport Pier without using binoculars. A crew on a rescue boat went out and used a rope already tied around the whale's tail to tow the carcass due south. Lifeguard boats aren't designed to transport something so massive, so it was slow going, taking the entire day.

At around 5 p.m. Sunday, the crew let Wally's body go about 14 miles from the shore, but the winds have pushed it back toward land.

(Email Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


SLY JAMES TRIED TO LINK THE UNLINKABLE

7/13/16

•The mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, posted the following on Twitter after the mass murder in Dallas on July 8:

“Tragic deaths in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas! Slow motion mass murder here. Families ripped apart. Racism and guns. Bad combination!”

How can any reasonable person, much less a supposedly major city's leading political official, link the situations in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN with the hideous mass murder committed in Dallas?

Both the Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights situations involved law enforcement people doing their jobs. While both situations resulted in the death of the person being apprehended, both are also currently under investigation. Those investigations may result in the police officers involved being exonerated or found guilty of some charge involved with the taking of the victims' lives.

The mass murder in Dallas involved no such uncertainty. The police officers who were killed or injured were targeted for their uniform and skin color and were engaged in doing their jobs – keeping order during a protest and protecting people once the shooter began killing. The killer is known and there is no question of his guilt. The victims are known and there is no doubt as to their innocence.

Sly James should apologize to the people of Kansas City.

•Also, Mayor James, I was wondering if you knew that at least 64 people were shot in the nation's third largest city, Chicago, over the Independence Day weekend, including four people who were fatally wounded?

You haven't mentioned any of those shootings in your Twitter statements. Chicago has suffered 329 homicides already in 2016. Your own city, KCMO, has seen 52 homicides this year. One person was killed this weekend in each of the cities of Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights.

A little perspective from our public officials is important.

•Like most local governments, Montgomery County in Maryland is always looking to generate revenue. So when they imposed a 5-cent tax on disposable plastic shopping bags in 2012, they claimed the intent was to change behavior, not squeeze more blood from taxpayers' wallets.

It is claimed that plastic bags make up about a third of the trash found in the county's streams and stormwater ponds. Many end up in the rivers. Charging shoppers a nickel for each plastic or paper bag would prod them to embrace environmentally friendly reusable sacks - they hoped.

So, four years have passed and the county assembled data tracking the impact of the bag tax.

Revenue from plastic-bag sales grew 3.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. More plastic and paper bags were being issued at big-chain grocery stores, where county officials thought the tax would be most effective in reducing the use of disposable bags.

Convenience stores, pharmacies and department stores in Montgomery County had reductions in bag sales, however. Traps at 15 stream sites in the county monitored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments show a decline in the number of plastic bags collected, from 856 in 2011 to 777 in 2015. That's just 79 fewer plastic bags over a 4 year period - hardly worth the effort!

County Council member Roger Berliner (a Democrat of course!), the chairman of the transportation and environment committee, said he finds it troubling that they haven't seen more of a decrease in the sales of bags, especially at grocery stores.
A Washington Post investigation last year found that only about a third of the revenue from the D.C. tax was used for pollution control and watershed protection in the city. The rest went to staff salaries and education. They always seem to need more tax money for staff salaries!

Since going into effect in January 2012, Montgomery's tax has generated $10.4 million for pollution and stormwater control programs.

On a recent morning in downtown Silver Spring, the spotty compliance was in plain view. Shoppers at Whole Foods and Safeway appeared to be more consistent users of reusable bags.

Safeway patrons doing lighter shopping tended to leave toting one or two plastic sacks, paying the 5-10 cent tax for the bags.

Truth of it is, if a product or service is needed and in-demand, such as the convenience of disposable plastic bags, people will pay a little bit extra to continue to receive the benefit that product or service offers.

Taxes never were designed for, and should never be used to control behavior. Taxes are supposed to be collected for funding the constitutionally limited things that government is authorized to administer. We did not create government to control how we conduct our lives, taken that we operate within the laws on the books. This ridiculous movement to try to stop us from toting our groceries back from their place of purchase is no business of government, either to try and control us or to enrich their own coffers.

•Prayers for the families of the murdered and injured officers in Dallas!

(Email Brian Kubicki at bfkubick@kc.rr.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)

 

 


LISTEN TO THE FARMERS, THEY KNOW BETTER

7/6/16

•Scientists have found a large “life-saving” reserve of helium in Tanzania.
The world's supply of helium is running out. That might not seem like a big deal, party balloons notwithstanding, but it's actually crucial to a number of things that humans need, like MRI scanners and nuclear energy.

Helium is usually only found accidentally, usually when drilling for oil or natural gas. The scientists have discovered that volcanic activity can provide the intense temperatures that are needed to release helium from ancient rocks. In the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley, this activity has pushed the gas out of deep rocks and into shallower gas fields.

By combining the new understanding of helium geochemistry with seismic images of gas trapping structures, the new Tanzanian gas field has been calculated to have a probable resource of 54 billion cubic feet (BCf) in just one area.

To put this into perspective, global consumption of helium is about 8 BCf per year and the United States Federal Helium Reserve, which is the world's largest supplier, has a current reserve of just 24.2 BCf. Total known reserves in the USA are around 153 BCf. This is a game changer for the future security of society's helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away.

Now that the research has established the importance of volcanic activity for helium release, the same strategy for finding the gas can be applied all over the world. Prospectors will be looking for areas of volcanic activity combined with potential gas trapping structures.

More evidence the Earth is much more powerful than we are.

•Did you see where a Tesla Model S driver using the car's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature died when the car hit an 18-wheeler? It was the first known fatality involving the new technology.

The collision occurred May 7 when the big-rig made a left turn in front of the Model S at an intersection on a divided highway in Williston, Florida. “Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied” and the car drove under the trailer, Tesla representatives said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a Special Crash Investigations Team to examine the vehicle and the crash scene. Experts from the agency's Office of Defects Investigation plan to examine the design and performance of the Autopilot system. The agency said in a statement that opening an investigation “should not be construed as a finding that” the agency “believes there is either a presence or absence of a defect in the subject vehicles.”

Since the federal government gave $5 billion to Tesla, isn't this “investigation” like letting the fox investigate chicken disappearances from the coop?

The crash raises the long-anticipated liability question of autonomous driving: Who is at fault when someone dies? Tesla has already made statements to isolate themselves from liability by requiring drivers to acknowledge responsibility when placing the controls on Autopilot and by calling Autopilot a safety system designed to augment a driver's vigilance.

•STOP THE PRESSES! Farmers think global warming is a political construct!
Farmers are perhaps the segment of the population most affected by climate change, so you'd think they were a bit more realistic and informed about its reality.
Via Forbes, a survey conducted by Iowa State Professor J. Arbuckle and Purdue University professor Linda Prokopy of 5,000 Cornbelt farmers—representing about 60% of U.S. corn production and 80% of farmland in the region—found that only 8% believed climate change is taking place and caused primarily by human activity. That 8% figure is significantly lower than the general population. A poll from January found that 27% of the general public primarily blames human activity.

As always, listen to the farmers. They know better!

•San Franciscans, say goodbye to Styrofoam. On Tuesday, the city unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of any product made from polystyrene, the petroleum-based compound that's molded into disposable dishware, packing materials, and beach toys—among other things.

In 2007, the city prohibited the use of polystyrene use all to-go food containers. More than 100 cities, along with Washington DC, now have similar laws in place. (The first Styrofoam ban was passed in 1988 by the City of Berkeley.) But San Francisco's new ordinance, part of the city's goal of "zero waste" (no pooping allowed is no doubt next!) by 2020, is the broadest yet. As of January 1, 2017 it will be unlawful to sell polystyrene packing materials (those infuriating foam peanuts, for instance), day-use coolers, trays used in meat and fish packaging, and even foam dock floats and mooring buoys.

(Email Brian at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


WE REALLY ARE LIVING IN AN UPSIDE DOWN WORLD

6/29/16

•Isn't it despicable how our current political leadership is so quick to use acts of terror as an excuse to shove their gun control political agenda (or any other political agenda) down America's throats?

If you hear the media refer to an AR-15-style rifle as an "assault weapon" or an “assault rifle,” you can tell that he or she likely supports banning these weapons or simply does not understand their function. An "assault weapon" is a political term created by anti-gun legislators in 1980's California to ban some semi-automatic rifles there. (Credit to a friend on social media for that information!)

For background, the AR-15 is based on the 7.62 mm AR-10 designed by Eugene Stoner, Robert Fremont and L. James Sullivan of the Fairchild Armalite corporation. The AR-15 was developed as a lighter 5.56 mm version of the AR-10. The "AR" in all ArmaLite pattern firearms simply stands for "ArmaLite Rifle" and can be found on most of the company's firearms: AR-5, a .22 caliber rifle; the AR-7, another .22 caliber; the AR-17 shotgun; the AR-10 rifle; and the AR-24 pistol. The “AR” does not stand for “Assault Rifle.”

In 1959, ArmaLite sold its rights to the AR-10 and AR-15 to Colt. Colt marketed the AR-15 rifle to various military services around the world. After modifications, the redesigned rifle was adopted by the United States military as the M16 rifle.
In 1963, Colt started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle as the Colt AR-15 for civilian use and the term has been used to refer to semiautomatic-only versions of the rifle since then. Colt continued to use the AR-15 trademark for its semi-automatic variants (AR-15, AR-15A2) that were marketed to civilian and law-enforcement customers.

Today, the AR-15 and its variations are manufactured by many companies and are popular among civilian shooters and law enforcement forces around the world due to their accuracy and modularity.

•Can someone explain to me why we have dolphin-safe tuna but no tuna-safe dolphin?

Why is it only the cute animals that are used as fodder for animal rights activists? A gorilla threatens a baby and is killed by humans and the activists lose their minds. An alligator kills a kid, the authorities go on an alligator killing rampage and never find the attacking alligator and nobody in the animal rights activist world raises an eyebrow in disdain or anger.

We really are living in an upside-down world!

•Sir Bob Geldof, former lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, claims to know that all humans will die before 2030.

Why is it always the celebrities (Cher, Geldof, Matt Damon, etc.) that have this keen insight into knowing how we best must live? Most of these morons can't balance a checkbook and they know what's good and bad for us over the next 17 years?

The musician-turned-activist says the world will end in 17 years. The 61 year old purported sage based his miserable prediction on the effects of climate change.
“The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself," he told a group of youngsters at a summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We may not get to 2030. We need to address the problem of climate change urgently”

He finished his speech by apologizing for being "bloody miserable," but added: "just get on with it."

Such inspiration.

•The world's richest nations have long been fueled by oil, coal and natural gas, but President Obama warned last Friday that less affluent countries trying to take the same path will put the planet “under water.”

Kind of like the bad guy, Cal, in the movie Titanic who kept knocking people off the sides of his lifeboat because they were going to swamp it.

In an interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Obama said he hoped social media will help convince the poor freezing and dehydrated schlubs around the globe to walk away from cheap fossil fuels, which he says contribute to rising carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere, never mind that those energy sources are also less expensive and more reliable than any of the green energy alternatives he's always blabbering about.

Don't believe me? Read it yourself in his own words:

“In terms of the problems we have to solve, energy is a classic example, the issue of climate change,” Mr. Obama said at the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University.

“There are entire continents, sub-Saharan Africa or the Indian sub-continent, where people are developing rapidly. They're getting connected,” he said.

"They're going to need electricity, they're going to need energy, but if they duplicate the ways that we produce energy here, or have in the past, then the entire planet is under water.”

So screw you poor people. You aren't entitled to cheap energy. You have to continue wallowing around in the mud and disease and rot while we continue using cheap fossil fuels.

What an outlook this Obama has!

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ATTORNEY GENERAL WANTED TO SHIELD SHOOTER'S LINK TO ISIS/ISLAM

6/22/16

•Can someone explain the wisdom behind Obama blaming the terrorism behind the Orlando nightclub massacre on the NRA and the Second Amendment when it was Obama who put our world's most dangerous weapons, nuclear, in the grasp of the world's most dangerous terrorist regime (Iran) via the Iran Deal?

•Did you know that 13 state attorneys general are attempting to file RICO type charges (Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act [RICO] is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise) against private citizens who express skepticism that mankind causes climate change. Of course, California has gone further off the cliff, proposing state law that would prosecute skeptics.

The group, led by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, call themselves the Attorneys General United for Clean Power.

Legal experts claim the odds of the DOJ acting are slim because there are no easily quantifiable costs the government can seek reimbursement for. But that doesn't impede a group of non-scientists from trying to use the force of government to enact political power, and that's the most disgusting part of it all.

Well, be careful what you wish for, Democrats. The “cuts both ways” argument was among those raised by 13 Republican attorneys general in a letter urging their Democratic counterparts to stop using their law enforcement power against fossil fuel companies and others that challenge the climate change catastrophe narrative.
Consider carefully the legal precedent and threat to free speech, said the state prosecutors in a letter they sent in response to the Democrats' letter. The Republican group was headed by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

“If it is possible to minimize the risks of climate change, then the same goes for exaggeration,” said the letter. “If minimization is fraud, exaggeration is fraud.”
Sadly, neither Kansas' (Derek Schmidt) or Missouri's (Chris Koster) AG's were signees.

•The FBI director says he doesn't think they could've done anything different to prevent the Orlando mass shooting at a nightclub. Robbie Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks, reported Orlando killer Omar Mateen to authorities weeks before he committed the worst mass shooting in US history. Mateen came into the store in South Florida in May and asked for heavy-duty body armor like the kind used by law enforcement. Staff at the store, which does not sell body armor, felt it was a strange demand.

After his request was denied, Mateen asked to buy bulk ammunition. Though Lotus does sell ammunition, staff shut down his request and refused to sell him anything else. They subsequently reported the incident to the FBI. Abell told the media: “The questions he was asking were not the normal questions a normal person would be asking…He just seemed very odd.” Mateen was speaking to someone on the phone in Arabic while in the store and was texting someone while walking around the store. The store staff was already on high alert since authorities recently warned them to look out for suspicious activity in the area.

•I find it particularly hypocritical that when the South Carolina murderer opened fire in a church, killing nine people, the liberal media went after the Confederate flag to the degree that the South Carolina Republican governor acted soon afterwards to ban the flag on all state grounds. Yet this radical Islamic Orlando shooter is in very few media accounts identified as beholden to the “flag” of Islam?

As a matter of fact, Obama's AG Loretta Lynch has been running around explaining that they were going to edit the transcripts of the 911 calls Mateen made during the shooting to shield indications that he was acting in the name of Islam and in league with ISIS. After tremendous backlash, they relented and un-redacted the transcript (seen in brackets below).

Dispatcher: “Emergency 911, this is being recorded.”
Mateen: “In the name of God (they changed Allah to God) the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]”
Dispatcher: “What?”
Mateen: “Praise be to God (Allah), and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God(Allah). I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings.”
Dispatcher: “What's your name?”
Mateen: “My name is I pledge of allegiance to [omitted] (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State).”
Dispatcher: “Ok, What's your name?”
Mateen: “I pledge allegiance to [omitted](Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) may God (Allah) protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of[omitted] (the Islamic State).”

How pathetic!
Hold your noses!

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DEMOCRATS HAVE MIXED MESSAGE ON MUSLIMS AND HOMOSEXUALS

6/15/16

•The terrorist mass murder in an Orlando nightclub last weekend wasn't a tragedy, hate crime (what crime isn't a hate crime?), extreme homophobia, gun violence, or domestic terrorism. Those represent a smattering of the media characterizations of it.

Everyone wants to enact their own little political leverage on the situation, for maximum “never let a crisis go to waste” Democrat-led effect.

This horrid attack was caused by one thing: Radical Islamic Terrorism.
I was pleased to hear Obama at least call it terrorism. I was very pleased to hear Donald Trump call it what it was – Radical Islamic Terrorism, and it is war.

•Washington Post liberal writer, Jenna Johnson, went completely off the deep end of the objectivity pool by leading her column with the following headline:

“Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.”

Trump's quote:

"Look, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind…And the something else in mind -- you know, people can't believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."

When you say someone is connected to an event, you are implying that they wanted it to occur or that they were actually complicit in that event occurring. That is nonsense.

Trump's concerns are the same concerns expressed whenever Obama opines on a terrorist act. Obama bends over backward to avoid saying the words, Radical Islamic Terrorism.

Why?

That's the question the media elite should be asking. The Washington Post won't be able to ask Donald Trump that for awhile though because he banned them from his rallies, presumably for the above-noted report.

•The Democrat Party has a problem.

Beyond being a party of death, theft, and financial irresponsibility, they have a mixed message on Muslims and homosexuals.

Muslims abhor homosexuality. In Iran they consider homosexuality an offense punishable by as much as death. Any type of sexual activity outside a heterosexual marriage is forbidden in Iran.

However, strangely enough, transsexuality in Iran is legal if accompanied by a sex change operation. As a result, Iran is the sex-change operation capital of the world outside of Thailand. That gives a new meaning to the mantra, “Change or Die!” Much of the other Muslim countries have similar laws.

The problem with the Democrats is they also refuse to call out Muslims for their positions on homosexuality.

In the past, Democrats seemed to find it easy to turn a blind eye to the Muslim world's view of homosexuality. Somehow, they probably saw their refusal to link Radical Islamic Terrorism to terrorist acts when they raised their ugly head as a tacit global criticism of Islam. That way, they could be seen as friendly to Muslims and earn their vote as a unified electorate.

But after this mass murder, they can no longer maintain that inconsistent position. Democrats cannot strive to earn the votes of Muslims as a voting block and look the other way when one of their disciples (moderate or radical) opens fire in a crowded nightclub frequented by people who chose to express their sexuality in a homosexual manner (see what I did there?).

Votes are earned when you are consistent with your philosophy.

•The Star's Yael Abouhalkah (?@YaelTAbouhalkah if you are curious) on Sunday tweeted the following prayer after the mass murder:

“Dear God: Today I am so sickened by the evilness of the NRA and gun industry. May their leaders be plunged into ever-lasting hell.
Amen”

I am blocked by him, so I couldn't see his twisted prayer until Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) pointed to the message. (Hint – if you are blocked by someone on Twitter, just change your browser to incognito and you can see what you're normally blocked from seeing by an intolerant person.)

I'm shocked that The Star continues to not discipline an employee calling for the death and eternal condemnation of another human being. For the record, I replied to Abouhalkah's message but he probably never saw it because he blocks me, but I observed that it was quite homophobic of him to fight efforts to allow people who choose to express their sexuality in a homosexual manner to defend themselves with weaponry that their attackers will surely be armed with?

As for me on this subject, I'm a live-and-let-live kind of person. I like everybody.

But if your right to life is being threatened in a violent manner, you have every right to act to defend yourself with equal if not greater force.

(Brian Kubicki can be found on Twitter @bkparallax or reach him by email to bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 

 

ALI WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO DEGRADE OPPONENTS

6/8/16

•Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., A.K.A. Muhammad Ali, died last weekend to much praise and adoration, which is quite understandable given his age, infirmity (Parkinson's Disease), race, and public image.

Much has not been said though that should go alongside any kind remembrance. For those that did not know, Cassius Clay refused induction into the military during the Vietnam War. He was stripped of his boxing championship, suspended from boxing, and ultimately gave up four of his prime years.

But Clay didn't earn disrespect only for refusing induction into the armed services. He wouldn't have been on the front lines in Vietnam. He'd have boxed in shows for the troops, as Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson did during World War II.

But for my money, his worst character flaw of all was that he was one of the first to make boasting and degrading your opponent a part of professional sports.

Respecting your opponent is one of the most cherished traditions in sport and Cassius Clay burned that to the ground.

•Anyway…

The New York Times published an interesting story on Cassius Clay's lineage back in 1980. Ali always referred to Cassius Clay as his slave name, but his ancestors were actually slave owners and abolitionists rather than slaves.

For all that has been written about Ali, little is known of his ancestry. Clay was born on Jan. 18, 1942, the first son of Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., a sign painter, and Odessa Grady Clay, and that he was given the name of his father. Though there is no confirmed connection, some writers have noted that one of the most notorious white men in 19th-century Kentucky was a firebrand abolitionist and gentleman-warrior named Cassius Marcellus Clay.

When his career was in its early stages, young Clay liked his name. "Don't you think it's a beautiful name?" he used to say to interviewers. "Say it out loud:

Cassius Marcellus Clay." Then, in 1964, he joined the Nation of Islam and became Muhammad Ali, renouncing Cassius Marcellus Clay as "a slave name."

His distressed father's initial response was that his son was "trying to rub that name out, and I'm trying to make it strong."

But in his autobiography, "The Greatest, My Own Story," written in 1975, Ali said there was little known white parentage in his family. "If slaveholder Clay's blood came into our veins along with the name, it came by rape and defilement."

The facts are much different.

Actually, Ali's attachment to slavery went farther than he knew.

Odessa Clay was born in western Kentucky. Her parents, John Grady and Birdie Morehead Grady, were divorced. Birdie moved to Louisville with her children. There, Odessa eventually met and married Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.

Little is known about the Grady side of the family, except John Grady's father was born to a black woman and a "white Irishman" named Grady, or perhaps O'Grady.

But the Moreheads - the parents of Birdie Morehead Grady, the grandparents of Odessa Grady Clay, the great-grandparents of Muhammad Ali - are another story. The Moreheads were special.

Tom Morehead had lots of children - seven by his first wife, six by his second. Tom Morehead owned over 200 acres of rich Kentucky farmland. Part of what he owned was inherited from his father - his white father.

Tom Morehead was born of a white man and a slave woman named Dinah. At about the same time, Morehead's father and his white wife had a son named James. The boys were half-brothers; they grew quite close. After Tom married, he named his first son Jim, after his best friend.

Tom Morehead served in the Union Army in the Civil War. He was very prosperous. But of all prominent local people in 19th-century Logan County, among the most notable were the Moreheads and Bibbs, who migrated to the area from Virginia in about 1800.

Maj. Richard Bibb was a Revolutionary War officer turned Methodist minister, who acquired large holdings in land and slaves in his new Kentucky home. Feeling some conflict between his religion and slavery, Maj. Bibb sent about 30 of his slaves to freedom in Liberia in 1829, and more than 50 others were emancipated in 1849 and given 1,500 acres of local farmland, in accordance with the deceased major's will. The blacks who went to Africa were never heard from again; the ones who stayed in Kentucky took the Bibb surname along with their freedom - and in the 1850 census of Logan County virtually all of the free blacks were named Bibb.

The Moreheads took an even more prominent role when three brothers in the family settled in Logan County. In the Logan County Courthouse and in the public library in Russellville, some of the information linking Muhammad Ali to these years of Morehead history can be found.

The records show Tom Morehead married Lizzie Bibb on Dec. 24, 1890, and that the couple subsequently donated land to a Baptist church in the Green Ridge neighborhood. In 1901 they deeded one acre to the county as the site for a school - probably the first school for blacks to be built there.

Here, the public record of the lives of Muhammad Ali's great-grandparents Tom Morehead and Lizzie Bibb ends. There is no indication of Tom Morehead's parentage or of his military service.

"You can't know about yourself, or what makes you the way you are," Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali once said. "I'm a part of my ancestors, and they're a part of me. Maybe some of what I am, what I do, goes back to those people. Maybe it's them, coming out in me."

Maybe not.

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BILL NYE HAS MISLED A GENERATION OF YOUNG MINDS

6/2/16

A superb piece was co-authored by Dr. Willie Soon, an aerospace engineer, and István Markó, a professor in organic chemistry, that highlights the inherent danger in allowing science to be driven by politics. I strongly encourage all to look it up (Breitbart.com).

“There is a saying in the world of science that if scientific facts do not support your arguments then stop shouting. It is thus a waste of time to appeal to 'scientism' or to rely on popular spokespersons like Al Gore or Bill Nye to make it look otherwise.

Increasingly, we are seeing more and more outrageous and aggressive anti-scientific claims that anyone who is not willing to embrace the dangerous global warming bandwagon and to condemn its culprit, CO2, is actually the equivalent of a Holocaust Denier.

In his recent article 'Why I Choose to Challenge Climate Change Deniers,' Bill Nye is found to issue a firm challenge to all those who do not accept his CO2-based religion by claiming that 'The science of global warming is long settled, and one may wonder why the United States, nominally the most technologically advanced country in the world, is not the world leader in addressing the threats.'”
Then, Soon and Markó bring into light the Venus Problem…

“As for the claim: 'Carbon dioxide has an enormous effect on planetary temperatures. Climate change was discovered in recent times by comparing the Earth to the planet Venus,' this is a truly strange, rather incorrect, and scientifically empty claim.

By now, the proper scientific conclusion regarding the greenhouse effect role of the rising atmospheric CO2 is clear: It plays a very minor role on the measurable 'planetary' temperature, if any.

Let us now have a look at the inter-planetary science argument put forth by Mr. Nye. Haven't we been told repeatedly by the popular media, and in this case again by Mr. Nye himself, that if we do not stop releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, planet Earth may soon be doomed and became another Venus, an over-heated, barren, rocky, lifeless planet?

The popular and erroneous over-use of Venus as a doomed Earth is highlighted by the fact that, like Venus, the atmosphere of Mars is also significantly enriched in CO2 (about 95 percent by volume). However, because of its relatively farther orbital position from the Sun, the average temperature of Mars is only about minus 60 degrees Celsius (or minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit). For comparison, the atmosphere of Venus contains about 97 percent CO2 by volume while the Earth's atmosphere comprises a mere 0.04 percent.

So what did Professor Will Happer say about the effects of CO2 on planet Earth and Venus? Again, we will quote him in full in order for any interested readers to follow the precise scientific arguments and reasoning on why equating Earth to Venus is such a wrong analogy:

'For most of the past 550 million years of the Phanerozoic, when multicellular life left a good fossil record, the earth's CO2 levels were much higher than now, four times, even ten times. Yet life flourished on land and in the oceans.

During the Phanerozoic, the Earth never came close to the conditions of Venus...the radius of Venus's orbit is only 72% of the radius of Earth's orbit…Venus receives about twice as much solar flux…than the Earth. According to the IPCC, doubling CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere would be the equivalent of about…100 times less than the addition Venus gets from being closer to the Sun.

But none of these...details about Earth/Venus differences matter since the Earth has already experimented with much more CO2 than now, and the biosphere loved it. Burning all the economically available fossil fuel is unlikely to increase the current atmospheric CO2 levels by even a factor of 2. This is much less than the levels that the Earth has already tested. And a doubled level of CO2 would get us away from the near-famine levels for plants that have prevailed for the past tens of millions of years.'

...Plants in the world are saying the same thing: 'We want more, We want more, We want more CO2!' The increased greening of the Earth during the past 30 years is a testimony to the desperate need of plants for their very basic foodstuff.
CO2 is vital for plants' survival as well as for humans and animals. We should never forget that more than 70 percent of the oxygen present in the atmosphere — and without which we could never live — originates from phytoplanktons 'eating' CO2 and releasing oxygen. This biological truism rings particularly relevant when considering the climatological fact that the role of atmospheric CO2 in all matters related to the weather and climate on our planetary home is minimal at best.
The software engineer, William A. Wilson, recently noted that: 'If science was unprepared for the influx of careerists, it was even less prepared for the blossoming of the Cult of Science. The Cult is related to the phenomenon described as “scientism”…

Some of the Cult's leaders like to play dress-up as scientists — Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson are two particularly prominent examples — but hardly any of them have contributed any research results of note. Rather, Cult leadership trends heavily in the direction of educators, popularizers, and journalists.'

Indeed, for far too long now, Science has been driven by popular scientism and official science — these are not Science. Popular personalities like Bill Nye have had all the attention of the microphones, loudspeakers, and print media, and he has dangerously misled the whole generation of unsuspecting readers and younger minds. As scientists, it is our duty to denounce such an attitude, to stop scientism and to warn everyone that personalities like Mr. Nye are plainly anti-science and, therefore, will harm us all.”

 


ZIKA VIRUS IS NOT A MAJOR CRISIS IN THE U.S.

5/25/16

•In case you weren't paying attention, Congress appears set to approve $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus. Obama originally wanted $1.9 billion and the House approved about $700 million.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that may lead to microcephaly in infants. The ailment results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders including decreased brain development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus may spread throughout nearly all the Americas. At least twelve cases in the United States have now been confirmed by the CDC. In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil.

Brazil is fighting back by infecting mosquitoes with the Wolbachia bacterium which reduces mosquito transmitted diseases such as dengue and chikungunya by shortening adult lifespan, which in turn affects mosquito reproduction. The mosquitoes, when released, are expected to quickly infiltrate the insect population and stop the spread of the disease. Small-scale trials have already been conducted in communities in northern Australia.

In Recife, Brazil officials claim as many as 100,000 people may have already been exposed to the Zika virus, which has caused it to be called the epicenter of the crisis. Most people exposed to the virus never develop symptoms.
But we are spending $1.1 billion.

The number of pregnant women in the United States reported to have the Zika virus has more than tripled, increasing from 48 to 157, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention said Friday.

Dr. Margaret Honein, chief of the CDC's birth defects branch, said the agency is aware of "less than a dozen" babies or fetuses who have suffered the consequences of Zika infection, however, she emphasized that most of the 157 pregnancies are ongoing, so it's not known how many babies will suffer, if any.
Not a single person is known to have contracted Zika from a mosquito bite in the U.S. They've gotten it while traveling to a country where Zika is endemic, or they've contracted it sexually from a male partner who's traveled to one of those areas.

But we are spending $1.1 billion.

The CDC said there's not enough data to predict the chances that a pregnant woman would give birth to a baby with microcephaly or any of the other devastating defects associated with the virus.

They also said they didn't know whether any of the pregnant women in their report contracted the disease sexually from a male partner or whether all of the women caught it from a mosquito bite while traveling outside the U.S.
But we are spending $1.1 billion.

President Obama was briefed by top health officials from the CDC, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, after which he said, "This is something that is solvable. It is not something that we have to panic about, but it is something that we need to take seriously."

He used the opportunity to restate the need for lawmakers to approve his requested funding bill.

He wants us to spend $1.9 billion.

Zika is not a major crisis in the U.S. Brazil is working to address the problem there, where it is a bigger concern, but still not a major crisis.

Aren't you sick of our government using fake controversies like this to try and increase the size and scope of the federal government?

And then there was this…

•Leonardo DiCaprio took a private jet twice to pick up an environmental award in New York - before flying back to France for the Cannes Film Festival.
DiCaprio left the French Riviera for the brief trip to New York City, where he collected an honor at the Riverkeeper Fishermen's Ball on Wednesday. He then hopped back on another private jet to attend the amfAR gala in Antibes, about eight miles from Cannes, just 24 hours later.

DiCaprio is a hypocrite because he is often preaching about saving the environment and fighting climate change, but jets around the world to accept awards.

That's kind of like an arsonist buying stock in a fire extinguisher company.

A light jet can go through 77 to 239 gallons of fuel per hour, whereas a long-range jet will burn between 358 and 672 gallons of fuel during the same time.

The Cessna Citation Excel, a popular corporate jet with a medium size, would need 800 gallons of fuel for a long-haul flight with four passengers on board.
DiCaprio was slammed last year by RadarOnline, which reported he had taken six private jets in just six weeks in 2014.

Emails leaked from Sony at the time stated DiCaprio had accumulated more than $200,000 worth of private jet travel between April and May, taking two round trips from Los Angeles to New York, then one from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

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DOCTOR: TRANSGENDERISM IS A DISORDER

5/18/16

•Some on the political left are certifiably crazy on transgenderism.

An essay in The Antioch Review by Daniel Harris (he's characterized in the story as a “gay writer” but I don't think it's relevant to mention) has driven the literary left absolutely nuts.

"While I fervently support [transgenders'] rights to transition," Harris writes in the piece, "I believe that the whole phenomenon of switching one's gender is a mass delusion."

It is impossible to change one's gender, regardless of how many body parts one chops off.

"Gender is not 'assigned,'" he writes, and, therefore, cannot be "reassigned" by superficial plastic surgery. "It is revealed, first by the transducer of an ultrasound machine massaging a besmeared and distended belly and then by the obstetrician as he dangles the wailing infant by its feet... One can no more change one's gender than one's species."

Notice that a transgendered man converting to a woman tries to do things to his body – his appearance – that actually reinforces stereotypes about women that are largely sexist. For example, wearing high heels is structurally designed to make a woman's frame, communicated by the movement of her body when she walks, appear more sexually alluring to men. This is why women's clothing is more revealing than men's clothing largely.

If you ask a woman why she spends so much time in front of a mirror putting on makeup every day, she will likely answer because it “makes her feel more confident; better about herself.” But the source of that confidence is in the response she will get from the opposite gender.

Now, Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner still feels a natural attraction to women, according to accounts. So why is he doing things to his body that are designed to make him more attractive to men?

Perhaps, as Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said, transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment.

Dr. McHugh has explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of 'assumption'” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

He also noted a new study that showed the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people.

While the Obama administration and the major media promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves treatment.”

The political agenda of the transgender community – and the Obama Administration - seems to demand we be complicit in their convictions. We are not allowed in the liberal mind to follow the humane policy of live and let live, exhibiting acceptance and tolerance as well as fighting for their rights as human beings. Instead, we are required to act as their enablers and protect them from the truth. We are expected to support them politically and affirm their mangled concepts of selfhood.

The truth is, their salvation will not be found through acceptance of their delusion, but will instead be discovered through counseling and psychiatric therapy. To not recognize that basic fact is to do them more harm.

•The big media won't report this story accurately because of their liberal bias, but the Little Sisters of the Poor beat Obama at the Supreme Court on Monday.

The liberal big media said that the Supreme Court “punted” today by sending the Little Sisters of the Poor case back to the lower courts. Though the court didn't rule on the merits of the case, the Little Sisters won.

The Supreme Court vacated the lower court ruling holding that the Little Sisters had to provide access to contraceptives and ruled that the mandate substantially burdened exercise of their religion. Also, the court outlined the accommodation the Little Sisters endorsed and the government actually agreed to. During oral arguments, the court requested supplemental briefing from the parties addressing “whether contraceptive coverage could be provided to petitioners' employees, through petitioners' insurance companies, without any such notice from petitioners.”

Both petitioners and the government now confirm that such an option is feasible.
What I found most significant is that this ruling was unanimous. The four liberals voted in favor of the Little Sisters.

The Obama administration pushed very hard against the Little Sisters of the Poor. This is not the outcome the Obama administration hoped for.

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REMEMBER THE OZONE HOLE?

5/11/16

•Remember the ozone hole?

Dr. Timothy Ball, a well-known geologist and climate change skeptic (see www.drtimball.com) recently wrote that the ozone issue was an early misuse of science for a political agenda. Attempts to ratify the Kyoto Protocol decades ago included claims that the Montreal Protocol, designed to save the ozone layer, was a success.

Dr. Ball notes it wasn't, because there was no problem in the first place.
Chlorofluorocarbons then, like CO2 today, were never a problem.

Environmentalists used a natural change of ozone and CO2 to blame human activity. With ozone, the "urgent problem" was a slight decline in atmospheric levels over Antarctica; with CO2, a slight increase at Mauna Loa.

Both times, they funded scientists to produce the "scientific" evidence.
The word "hole" implies damage, a leak, a tear in the fabric of the sky. The objective was to blame humans for a natural phenomenon ostensibly to save the planet.

Ozone is created in the upper atmosphere when ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a small part of the total energy from the sun, strikes free oxygen molecules. The molecules are split into single oxygen molecules, which combine with other oxygen to create ozone.

The ozone layer varies considerably in different regions, at different altitudes, and over time. The so-called "hole" is a region located over Antarctica in which the ozone level is lowest during the Southern Hemisphere winter. Even then, the thickness is still one-third of the global average. It is an area of "thinning" due to natural causes.

The ozone layer is self-healing because as UV penetrates further into the atmosphere, it encounters more free oxygen. 10 miles above the surface, 95% of the UV has been expended in the creation of ozone.

The hysteria began with the environmentalist hypothesis that CFCs were destroying ozone in the stratosphere. Molina and Rowland, were scientists who published studies showing that CFCs destroyed ozone. They didn't simulate atmospheric conditions in the ozone layer, but that didn't matter. Ideology took over, and they determined to prove rather than disprove the hypothesis as proper science requires.

A major cause of changes in the size and extent of the Antarctic ozone hole are the intense wind patterns and circulations associated with the extensive Antarctic high-pressure zone and the surrounding wind pattern known as the Circumpolar Vortex.

We now know UV varies as much as 200% naturally around the average value. They also said CFCs would remain in the atmosphere for up to 100 years, and that recovery of the ozone would take a very long time.

They were wrong.

There are still no holes in the ozone, but the area of thinning over Antarctica continues to vary due to natural conditions.

Skin cancer is increasing because of increased life expectancy, not "the hole in the ozone." Mania about avoiding sun exposure means that scrofula (a form of tuberculosis), rickets and other bone diseases are on the rise; children and others dutifully applying sun blockers aren't getting enough UV radiation to produce vitamin D, so they are increasing their chance of getting these conditions.

The claim is still made that the actions invoked by the Montreal Protocol saved the day. Even a brief examination shows this is false. Use of environmental issues for totalitarian control has a long history.

So you now know that we have been right all along.

•www.LawNewz.com reported last week that NBC News was the second major news network to announce an upcoming interview with the notorious Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, better known by the name “Guccifer.”

Lazar, whose actions led to the exposure of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, was extradited to the United States in March. He is alleged to have posted emails that were sent to then-Secretary of State Clinton on the internet, including correspondence from close Clinton family confidant Sidney Blumenthal. Lazar was extradited to the United States just as reports indicate that the FBI investigation into Clinton's email server was in full swing. Lazar is charged with wire fraud, cyberstalking, identify theft, unauthorized access to computers and obstruction of justice.

According to the NBC News press release, Lazar was interviewed by reporter Cynthia McFadden from a Bucharest prison, where he admitted to also hacking into Clinton's private e-mail account.

Lazar openly admits in the interview hacking Clinton's private e-mail account. The same private e-mail account where federal officials found over 2,000 e-mails that contained classified information, including at least 22 deemed to contain “Top Secret” information. Clinton's campaign has already fired back, in a statement saying “There is absolutely no basis to believe the claims made by this criminal from his prison cell.”

NBC News says Lazar made these claims to McFadden during an interview in a Bucharest prison. Lazar was extradited to the United States on or about March 31, 2016. So, McFadden conducted the interview before he was extradited to the U.S. which means NBC News was sitting on these explosive claims for more than one month.

Why would a major news network sit on such an explosive allegation?

The delay cost NBC a huge exclusive, or at least seemed to prompt them to hurry and put something out as Fox News went with its own story and interview with Lazar late Wednesday.

Fox News clearly did their interview with the hacker after he arrived in the United States. As they mentioned, they visited him in a Virginia jail.

Can a President be impeached for crimes committed before they became President?

 


CHIEFS CRAZY FOR DRAFTING A DOMESTIC ABUSER

5/4/16

•I don't often talk sports here, and to be honest, this take really isn't about sports per se. However, this has been a story since the NFL Draft last weekend and it has generated a ton of interest – pro and con, but mostly con.

Tyreek Hill was drafted by the Chiefs. He attended Garden City Community College, Oklahoma State University, and the University of West Alabama. Hill ran a 4.35 sec. 40 yard sprint at the NFL Combine. He is VERY fast.

Tyreek Hill was arrested on December 12, 2014 while a student-athlete at Oklahoma State. Stillwater, OK police records indicate that Hill was arrested on complaints he assaulted his 20-year-old girlfriend. Oklahoma State dismissed him from the football team after these charges.

The Stillwater Police arrest report, which can be read here:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/osu/football/read-the-full-tyreek-hill-stillwater-police-department-incident-report/pdf_c79c04ce-06ba-533f-be0f-b71a445b958a.html

Hill's then-girlfriend, who was eight weeks pregnant at the time, claimed he “'threw' her around like a ragdoll, punched her in the face, busted her lip, punched her in the stomach, and choked her…”

The woman goes on in the report to note that Hill had been physical with her previously, but it had never been this bad, just “man handling.” She noted that he had never previously hit her.

This following part nobody I have heard has reported on.

When officers went to Hill's residence to arrest him, he told them that he was being arrested for being black and she was white.

The Chiefs have got to be crazy for drafting this guy!

The NFL is an elite job for uniquely qualified young men. There is no right to play in the NFL. If Clark Hunt, Andy Reid, or GM John Dorsey committed this crime they would either be fired or have their ownership revoked by the league.
Should the standards for their employees be any less strict?

The NFL should adopt a rule that states any players with a felony charge that is either convicted or pled down should not be eligible for the draft. Period!

•In Caracas, Venezuela, refrigerators went dead in kitchens across the country last week as the government turned off the electricity supply to help ease a power shortage that is worsening the country's economic crisis.

Venezuelans have been lined up for hours to buy scarce supplies in shops. The government imposed a four-hour blackout in eight states starting Monday and said the measure will last 40 days.

President Nicolas Maduro's government blames the power shortage on a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which has caused the country's hydroelectric dams to run low.

Critics, however, say it is the result of economic mismanagement and inefficient running of the energy network.

Maduro is under growing pressure from the center-right opposition, which vowed to oust him when it took control of the legislature in January after winning a landslide election victory.

Venezuela's economy has plunged along with the price of the oil it relies on for foreign revenues. Citizens are suffering shortages of medicines and goods such as toilet paper and cooking oil.

Maduro blames the collapse on an "economic war" by capitalists. Last week, his government said it was shifting its time zone forward by 30 minutes to save power by adding half an hour of daylight. Maduro has even urged Venezuelan women to stop using their hairdryers.

Other measures include giving government workers an extra day off each week for the next two months. He has cut the workday for ministries and state companies and ordered them to lower their electricity consumption, along with shops and hotels.

However, analysts warn the measures will further damage productivity.

This is what happens when the government is given control over the energy sector.

•RINO King and the most despicable Republican Speaker of the House I have ever seen, John Boehner, just called Donald Trump one of this “texting” buddies in an interview last week.

Boehner called Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh.”

Boehner went on: “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

What an endorsement for Ted Cruz!

Can you imagine how damaging an endorsement by a disgraced former Speaker of the House could have been if Boehner said anything nice about Cruz? If John Boehner hates you, you are going to win a lot of Republican and Conservative votes!

•I was saddened to hear that 710 KCMO laid drive-time talk host Greg Knapp off last week. Knapp, who had been at the station for more than 5 years, was a solid conservative and the absolute best interviewer I ever heard. My favorite talk radio segment EVER was when Knapp interviewed liberal Republican Margaret Hoover about her book which was trying to convince Republicans to accept gay marriage. Knapp challenged Hoover to back-up the lack of consistency of her arguments and pushed her on her repeated attempts to avoid the questions.

Knapp pushed her to the point where she broke down in tears during the interview.
It was a magnificent moment!

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THE NORTH CAROLINA BATHROOM ISSUE

4/27/16

•This entire North Carolina bathroom issue and transgenderism is much ado about nothing.

I don't say that because the Liberal Democrats are correct that we need to change our long-established societal rules that govern gender identity. To the contrary, the need to avoid discomforting people who have mental issues with their gender identification does not outweigh the importance of avoiding discomforting people with little children who wish to be allowed to raise their children as they deem best.

Done.

•Judicial Watch has finally accessed records of Secretary Clinton during the Benghazi Attack. Last month, their Freedom of Information Act request secured the following record of a phone call by Clinton the day after the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

On the evening (September 11) Mrs. Clinton issued an official State Department press statement, approved by the White House, placing the blame for the attack on an Internet video:

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

Whatever!

Set the scene: the 2012 presidential election was two months away. If Obama was seen as weak on American security abroad, he might lose and be a lowly One-Termer.

“S” is Secretary Clinton. In a call to then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil (“M”) she said that the deadly terrorist attack on the US compound the day before “had nothing to do with the film,” referring to the bogus propaganda movie the Obama Administration blamed on the terror attack.

S: “As you know, our diplomatic mission in Benghazi was attacked earlier this evening. We need your immediate help, as one of our diplomats was killed and our Ambassador, who you know, is missing. We have asked for the Libyan government to provide additional security to the compound immediately as there is a gun battle ongoing, which understand Ansar al-Sharia is claiming responsibility for. We also need you to provide additional capacity for firefighting as there are reports that the principle (sic) officer's residence has been bombed or set on fire. We believe that it is important for your government, as well as ours, to condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms and promise that these criminals will be brought to justice. I also need you to help us secure our mission in Tripoli. We have seen serious threats on social media sites, like Facebook, and it is important that your government take all possible measures, in an urgent manner, to secure our facilities. We need you to have people who you are confident in, who will follow your direction, and that your government trusts to secure our compounds.”

M: “Please accept my condolences for the death of the American at the compound and our sincere apologies for what has happened. We promise to find the criminals and bring them to justice. We will do our utmost to protect American buildings and every American citizen in Libya. We were just in the midst of an emergency meeting with the Prime Minister and all of his deputies to address this situation.”

After more blah-blah-blah conversation, Clinton says the following:

S: “We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack - not a protest…Based on the information we saw today we believe the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al Qaeda.”

Boom!

•Did you notice how the picture the Obama Administration is using to represent Harriet Tubman – the Underground Railroad Abolitionist – on the new $10 bill is interestingly similar to Granny Klump from The Nutty Professor?

•About 160 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change last Friday.
The nonbinding agreement sets a long-term goal of keeping the increase of global average temperatures at less than two degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.
President Obama followed up in March by pledging to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

The National Resources Defense Council issued a petition Thursday calling on the “Big Five” world powers — the United States, China, India, the European Union and Brazil — to “keep your climate promise.”

That's why they call this agreement non-binding. If a country chooses not to comply, the only enforcement mechanism is public shaming.

I have news for the rest of the world. I'm already ashamed enough by this president. More shame piled on by a cabal of enviro-nuts isn't going to sway me to stop using energy.

•The passing of Prince last week led to a large number of recollections of his vast musical talent.

Perhaps the best one I saw was that if Jimmy Hendrix and Carole King had a baby and James Brown kidnaped it and raised it himself, the result would be Prince Rogers Nelson.

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ALLEGED THREATS MADE IN INDIANA BY TRUMP'S MINIONS

4/20/16

•RIP to a pioneering hurricane forecaster and climate skeptic, Dr. Bill Gray, who died this past weekend at the age of 86.

Tony Heller of RealClimateScience.com posted the following tribute: “A Very Sad Day For Science” –“Dr. Bill Gray has passed away. He was my hero, and an inspiration. Bill was a man of the highest integrity and character. Bill had his funding cut off by Al Gore in 1993 for refusing to go along with Gore's global warming politics. Unlike so many others, Bill chose scientific integrity over politics and money, and fought against climate fraud to his last breath.”

William Mason Gray (Bill) was an emeritus professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University. He had remained active in his hurricane and climate change research up until the time of his death. Gray was famous for his seasonal Atlantic Basin hurricane forecasts and his strong disagreement with the scientific basis of the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis.

Gray was a faculty member in the Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU from 1961 through his formal retirement in 2005. After retirement, he continued his hurricane and climate research as a professor emeritus.

Gray was skeptical of theories of human-induced global warming, which he says is supported by scientists afraid of losing grant funding and promoted by government leaders and environmentalists seeking world government. He believes that humans are not responsible for the warming of the earth and has stated that "We're brainwashing our children." He asked, "How can we trust climate forecasts 50 and 100 years into the future (that can't be verified in our lifetime) when they are not able to make shorter seasonal or yearly forecasts that could be verified?"

Gray said those who had linked global warming to the increased number of hurricanes in recent years were in error. He cites statistics showing that there were 101 hurricanes from 1900 to 1949, in a period of cooler global temperature, compared to 83 from 1957 to 2006 when the earth warmed.

In 1984, Gray initiated seasonal hurricane forecasts, for which he became well known, and which received extensive media coverage particularly in the 1980s and 90s. Gray graduated 70 masters and Ph.D. students, and many of his former graduate students have become prominent leaders in the field of tropical meteorology today.

Gray had strong disagreement with the science behind the human-induced global warming hypothesis and devoted the major portion of his recent years to research in this area.

•One of world's worst volcanos is again active after hundreds of years being dormant. Mount Paektu, which lies on the borders of North Korea and China, is now in danger or erupting again after its last devastating lava spill in 946AD.
That eruption was so powerful it formed a crater more than three miles in diameter, and produced enough ash that it even showered Japan almost 1,100km away.

Scientists have issued stark warnings saying it needs to be monitored as a matter of urgency, saying the threat is “very real.”

The volcano attracted interest from scientists between 2002 and 2005 when experts feared activity due to several mini-earthquakes in the region. It has now been confirmed as being active.

Some 1.6 million people live within 60 miles of the volcano!

Experts are estimating that the volcano could cause worldwide devastation.
Stephen Grand, a seismologist at the University of Texas at Austin, said: “I think the risk of a destructive eruption here is very real.”

James Hammond, a seismologist at Birkbeck, University of London, who helped on the research, said: “This volcano is quiet at the moment, but it's definitely got potential…We need to keep an eye on it.”

•Remember when the Trump campaign started accusing Cruz of “gestapo tactics” with no evidence whatsoever? Well, Trump's minions are up to it now.

Indiana State police are reviewing alleged threats against Indiana delegates who were critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“What I can share with you at this time is information has been referred to the Indiana State Police that alleges threatening emails have been sent to some Indiana delegates that will be participating in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH,” said Capt. David Bursten, a state police spokesman. “Presently the Indiana State Police is reviewing the information to determine if it may cross the line of free speech and could be considered criminal in nature.”

Several of Indiana's delegates to the 2016 Republican national convention said they received a barrage of hate mail from Trump supporters after they expressed reservations about the billionaire real estate developer and reality TV star in a Politico story published online Saturday.

One of the emails read, “Good luck becoming a delegate…we are watching you.”
It is becoming readily apparent that Trump and his thug-followers are attempting to intimidate themselves into the nomination since they are apparently too dumb to read primary rules in each state and just too undisciplined to follow them.

But the scariest point is this: imagine if Trump were to become president of the most powerful country in the world. You think he and his people are going to stop these thug tactics in attempting to get their way – beneficial deals for the next Trump hotel or casino?

How far do you suppose that will go?

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WIND TURBINES ARE CAUSING PROBLEMS

4/13/16

•Go see an upcoming film on climate change.

The film is called, “Climate Hustle” and is scheduled for a one-night, national theater event on May 2. Looks like most AMC theaters will be showing the film.
Co-written by Marc Morano of Climate Depot (one of our favorite sites) and the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the film takes a tongue-in-cheek look at claims made over the years about anthropogenic, or manmade, global warming.

"We're looking at hundreds of theaters, hundreds of cities," says Morano. "The global warming comedy will make its debut. We're going to have special features involved in the movie, some surprises around the film, meaning there is going to be additional stuff besides the movie when you go to the theater event."

•The Washington Times had an interesting piece last Monday where they mentioned that the Obama Administration believes extreme temperatures linked to climate change can be expected to cause a huge increase in the number of premature deaths; also known as deaths that occur before they are supposed to.
The report, completed over three years by 100 experts in eight federal agencies, estimated an additional 11,000 heat-related deaths during the summer of 2030. That number is expected to rise to 27,000 by the summer of 2100, the report claimed.

Climate change also threatens the mental health of people living in areas prone to extreme weather changes, such as hurricanes and floods, the study said.
The report further predicts an increase in air pollution and airborne allergens, as well as “extreme events,” such as droughts, wildfires and flooding.

John Holdren, President Obama's senior science adviser, said the historic global climate agreement reached last year at COP21 to curb emissions can help fight the health risks detailed in the report.

The lunacy never ends!

•Did you know that wind turbines are killing sperm whales?

Between Jan. 9 and Feb. 4 this year, 29 sperm whales got stranded and died on English, German and Dutch beaches. Environmentalists and the news media offered multiple explanations – except the most obvious and likely one: offshore wind farms.

Indeed, that area has the world's biggest concentration of offshore wind turbines, and there is ample evidence that their noise pollution can interfere with whale communication and navigation.

Of course, Britain's Guardian newspaper looked for answers everywhere but in the right place. That's not surprising, as it tends to support wind energy no matter the cost to people or the environment. After consulting with a marine environmental group, the paper concluded: “The North Sea acts as a trap.… It's virtually impossible for [whales] to find their way out through the narrow English Channel.”

Of course, that's not true. Sperm whales have the largest brains of all mammals and these intelligent animals would naturally have found their way to and through the channel by simply following the coast of England or continental Europe.
Indeed, researchers at the University of St. Andrews have found that the noise made by offshore wind farms can interfere with a whale's sonar, and can in tragic cases see them driven onto beaches where they often die.

But wind turbine noise and infrasound (extreme low frequency noise) are nearly constant, last as long as the turbines are in place and come from multiple directions, as in the areas where the whales were recently stranded.

On land, although the wind industry continues to deny any culpability, evidence is mounting that low frequency and particularly infrasound waves emitted by wind turbines have significant adverse effects on local residents, including sleep deprivation, headaches, tachycardia (abnormally rapid heart rates) and a dozen other ailments. Underwater, a milieu where sound waves travel much farther, it would be irresponsible and unscientific to argue that whales are not affected by operating wind turbines, all the more because cetaceans use their sonar to “see” what's around them.

Scientists have long maintained that it's likely that acoustic masking (covering-up) by manmade has a prevalent impact on animals' access to acoustic information is essential for communication and other important activities, such as navigation and prey/predator detection.

Blinded by this masking, whales and dolphins could seek refuge in shallow waters, away from big ships and killer whales, where they can often be stranded.
In September 2012, 19 pilot whales, a minke whale and a large sei whale beached on the coast of Scotland opposite an area where air guns were being used by ships surveying the ocean floor, as a prelude to installing offshore wind farms. A second pod of 24 pilot whales was spotted in shallow water around the same time, but they returned to sea without beaching.

Modern 8-megawatt offshore turbines are 656 feet above the waves; their rotating blades sweep across a 538-foot diameter. Those enormous blades create powerful pulsating infrasound and exact a toll on many species of marine birds, and even on bats that are attracted to the turbines as far as 9 miles offshore.

But hey…at least we're being green!

See more at: http://www.cfact.org/2016/03/04/are-wind-turbines-killing-whales/#sthash.Mnr7k436.dpuf

 


WEST INDIES CAPITALISM

4/6/16

•I am hard at work spreading capitalism across the globe, stopping off in the British West Indies to help the wealthy folks owning massive villas here understand why electric cars are nonsense.
It's a labor of love, trust me!

•I engaged a local landowner on that very subject a few days ago and was surprised to learn that though you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars clearing land with diesel fuel-driven earth movers, building luxury accommodations with coal-provided electric power driven tools, and cool said spaces with loads of refrigeration equipment, many of the elites seem to want to advance the use of electric cars to move around the islands.

They asked me why electric cars weren't a good idea. I answered that electric cars are an old technology that has served practical only for limited terrain movements like golf carts and short-trip people movement. Plus, the leading manufacturer of electric cars, Tesla, survived only by accepting $4 to $5 billion in our taxpayer money to keep their doomed enterprise afloat.

If a particular invention has merit, it will survive on its own without government assistance. Look at the incandescent light bulb. When Edison invented it, it sold in great volume, facilitated provision of an electrical distribution system, but was built and sold on the market need alone. Another more recent example is the smartphone. I look around this island and even the poorest of the poor have smartphones. There are no public phones anywhere anymore. Government didn't subsidize that.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

•I detailed this before, but it warrants re-mentioning.

Ever wonder how we got saddled with the nightmare of ObamaCare?

From Brian Sussman, frequent fill-in host for Mark Levin, the Senate in 2010 had 60 Democrats, just enough to pass Obamacare.

So since the House of Representatives must originate all spending bills, they resurrected some obscure military spending bill, erased all the language in the bill, and replaced it with ObamaCare, forcing every American to purchase health insurance. If that's not ludicrous enough, after the bill passed the Senate, Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy died. In his place, Massachusetts elected Republican Scott Brown. That meant that if the House made any changes to the bill the Senate wouldn't have the necessary number of votes to pass the amended bill (because they knew no Republicans would vote for Obamacare). So Senate leader Harry Reid cut a deal with Speaker Pelosi: the House would pass the Senate bill without any changes if the Senate agreed to pass a separate bill by the House that made changes to the Senate version of Obamacare. This second bill was called the Reconciliation Act of 2010. So the House passed the Senate bill, as well as their Reconciliation Act. At this point ObamaCare was ready for the President to sign, but the Senate still needed to pass the Reconciliation Act from the House.

Remember the Senate only had 59 votes to pass the Reconciliation Act. Therefore Senate Democrats decided to change the rules. They used the “Reconciliation Rule” (this is a different “reconciliation” than the House bill). This rule was only supposed to be used for budget item approvals so that such items could be passed with only 51 votes in the Senate, not the usual 60. Reconciliation was never intended to be used for legislation of the magnitude of Obamacare. That didn't stop them!

So both of the “Acts” were able to pass both houses of Congress and sent to President Obama for his signature without a single Republican vote in favor of the legislation.

•This is what scares me most about Donald Trump. Do you really think he is smart enough or eve cares about stopping this kind of graft and corruption in Congress?

(Brian Kubicki can be found on Twitter @bkparallax or email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


IS NUCLEAR TERRORISM THE ACCEPTED COST OF LIBERTY?

3/30/16

•From conservativereview.com, we learned that the recent Belgium terror plot which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people was actually part of a broader effort to penetrate the country's only two nuclear facilities. According to the Daily Mail, Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, the jihadi suicide bombers in last week's terror attack, were surveilling the atomic facilities for weeks and seemed to have contact with some workers within the site. Eleven workers at the nuclear plant have since had their badges revoked.

This news from Belgium shows that Ted Cruz was exactly right when he said that in addition to stopping the new flow of Islamic immigrants to the U.S., we must “patrol and secure” Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. If nothing is done to mitigate the radicalization of the over three million Muslims already living in America, the U.S. will face what Europe is dealing with in just one generation. And if nothing is done about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS' defeat would be moot.

The facts are incontrovertibly clear that there is a huge terror recruiting problem in parts of Minneapolis and areas in Brooklyn, New York. The community leaders in these areas, assuming they truly value America and champion its ideals of freedom, should be the first ones embracing a proactive approach to rooting out the cancer of radical Islam and terror within their midst. Is nuclear terrorism the accepted cost of liberty?

It's time to wake up before it's too late.

You can see more information on this at:

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/03/homegrown-nuclear-terrorism-in-belgium-proves-cruz-right#sthash.7ohuMFLR.dpuf

•Obama's recent trip to Cuba was an embarrassment to all freedom-loving Capitalists.

To all the Cuban-Americans who fought and scratched and endured to come to America as refugees and become legal citizens in escape from the chains of communist Cuba, I apologize to you. The leader of this country's federal government should not be praising the very reason you risked life and death to escape from that coercive country.

From climate depot, we learn that there is a radical 'Half Planet' environmental agenda calling for barring humans from half of the Earth's land mass!

A proposal that calls for barring humans from half of the Earth's land mass has actually received serious consideration from Fusion, the Univision-backed television network aimed at the millennial generation.

The proposal calls for barring humans from half of the Earth's land mass and has actually received serious consideration from Fusion, the Univision-backed television network aimed at the millennial generation.

Fusion claims the proposal might just be the answer to all our problems, and possibly might save mankind.

Specifically, they claim that humans have developed to the point where our existence “dominates” over plant and wildlife, and this basically signals that if we fail to embrace this plan, half of the species will be lost forever in a few generations.

For the record, you could move the entire population of the world to the state of Texas and the resulting population density would be the same as it is in New York City today. So, were that the case, every square mile outside of Texas around the world would have no people on it.

The Earth is not overpopulated.

Read more: http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/03/22/radical-half-planet-environmental-agenda-calling-for-barring-humans-from-half-of-earths-land-mass-floated-on-fusion-tv-network/#ixzz44F3g1zAD

•Interesting that Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Perry have all endorsed Ted Cruz. Perhaps Trump's insults, ignorance, and condescension aren't the way to unify the Republican Party after all?

Maybe the way to unify the party is to UNIFY THEM AGAINST DONALD TRUMP!

Perhaps that's what Trump has been trying to accomplish all along. Hmmmm…

•O.K., so Ted Cruz supposedly had affairs with five different women (who has time for that?) and the Trump-supporting owner of the National Enquirer wants us to care and support a serial adulterer in Donald Trump over a true conservative in Ted Cruz?

Can someone help me with the logic here?

Trump has had affairs. He has bragged about them. Trump would likely have another affair if given the chance.

But, we are supposed to be concerned about the personal marital life of a man married for many years to a woman with whom he is raising two daughters?

This is a loser issue for Trump.

I'm already tired of hearing Donald Trump blather his nonsense.

Please don't let this happen. Talk to your neighbors. Engage them. Challenge them by asking why a Big Oil CEO would be bad for America but a Big Casino/Hotel CEO would be good.

This election is too important people. It is the most important of my life, no doubt.

 


OBAMA LOOSENS CHAINS ON CUBA, WHICH IGNORES CHAINS ON ITS OWN PEOPLE

3/23/16

•Cuban president and rampant mass-murderer Raul Castro asked President Obama during his visit this week to lift U.S. trade and other restrictions instituted when the brothers assumed Communistic control of the island nation. Obama and Castro raised hands in salute and pledged to move forward trying to improve relations between the two governments.

Castro praised Obama's steps to relax controls on Cuba, but naturally called them insufficient. He asked for the U.S. to return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba control and to lift the U.S. trade embargo.

Obama claimed to press its leaders on human rights violations but once again made himself out to be some kind of Messiah that can change dictator hearts simply with the power of his presence. Raul Castro figuratively back-handed Obama by saying Cuba found it "inconceivable" for a government to fail to ensure health care, education, food and social security for its people.

What he failed to mention was that “security” in his view is the government imprisoning you or outright murdering you if you express dissatisfaction with the government.

Obama credited Cuba for making progress as a nation, but said that improving relations between the two countries means they discuss differences directly.
Of course, nothing is said about the political prisoners the Castros keep locked away. But we give them aid anyway. Just like Iran. Give them billions in aid but wag your finger at them as they develop nuclear weapons.

Pathetic!

•California's massive Ivanpah solar power plant may be forced to go dark.
A recent story in the Wall Street Journal revealed that the $2.2 billion desert project is not generating enough energy. The project's backers are asking for more time.

The taxpayer subsidized $2.2 billion solar project in the California desert isn't producing the electricity it is required to deliver to Pacific Gas &Electric Corporation (PG&E) which says the solar plant may be forced to shut down if it doesn't receive a break from state regulators.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System uses more than 170,000 mirrors mounted to the ground to reflect sunlight to 450-foot-high towers topped by boilers that heat up to create steam, which in turn is used to generate electricity.
But the massively wasteful solar project, done with $1.5 billion in federal loans, has riled bird lovers by killing thousands of birds that burn to a crisp as they are flying past the massive reflective arrays.

PG&E is asking the California Public Utilities Commission for to forgive the power shortfall and give Ivanpah another year to figure out the problems. They warned that allowing its power contracts to default could force the facility to shut down.
Of course, the Obama Energy Department said last week it supports giving the plant, which started operating in early 2014, more time.

What a boondoggle!

•To “celebrate” Obama's loosening the chains on the Castro brothers while ignoring the chains on their people, Google is opening a state-of-the-art online tech center in Cuba, offering free Internet at speeds nearly 70 times faster than those now available to the Cuban public. President Obama says Google's efforts in Cuba are part of a wider plan to improve access to the Internet across the island.

Obama said Sunday that Google was also launching a broader effort to improve Cubans' Internet access across the island. No details were given though.
The tech center will be open five days a week, from 7 a.m. to midnight, for about 40 people at a time. The project's limited reach has symbolic importance in a country that has long maintained strict control of Internet access. The Castros claim unfettered Internet access is a national security threat. Specifically, they fear the Internet will be a tool for the United States to exert influence over the island's culture and politics.

The connection at the tech center is provided by Cuba's state-run telecommunications company over a new fiber-optic connection.

The center will feature upload and download speed of 70 megabytes per second. Yes, you heard that right, 70 MBPS. Their claim that it is “70 times faster” than existing Internet connection speeds means that their usual connection speed is 1 MBPS! Most Cubans pay fees of $2 an hour, which is almost one-tenth of their average monthly salary, for an hour of access at roughly one megabyte per second.

Cuba has one of the world's lowest rates of Internet penetration. That's freedom for you. The American President went there to celebrate it this week. It won't make a hill-of-beans worth of difference. President Obama cares not, because he can now paint himself as a leader that meets his country's enemies with open hands, even while they are standing on the backs of their own people.

•Late Monday during a press conference in Cuba, Raul Castro was asked if he would release political prisoners. He responded that if he could be provided a list of names of those prisoners he would do so. WeaselZippers.us published a list of 47 names and their duration of sentence. You can see it here…
http://www.weaselzippers.us/262819-heres-a-list-of-political-prisoners-in-cuba-right-now/

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THE DEFENDERS OF TRUMP ARE A SNEAKY BUNCH

3/16/16

•I hear every day from Trump apologists that his established record of contributing to Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanuel is to be excused as a rip on his candidacy for the Republican nomination, “Well…big business people contribute to both sides…it's what they do…”

Giving money to Democrats helps them work against conservatism. When you give a Democrat money, they use it to further their inherently evil liberal cause. You cannot excuse it by waving it off as business as usual. Donald Trump has made it more difficult for us to further the cause of conservatism.

We are back to jailing Galileo.

•If you recall, I have told the story that hundreds of years ago physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei was ordered to trial for holding the belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun, which was deemed heretical by the Catholic Church. In the 1633 interrogation, the church decided the idea that the Sun moved around the Earth was an absolute fact of scripture that could not be disputed, despite the fact that scientists had known for centuries that the Earth was not the center of the universe.

The church handed down the following order: “We pronounce, judge, and declare, that you, the said Galileo…have rendered yourself vehemently suspected by this Holy Office of heresy, that is, of having believed and held the doctrine (which is false and contrary to the Holy and Divine Scriptures) that the sun is the center of the world, and that it does not move from east to west, and that the earth does move, and is not the center of the world.”

Along with the order came the penalty: “We order that by a public edict the book of Dialogues of Galileo Galilei be prohibited, and We condemn thee to the prison of this Holy Office during Our will and pleasure; and as a salutary penance We enjoin on thee that for the space of three years thou shalt recite once a week the Seven Penitential Psalms.”

Galileo agreed not to teach the heresy anymore and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. It took more than 300 years for the church to admit that Galileo was right and to clear his name of heresy.

Well, we're back there again.

•Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that the Justice Department is exploring legal action against global warming skeptics.

During Lynch's testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) posed a question to Lynch:

“…other than civil forfeitures and matters attendant to a criminal case, are there other circumstances in which a civil matter under the authority of the Department of Justice has been referred to the FBI?”

Lynch replied:

“This matter [prosecuting climate skeptics] has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on…I'm not aware of a civil referral at this time.”

As a matter of fact, Lynch and Whitehouse understate the degree of persecution of dissent underway. Over a week ago, the DOJ made a criminal referral for views on a scientific dispute. The U.S. Justice Department has forwarded a request from two congressmen seeking a federal probe of ExxonMobil to the FBI's criminal division.

U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier sought the probe last year to determine whether ExxonMobil violated federal laws by "failing to disclose truthful information" about climate change.

“Truthful?”

In response, the Justice Department deferred to the FBI, saying:
"As a courtesy, we have forwarded your correspondence to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)," said a letter to the congressmen from Peter J. Kadzik, an assistant U.S. attorney general.

Continuing:

"…The FBI will determine whether an investigation is warranted."

Read more at: www.americanthinker.com

•One more thing about the Trump situation, and I veer from Rush Limbaugh and others on the right on this, but as you have no doubt noticed, Trump has no real substance to his campaign. There are no nuanced details on his positions about how to deal with rampant illegal immigration, how he will deal with a Congress that seems to want to fund amnesty and Obamacare, or how he will “mediate” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the U.S. is a major ally of Israel.

However, the more he can keep the media talking about violence at his rallies and stump events, the less he has to talk about things he really knows nothing about – the issues.

And notice how his defenders have created a strawman argument in this issue of violence at his campaign events. Nobody doubts that the source of the protests is the Obama-created and Bernie Sanders' endorsed far-left crazies. They've been doing this since Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, and Occupy Wall Street. This is what they do. Trump's defenders say that Trump isn't “causing these people to protest.”

But nobody is saying they are.

What Trump is responsible for are the reactions of those in the audience that react violently to the protesters by punching them or by Trump's own campaign manager allegedly bruising a female member of the media to try and keep her from asking Trump a question.

These defenders of Trump are a sneaky bunch.

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TED CRUZ SHOWS HE CAN BE PRESIDENT

3/9/16

•I participated in the Kansas Caucus Saturday. It was extraordinary!

People in walkers, wheelchairs, and on foot stood in line for hours to register their vote for President. What caught my attention was a number of people were given the chance to leave the lines and simply fill-out a provisional ballot that would be counted later in the week. A few took advantage of that while most remained in line.

At the end of the day, turnout was staggering. In 2012, about 29,000 turned-out statewide. This time, over 79,000 Republicans voted. Ted Cruz won in a landslide.

•Thursday night's debate exhibited for many that Ted Cruz can be President of the United States.

Cruz dealt with Donald Trump in a manner that was far more important than simply finessing himself between Marco Rubio's attack dog approach and John Kasich's “Rodney King” (Can't we all just get along?) call.

Cruz made the case against Trump. He was civil while eviscerating Trump. He connected with the audience through command of the facts plus used persuasion in a human way.

The key was when Cruz asked the audience how many had been waiters or waitresses. Many Americans have spent time serving the public in a range of roles. The notion that working in retail is a job Americans won't do is absurd, and it is one that Trump parrots when attacked for hiring foreigners to staff his Florida hotels and resorts.

•Gauging this past weekend's caucus and primary results, particularly in Louisiana and Kentucky, there was clearly a movement away from Rubio and Trump and toward Cruz indicated in the day's votes which were evidently influenced by the Thursday debate evisceration of Trump.

Also, it cannot go without noting that Trump's insistence that the military would follow his unlawful orders to murder women and children or terrorists served as the most damning point in the case to be made against Trump.

This is good: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432345/ted-cruz-defeats-donald-trump-gop-debate?aPJgzXupXL2xAzFt.01

•I've had enough of Chief Justice John Roberts.

The Supreme Court Chief Justice rejected a plea Thursday to block a contentious air pollution rule further restricting power plants.

Roberts's order came in the face of his court's 5-4 decision last year ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, is illegal.

Michigan led a group of 20 states last month — empowered by the Supreme Court's recent unprecedented decision to halt the EPA's carbon dioxide rule for power plants — in asking the court to live up to its ruling last year and block the regulation's enforcement.

The EPA responded that no judicial stay is necessary since it's working to fix the problem the court identified by next month, and the states would not suffer irreparable harm in that time.

Roberts acted swiftly, waiting less than a day after the EPA's response brief to side with the Obama administration. He acted unilaterally, electing to reject the request himself rather than take it to the full court, which may have led to a 4-4 split following Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

Those opposing the rule could still try to seek a full-court review of Roberts's decision.

•Meanwhile in Oklahoma City, people upset with more frequent earthquakes are trying to get some action.

More than five years after Oklahoma first experienced a startling increase in earthquakes allegedly linked to the disposal of huge volumes of wastewater created by hydraulic fracturing for oil, the ground continues to shake and the number of strong quakes seems to be increasing. In 2009, there were 20 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Last year, there were 890. In 2009, no quake measured 4.0 or greater. Last year, 30 did.
Last month, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, asked oil producers operating in the northwest part of the state to reduce by 40 percent the amount of wastewater they dispose of deep underground.

Scientists say natural faults in the area are being stirred by billions of gallons of water injected deep into the ground after it is used for hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. Water and chemicals are used to break oil and gas free from rock formations. A large amount of the water returns to the surface and, under federal law, must be disposed of in a way that does not affect freshwater supplies.

Note – federal law requires injecting the water underground. There are plenty of studies that show that fracking wastewater can be cleaned sufficiently just like we clean all other forms of wastewater, and put back into the hydrologic system. It is knee-jerk junk science to inject the water underground out of ignorance and fear.
Meanwhile, lawyers are flocking to Oklahoma like flies on a downed cow carcass.

“Write your story,” Little Rock, Ark.-based lawyer Scott Poynter wrote in a letter to people attending the meeting. “Describe the events that you and your family have experienced with the earthquakes. This case will take years, and you will need the story to refresh your memory. Also, it will help me keep everyone's problems straight.”

Meanwhile, have you noticed that when you have earthquakes here on the Great Plains, nobody dies due to having buildings fall on them?

Thanks to the LA Times for some of these facts.

(Twitter @bkparallax)

 


YOU NEED TO GET THE FRIED CHICKEN AT GUS'S

3/2/16

•From Red Alert Politics, who watched the Oscars so I didn't have to, we were reminded that Hollywood is of course very left-wing. This year's event was apparently quite illustrative of that fact.

The host Chris Rock addressed “controversy” that no black actors received a nomination, calling the Academy racist and giving a shout out to Black Lives Matter. He failed to mention that since 1972, 25% of Oscar hosts have been black, even though blacks are only 13% of the population.

Lady Gaga and Vice President Biden joined in the social justice warrior talking points by calling for an end to rape culture on college campuses. They made no mention about female teachers raping their male students though.

Lady Gaga followed up by singing, “'Till It Happens To You” while holding the hands of rape survivors. But she made no mention of the women that Bill Clinton has allegedly sexually assaulted.

Not to be left out, bear rape victim Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won an Oscar for The Revenant, dedicated the award to Mother Earth and the fight against climate change.

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively and stop procrastinating,” DiCaprio said. “We need to support leaders around the world … who speak for all of humanity.”

Boy am I glad I didn't have to watch that show!

Meanwhile Little Leo took a private jet six times in six weeks last year, according to The Daily Mail. He didn't mention that.

•I tried the new-to-KC “Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken” recently, and it is fantastic!

As my long-time readers will recall, fried chicken is a particular passion of mine. I've heard a lot about the Southern tradition of “Gus's” as they opened their first restaurant in KC.

The chicken is really good. The breading is flavorful without being too spicy (As if any fried chicken could be TOO spicy!). The pieces of chicken are high quality, with none of the “unidentified parts” you see in some of the fast food versions of fried chicken.

The thing that struck me most about “Gus's” is how juicy the chicken was without even a hint of redness near the bone. These folks know how to fry chicken.

Thus far, I have only sampled the slaw and baked beans, which are O.K. It is difficult being exemplary as a side dish when the chicken is this good.

The restaurant has plenty of room to sit at tables and blues music played over a sound system the day I was there. But the chicken is made fresh upon order so it's not sitting under heat lamps. If you order carry-out, probably best to call ahead. I walked up with a fresh order and left 30 minutes later with the food.

Gus's is located in KCK on 47th Street just West of Rainbow Boulevard and a couple doors down from Joe's Kansas City BBQ. Give it a try!

•After spending billions from taxpayers, the electric car just can't cut the mustard.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance announced last week that it reduced growth forecasts for electric cars by half due to low oil prices, which of course led to drastically lower sales.

They estimate only 500,000 electric cars AND hybrids will be purchased by 2020, half of what they previously predicted. Electric cars and plug-in hybrids combined represent less than 0.5 percent of all American vehicles sold since 2011.

The price of oil would need to be above $350 a barrel to make an electric vehicle cheaper to operate than a conventional car, according to a study published Wednesday by MIT. The average price of a barrel of oil today is hovering around $30.

Even though electric cars can be eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit, they are still incredibly expensive. Bloomberg projections estimate that it will take until 2040 for electric cars to cost less than $22,000.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/25/cheap-oil-is-killing-the-electric-car/#ixzz41E6WMXS0

•Liming Li, professor of physics, is leading a team of scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study the energy budget for Jupiter, Saturn and Titan, as it impacts understanding of planetary climate and evolution.

How exactly does looking at planets a half-million and a million kilometers from Earth help us understand our planet's climate? This is how…

Prof. Li: "On Earth, the incoming energy is about the same as the outgoing energy. That means the temperature doesn't change dramatically, even with greenhouse effects…Saturn and Jupiter are emitting more energy than absorbed, so they are generating some type of internal heat. Earth and Titan are similar, with no significant internal heat."

Knowing whether the energy budget is balanced or imbalanced and how the energy budget changes with time, Li says, is important for understanding climate change and the evolution of a planet.

“Scientists think Titan's atmosphere is like the ancient atmosphere on Earth," he said. "By studying Titan's atmosphere, we can learn what has happened in the past to Earth's atmosphere.”

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BIDEN PUTS FOOT
IN MOUTH OVER
SUPREME COURT ISSUE

2/24/16

•Do I need to mention the aggravating level of idiocy in President Obama using the Kalamazoo, Michigan shooting spree as a soapbox on which to enact more anti-gun rhetoric? Thanks, I didn't think so.

The victims' bodies were not even cold yet - despicable!

How about we just pray for the victim still fighting for their life and for the families of those whose lives have been tragically taken by this monster?

•This Supreme Court nomination fight is going to be interesting.

If you will recall, Vice President Joe Biden spoke just last Thursday about Republicans calling for Obama to pass on nominating a new Supreme Court justice until a new President is seated. Biden said those proposals don't make sense.

Biden's quote: "To leave the seat vacant at this critical moment in American history is a little bit like saying, 'God forbid something happen to the president and the vice president, we're not going to fill the presidency for another year and a half.'"

President Obama has said he will "do his job" as president and nominate a successor to Scalia's seat.

Biden continued: "The Senate gets to have a say, and so in order to get this done the president is not going to be able to go out (nor would it be his instinct anyway) to pick the most liberal jurist in the nation and put them on the court…There are plenty of judges who are on high courts already who have had unanimous support of the Republicans."

Nevermind the fact that none of those justices were at that time being considered for the Supreme Court!

•But how many recall during the 1992 Presidential election, then Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said President George H. W. Bush should wait to fill any Supreme Court vacancies until after the election?

CSPAN this week posted a clip of Biden's testimony on Twitter Monday afternoon.

Biden said in 1992:

“It is my view that if a Supreme Court Justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not, and not name a nominee until after the November election is completed,” he said at the time.

In his testimony on the Senate floor, he said, the Senate Judiciary Committee should “seriously consider not scheduling confirmations hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over.”

“I sadly predict, Mr. President that this is going to be one of the bitterest, dirtiest presidential campaigns we will have seen in modern times,” he said. “I'm sure Mr. President, after having uttered these words some, some will criticize such a decision and say it was nothing more than an attempt to save a seat on the court in hopes that a Democrat will be permitted to fill it.”

Biden went onto say that delaying a Supreme Court nomination until after the election is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process.

What better way is there to motivate the bases to go to the polls than to place the potential balance of the Supreme Court on the shoulders of the outcome of this single election?

•And on that subject, I can imagine the coming 4-8 years are going to see more than one sitting Supreme Court justice headed off the bench – either voluntarily or feet first. The Supreme Court is changing, for good or for evil, in the coming few months.

After winning in the South Carolina primary last Saturday, I doubt Donald Trump still believes this, but he again hinted last week at a possible third-party run, saying that the Republican National Committee is "in default" of an agreement and is not treating him fairly.

"When somebody's in default, that means the other side can do what they have to do," he said. "The RNC is in default."

Trump signed a pledge last year to run as a Republican and not as an independent.
“I signed a pledge but it's a double-edge pledge, and as far as I'm concerned they're in default of the pledge,” he said at a campaign event outside of Charleston, S.C.

During a later press conference, Trump said he was disappointed with the RNC because it stacks the room at debates "with special interests and donors."

"The RNC gave all the tickets to special interests that represented Cruz and Rubio. They had all the tickets," he said. "They walked on the stage and the place went crazy."

He said he doesn't have donors or special interests.

"I think the RNC did a very poor job," he said. "We've warned them...and they don't listen."

Good luck if Trump does run as a third party candidate because the time has long passed for an independent to get on most state ballots.

Most interesting to hear Rubio fans calling for Ted Cruz to drop out of the race so conservatives can coalesce behind Rubio in an attempt to take Trump down. Problem is, Cruz' supporters are more likely to join Trump than Rubio.

Trump and Cruz are together on immigration. Rubio is a Gang of Eight amnesty guy.

Cruz and Trump are anti-establishment. Rubio has the endorsement of just about every sleazy establishment politician currently in office.

Careful what you wish for, Rubio fans.

•Thoughts and prayers go out to Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill who announced this week that she is battling breast cancer.

•Go Royals!

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SUPREME COURT DEALS A SETBACK TO CLIMATE CHANGE POLICE

2/17/16

•Rest in Peace to the finest Supreme Court Justice I've seen in my years following the Court. Justice Antonin Scalia was a consistent voice for originalism and the constitution in a world where many that go to the Supreme Court and Washington get changed by the liberals infesting that town. He will be greatly missed.
Now for the ensuing battle to replace Scalia on the Court…

Sen. Ted Cruz, appearing Sunday on Meet the Press, explained that he is opposed to President Obama nominating anyone to replace Justice Scalia. “The Senate's duty is to advise and consent,” Cruz said. “You know what? The Senate is advising right now, we are advising that a lame-duck president in an election year is not going to be able to tip the balance of the Supreme Court. That we're going to have an election, and if liberals are so confident that the American people want unlimited abortion on demand, want religious liberty torn down, want the Second Amendment taken away, want veterans memorials torn down, want the crosses and stars of David sandblasted off of the tombstones of our fallen veterans, then go and make the case to the people.”

Very well said.

•From loyal reader (and proud climate denier!) Gordon, a mountain in upstate New York reached a minus 114 wind chill at its summit last week!

New York City had its coldest start to Valentine's Day in 100 years on Sunday. But it seemed balmy compared to the summit at Whiteface Mountain.

The wind chill at Whiteface, near Lake Placid, made it feel like a body- and mind-numbing minus 114 degrees Fahrenheit late Saturday and into Sunday. By contrast, Central Park only mustered minus 1 degree F.

They now are claiming to understand why Al Gore's doomsday clock expired with none of his doomsday global warming predictions coming true.

A French News Agency reports that the reason the sea level rise didn't happen was because there has been so much drought in the last 10 years that the earth has been parched, becoming so dry that it is soaking up water!

It's soaking up rainwater, it's soaking up snowpack, it's soaking up the water in aquifers, and it's because the earth is basically just dying of thirst, which is part and parcel of all the heat that has happened with global warming.

From the journal, Science:

"Satellite measurements over the past decade show for the first time that the Earth's continents have soaked up and stored an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers..."

So global warming actually caused all of Al Gore's dire predictions to fail to occur.
So why didn't Gore's models predict the growing thirst of the planet?

•In what may have been Justice Scalia's final legislative move, the Supreme Court dealt a huge setback to President Obama last week by putting his climate change policy on hold while a coalition of coal producers and Republican-led states challenges its legality.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, issued an unusual emergency order that blocks the EPA from moving forward with its effort to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32% by 2030.

The order said the EPA's “carbon pollution emission guidelines” for power plants are “stayed pending” a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which will hear the case this summer.

It is highly rare for the high court to intervene in a case pending in the lower courts. The brief order suggests that most of the justices have doubts about the legality of the EPA's policy.

The EPA regulations, known as the Clean Power Plan, would set state-by-state targets for reducing greenhouse gases from power plants. The rules would force many states to shut down older coal-fired plants and produce more electricity using natural gas or solar and wind power.

And necessarily skyrocket electricity prices.

The appeals court said it would hear arguments in June for the climate case and would probably rule in the fall, during Obama's last months in the White House.

•Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday again hinted at a possible third-party run, saying that the Republican National Committee is "in default" of an agreement and is not treating him fairly.

"When somebody's in default, that means the other side can do what they have to do," he said.

"The RNC is in default."

Trump signed a pledge last year to run as a Republican and not as an independent.
“I signed a pledge but it's a double-edge pledge, and as far as I'm concerned they're in default of the pledge,” he said at a campaign event outside of Charleston, S.C., The Guardian reported.

Trump's whine:

"The RNC gave all the tickets to special interests that represented Cruz and Rubio. They had all the tickets," he said. "They walked on the stage and the place went crazy."

He said he doesn't have donors or special interests.

"I think the RNC did a very poor job," he said. "We've warned them...and they don't listen."

The RNC has "total control" over Trump's competitors, he added.

"The bottom line is the RNC is controlled by the establishment and the RNC is controlled by the special interests and the donors and that's too bad," he said.
Sounds like a cry-baby.

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS NOT WORTH GETTING PEOPLE KILLED

2/10/16

•I could not believe my ears last Saturday night when watching the Republican Debate in New Hampshire. The candidates – well Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie – were asked by the liberal ABC moderator if they were in favor of forcing women to register for the draft now that they've been approved for front line combat service. All three of them, seeming to want to avoid falling into the War on Women trap, said they agreed with such a change.

I was thinking that Ted Cruz probably had another view, but the moderators never asked him during the debate. However, Cruz made his feelings clear on Sunday.
Ted Cruz on Sunday said he opposes requiring women to register for a potential draft, “I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'” Cruz said Sunday, speaking at a town hall. “Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain't doing it.”

This is one of the reasons I like Ted Cruz.

We all know the odds of the draft being put back into use are virtually zero, at least as things are now. That may change, but most of us won't live to see it. Also, they're not having trouble recruiting female volunteers for the non-combat roles which need to be filled. What about combat? Nobody is talking about putting women on the front lines of combat unless they can pass extremely rigorous physical testing and very, very few women meet that standard. If the standards get lowered to allow more women to pass, our military suffers. When our military suffers, people die.

Ted Cruz is correct – political correctness is not worth getting people killed.

•Ted Cruz received another major endorsement last week.
Former US President Jimmy Carter told the UK Parliament that he wants Donald Trump to land the Republican nomination ahead of frontrunner Ted Cruz.

Speaking on a visit to Britain, the 91-year-old Democrat warned Mr. Cruz is committed to “Far Right-wing politics” which he would pursue “aggressively” if he makes it to the White House.

By contrast, Carter said, outspoken billionaire Mr. Trump has no fixed views at all.

Carter's direct quote:

“If I had a choice of Republican nominees, between Cruz and Trump, I think I would choose. Trump – which may surprise some of you,” he told an audience in the House of Lords.

“The reason is, Trump has proven already that he is completely malleable…I don't think he has any fixed opinion that he would fight for.”

Sensing an opportunity, Cruz immediately put out a campaign ad with the Carter quotes. What better evidence can a candidate put forward of the consistency of his philosophy than for a prominent member of the opposition party to step forward and admit that he is consistent in his conservative views? Plus, Carter gave the tacit kiss-of-death to Donald Trump by describing his views as “malleable” and that Trump has no fixed opinion that he would fight for?

•By the way, if you are worried about the Zika virus, start manufacturing DDT again and ship lots of it down to South and Central America. Carpet-bomb those areas with the insecticide DDT and reduce the risk of human populations to the virus. Do it now. Do not wait until, like with malaria when we gave-in to enviro-nuts and banned the use of DDT for fear of bird egg shell thicknesses, the disease comes back and kills tens of millions of people!

 


FOX NEWS IS IN THE TANK FOR RUBIO

2/3/16

•As Iowans kicked off the vote for presidential candidates this week, a new poll indicates (once again) that the vast majority of Americans don't rank global warming as the most serious issue facing the country.

A YouGov poll of 18,000 people in 17 countries found only 9.2 percent of Americans rank global warming as their biggest concern. Only Saudi Arabians (Go figure – desert people don't worry about it getting hotter!!) were less concerned about global warming at 5.7 percent.

Americans' greatest concern was global terrorism — 28 percent of Americans polled listed this as their top issue.

The American people “get it” on global warming.

•Just heard Donald Trump being questioned by George Stephanopoulos about his position on Obamacare and government run health care in general and his answer was nonsensical. Trump was asked about his recent statements about supporting universal health care and his answer was some word-stream about people dying in the middle of the street (not on the sidewalk apparently or even in the gutter) and that he needs to do something to help those people.

Hasn't Trump ever heard of Medicaid and Medicare and the laws that force doctors, nurses, and hospitals to treat sick people that come to them for help regardless of their ability to pay? Where are all these people dying in the street?

I think the greater question to be asked is, how stupid does Trump think we the people are?

•Despite the huge push by Obama to tout his administration's global warming agenda, most Americans have been unconvinced it's the country's most pressing issue. A Fox News poll from November found only three percent of Americans list global warming as their top concern.

Experts in the United Kingdom are saying that energy bills are going to soar as “green” policies shut coal-fired power stations, causing a supply crisis, for electricity.

A report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers indicated Britain could have less than half the electricity it needs because plans to build nuclear and gas power stations are unrealistic.

The IME said 30 gas-fired plants would be needed in less than 10 years! Only four new plants have been built in a decade. That's not going to cut it, especially when one considers that shale gas development has also been delayed.

•I kind of wish we caucused in Kansas and in Missouri. It looks like a lot more fun than just voting.

•In January, 2006 — when promoting his ridiculous documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore declared that unless we took “drastic measures” to reduce greenhouse gases, the world would reach a “point of no return” in a mere 10 years. He called it a “true planetary emergency.”

Well, the ten years passed, we're still here, and the climate activists have postponed the apocalypse.

Again.

•Gore's prediction fits right in with the rest of his nutty comrades in the environmentalist movement. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute keeps his list of “18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions” made around the original Earth Day in 1970. Robert Tracinski at The Federalist has a nice list of “Seven big failed environmentalist predictions.” The Daily Caller's “25 years of predicting the global warming 'tipping point'” makes for amusing reading, including one declaration that we had mere “hours to act” to “avert a slow-motion tsunami.”
Last year. Gasoline was supposed to be $9 per gallon. Milk would cost almost $13 per gallon. Wildfires would rage, hurricanes would strike with ever-greater intensity.

Apparently, being a climate hysteric means never having to say you're sorry.

Simply change the cataclysm:

Overpopulation! No.

Global cooling! No, that didn't happen.

Global warming! No, let's change the name to climate change.

Being a warmist means never having to say you were wrong. In reality, one can respect the religious folks that warn of rapture way more than the climate hysterics. They merely ask us to believe, they don't use the force of government to dictate how we live. Pastors aren't circumventing the democratic process to impose dangerous and job-killing environmental regulations.

Think about this – ridiculous fuel-economy standards have actually cost American lives by putting less and less heavy steel into cars. Lighter weight cars are less safe.

Now the coal industry is reeling due to stringent EPA standards. Overall, the EPA's climate-change regulations are set to impose enormous economic costs. What's particularly aggravating is the hypocrisy. We have to be austere in our energy consumption but they can jet around the globe to speak to adoring audiences about the need for sacrifice. They simply refuse to walk their bold talk.

•The Iowa Caucus is now history and Ted Cruz won in impressive fashion. On to New Hampshire!

•By the way, am I the only one disgusted by Fox News' off-the-charts bias for Marco Rubio? You'd think Rubio won Iowa instead of Cruz! Disgusting! How far Fox News has fallen!

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WITH CRUZ, CONSERVATIVES WOULD REPLACE RINOS

1/27/16

•GOP front-runner Donald Trump said this week that establishment “RINO” Republicans are supporting his presidential bid now because they're terrified of Ted Cruz being the party's nominee.

Why would the non-conservative Republicans like John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and Lindsey Graham fear a Ted Cruz presidency?

The answer to that is quite simple. A president is essentially the party's leader. With Ted Cruz as President, you will start to see conservatives replace moderate RINOs in positions of power in government, and old power embodied by the likes of John McCain and Mitch McConnell do not want to have to find work in the private sector.

I REALLY want to see that!

•Recently, Trump has been ripping Cruz for being a politician incapable of working with the other side to “get things done.” Don't you hate that phrase?

When government “gets things done” our money gets spent. I want government to stop trying to “get things done.” The way I see it, the more opposition – REAL opposition – that there is in government, the more fighting there is and the less of our money gets spent.

Cruz, in response to Trump's criticism, has pointed to Trump's recent past support for liberal causes like eminent domain, which gives the government power to seize a private citizen's land.

One ad accused Trump of colluding with “Atlantic City insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow for a limousine parking lot at his casino.”

Trump shot back claiming, “He tells lies…He says I knocked down some woman's home … had bulldozers — I didn't knock it down some woman's home, she didn't want it.”

The facts?

Vera Coking was a retired homeowner in Atlantic City, New Jersey whose home was the focus of a prominent eminent domain case involving Donald Trump. In 1961, Coking bought the house for $20,000. In the 1970s, Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione offered her $1 million to build the Penthouse Boardwalk Hotel and Casino. She declined, and Guccione started construction of the hotel-casino in 1978 around the house, but ran out of money in 1980 and construction stopped. The steel framework structure was finally torn down in 1993.

In 1993, Trump bought several lots around his Atlantic City casino and hotel, intending to build a parking lot designed for limousines. Coking, who had lived in her house at that time for about 35 years, refused to sell. The city of Atlantic City then condemned her house, using eminent domain. She was paid only $251,000 - about one-fourth what Guccione offered 10 years earlier.

Coking fought the local authorities, and eventually won. The courts ruled, because there were "no limits" on what Trump could do with the property, Coking's property could not be taken. Coking remained in her house until 2010, when she moved to a retirement home in the San Francisco Bay Area. She subsequently sold the house for $530,000 in 2014. While Trump was not the direct buyer, Carl Icahn, who held the debt on Trump Entertainment, owner of Trump Plaza, was. He subsequently demolished the house.

So Cruz is more accurate than Trump in this case. I'd say she definitely wanted the house.

•Bob Dole predicted an electoral apocalypse if Ted Cruz becomes the Republican nominee.

Cruz responded to Dole's glum warning:

“If you think of the last time we beat the Washington cartel it was 1980, it was the Reagan revolution, where millions of Americans rose up,” Cruz said. “And I would note that Mr. Dole then opposed Reagan, and said we need someone who can go to Washington who can cut a deal. Well the American people understood that's not what we needed.”

Establishment RINOs in the GOP are REALLY worried about Cruz and the base of the party. Folks, we will not win the election in November without the base.
Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina said at a private fundraiser last week he would rather vote for Bernie Sanders than Ted Cruz, according to the Associated Press.

The GOP establishment RINOs would rather hand the country over to socialists than support a consistent conservative.

Tells you all you need to know.

•How's this for an interesting fact? (From The Daily Caller.)

People who fear global warming actually use more electricity than those who don't care about the issue.

The study was commissioned by the U.K.'s Department for Energy and Climate Change and reviewed the energy use of 250 people, some of whom fear global warming and some who don't see climate change as an issue.

Researchers found claims of turning off radios, TVs, and lights when not in use was largely inflated by people surveyed. Basically, those who worried about global warming actually did little in their own lives to attempt to reduce their energy use.

From the researchers: “There is some link between households' stated behavior towards switching off unused appliances and electricity use, but there is seldom a statistically significant relationship between stated and actual behavior.”

The survey seems to show the hypocritical nature of global warming activists.

“The survey exposes the hypocrisy of many who claim to be 'green': the greater the concern people express about global warming the less they do to reduce their energy usage,” Peter Lilley, a Conservative British Parliament member, told reporters.

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THE 'NEW YORK VALUES' PILLOW FIGHT BETWEEN TRUMP AND CRUZ

1/20/16

•Todd Starnes with Fox News wrote a great missive last week after the Republican debate in South Carolina addressing the Ted Cruz/Donald Trump “New York Values” pillow fight that I believe cut right to the issue at hand well before anyone else did.

If you've been avoiding the debates, Donald Trump and the Mainstream Media are foaming at the mouth over the comment Senator Ted Cruz made about New York values. Trump stood on the bodies of the victims of 9/11 to defend and deflect attention on the fact that people in New York DO have more liberal values than do people in the middle of America.

We all know exactly what Cruz was talking about. It had nothing to do with the aftermath of 9/11.

As Starnes well-phrased it: “Senator Cruz was talking about cultural and political values. Duck Dynasty values versus Bill de Blasio values. He was referring to the permissive New York values celebrating public debauchery that would make the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah blush. Just ask the families from the Heartland who've been accosted by topless women in Times Square.”

Want other examples of New York values? How about Occupy Wall Street -- turning public parks into human cesspools - people defecating on police cars?
Cruz himself came out Sunday and recorded an apology.

It was devastating.

“It's been an interesting 24 hours where [they] have all demanded an apology because apparently they're unhappy about acknowledging that they have embraced New York values. And so I've heard their demands, and I am happy to give them an apology.

I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been abandoned by liberal politicians. I apologize for the working men and women of New York who are denied jobs — jobs that have been plentiful just south of Pennsylvania — because Gov. Cuomo bans fracking. I apologize to all the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Second Amendment New Yorkers who Gov. Cuomo brazenly told have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are. I apologize to all of the African American children who Mayor de Blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were providing a life line to the American dream. And I apologize to all the cops and firefighters and 9/11 heroes who had no choice but to stand and turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio because Mayor de Blasio over and over again stands with the looters and criminals rather than the brave men and women of blue.”

I was impressed.

•From The Daily Caller News Foundation, I thought it interesting to note that Obama is still 60% short of his goal of having one million electric cars on America's roads a full year after his self-imposed deadline.

American's just aren't that interested in electric cars, especially with gas prices fast approaching $1.20 per gallon.

So far, only 400,000 electric cars have been sold in the U.S. (through 2015), so Obama is still 600,000 cars, or 60 percent, short of the goal he set in 2011.

The collapse in oil prices complicated things even further by making heavier and safer SUVs, trucks and other fuel-guzzling cars much more attractive. Electric car sales fell to about 117,000 for 2015, down from 120,000 sold in 2014.

The Obama administration admitted in 2013 it would not be able to meet its goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 even with generous subsidies. Market analysts with Navigant Research predict electric car sales won't top one million until 2024 — they estimate sales will hit 1.1 million cars that year.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/14/obama-still-60-percent-short-of-his-1-million-electric-car-goal-a-year-after-deadline/#ixzz3xFb8pDPy

•Interesting to note that not long ago when Ben Carson was rising in the polls, Donald Trump was quick to attack him for being "pro-abortion not so long ago."

Did you know that Trump himself was "very" pro-abortion not so long ago. In 1999, Tim Russert asked Trump if he would support a ban on "abortion in the third-trimester" or "partial-birth abortion."

"No," Trump replied. "I am pro-choice in every respect."

Trump explained at that time that his views may be the result of his "New York background" which differs from Iowa values.

During the first Republican presidential debate, Trump explained that he "evolved" on the issue at some point in the last 16 years. He explained it thusly,
"Friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn't aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances…I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life."

The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein soon after asked Trump if he would have become pro-life if that child had been a loser instead of a "total superstar." Trump replied: "Probably not, but I've never thought of it. I would say no, but in this case it was an easy one because he's such an outstanding person."

Sounds like a staunchly pro-life warrior there! Who says something like that?

Does that really surprise anyone?

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HILLARY'S CLASSIFIED PROBLEM KEEPS GETTING BIGGER

1/13/16

•The Hillary Clinton email scandal seems to be getting worse by the day.

As the State Department, under court order, releases more and more emails from her home computer server, over 1300 classified emails have apparently been sent to others in violation of federal law.

And perhaps the most incriminating one came in an email thread from June 2011 where Clinton exchanges e-mails with Jake Sullivan, her then-deputy chief of staff and now her campaign foreign-policy adviser. In that email exchange, she impatiently waits for a set of talking points and Sullivan tells her that the source is having trouble with the secure fax. Hillary then orders Sullivan to have the data stripped of its markings and sent through a non-secure channel.

BOOM!

Clinton said last weekend that she never got the talking points so there is no “there there.”

But does that matter?

If you go in to rob a bank and walk out without any money, are you exonerated of the crime?

In Hillary's words, “If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”

That's an order to violate the laws handling classified material. There is no other way to read that demand. Regardless of whether or not Sullivan complied, this demolishes Hillary's claim to be ignorant of marking issues, as well as strongly suggests that the other thousand-plus instances where this did occur likely came under her direction.

Ironically, an email thread from four months earlier shows Clinton saying she was “surprised” that a diplomatic officer used a personal email account to send a memo on Libya policy after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

How about we review the relevant criminal statutes again in this case, such as 18 USC 793:

“d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document…or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits…the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document…relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits…the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document…relating to the national defense,

(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or

(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust…and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

Did those talking points get illegally transmitted on Hillary's order?

This explains why more than a thousand pieces of classified information have found their way into Hillary's unauthorized and unsecured e-mail system — and why the markings have been stripped from them. Hillary herself apparently ordered the Code Red, so to speak.

Somebody needs to Photoshop Hillary's face onto Jack Nicholson's body from the “YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH” tirade from the movie, “A FEW GOOD MEN.”

This is getting good.

•Did you see where the Washington Post admitted that electric cars were NOT worth the money we have spent on them?

The government has spent a lot on electric cars, but was it worth it? The obvious answer is no. There are three ways that the Washington Post notes that the investment was a waste.

“The government” - There are things we need government for. Protecting our borders and refereeing inter-state disputes in commerce are the main ones. In the economic world, private enterprise is best equipped to run the free market, not government.

“They spent a lot” - It's a common government mistake to believe that putting any amount of money into a government program will consistently produce expected results. In fact, those results are rarely achieved. Often, after they get nothing they try to fix the problem by dumping loads of more money at the problem.

“Electric cars” – Why did we need electric cars? Of course, the real reason is they were supposed to replace at least some of the gas-burning cars. We all knew going in that there was going to be no reduction in pollution. The energy needed to run electric cars has to come from somewhere. Most of it (fortunately) still comes from burning coal. But the truth is there was an awful lot of pocket-lining going on. It wasn't like the government would just come out and say, “A lot of people who were our political allies and donated lots of money during the election wanted some of that sweet 'free' taxpayer money.”

It was all a scheme, and now they are shamelessly admitting it.

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IT'S GOING TO BE CRUZ VS. HILLARY IN 2016

1/6/16

•Here we go 2016! Let's get this new year started.

•It's going to be Cruz vs. Hillary in 2016. All signs seem to be pointing that way. And don't pay any attention to those “CANDIDATE X vs. Hillary Clinton” polls. They're meaningless when she's the assumed nominee and there are still 9 candidates on the other side.

The presidential primary campaigns are shifting into high gear now that the holidays are over. Here is my updated rundown less than a month before the Iowa Caucus:

On the Democrat side, Hillary will get the nomination…IF she can stay out of federal prison.

On the Republican side, Ted Cruz is my choice. He's clearly the smartest and has the best ground game among all of the candidates.

Trump has the overall lead in the popular polls but doesn't seem to have a ground game in place. Then again, he IS essentially rewriting political campaigns and how to get the media to play for you rather than the other way around. His lead in the polls cannot be overlooked.

Ben Carson seems to be taking on water. I'm not sure he really wants to be president.

Marco Rubio is still handicapped by his complicity with the Gang of Eight's amnesty movement. While the Establishment RINOs seem to prefer him now that Jeb is essentially done, that's more of a curse than a blessing. I like Rubio but the trust factor is a tough hurdle for many base voters to get over.

Jeb Bush is cooked. He should have listened to his mother. That's good advice for all of us.

John Kasich is the son of a mailman. I still don't know what he is doing in this race.

Carly Fiorina is too fixated on being the only woman in the race on the GOP side. Her handlers should be replaced.

Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum both don't have a prayer between them.

•From ClimateDepot.com, a physics professor wrote a fantastic piece summarizing 10 reasons why human caused global warming is vastly overstated.

1. Temperature records from around the world do not support the assumption that today's temperatures are unusual. The “all-time” high temperature record for the world was set in 1913, while the all-time cold temperature record was set in 1983.

2. Satellite temperature data does not support the assumption that temperatures are rising rapidly.

3. Current temperatures are always compared to the temperatures of the 1980's, but for many parts of the world the 1980's was the coldest decade of the last 100+ years.

4. The world experienced a significant cooling trend between 1940 and 1980.

5. Urban heat island effect skews the temperature data of a significant number of weather stations:

6. There is a natural inverse relationship between global temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels:

7. The CO2 cannot, from a scientific perspective, be the cause of significant global temperature changes:

8. There have been many periods during our recent history that a warmer climate was prevalent long before the industrial revolution:

9. Glaciers have been melting for more than 150 years

10. “Data adjustment” is used to continue the perception of global warming:

The author, Mike van Biezen, is adjunct professor at Compton College, Santa Monica College, El Camino College, and Loyola Marymount University teaching Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, and Earth Science. Read the entire piece here: http://www.dailywire.com/news/2071/most-comprehensive-assault-global-warming-ever-mike-van-biezen

The scare term, “ocean acidification” was first coined in the magazine, Nature in 2003, followed by the Royal Society in 2005, and has since been used as a fear trigger, given that actual global warming has stalled for 20 years.

Climate scientists now “calculate” that the average ocean alkalinity has declined from 8.2 to 8.1 on the scale since pre-industrial times, except that the measurement error margin is several times the alleged reduction (and each of the five oceans has its own pH characteristics). pH levels – which are a measure of acidification - at given points in time and location can swing markedly even within the 24-hour cycle.

In past geological ages carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were ten or more times what they are now (400ppm) and ocean life thrived. Indeed our current fossil fuels are the residue of vast oceanic life that thrived and died in such super-high carbon dioxide environments.

In the parts of the oceans where alkalinity is low (i.e. tending towards neutral), fish, corals, and sea flora have managed and adapted perfectly well. Freshwater lakes and rivers are slightly acidic (pH of 6 to 8), as is rainwater, pH 5.6, and drinking water, 6.5 to 7.5. Life has adapted and thrives in fresh water notwithstanding the degree of, “acidification.”

So, you can now execute a complete eye-roll when someone starts crying about acid rain.

Read more: http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/01/01/the-fishy-science-of-ocean-acidification/#ixzz3wERyeozK

•Well, congratulations to the KC Chiefs on making the NFL Playoffs. They play the Houston Texans next week at Houston. Here's to them ending a LONG drought of playoff wins!

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THE SHEER INNOVATION HUMANS CAN EMPLOY IS AMAZING

12/30/15

•So, I'm watching late night cable while wrapping Christmas presents and there's this show called, “Lockup” on MSNBC that shows the inner workings of a county detention center in San Antonio. It's a pretty depressing show overall, as you could imagine when you are viewing the accounts of the lives of people who are largely devoid of hope for eventual freedom but I was struck by the raw innovation exhibited by prisoners who are in an environment largely devoid of technological resources.

From the beginning you accept it as normal that nearly every inmate is heavily tattooed. Everyone has seen a former inmate wearing tattoos.

But tattooing is not allowed in prison. So, how are they getting the tattoos?

Well, it turns out that there are a few individuals that have gathered the resources from around them: a hollowed-out Q-Ttip, a straightened-out staple, thread from a shirt, some copper wire and a bolt (to make the electromagnet that drives the device) and they make ink by cooking grease or baby oil until it's carbon-black.

The sheer innovation humans can employ – especially when necessity dictates its need – is amazing to behold. Imagine what's capable with full-access to the world's natural resources!

•Did you know that Christmas lights alone in America use more energy than entire countries around the world?

Bright lights strung on American trees, rooftops and lawns account for 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumption every year.

That's more power than countries like El Salvador or Ethiopia use in a year.
El Salvador uses 5.35 billion kilowatt hours while Ethiopia consumes 5.30 billion and Tanzania 4.81 billion kilowatt-hours.

So, what do we do to address this “problem?” The current administration and Democrats mostly say that we need to slow-down our use of electricity. The Republicans (the smart ones, at least) say we should work to get more power into the hands of these poor countries. Corrupt governments do more to oppress people than any other force in the world. If you want to help people in under-developed countries, work to rid them of corrupt leaders.

•Also relevant to note that the 6.63 billion kilowatt hours used by US Christmas lights represents only 0.2 percent of yearly US energy consumption, or enough power to run 14 million refrigerators.

•The Washington Post on July 9, 1971 posted the following:

“The world could be as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric scientist predicts. Dr. S. I. Rasool of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Columbia University.”

We should know in the next 5-15 years whether he was right.

•While I generally wish to avoid talking about Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, I cannot avoid this…

For awhile now, the Sanders' campaign has been pushing that the Democrat National Committee has been helping the Clinton campaign by locking Sanders' people out of the party database.

Also, the DNC scheduled all but one of the 2015 debates on a Saturday, when most people were watching college football, surely benefitting Clinton. Sanders' sued the DNC over the database access and the DNC responded by restoring access a week ago. The campaign promises the lawsuit is about getting answers but the question is whether they actually will or not.

Ultimately, who should win the Democratic race matters little to me, because I'm not going to vote for them. They are all big government, more taxes, more spending, and are utterly incompetent on foreign policy.

But, there is no doubt that the Democrat race would be more interesting if Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren were opposing Clinton instead of Sanders and Martin O'Malley. Unless Sanders surprises in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Democrat race is largely decided. There were a significant number of people in the Democrat Party back in 2008 that did not want the Clintons in power. Where have they gone is the key question.

•From www.junkscience.com

No, despite claims to the contrary, 2015 is not New York City's warmest Christmas Dec. 25, 1889 was warmer.

The drive-by media is full of stories touting that Christmas Day's 66 degree New York City temperature was the city's warmest Christmas EVER.

But on Dec. 26, 1889, the New York Times reported that the temperature hit 65 degrees in the city on Christmas.

But 66 degrees is warmer than 65 degrees, isn't it?

Not in this case. The 2015 66 degree reading has 126 post-1889 years of urban heat island effect built into it. (Basically, more concrete in use today indicates that temperatures measured close to the ground are artificially warmer because many measurement stations are close to concrete which reflects thermal energy rather than absorbing it like soil and vegetation does.)

So a 65 degree reading in NYC in 1889 means it was warmer then than today.
Go figure! Although we have about 100 ppm more CO2 in the air today, it was warmer way back in 1889.

•BIG congrats to the chiefs on making the playoffs. Very impressive performance, winning nine straight games after a 1-5 start to the season.

Now let's go win a playoff game!

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RUBIO, CRUZ VERY DIFFERENT ON IMMIGRATION

12/23/15

•Remember those focus groups Frank Luntz runs around the debates? You remember I'm sure because he makes it a point to populate his groups with supposed “undecided voters,” which of course usually means that he's found the most politically ignorant people and plops them down in front of a camera so we can all sample their intellect on the coming election.

Well, Luntz recently had constructed a focus group composed of Muslim-Americans and some in this group have accused Luntz and host network CBS of censoring their anti-American comments.

John Nolte of Bretibart.com reported on it in a great piece recently. Some highlights follow.

“…CBS News has apparently been caught red-handed cutting footage from a focus group mediated by Establishment Republican Frank Luntz that shows American Muslims criticizing the United States…two Muslim Americans who took part in the group complained that CBS edited out parts of the discussion where they raised their own concerns — including critiques of U.S. militarism, surveillance, and entrapment. They also said that Frank Luntz, the right-wing pollster who led the focus group, silenced members of the group when they criticized discriminatory U.S. government policies.”

Another participant observed that Luntz kept saying he felt bad that no one listens to Muslims and how he wanted to give them an opportunity to talk to the general population.

But according to one female participant's Facebook page, Luntz did not just edit out the inconvenient moments that didn't fit his desired narrative, he went so far as to silence her when she tore into the American government as a racist institution that has “killed many Muslims.”

She continued…

“He also had silenced me and other participants who have routinely brought up the fact the government has enacted in state violence against the Muslim community — whether that may be through entrapment cases and surveillance programs — and our concerns about institutional racism. He shut me down when I said that President Obama and Hillary Clinton has killed many Muslims under the administration when we were discussing Trump, and ironically for a GOP strategist, he shut me down when I talked about how Democrats have enacted some of the most deadliest and discriminatory policies against Muslims. He also decided to stop letting me speak when I started talking about how Muslims should start focusing on combatting government policies rather than rushing to condemn terrorism or Islamophobia exclusively. They also cut out portions of where participants talked about media accountability when discussing Islam.”

Wow!

Read more and see the video at www.Breitbart.com

•Byron York put together a tremendous piece this week on the facts about the ongoing dispute between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on immigration.

Highlights…

The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate in June 2013.

Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang — Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake — of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments.
Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed just a handful of amendments to reach the Senate floor. One, from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would have prohibited the legalization of illegal immigrants in the United States until after the administration could prove it had maintained "effective control" of the borders for six months.

Rubio voted against the Grassley amendment. Sen. Ted Cruz voted for it.

Another Republican amendment would have required the completion of 350 miles of fencing along the U.S. border.

Rubio voted against the Thune amendment. Cruz voted for it.

Another amendment would have delayed the granting of legal status until a biometric visa identity system had been fully implemented at every port of entry.
Rubio voted against the Vitter amendment. Cruz voted for it.

The Gang of Eight bill came up for a final Senate vote on June 27, 2013. Rubio, as a key author of the legislation, voted for its passage. Cruz voted against it.

These facts are important because Rubio has argued his position on immigration is similar to Cruz'.

Rubio: "The bottom line is there isn't that big a difference between [Cruz] and I on how to approach immigration," Rubio told CBS News on Sunday.

In 2013, Rubio and Cruz could NOT have been more different on immigration. Rubio has been furiously distancing himself from the gang bill.

Particularly interesting to now hear Rubio say - remember the Grassley amendment he helped kill - that security and enforcement must be in place before illegal immigrants can be legalized and placed on a path to citizenship.

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PARIS TALKS CONCLUDE WITH AN ALLEGED AGREEMENT

12/16/15

•The Paris climate talks have concluded with a supposed agreement in place.
Allegedly, representatives from hundreds of nations have agreed on a sufficient amount of alleged money to be redistributed to control the allegedly out-of-control temperature rise of the planet's atmosphere.

How does redistributing wealth affect the temperature of the planet?

The final agreement includes a commitment to keeping temperature rises “well below” two degrees Centigrade above pre-industrial levels with a target of keeping them at 1.5 degrees Centigrade.

To achieve such a ridiculous goal the world will have to start drastically reducing its use of the cheapest fossil fuels by the year 2050; abandoning them entirely by the end of the century. Those who can't meet those goals must engage in unproven and highly expensive methods of “burying” their carbon output.

Do not hold your breath for China, Russia or India to go one iota beyond simple lip service.

The deal has no means of enforcement for those governments that don't agree to go along. In all reality, a plan that guts the oil and gas industry with no realistic replacement for the energy walked away from will never see floor of Congress.

•Did you catch where actor Kurt Russell argued against an anti-gun Hollywood interviewer in promoting his upcoming movie?

Russell was interviewed by Hollywood reporter Jeffery Wells and said that it's “absolutely insane” to believe that more gun control will curb terrorist attacks.

Discussing America's “gun culture” and film producer Quentin Tarantino, Russell said he doesn't “understand [the] concepts of conversation” about “the gun culture,” after Wells asserted that most Americans fear that mass violence is becoming a “day-to-day” occurrence.

When Wells went on to say that guns are a “…metaphor that disenfranchised white guys need,” Russell let loose.

“If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists' point of view, I think you're, like, out of your mind,” he began. “I think anybody [who says that] is. I think it's absolutely insane.”

“Dude, you're about to find out what I'm gonna do, and that's gonna worry you a lot more,” the actor continued. “And that's what we need. That will change the concept of gun culture, as you call it, to something [like] reality. Which is, if I'm a hockey team and I've got some guy bearing down on me as a goal tender, I'm not concerned about what he's gonna do — I'm gonna make him concerned about what I'm gonna do to stop him. That's when things change.”

Arguing back, Wells invoked the no-fly list, saying that the people on the list are there for a “good reason,” but that they can allegedly still “get [a] hold of a gun pretty easily.”

“They can also make a bomb pretty easily. So what?” Russell retorted. “They can also get knives and stab you. [What are you] gonna do about that? They can also get cars and run you over. [What are you] gonna do about that?”

Wells: “Just put some controls…”

Russell: “Put some controls? What, so the people, so the people who want to defend themselves can't?”

Wells: “No, not so you can't, just so the idiots can't get hold of them [so easily], that's all.”

Russell: “You really believe they're not going to? Are you serious about that? What good will that…? Oh my God. You and I just disagree.”

Finally, a fearless and outspoken non-liberal actor.

•Notice how the mainstream media seems to want to attack now-frontrunner Ted Cruz by avoiding him in the debates?

This happened on a recent NPR Morning Edition interview. Host Steve Inskeep, an Obama acolyte, was blunt when discussing the new Trump idea of banning Muslims from entering America:

“STEVE INSKEEP: All this led to a bottom-line question when Senator Cruz visited our studios. [To Cruz] Which Muslims do you want to keep out of the United States?

TED CRUZ: Well, I'm not sure that's the way I would put the question. What I would say is what is the obligation of the president and commander in chief? And the first obligation is to keep this country safe.”

NPR posted the full transcript online. What that demonstrated was that NPR and Inskeep routinely sliced out (for time and surely, for political convenience) Cruz whacking away at Democrats. Here's the rest of Cruz's answer to that, sliced at mid-sentence:

“And the first obligation is to keep this country safe, and so I've introduced legislation that would suspend for three years refugees from countries where ISIS or al-Qaida control a substantial amount of territory. And the reason is simple. The FBI has told Congress that the Obama administration cannot vet these refugees.”

Then Inskeep brought in the rest of the answer:

“INSKEEP: The Texas senator wore a white shirt and orange tie. He was on his way to work in Washington. Cruz introduced legislation after the recent attacks in Paris. His bill would make it even harder than it is for refugees to reach the U.S. from five war-torn countries. Cruz says the few exceptions would include non-Muslims who are persecuted.

CRUZ: “President Obama and Hillary Clinton's plan to bring tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to America when the FBI says they cannot ascertain if these refugees are ISIS terrorists or not - that makes no sense.”

Cruz had his interview carved-up by CBS's Face the Nation in January of 2014. In CNBC debate, the moderator purposely avoided Cruz on the global warming question, likely because he knew Cruz would destroy his Left-leaning premise.

Mainstream journalism at its best.

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WE HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY THE ENEMY ON U.S. SOIL AGAIN

12/16/15

•The liberal media has been utterly pathetic in their rush-to-judgment reactions to the radical Islamic terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, CA last week. The ones I saw ranged from calling it a Planned Parenthood attack (MSNBC said there was a Planned Parenthood clinic a couple of blocks away--1.5 miles actually) to calling it a case of a disgruntled government employee snapping (Yep, they said it. . .“workplace violence!”).

The reality is much different. We have been attacked by the enemy on U.S. soil once again.

This is a war.

(Sigh!!! I need a minute…)

•Obama hit the airwaves Sunday night to try to reassure America he has ISIS under control (and stop calling it ISIL…nobody knows what the Levant is anyway!). He reiterated the bombing campaigns they are conducting in the Middle East. He didn't mention that we are dropping leaflets 45 minutes in advance of bombing oil trucks to warn them that the bombs are coming.

What?

What's the point of warning your enemy before you hit him that you are going to hit him? Patton must be spinning in his grave!

(Aaarrrgggghhhh!...Need another minute…)

•“Let's take a step back on this climate thing for a minute and analyze things.

Throughout human history, major scientific advancements have always been embraced by mankind regardless of political affiliation. For example, when the light bulb replaced candles, there wasn't one political party screaming that we had to stay with candles or all mankind would perish. Same situation occurred with the car replacing the horse, pipelines replacing trains for a time, and cell phones replacing landlines more recently. Necessity breeds innovation.

Due to the innovation, EVERYBODY ran toward the light to enjoy the advance in technology.

On global warming, there is no innovation. The political left theorizes that carbon dioxide is the control knob of the planet's atmospheric temperature and as they try to frighten mankind into action, their solution is to essentially tax air--carbon use to be more specific, and force us back into inefficient energy sources--wind and solar and away from cheap and efficient fossil fuels.

The political right says there is no problem, the environment is no different than it has been for man's 100+ years of new age productivity (against 4.5 billion years of earth's age - the arrogance!) and any efforts to hold man's innovation and progress back is wasted in our constant pursuit toward improving our lives in meaningful ways during the short time we all spend on this orb.

Seems pretty simple what's going on when you think about it.

•The media was making a big deal out of the New York Times putting an editorial on its front page last week calling for massive gun control in response to the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Apparently, this was the first time since 1920 that the paper put an editorial on its front page.

“Whoop-de-do Basil, but what does it mean?”

Does anyone care if nobody ever reads the fishwrap in the first place? I have never desired to get my hands on the New York Times. Who cares what an arrogant bunch of East Coast liberals think about anything? I've never read it and am not about to start now.

•By the way, on the subject of getting the news the earliest it is reported, Twitter wins again. I was monitoring Twitter last week working on the main PC with Twitter running in my “side mirror” when the site www.weaselzippers.com ran with a BREAKING: Active Shooter Situation Occurring in San Bernardino. I flipped the TV onto the cable news networks and none of them were onto the breaking story for at least another 20-30 minutes! Amazing!

If you want it first, monitor Twitter.

•From the superb climate site, www.wattsupwiththat.com, we learned that in the U.K., they don't like media people veering from the propaganda line.

The BBC broadcast an obscure program on state radio called “what's the point of the MET office?” which allowed the views of climate skeptics onto British broadcast radio. As a result of this massive breach of BBC policy, there has been a major internal inquiry, and several BBC officials have been sent on mandatory climate re-education courses.

The skeptic views essentially claimed that the Met Office had exaggerated the threat posed by global warming as part of its “political lobbying.”

You would think the BBC would have more interesting ways to spend their money and time, than conducting witch hunts to root out the last vestiges of climate skepticism within their ranks. But I guess that is a decision for the BBC Trust, and of course the taxpayers of Britain, assuming anyone bothers to ask their opinion.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc/12033749/Radio-4-show-that-criticised-Met-Office-stance-on-climate-change-broke-broadcasting-rules.html
I hope when Ivan sends me to Climate Re-education Camp he sends me someplace warm!

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CLIMATE CHANGE? WE'RE CLOSER TO BEING THREATENED BY GODZILLA

12/2/15

•As I write this, world leaders are filling the skies with carbon to gather in Paris to try and figure out a way to further strangle capitalism and free markets using junk science threats of a planet on fire.

It's laughable nonsense that mankind is able to wield such power as to control the temperature of the air on the planet. We are closer to being threatened by a Godzilla-Rhodan battle than we are by an ever-changing climate.

•An old-but-still-great column by Ben Shapiro offered a great set of rules that we should hope get adopted in Paris this week. The highlights:

“According to the global left, the evidence is in: The earth is warming, and it's all your fault. Don't blame the sun. The giant ball of fiery gas responsible for all climate change over the past few million years isn't the problem. It's you…you big-spending, high-on-the-hog, corporation-supporting, First World gluttons with your shiny gas-guzzling sports cars and central heating…”

“…Well, global left, your words have finally hit home. I finally realized that correlation does equal causation after all. As one of the pig-Americans you so despise, I pledge to do my utmost to mitigate the threat of global warming.
And so, without further ado, I henceforth dedicate myself to achieving the following goals to aid Mother Earth:

EAT COWS. Turns out, cows are the climate's worst enemy. Cows, it seems, are culpable for 18 percent of greenhouse gases. Their cud-chewing, flatulence and burping create giant clouds of methane. All this time, we thought the cattle were our mammalian friends. But, fools that we are, the cows outsmarted us. While we milked them, they pursued their long-term strategy of world domination.
If we eat them faster than they can reproduce, we can sleep easy at night. Hamburgers are the answer. Steaks. Barbecue ribs…”

“…CONVINCE FELLOW GLOBAL WARMING CRUSADERS TO STOP BREATHING. Al Gore says, '[W]e should start by immediately freezing CO2 emissions and then beginning sharp reductions.' I concur. If carbon dioxide emissions are the problem, persuading global warming fanatics to immediately stop exhaling may be the solution.”

•Shapiro hit again this week with his…Reasons Obama's Climate Change Agenda Is Dangerous [Bovine Excrement]

“…We Have No Idea To What Extent The Earth Is Warming. There are major battles in the scientific community about the basic question of what level of climate change is occurring. Even the shift from 'global warming' to 'climate change' betrays that uncertainty.

We Have No Clue How Much Human Activity Causes Climate Change. In September 2014, undersecretary for science in Barack Obama's Energy Department Dr. Steven Koonin wrote…though human influences could have serious consequences for the climate, they are physically small in relation to the climate system as a whole….”

BOOM!

“We Have No Idea How Much Climate Change Impacts Human Life. The climate has always changed and will always change. The question is how it will hurt human beings, presumably…”

“…Warming of up to 1.2 degrees Celsius over the next 70 years (0.8 degrees have already occurred), most of which is predicted to happen in cold areas in winter and at night, would extend the range of farming further north, improve crop yields, slightly increase rainfall (especially in arid areas), enhance forest growth and cut winter deaths (which far exceed summer deaths in most places). Increased carbon dioxide levels also have caused and will continue to cause an increase in the growth rates of crops…

The essential outcome is that we live in teepee's!

This is what they want for us.

“The Solution – Destroying Carbon-Based Fuels and Capitalism – Is The Problem. The left is in an all-out war with the two greatest forces for fighting poverty in history: cheap, carbon based energy, and capitalism. The same people celebrating the end of the Industrial Revolution economic model seem to forget that economic model, boosted by carbon-based fuels, has led to a massive drop in global poverty: in 1990, 1.9 billion people lived under $1.25 per day, as opposed to 836 million in 2015. That's because of the dominance of capitalism and the increased efficiency of technology. It's certainly not because of governmental environmental regulations.”

It's nonsense.

•I may need to revise my Chiefs forecast.

(Find Brian Kubicki on Twitter @bkparallax or email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


CLIMATE SUMMIT NOTHING MORE THAN A PHOTO OP

11/24/15

•The Paris climate summit being held next week is in reality nothing more than a gigantic photo op for corrupt and flunky political leaders to pretend to be environmental saviors.

Despite renewed safety concerns in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the climate summit will take place as scheduled beginning Monday, Nov. 30. Instead of paying needed attention and resources on finding potential terrorists, French law enforcement authorities will be trying to make sure a true climate carnival happens without incident.

COP21 (the 21st annual Conference of the Parties) will try to keep alive an international treaty known as the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Kyoto Protocol was part of that treaty. Kyoto essentially expired at the end of 2012. Since then, UN officials have struggled to regain control of the productivity of the planet so they can redistribute the generated wealth.

Every year, foreign affairs specialists and environment officials around the world spend time rehashing this treaty at taxpayers' expense. A meeting was held in Geneva in February of this year. Since then, three others took place in Bonn – in June, September, and October.

Contrary to media portrayals, COP21 is not a stand-alone event in which world leaders fly to Paris, take in a few meetings, and then close the affair by announcing that the planet has been saved.

The Paris event is unlikely to achieve anything. In early September, a “risk of failure” was publicly acknowledged by French President Francois Hollande.
The Paris climate summit is mainly just a chance for politicians to smile for the cameras and pretend they are saving the planet from the devastation of capitalism by redistributing wealth.

It's all just a cartoon.

•Did you think President Obama's response to the Paris attacks was weak?

The White House was on the defense for statements made by President Obama -- who labeled Friday's Paris massacre that left 129 dead a "setback," and Secretary of State John Kerry's claim that the terrorists who in January attacked Charlie Hebdo had a "rationale" for the devastation they wrought.

On Fox News, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested too much attention was being paid to officials' words.

"I would encourage you to spend just as much time focusing on the president's actions as you do his words," Earnest said.

He noted that Obama, speaking in Turkey on Monday, also called the attacks "sickening." Plus he said Obama called the French president to offer support -- while strategizing with his own security advisers on the U.S. response. Earnest said the president is consulting on "what sort of military steps we could take to ramp up our efforts inside of Syria and make sure we can support our French allies."

Kerry discussed the Charlie Hebdo attack -- an Al Qaeda affiliate attack against employees at a satirical publication that had published Prophet Muhammad cartoons -- during remarks on Tuesday to U.S. Embassy employees in Paris. He at first suggested there was "legitimacy" to those attacks but then corrected himself and said they had a "rationale."

He said: "There's something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of -- not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they're really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn't to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people."

Radical Islamic terrorism is indiscriminate? Do these people read?

•The reason for the Hebdo attacks is the same as the Paris attacks, 9/11, and all other terrorism by Radical Islamists. Radical Islam wants to rule the world and they are trying to do it by attacking freedom and liberty, wherever it exists.

After Obama said in an interview shortly before the Paris attacks, that ISIS is "contained," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., declared in response that "ISIL is not contained…ISIL is expanding."

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, who typically aligns with the president, scolded Obama in an op-ed.

"Obama's tone in addressing the Paris atrocity was all wrong," he wrote. "At times he was patronizing, at other times he seemed annoyed and almost dismissive. The president said, essentially, that he had considered all the options and decided that even a large-scale terrorist attack in the heart of a major European capital was not enough to make him reconsider his policy."

What a mess!

•From The Daily Caller, a study by Danish professor Bjorn Lomborg of the Copenhagen Consensus Center examined the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs, countries submitted to the U.N. on how much they will reduce CO2 emissions in the coming years.

“My major finding is that the total effect is very small: less than 0.05°C difference by the end of the century,” Lomborg wrote in an article posted on the science blog Watts Up With That.

Lomborg's study argues that, at most, a U.N. treaty will avoid 0.17 degrees Celsius of projected warming. The more pessimistic scenario laid out by Lomborg is that current INDCs will only avoid 0.048 degrees Celsius of projected warming.

If the U.S. reduced emissions 80 percent by 2050, it will only stall 0.11 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100.

 


IF WE DON'T ACT, WHAT HAPPENED IN FRANCE WILL HAPPEN HERE

11/18/15

•ISIS wasted no time taking responsibility for the terrorist slaughter in Paris last week. French President Francois Hollande quickly moved to close France's borders. As usual, Obama avoided condemning Radical Islam for the attacks.
And the irony of all ironies occurred when Al Gore cancelled his long-planned Paris webcast telethon to promote climate change awareness.

“Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth,” the group said in an online statement.

Remember in July 2008 Gore called climate change a more dangerous threat than terrorism. “I think that the climate crisis is, by far, the most serious threat we have ever faced,” Gore told ABC News.

Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been barfing up the same message almost every day.

I guess that's just not the case, guys, is it? If Climate Change was a greater threat than terrorism, wouldn't Gore continue with his telethon?

•Breitbart.com noted 23 times Obama or his administration officials claimed climate change a greater threat than Radical Islamic terrorism. Below are a few of those:

In a Jan. 15, 2008 presidential campaign speech on Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama said the “immediate danger” of oil-backed terrorism “is eclipsed only by the long-term threat from climate change, which will lead to devastating weather patterns, terrible storms, drought, and famine. That means people competing for food and water in the next 50 years in the very places that have known horrific violence in the last 50: Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Most disastrously, that could mean destructive storms on our shores, and the disappearance of our coastline.”

On Sept. 6, 2012, during his Democratic National Convention speech, Obama said, “Yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children's future.

February 16, 2014, Kerry addressed students in Indonesia and said that global warming is now “perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

During a September 2014 meeting with foreign ministers, John Kerry called c limate change a threat as urgent as ISIS.

During his 2015 State of the Union address, Obama said, “No challenge? poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

On Feb. 10, 2015, when asked to confirm if this means Obama believes “the threat of climate change is greater than the threat of terrorism,” Earnest responded, “The point the president is making is that there are many more people on an annual basis who have to confront the impact, the direct impact on their lives, of climate change, or on the spread of a disease, than on terrorism.”

May 20, 2015 President Obama said in his keynote address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates: “Climate change, and especially rising seas, is a threat to our homeland security, our economic infrastructure, the safety and health of the American people.”

In his Aug. 28, 2015 weekly address, Obama said “This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now,” he said. “Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we'd do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat, right now.”
During a Sept. 28 address at the United Nations, President Obama said that “We can roll back the pollution that we put in our skies,” adding that “No country can escape the ravages of climate change.”

This Obama Administration is a living, breathing cartoon strip…unbelievable!

•Some taxation reality in America that ties in to the immigration debate: in 2010, $1.1 trillion in federal income taxes was collected in total. 70% of that $1.1 trillion, or about $770 billion, was collected by the top 10% of earners, which amounts to about 16 million Americans.

Now, I'm sure you have heard Democrats and pro-amnesty RINOs say that there's no way we could split up families by deporting the 11-20 million illegal aliens currently in the shadows of the country.

Ask these same “amnestians” if the 16 million taxpayers that pay that $770 billion were to suddenly stop paying federal income taxes, should the federal government separate them from their families and put them in jail? Don't think for a minute that the IRS would hesitate to separate you from your family if you stopped paying taxes. (I must give proper due to Rush Limbaugh for coming up with this point.)

The closing point to this immigration issue is we all should urge our governors to issue executive orders refuse to allow Syrian, or any other country that actively supports or fails to control Radical Islamists, refugees into their states. This is how France became susceptible to this kind of terror. If we do not act, it will happen here.

(Email bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


COLLEGE ATHLETICS WERE NEVER INTENDED TO DO THIS

11/11/15

Not sure what exactly is going on in Columbia, MO but the very fine Ben Shapiro summarized some excellent thoughts on the topic. Some highlights…

It's time to cut college football.

“In the aftermath of the University of Missouri football team and its $3.1 million coach threatening to boycott games, forcing the resignation of the university president over shadowy 'institutional racism,' one thing is becoming increasingly clear: it's time to do away with college football.

College sports are a relic of a time when students actually engaged in being, you know, students. As in studying things. Studying, perhaps, to gain a skill set besides kicking a football or tackling another man or tossing a sphere through a hoop.
It soon became clear, however, that loyalty to universities centered around loyalty to sports performance. Donors began giving cash to football programs in order to generate enthusiasm about the university more broadly. And in order to boost those football programs, universities began recruiting the best players without the best academics.

The fly in the ointment remained the players, many of whom had no desire to graduate from college. That fly was swatted when many major sports leagues entered into a monopolistic arrangement with colleges by which students would have to attend for at least a few years before going pro. The exception remains college baseball – where, not surprisingly, funding and attendance remain sparse.
College football and basketball, however, supposedly remain the fiscal kingmakers at the universities. College sports have now become a massive media conglomerate designed to earn networks cash and get donors to give huge sums of money to universities. The University of Texas Longhorns football team is estimated at $129 million in worth by Forbes.

Student athletes on full scholarship now demand to be paid for their skills, piercing the fiction that they're present for the education. They're recruited like professionals, complete with hookers and booze (see Louisville basketball scandal); they're given privileges no other students receive; they're routinely handed easy course schedules (or allegedly fake schedules – see the University of north Carolina), complete with tutors. They get in based on egregiously low scores and GPAs that would make anyone else blush to apply, and then they're treated like campus kings.”

Shapiro excellently concludes:

“College athletics were never meant to override the central purpose of the universities: education. Then again, leftism overrode that central purpose long ago.”

Read more: http://www.dailywire.com/news/984/after-university-missouri-football-team-forces-ben-shapiro

•Now back to meaningful issues…

The United Kingdom has installed over 13,000 MegaWatts of wind power to date. All that wind power capacity is currently generating only 385 MegaWatts of electricity, which is less than 1% of the country's current total electricity demand.

And this…

After Obama's expected cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline project last week, the environuts celebrated that the “evil” pipeline was dead, along with all the jobs it would bring and the opportunity for the United States to capture and process much of Canada's wealth of energy rather than it being shipped to China.

Incidentally, it will be shipped there anyway when the Northern Gateway Pipeline is complete.

But as with all things in the liberal enclaves of the country, one victory is never enough. Obama's allies in the anti-energy front are primed for additional action and they've got their eyes on a much larger prize: the complete halt of any future fossil fuel exploration, at least on federal lands.

They call it, “Keep it in the Ground.”

Activists painted the Friday decision as just the beginning of a new era of activism where any additional fossil fuel projects will not be tolerated.

The “keep it in the ground” campaign has been in the works since long before Obama reached his final decision about Keystone. Activists have used the key phrase, which refers to stopping new and continued drilling of fossil fuels, in protest since at least the summer.

The “movement” has been inflated by the folks at The Guardian newspaper who have been running a campaign to convince Bill Gates and other wealthy folks to divest their charitable funds from all fossil fuel companies. These activists now want Barack Obama to use his executive authority to stop issuing new permits for coal, oil and natural gas operations on federal lands.

Before the tree huggers get too excited, however, it's worth reminding them there is an expiration date on all of these moves and it comes in January of 2017, the end of the Obama the Destroyer Era.

If Democrats veer far enough to the left to scare off the middle of the nation, as they have been under Obama's leadership, we will see a Republican working in the White House and he will be appointing new members to the Cabinet that are less than sympathetic to hurting the country any further.

I have said this many times before; if we wanted a president who would do everything in his power to harm America, that president would be doing everything Obama is doing now and has been doing for the past seven years.

(Follow Brian Kubicki on Twitter @bkparallax)

 


PUTIN THE CAPITALIST

11/4/15

•Steve Goreham at heartland.org recently penned a fantastic piece asking the most relevant question, “Did humans really save the ozone layer?”

World consumption of so-called ozone depleting substances has been practically reduced to zero over the last three decades – at tremendous cost I must add. But guess what?

The ozone hole is as large as ever.

In 1974, Dr. Mario Molina and Dr. Sherwood Roland of the University of California published a paper asserting that chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) pollution from (evil) industry was destroying the ozone layer in Earth's stratosphere. CFCs were gases used in hair spray, refrigerators and insulating foams. The ozone layer is a layer of atmosphere located between six and 25 miles above the Earth's surface.

They hypothesized that human-produced CFCs migrate upward through the atmosphere to the stratosphere, where ultraviolet radiation breaks down CFC molecules, releasing chlorine atoms. Chlorine then reacts as a catalyst to break down ozone molecules into oxygen, reducing the ozone concentration. The more CFCs used, the greater the destruction of the ozone layer, according to the theory.

In 1983, three researchers from the British Antarctic Survey discovered a thinning of the ozone layer over Antarctica, which became known as the ozone hole. Their observations appeared to confirm the theory of Molina and Roland.

The ozone layer blocks ultraviolet rays, shielding the surface of Earth from high-energy radiation. Scientists were concerned that degradation of the ozone layer would increase rates of skin cancer and cataracts and cause immune system problems in humans. Al Gore's 1992 book claimed that hunters reported finding blind rabbits in Patagonia and that fishermen were catching blind fish due to human destruction of the ozone layer, but of course, none of this has been factually confirmed.

So, to “save” the ozone layer, 29 nations and the European Community signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in September of 1987. Over the next decade, the protocol was signed by 197 nations agreeing to ban the use of CFCs. Since 1986, world consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS) is down more than 99 percent, effectively reaching zero by 2010.

The Montreal Protocol has been hailed as an international success in resolving a major environmental issue. It has been praised as an example to follow for elimination of greenhouse gas emissions in the fight to halt global warming. But despite the elimination of CFCs, the ozone hole remains as large as ever.
During the period from September to October, just after the Antarctic winter, the ozone hole is the largest for each year. NASA recently reported that from Sept. 7 through Oct. 13, 2015, the ozone hole reached a mean area of 25.6 million kilometers, the largest area since 2006 and the fourth largest since measurements began in 1979.

The hole remains large, despite the fact that world ODS consumption all but disappeared about a decade ago.

Scientists are mixed on when the stubborn ozone hole will disappear. NASA recently announced that the hole will be half-closed by 2020. Others forecast that it will not begin to disappear until 2040 or later. But the longer the hole persists, the greater the likelihood that the ozone layer is dominated by natural factors, not human CFC emissions.

Remember, nobody has EVER made measurements of an ozone layer that did not have a hole. It's highly likely that it has always existed and man is too insignificant to have affected it in any way.

So, can I have my Styrofoam containers for my hamburgers again?

•Bet you'd never imagined I'd be quoting a former KGB member for reinforcement did you?

From the Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes global warming is a “fraud;” a plot to keep Russia from using its vast oil and natural gas reserves.

Putin believes “there is no global warming, that this is a fraud to restrain the industrial development of several countries, including Russia,” Stanislav Belkovsky, a political analyst and Putin critic, told The New York Times.

Putin has been casting doubt on man-made global warming since the early 2000s. In 2003, Putin told an international climate conference warming would allow Russians to “spend less on fur coats,” adding that “agricultural specialists say our grain production will increase, and thank God for that.”

Putin's comments likely came after his staff “did very, very extensive work trying to understand all sides of the climate debate,” according to Andrey Illarionov, Putin's former senior economic adviser, who's now a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute.

“We found that, while climate change does exist, it is cyclical, and the anthropogenic role is very limited,” Illarionov said. “It became clear that the climate is a complicated system and that, so far, the evidence presented for the need to 'fight' global warming was rather unfounded.”

So in this upside-down world, the Russians are the logical capitalistic ones while the New York Times is the voice of the oppressive anti-capitalist forces in the world!

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/29/russias-putin-says-global-warming-is-a-fraud/#ixzz3qGm5wUhC

 


NOW THEY'RE COMING AFTER YOUR BACON

10/28/15

•Did you know it has in fact been 10 years since a major hurricane has made landfall in the continental United States? I guess man-made global warming isn't the cause of hurricanes after all.

•The World Health Organization is at it again. This time they're coming after your bacon.

Consumption of processed meat — including hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meats — can increase the risk of cancer, according to a new statement from a WHO research agency.

The evidence mostly relates to colorectal cancer and heavy meat consumption, but while the overall cancer risk is small (ALLOW ME TO REPEAT WITH EMPHASIS – THE CANCER RISK IS SMALL!), it increases depending on the amount of meat a person eats.

The organization announced in the journal Lancet Oncology that processed meats — those transformed by salting, curing, or fermentation — fall into the same category as tobacco smoke, meaning "there is convincing evidence that the agent causes cancer."

This doesn't mean that processed meat is as bad for you as smoking. What it means is that according to the agency's assessment, the links between processed meat and certain types of cancer are clear and well-established. That doesn't even mean that the links are significant.

Here's a more important fact that you should know before reading such drivel: Nobody knows what causes cancer.

Specifically, the researchers found evidence that eating a 50-gram portion of processed meat daily (about one hot dog) can increase a person's risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

How many people eat a hot dog every day?

Now for the proper perspective - an average male non-smoker has about a 1.5% chance of contracting lung cancer in his lifetime. If that person is a heavy smoker, that risk jumps to about 17.5%. THAT is significant. But in the situation of meat consumption, an average male has about a 5% chance of contracting colorectal cancer in his lifetime and that risk increases to only 6% if he eats meat every day in large quantities.

Much of the evidence they relied on to form these recommendation about red and processed meats came from epidemiological studies on associations between cancer and meat consumption in many different countries. These sorts of population-wide observational studies are common in nutrition. Basically, researchers track a very large number of people, see how much meat they consume, and check their health outcomes over time. That's it. But because they're not as rigorous as experimental studies like randomized trials — in which researchers would randomly assign people to eat or abstain from certain foods — the studies are more likely to be biased.

So basically, it's all nonsense.

•Courtesy of www.Twitchy.com, the following headline about the tragedy in Oklahoma last weekend appeared in the Traverse City (Michigan) newspaper the Record-Eagle:

“Shooter kills 4; 30 injured”

As you no doubt know, there was no shooter, no gun, and no weapon of any kind except for an automobile.

Perhaps even more pathetic than this exhibition of liberal media bias was the lame explanation by the newspaper:

“Because of a page designer's error, a misleading headline appeared on page 3A in Sunday's Record-Eagle accompanying a story about a driver who struck and killed four people at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade on Saturday.”

Page designer's error?

•This one has me particularly burning…

An American commando killed during a firefight with ISIS in Iraq last week is having his death denied the benefits associated with wartime armed incursion benefits. The Pentagon insists that the U.S. does not have boots on the ground.

The family of Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler will have a different view.

The Pentagon Friday announced the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, a soldier who had been serving in Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. He died of wounds received during a hostage rescue mission. But in keeping with the Obama administration's insistence that the president ended combat operations in Iraq, the military issued a separate statement making clear that Wheeler's death did not indicate the presence of U.S. “boots on the ground” in that country.

Here is the text of the additional announcement:

SOUTHWEST ASIA- “Yesterday, the United States of America lost one of her finest warriors doing what American troops do best — protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of this brave Soldier,” said Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “We are proud of the combined forces who conducted the mission to rescue these Iraqi hostages. Their courage, skill, and sacrifice narrowly prevented yet another brutal massacre by Daesh murderers. It is important to realize that U.S. military support to this Iraqi rescue operation is part of our overarching counter-terrorism efforts throughout the region and does not represent a change in our policy. U.S. forces are not in Iraq on a combat mission and do not have boots on the ground.”

 


DEMOCRATS GENERATING LESS EXCITEMENT AMONG THEIR BASE

10/21/15

•CNN's debate among the Democrats running for president attracted 15.3 million viewers. That's way higher than the network received in the 2008 Democrat debates, but absolutely pales in comparison to the viewers the Republican debates gathered.

Fox News set a record with more than 25 million viewers for the first GOP debate on Aug. 6 and 23 million viewers watched the second GOP debate on CNN on Sept. 16.

The disparity is probably due to a Democrat field that has generated far less excitement among its base than the much larger and more interesting GOP field.
I maintain that Democrats are just less interesting.

•The Atlantic magazine wants people to view climate change as a wartime situation. They want Americans to accept a lower standard of living, of course to overcome Global Warming.

They are thinking-up all sorts of austere measures typically associated with wartime economies. They might include an end to relatively luxurious suburban lifestyles and budget air travel, and an accelerated return to everyone eschewing their cars moving into city apartments and accepting train travel.

This is what they want from the global warming movement folks. Fight it!
Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/why-only-a-technocratic-revolution-can-win-the-climate-change-war/410377/

•Bernie Sanders now wants to make college education "free." The Democrat presidential primary candidate just tweeted out a message to the effect of…”…it is a crime that college loans have higher interest rates than home and auto loans…”

If Sanders can't understand the basic economics of loaning money, he is unfamiliar with the default rates for college loans versus auto loans and mortgages.
Beyond that, to simplify:

Does he understand the concept of an unsecured loan? How exactly does one go about repossessing a college education?

•Courtesy of Marc Morano at ClimateDepot.com…

Founder of Microsoft and the Gates foundation, Bill Gates, has accused environmentalists of making misleading claims about comparative prices of solar energy compared to those of fossil fuels.

Bill Gates has branded the Democrat-pushed fossil fuel divestment, “a false solution” and accused environmentalists of making misleading claims about the price of solar power.

In an interview with The Atlantic, Gates criticized the global movement that has seen pension funds, universities, churches and local governments commit to pulling massive monies out of coal, oil and gas companies.

“If you think divestment alone is a solution, I worry you're taking whatever desire people have to solve this problem and kind of using up their idealism and energy on something that won't emit less carbon – because only a few people in society are the owners of the equity of coal or oil companies,” he said.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates founded with his wife, is the world's largest charitable foundation and funder of medical research. It has $1.4 billion invested in fossil fuel companies.

Read more: http://www.climatedepot.com/2015/10/14/bill-gates-calls-fossil-fuel-divestment-a-false-solution/#ixzz3p32CzlkK

•At the recent CNN debate, all the Democratic candidates for president were asked to list what they consider the biggest national security threat to the United States. While most focused on the Middle East or Chin, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) chose climate change.

"The scientific community is telling us if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we're going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable," Sanders said. "That is a major crisis."

Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor, mentioned the unrest in the Middle East, but also pointed to climate change as an issue that exacerbates existing concerns about resources and migration.

"Climate change makes cascading threats even worse," O'Malley said. He has specifically discussed how it may be influencing the Syrian crisis on the campaign trail.

The Pentagon has said that the effects of climate change act as "threat multipliers." Climate, the Department of Defense said last year, aggravates the conditions of "poverty, environmental degradation, political instability and social tensions — conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence."

This is where Democrats live folks. Islamists slamming jumbo jets into major business centers is less of a threat to American freedom and liberty than theoretical climate change.

(Email Brian Kubicki at bkubicki@kc.rr.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)

 

 


RECENT LUNAR ECLIPSE SHOWED A BIT OF GLOBAL COOLING

10/14/15

•Remember the lunar eclipse a couple of weeks ago? On Sept. 27, millions of people around the world watched the moon pass through the shadow of Earth. Most noticed the eclipse was darker than usual. It was a sign of a little bit of global cooling.

Lunar eclipses show the transparency of Earth's atmosphere. When the stratosphere is clogged with volcanic ash and other aerosols, lunar eclipses tend to be dark red. On the other hand, when the stratosphere is relatively clear, lunar eclipses are bright orange.

This is important because the stratosphere affects climate. A clear stratosphere warms the Earth. The eclipse of Sept. 27, 2015, however, was not as bright as recent eclipses. Trained observers in seven countries estimated that the eclipse was about 0.4 magnitude dimmer than expected, a brightness reduction of about 33 percent.

Why?

A layer of volcanic aerosols in the lower stratosphere from Chile's Calbuco volcano, which erupted in April 2015, appears to have affected the eclipse. Volcanic dust in the stratosphere tends to reflect sunlight, cooling the Earth. The eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 produced 0.6 C of cooling.

Have you ever heard of a coal fueled power plant actually measurably changing the temperature of the entire planet?

•They did it again!

The EPA has triggered another waste spill in Colorado!

An Environmental Protection Agency crew working at the Standard Mine above Crested Butte triggered a wastewater spill into a creek that flows into the town water supply — a small-scale repeat of the Gold King incident this year.

“Only” an estimated 2,000 gallons spilled, amid efforts to open a collapsed portal. The impact on town water is expected to be minimal.

The spill — while not a disaster like the EPA-triggered 3 million-gallon Gold King deluge that turned the Animas River mustard-yellow — raises questions about EPA procedures.

Time to defund and eliminate the EPA! They are a rolling disaster for the environment.

•In a bit of good news, the Sixth Circuit Court blocked the EPA water rule nationwide.

Several weeks ago, a federal court issued an injunction against EPA enforcement of a new rule based on the Clean Water Act, arguing that the Obama administration had exceeded its Congressional authority. The ruling only applied in the 13 states that were party to the lawsuit, however, but the administration still argued that the North Dakota court did not have the jurisdiction to rule on the issue, and that only an appellate court could hear the case. Regardless, the EPA announced shortly afterward that it would continue to enforce the new rule in all other states.

The Sixth Circuit handed down its own injunction against the rule today, and broadened its effect to all 50 states.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obama's effort to control streams and wetlands.

“We conclude that petitioners have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims,” the judges wrote in their decision, explaining that the Environmental Protection Agency's new guidelines for determining whether water is subject to federal control, based mostly on the water's distance and connection to larger water bodies, is at odds with a key Supreme Court ruling.

Get the EPA off our farms!

•Remember physicist Freeman Dyson? The famous physicist spans advising bomber command in World War II, working at Princeton University in the States as a contemporary of Einstein, and providing advice to the US government on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.

He is a rare public intellectual who writes prolifically for a wide audience.

At America's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dyson was looking at the climate system before it became a hot political issue, over 25 years ago. He provides a robust foreword to a report written by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cofounder Indur Goklany on CO2 – a report published[PDF] today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

An Obama supporter who describes himself as "100 percent Democrat," Dyson says he is disappointed that the president "chose the wrong side." Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere does more good than harm, he argues, but it is not an insurmountable crisis. Climate change, he tells us, "is not a scientific mystery but a human mystery. How does it happen that a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to obvious facts?"

Dyson continued:

“It's very sad that in this country, political opinion parted [people's views on climate change]. I'm 100 per cent Democrat myself, and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on this issue, and the Republicans took the right side.”
I've got nothing to add…

•Ohio Governor John Kasich says the Bible tells us that we need to expand government in redistribution of wealth.

He is wrong.

The Bible says in various locations that we should not steal. Taking things from others is a sin.

Progressive taxation consists of forcing people who make more money to give a higher percentage to government than those who make less. If you do not give that money you will go to jail. That process is called theft; stealing. It's that clear.

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ACTIVISTS WANT ANTI-CLIMATE CHANGE CROWD PROSECUTED

10/7/15

•From the most-excellent site, joannenova.com.au, we learn that apparently climate change is even worse than the last time they told us it was going to obliterate the planet.

Long ago, glaciers were at a constant perfect position. Life was paradise on Earth. Then mankind built the first “planet-destroying” coal powered station in 1880 and now mountains are being moved changing the very shape of the planet…apparently.

If Nature (the magazine) hadn't been hijacked by environuts, it would have kept a longer term perspective and not laced the press release for the paper with baseless speculation. Antarctica is not warming - the satellites show it isn't - and the part that is warming happens to be right over the edges of the tectonic plates where the volcanoes are. (What a coincidence, right?)

Parts of the press release follow…

“Climate change is causing more than just warmer oceans and erratic weather. According to scientists, it also has the capacity to alter the shape of the planet.
…Lead author Michele Koppes, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, compared glaciers in Patagonia and in the Antarctic Peninsula. She and her team found that glaciers in warmer Patagonia moved faster and caused more erosion than those in Antarctica, as warmer temperatures and melting ice helped lubricate the bed of the glaciers.
'We found that glaciers erode 100 to 1,000 times faster in Patagonia than they do in Antarctica,' said Koppes. 'Antarctica is warming up, and as it moves to temperatures above 0 degrees Celsius, the glaciers are all going to start moving faster. We are already seeing that the ice sheets are starting to move faster and should become more erosive, digging deeper valleys and shedding more sediment into the oceans.'

The repercussions of this erosion add to the already complex effects of climate change in the polar regions. Faster moving glaciers deposit more sediment in downstream basins and on the continental shelves, potentially impacting fisheries, dams and access to clean freshwater in mountain communities. 'The polar continental margins in particular are hotspots of biodiversity,' notes Koppes. 'If you're pumping out that much more sediment into the water, you're changing the aquatic habitat.'

The Canadian Arctic, one of the most rapidly warming regions of the world, will feel these effects acutely. With more than four degrees Celsius of warming over the last 50 years, the glaciers are on the brink of a major shift that will see them flowing up to 100 times faster if the climate shifts above zero degrees Celsius.
The findings by Koppes and coauthors also settle a scientific debate about when glaciers have the greatest impact on shaping landscapes and creating relief, suggesting that they do the most erosive work near the end of each cycle of glaciation, rather than at the peak of ice cover. The last major glacial cycles in the Vancouver region ended approximately 12,500 years ago.”

Lesson 1 from studying geology should teach anyone who pays attention that solid ground isn't solid. It is ever changing over long periods of time.

The continents move - slowly. South Africa used to be where Antarctica is now. The North American tectonic plate is moving to the West-Southwest at about 1 inch per year. The Pacific Plate is moving Northwest at a speed of between 3-4 inches a year.

So use that article in Nature for picking-up dog doo.

•Did you hear about the letter from global warming activists trying to get the federal government to prosecute anthropogenic climate change skeptics?

Well, apparently there must have been some major blowback because the group's letter to Obama has been quietly removed from their website.

Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise posted on her blog NoFrakkingConsensus.com that the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES) has taken down its letter signed by twenty scientists and researchers. “There's no explanation, no apology – just open space where this anti-free-speech document used to reside,” Laframboise wrote.

IGES's removal of its letter urging skeptics be prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act comes after huge backlash from skeptics and reports of the millions in government funding the letter's lead signatory has gotten over the years.

Now when the public goes to view the letter claiming that various organizations “have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change” all they will see is a blank page with a note that the URL “was not found on this server.”

Hmmm…

Read more at www.dailycaller.com

(Brian Kubicki can be reached by email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com or follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)

 


WITH BOEHNER OUT, MCCONELL IS THE NEXT ONE TO GO

9/30/15

•Something tells me it's just a matter of time before someone tries to tie global warming on Earth to the “evidence” of water on Mars. That should be highly entertaining.

•By the way on the subject of Mars, is anyone else really angered by the ads that have been playing for the upcoming movie, “The Martian” starring Matt Damon where he plays an astronaut stranded on Mars? If you haven't seen it, he utters the line, “Take that, Neil Armstrong!” presumably in reference to achieving something of significance compared to the established greatness of the first human to walk on the Moon.

I hope every audience member watching utters in response, “Bite me Matt Damon!”

•John Boehner stepping down from the speakership and Congress is not, as the Establishment would have you believe, a result of haranguing by Conservatives, or a brave attempt on his part to save the Party and America from a battle. It was a calculated move to further the Establishment RINO agenda before the on-coming stampede by angry Americans for unfulfilled promises. Boehner and his cronies talked a loud conservative game in the lead-up to the 2014 mid-term elections. “Elect us and we will hold Obama's feet to the fire!” they said. Around here, we heard it from Pat Roberts in Kansas and Roy Blunt in Missouri. Since then, Obamacare has been fully funded, Obama's Amnesty has sailed through Congress, and every other liberal agenda item has been rubber-stamped. The people have had enough.

Next one to go? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

•Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is another candidate that is much more conservative sounding during this campaign that her record would indicate.
She has been a past supporter of embryonic stem cell research.

She openly criticized Ted Cruz' efforts in 2013 to use Congress' Power of the Purse to defund Obamacare.

Fiorina is another one of “those” Republicans (RINO's) that refuse to step-up and admit that the Global Warming Movement is a hoax. She talks like Jeb Bush in saying she believes in “…the scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by human activity…” but she is skeptical that government can affect the issue. Those comments reek of establishment consultant advice.

On the subject of national health care, she is vocal that Obamacare must be repealed but in the past she has supported individual mandates for all people to be forced to buy health insurance.

We can do much better than Fiorina.

•People often say that bad things happen in war but this one is decidedly different. Apparently, the U.S.'s “Afghan allies” have been engaged in a sick practice the Afghans refer to as “boy play.” Afghani officers are abducting, imprisoning and raping young boys, keeping them as sex slaves, and it has apparently been standing policy for some time now that U.S. soldiers were told to turn a blind eye to the practice (even when it takes place on our bases). Some Americans have even been disciplined and removed from the service for trying to intervene.

“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.

After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military.

In addition to Quinn having his career destroyed, the Army is now trying to drum Green Beret Sgt. First Class Charles Martland out of the service for assisting Quinn in handing a beatdown to the pedophile. And our own military admits that this wasn't just a case of a few bad apples, but formal policy for troops serving in Afghanistan.

The Army when asked for comment gave a disappointing explanation.

When asked about American military policy, the spokesman for the American command in Afghanistan, Col. Brian Tribus, wrote in an email: “Generally, allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan military or police personnel would be a matter of domestic Afghan criminal law.” He added that “there would be no express requirement that U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan report it.” An exception, he said, is when rape is being used as a weapon of war.

So actions as atrocious as child rape are only to be stopped if they are being done in a war? Was Joseph Mengele's experiments on Jews O.K. as long as we weren't at war with the Nazi's?

Follow this story on Fox News. I haven't seen any other network covering it, which is a shame.

 


FOSSIL FUELS HAVE
CREATED AN
ENLIGHTENED POSITION

9/23/15

 


EARTHQUAKES AND THE POPE

9/7/16

•Did you feel the earthquake last week? I didn't – slept right through it.

Did you know it was centered in Pawnee, Oklahoma; population about 2,200. No deaths and scarce notable damage to structures. It was a 5.5 Magnitude quake.

Contrast this with the recent 6.2 Mag. earthquake in central Italy that killed almost 300 people. Those small towns aggregate had about the same population as Pawnee.

So why were there so many more deaths in Italy?

The NY Times (Yes, I'm quoting the NY Fishwrap!) had a great summary about that recently. Some excerpts follow.

Romano Camassi, a seismologist, surveyed the damage from the earthquake which left the village of Casetta in ruins.

Experts like Mr. Camassi, who was part of the first team from Italy's Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology to arrive at the quake zone in central Italy, say the destruction was amplified by vulnerable buildings whose upgrades to anti-seismic codes were deemed too costly for many Italians to carry out, too complicated to finance and too cumbersome to get approved.

Well that and Italians in these towns love the tourist dollars they earn showcasing the “old world charm” of their ancient and extremely unsafe town.

The most central, and inescapable, problem is that Italy is old. About 60 percent of its buildings are estimated to be more than 100 years old. That means that most of the country's architectural heritage was built before any of the modern anti-seismic standards were instituted.

“You can't ask that an ancient structure adhere to norms designed for modern structures, but you can try to improve them, that's the path to take with the objective to save human lives,” said Donatella Guzzoni, an engineer and an expert in the preservation of historic buildings.

“In other countries there is greater renewal of the architectural patrimony. They don't think much about knocking something down to rebuild to different standards,” said Sergio Lagomarsino, an engineering professor at the University of Genoa.

But, as Mr. Lagomarsino pointed out, Italy has a more conservative approach and is aware that preserving its heritage has value for the country.

“In the face of an important building you can't demolish a historic center and rebuild it with fake stones,” he said. “It would 'denaturalize' Italy.”

Earthquakes do a much more efficient job of denaturalizing Italy!

•Did you know that George Soros is helping the Pope?

From Marc Morano's Climate Depot…

The Soros' foundation clearly views Pope Francis as an important ally in the Soros income inequality socialist movement and in the run up to the 2016 U.S. election.

The Soros notes expose a cozy relationship with Cardinal Maradiaga, the Vice Pope, and close confidante of Pope Francis. Cardinal Maradiaga of Honduras is described by the Soros operatives as 'using his influence' within the Vatican to promote the Soros radical economic inequality narrative. Clearly, Maradiaga has been identified by the Soros empire as a key player in the global radical income redistribution movement. Soros' team knows that Maradiaga will happily promote this initiative within the Vatican and, most importantly, with Pope Francis, his close friend.

PICO is the $650,000 grant recipient that will organize activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice activities.

PICO is a progressive national network of faith-based organizations. Like health care reform, this newest PICO initiative aims to redistribute wealth by demanding that “faith leaders step into the big banks' boardrooms.”

PICO was founded in 1972 by John Baumann, a Jesuit priest trained in Saul Alinsky community organizing in Chicago in the 1960s.

Another key organization that is financially supported by Soros is the FPL standing for Faith in Public Life. FPL is given its marching orders in the grant. Polling results by FPL are preordained by Soros, as set forth in the grant:

“FPL's media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope's focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being “pro-family” requires addressing growing inequality.”

There you go. FPL got its marching orders from its funder to conduct a poll and demonstrate that Catholic voters support Pope Francis on income inequality.

Who is FPL, otherwise known as Faith in Public Life? The innocuous and religious sounding organization is another radical leftist Soros funded organization that drives the left's agenda in the faith community.

Who could be against an organization that innocuously calls itself “faith in public life?” FPL is yet another of hundreds of Soros funded satellite organizations masquerading as well-meaning philanthropies which in reality promote a radical economic agenda of anti-capitalism and global redistribution.

Stay tuned, Catholics, for contrived polling data that reflects your overwhelming support for more global and carbon taxes to redistribute your income more equally. Soros will use the Vatican to promote Hillary, his hand-picked presidential candidate.

Yikes!

 


OREGON WILL BE QUESTIONING WHAT IT'S GOTTEN INTO

8/31/16

•One thing about Donald Trump that ensures my vote is he is clear on the faux issue of global warming and solid on energy policy. In his May 26 energy policy speech, he promised “to rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan” and “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.”

On July 26, Trump told Fox News, “I say it [man-made climate change] could have a minor impact, but nothing, nothing to what they're [climate activists] talking about. And what it's doing is putting us at a tremendous disadvantage as a country because other countries are not adhering to the rules; we are and it makes it impossible for our businesses to compete.”

Conservatives believe public opinion must change significantly before more Republican leaders will follow Trump's assertive approach on global warming. Handled properly, global warming could become a unifying issue for many Republican campaigns.

GOP candidates should follow Trump's lead, making use of opinions of experts like Dr. Roy Spencer (http://www.drroyspencer.com/) to clearly explain to the public that global warming is a natural phenomenon and human influence is likely very small. Democrat-driven plans to cripple the coal industry, the most important source of cheap electricity, because of improbable climate concerns is irrational and dangerous.

•Did you know that extreme global warming caused a severe mass extinction of life on Earth 252 million years ago? It took life up to 9 million years to recover.
96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of terrestrial life died off in the Permian-Triassic extinction event.

Experts estimate the mass extinction was likely triggered by an explosive event of volcanic eruptions in what is now Siberia. These eruptions lasted for a MILLION YEARS and emitted enormous amounts of volatiles which made Earth unbearably hot.

Life took an extraordinary long time to recover from this extinction, from 5 to 9 million years. Once oceans finally started cooling 6-7 million years after the extinction, nutrient rich waters returned, algae started to grow, resuscitating the oceans, and leading to an explosion of life.

In many ways this mass extinction reset the evolution of life, and paved the way for evolution of dinosaurs. They, in turn, died off in another mass extinction 66 million years ago.

Wonder when the Earth will start the next extinction?

•If you live in Oregon and enjoy air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter, good food in the refrigerator and safe medicines in your pharmacies, not to mention high tech features of the industrial revolution such as having lights in your home and computers and internet access, you might want to start stocking up on candles and gas generators.

The green energy warriors have pretty much taken over the state legislature in the Beaver State for more than the past decade and they've managed to pass all sorts of interesting laws. One of them was a rule which says that all coal fired power will be ELIMINATED by 2020. The Boardman Coal Plant is scheduled to shut down completely in the next few years and at that point there will be little besides wind turbines in terms of in-state power generation.

The mandate, signed into law earlier this year, was the result of an environmentalist-fueled push by the Democrat-controlled legislature. Under the plan, coal production will end once the Boardman plant shutters in 2020 – utilities would still be able to buy coal power from out of state for another 10 years, until a 2030 deadline to end coal use entirely.

But the phase-out already has groups warning that residents are headed for big rate increases and brownouts.

Tighten purse strings, Oregonians. Energy generation, for now anyway, remains in the realm of the free market and in order to comply with these state mandates, energy is going to cost more. The utility companies don't simply suck up those increased costs - they get passed on to the consumer. Experts estimate energy bills may double current rates. But of course, the lowest income residents will bear the brunt of this awful policy because they spend more on utilities as a percentage of their total income than any other economic group.

Coal currently provides more than a third of Oregon's energy needs. The total energy provided by wind turbines accounts for 8%. And of course that production drops to nearly zero whenever the wind stops blowing.

After 2030, Oregon will have to purchase its power from utilities which use complex federal credit schemes to say they're not delivering coal fired energy. The cost goes up but the actual source of the power doesn't change.

What does change is the reliability of the energy supply when you restrict the number of sources you can draw on. All it will take is one period of high demand when the “approved” sources aren't putting out enough and you've got rolling brownouts or outright blackouts. It shouldn't take more than a few days of that for Oregon's residents to wake up and question precisely what they've gotten themselves into.

Don't say you weren't warned.

(Email Brian at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


ETHANOL MORE DAMAGING
TO ENVIRONMENT
THAN PREDICTED

8/24/16

•The Obama administration refused a legal requirement to study and report on the impact of requiring ethanol in gasoline, the EPA inspector general reported last week.

The administration never conducted studies to determine whether air and water quality benefits from adding corn-based ethanol to gasoline. Such reports to Congress were required every three years under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The AP investigated the issue and found ethanol far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, polluted water supplies and destroyed habitat.

The EPA agreed with the inspector general's findings that it had failed to produce studies as legally required. It said it will produce the first report — on the impacts of biofuels — by December 2017, and investigate whether ethanol requirements made other environmental problems worse by September 2024. That will be 17 years after Congress passed a law requiring oil companies to blend billions of gallons of ethanol into their gasoline.

President George W. Bush signed the law and President Obama implemented it.
The EPA told the inspector general that it produced one congressional report about the effects of ethanol on the environmental and conservation in December 2011, at a cost of $1.7 million, then conveniently claimed they ran out of money for future reports. They also said they never received input from Congress on their first report and asserted that three years was too short a period for any significant scientific advances that would have mattered.

•The Washington Times reports that climate change activists are mobilizing to cut the birthrate, arguing that richer nations should discourage people from having children in order to protect them from the ravages of global warming and reduce emissions.

Travis Rieder, assistant director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, told NPR that bringing down global fertility by half a child per woman “could be the thing that saves us.”

“Here's a provocative thought: Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them,” said Mr. Rieder, who has one child.

He proposed procreation disincentives such as government tax breaks for poor people and tax penalties for rich people, a kind of “carbon tax on kids.”

Poor nations would be cut slack “because they're still developing, and because their per capita emissions are a sliver of the developed world's. Plus, it just doesn't look good for rich, Western nations to tell people in poor ones not to have kids,” NPR said.

•On Trump…

The single best reason to vote for Donald Trump for president in November is this: the media has effectively chosen the president in the last two elections. They run from Democrat scandal stories and run feverishly toward a hint of scandal from a Republican. Former Democrat staffers populate the Sunday morning shows. They feel empowered at being able to decide who will occupy the Oval Office. The media needs to be brought back down to size. Vote Trump!

•And before you try to look third party, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson said he's no skeptic of man-made global warming and endorsed a “fee” on carbon dioxide emissions.

“I do believe that climate change is occurring,” Johnson said. “I do believe that it is man-caused” and “that there can be and is a free-market approach to climate change.”

Johnson's “free market” approach to global warming includes “a fee — not a tax, he said — placed on carbon” to make those who emit the greenhouse gas pay the supposed cost of their actions, according to the Juneau Empire.

“We as human beings want to see carbon emissions reduced significantly,” he said, adding the U.S. only emits “16 percent of the (global) load” Co2.

That's actually only 3% but whose quibbling?

Johnson said: “I don't want to do anything that harms jobs.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told campaigners at the American Energy Alliance (AEA) in March he opposed a carbon tax.

“The Obama administration committed an overreach that punishes rather than helps Americans,” Trump answered in AEA's survey. “Under my administration, all EPA rules will be reviewed. Any regulation that imposes undue costs on business enterprises will be eliminated.”

Republicans have been increasingly concerned about attempts to get a carbon tax through Congress. GOP lawmakers often argue taxing CO2 would amount to an energy tax that would raise the price of everything, hurting the poor.

Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse introduced a carbon tax bill last year to raise $2 trillion over 10 years and reduce CO2 emissions 40 percent.

Whitehouse has also called on the Department of Justice to prosecute those who disagree with him on global warming.

(Email Brian at bfkubicki@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)

 


WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO STANDS FOR ISSUE WE CARE ABOUT

8/17/16

•Watching the amazing Olympic gymnastics competition, and being old, it occurred to me that the gymnasts today can do much more than even the athletes I saw in the '70's. The Olympics have been going on since 1896 for men and 1936 for women. I suppose it's reasonable to assume that the earliest gymnastic competitions were probably amazing the public by doing something as simple as a somersault. “Look at that, Bill….he just did two somersaults in a row - AMAZING!!!”

•I'm working on a detailed endorsement of Donald Trump for president, and am all over the map as to why. Suffice it to say though, if you look at the issues of importance to any presidential election, Trump is way more conservative than either Mitt Romney or John McCain and is even more so than Bush 43, Bob Dole, and Bush 41. I didn't have problems voting for them – well, I did the whole “hold-your-nose” thing as many conservatives did. Look at the issues of national security, immigration, life, taxes, jobs, and energy, and you are better covered by Trump than Hillary by a long, long way.

•To be fair, I do differ with Trump on a lot of issues. Trade for example. Tariffs only raise costs for consumers. If you want to bring jobs like Carrier air conditioning back to America (they moved to Mexico) end the over-regulation by the EPA. Better yet, eliminate the EPA entirely. The department was created by Richard Nixon, for goodness sake.

•The importance here that seems to be emphasized by the Trump run is we really don't need our president to be someone selected by the media. We need someone who stands for the issues we care about. There's really nothing else important in the decision.

•Read on for more EPA-driven nonsense.

•From The Guardian via Climate Depot, dairy groups are blasting methane regulations for massive reductions stating: “Cows expel gas so they don't explode!”

California wants to limit the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by belching and farting of their 5.5 million cows.

Methane gas is said to be 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period, but the industry says it's “nature's design” for cows to pass a lot of gas.

California's attempt to curb emissions of methane is facing vocal opposition from a dairy industry that fears government meddling in the flatulence of its cows.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has set a goal of slashing methane emissions by 40% by 2030, from 2013 levels, and has targeted the belching and farting – known as “enteric fermentation” – of California's 5.5 million beef and dairy cows, as well as the manure they create.

A strategy document produced by the regulator states that improved manure management practices, new diets for cattle and “gut microbial interventions” could help cut the amount of methane released into the atmosphere. State legislators are currently considering a bill to enforce these suggestions.

California has moved to limit methane after the state's glowing reputation for climate action received a nasty blow by a natural gas leak this year in the mountains above Los Angeles that took 112 days to plug and spewed 97,100 metric tons of methane into the atmosphere.

But the state's dairy industry has criticized the crackdown on methane leaking from cattle, launching a social media and email campaign that claims the ARB is overstepping its power and raises the specter of exploding cows.

“The focus here is to highlight ARB's efforts at over-regulating the dairy industry,” said Anja Raudabaugh, chief executive of Western United Dairymen. “By nature's design, (cows) pass lots of gas. Quite frankly, we want them to expel gas so they don't explode.”

The Milk Producers Council has also lambasted the prospect of new regulation, with the lobby group's general manager Rob Vandenheuvel stating that the methane rules plan “threatens the future of the California dairy industry.”

“This is about fighting against the ridiculously stupid 'go-it-alone' strategy for implementing business killing regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gases,” Vandenheuvel said.

“When the US talks about going this direction, while countries like China refuse, I call that crazy. When a single state like California does it on its own, I call that absolutely insane.”

In May, the Obama administration unveiled new rules to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by up to 45% by 2025, from 2012 levels. The rules are part of a number of executive actions taken by the president this year – including on emissions from aircraft and refrigerants – in the face of escalating global temperatures.

Neither California nor the federal government, however, has yet adopted an idea from Argentina's government that large backpacks be strapped onto cows to trap methane and turn it into green energy.
Is there any remaining doubt that the environmental movement is utter nonsense?

(Follow Brian Kubicki on Twitter @bkparallax or email him at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


IDEOLOGICAL OPPOSITION TO PESTICIDES HAS NO BASIS IN SCIENCE

8/10/16

With the Summer Olympics in full-swing, we are hearing a lot more about the Zika virus and what's to be done to fight it. Congress wants to spend over a billion taxpayer dollars on it.

You know what is the best answer to fight the spread of a mosquito-borne illness?
DDT.

Gerald and Natalie Sirkin wrote a great piece a few years ago that took-on all angles and presented all the relevant facts about the reason tens of millions of people have died of malaria since 1972. Some excerpts follow.

“Fraud in science is a major problem.” So begins “DDT: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud” by the late J. Gordon Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Entomology at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

In World War I, prior to the discovery of the insecticidal potential of DDT, typhus killed more servicemen than bullets. In World War II, typhus was no problem.

The world has marveled at the effectiveness of DDT in fighting malaria, yellow fever, dengue, sleeping sickness, plague, encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, fleas, and lice.

Today (this was 2005), the greatest killer and disabler is malaria, which kills a person every 30 seconds. By the 1960s, DDT had brought malaria near to extinction. “To only a few chemicals does man owe as great a debt as to DDT. In little more than two decades, DDT has prevented 500 million human deaths, due to malaria, that otherwise would have been inevitable,” said the National Academy of Sciences.

Rachel Carson began the countrywide assault on DDT with her 1962 book, Silent Spring. Carson made errors, some designed to scare, about DDT and synthetic pesticides. “For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception to death,” she intoned.

“This is nonsense,” commented pesticide specialists Bruce N. Ames and Thomas H. Jukes of the University of California at Berkeley. (Ames is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, world renowned. Jukes, was a professor of biophysics and a leader in the defense of DDT.) “Every chemical is dangerous if the concentration is too high. Moreover, 99.9 percent of the chemicals humans ingest are natural… produced by plants to kill off predators,” Ames and Jukes wrote in Reason in 1993.

Her first charge against DDT was that it causes cancer. No search has ever turned up any evidence, despite massive use of DDT in agriculture in the 1950s and 1960s. Wayland Hayes, U.S. Public Health Service scientist, for 18 months fed to human volunteers daily three times the quantity of DDT that the average American was ingesting annually. None experienced any adverse effect, then or six to ten years later.

“There has never been any convincing evidence that DDT (or pesticide residues in food) has ever caused cancer in man,” concluded Ames and Jukes.

No harm to humans, they turned to bird health, alleging a decline of bald eagles and other birds of prey, which they associated with heavy DDT usage. Rachel Carson led the accusation. The charge is DDT use thins the shells of bird eggs. When nesting parent birds sat on the eggs, the shells cracked and no babies hatched. Carson charged that DDT was bringing bald eagles and robins to the “verge of extinction.”

Bald eagles between 1941 and 1960 migrating over Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania, doubled during the first six years of DDT use. Their numbers increased from 9,291 in 1946 — before much DDT was used — to 16,163 in 1963 and 19,765 in 1968.

Facts have not impeded the endless repetition of Carson's bird myth. Scientists tested the popular shell-thinning hypothesis. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists fed birds for 112 days on a diet with 100 times as much DDT as they were getting from the environment. No thinning of egg shells was found. The DDT had no effect on the birds.

In 1969, the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, and National Audubon Society petitioned the Secretary of Agriculture to ban DDT, claiming it is carcinogenic to humans. He agreed to partially phase it out by December 31, 1970, which did not satisfy the environmentalists.

Following Ruckelshaus' ban, the USAID, prodded by a lawsuit by the Audubon Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council, undertook to discourage other countries from using DDT by threatening to stop foreign aid to any country using it. The threat spread Ruckelshaus's ban worldwide.

The effects of giving up DDT were immediately felt in the malarial areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Sri Lanka (Ceylon), reacting to Silent Spring, in the 1960s gave up DDT. Its malarial cases had decreased from 2.8 million down to 17. After Sri Lanka gave it up, malaria shot back up to over 2.5 million.

South American countries gave up DDT and suffered the customary rise in malaria. Ecuador, which manufactures DDT, resumed using it in 1993. By 1995, Ecuador had reduced its malarial cases by 61 percent.

The search for a malaria-vaccine continues to fail.

The environmentalists' ideological opposition to pesticides has no basis in science. It is a death sentence to millions.

 


THE MEDIA BIAS FOR HILLARY IS EASY TO SPOT

8/3/16

•Boy, it is easy to see media bias in favor of Hillary Clinton at work when you consider all the furor over Trump's being criticized by Khizr Khan, parent of an American soldier son who died in Iraq, at the DNC Convention and there were only dismissive rants against Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, who criticized Hillary Clinton at the RNC convention for lying to her about that bogus internet video being the cause of her son's September 2012 death.

•Have you noticed that whenever Hillary Clinton's nomination is mentioned in the media she is described as “…the first woman from a major political party to be nominated…” and not “…the first woman to run for President?” That's because there have been somewhere near 12 women that have run for President prior to now.

From Business Insider…

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to run for president.

As Janet Tavakoli at Tavakoli Structured Finance pointed out on Monday, the first time a woman was nominated was in 1872.

Victoria Woodhull, also the first woman to work on Wall Street, secured the third-party nomination by the Equal Rights Party in the 1872 election.

Her opponents were Horace Greeley, of the Liberal Republican Party, and incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant, of the Radical Republican Party.

Grant won, but Woodhull, along with her supposed vice presidential candidate (he never publicly acknowledged the nomination), Frederick Douglass, ran 48 years before women were even able to vote.

Her story is an amazing one; a rags-to-riches story of a woman from a rural town in Ohio who made it to Wall Street and then the presidential race.

This was the first election after the formation of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. As a result, protests for women's suffrage became more prevalent. The NWSA held its annual convention in New York City on May 9, 1872. Some of the delegates supported Victoria Woodhull, who had spent the year since the previous NWSA annual meeting touring the New York City environs and giving speeches on why women should be allowed to vote.

Woodhull gave a series of speeches around New York City during the campaign. Her finances were very thin, and when she borrowed money from supporters, she often was unable to repay them. On the day before the election, Woodhull was arrested for "publishing an obscene newspaper" and so was unable to cast a vote for herself.

Interestingly, Woodhull was actually ineligible to be president on Inauguration Day, not because she was a woman (the Constitution and the law were silent on the issue), but because she would not reach the constitutionally prescribed minimum age of 35 until September 23, 1873.

Historians have debated whether to consider her activities a true election campaign. Woodhull and Douglass are not listed in "Election results" on most resources, since the ticket received a negligible percentage of the popular vote and no electoral votes. Also, several suffragettes would attempt to vote in the election. Susan B. Anthony was actually arrested and fined $100 for attempting to vote.

•Catholics (and I am one), this pope!

From Breitbart.com, Pope Francis suggested Sunday that Christianity is equally prone to violence as Islam.

When asked by a journalist about the hideous assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel in northern France who was killed in the name of Islam (the murderer shouted “Alahu Akhbar” while slicing the neck of the aged priest) last Tuesday, the Pope replied that he doesn't like speaking about Islamic violence because there is plenty of Christian violence as well.

Really? How many Christians shout, “God is Great!” while sawing the head off of a living human being?

Pope Francis said that every day when he browses the newspapers, he sees violence in Italy perpetrated by Christians: “this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law… and these are baptized Catholics! There are violent Catholics!”

“If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence,” Francis said. “And no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there's everything.”

In his response, Pope Francis seemed to suggest that jihadists killing innocent people in the name of Allah is not significantly different from a Catholic who kills his girlfriend or mother-in-law, presumably for motives unrelated to the Christian religion.

Francis acknowledged that there are “violent persons of this religion [Islam],” immediately adding that “in pretty much every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. Fundamentalists. We have them.”

This Pope is either certifiably nuts or he IS the Antichrist.

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JOHN KERRY SAYS
AIR CONDITIONING IS
A THREAT LIKE ISIS

7/27/16

Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna last week said that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

Really?

The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators.
“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we – you - are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has led to the trend of global climate change.

“The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it's because it is. It's the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”

Not to go all techie on Kerry here but, the basic refrigeration cycle, called the vapor-compression cycle, uses a circulating liquid refrigerant as the medium which absorbs and removes heat from the space to be cooled and then rejects that heat elsewhere. All such systems have four components: a compressor, a condenser, a thermal expansion valve, and an evaporator.

Circulating refrigerant enters the compressor in the thermodynamic state known as a saturated vapor and is compressed to a higher pressure, resulting in a higher temperature as well. The hot, compressed vapor is superheated vapor and it is at a temperature and pressure at which it can be condensed with either cooling water or cooling air flowing across the coil or tubes that contain the refrigerant. There the circulating refrigerant rejects heat from the system and the rejected heat is carried away (via the outdoor unit). The condensed liquid refrigerant, now a saturated liquid, is routed through an expansion valve where it undergoes an abrupt reduction in pressure. That pressure reduction lowers the temperature of the liquid and vapor refrigerant mixture to where it is colder than the temperature of the enclosed space to be refrigerated. A fan then blows across coils in the room containing this cool refrigerant and our sweat glands start to relax.

Notice that throughout this entire process, no refrigerant escapes to the atmosphere. Vapor-compression cycles hold refrigerant in a closed system. Very little of it ever reaches the atmosphere. I've lived in three homes in 30+ years and only once had a refrigerant load need to be charged and that was only a few pounds.

As for release of CO2, I can't determine where Kerry thinks that occurs, because the air blown across the coils indoors or outdoors already has some CO2 in it, so nothing new there.

We should probably just leave it that John Kerry is an idiot, on at least this subject. This is just another example of the left's attempt to attack the free market and private property by stopping us from making life better.

•From ClimateDepot.com, Marc Morano posted a truly fitting petition movement that will put John Kerry's sweat glands where his mouth is.

Sign Petition: 'Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property' – Prompted By Kerry's comments

The petition:
WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of our elected and appointed government officials to lead by example,
THEREFORE, we call upon the U.S. Department of State to remove air conditioning from all property that the Department owns, rents, or otherwise employs, including but not limited to embassies, consulates, office buildings, etc., all vehicles owned and/or operated by the Department, and any other property, real or movable, owned, rented, or otherwise employed by the Department.

I signed the petition and urge others to as well if they feel similarly motivated to make the State Department stink even worse than it does now.

https://www.change.org/p/remove-air-conditioning-from-all-us-state-department-property/sponsors/new

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DIRE PREDICTIONS
BY SIERRA CLUB CRAZIES
HAVEN’T MATERIALIZED

7/20/16

•A new seemingly wise move as a result of the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union is the near-elimination of the U.K. equivalent of the EPA; their Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Greg Clark has been appointed Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary as new Prime Minister Theresa May scraps the old Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The appointment signals the end for a department that put climate change at the top of the agenda. Only eight years after it was created by then prime minister Gordon Brown, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is being merged into Clark's new department and losing the "climate change" part of its name.

Naturally, environmentalists immediately reacted to the "shocking" news, voicing fears that the reshaping of departments showed the government was downgrading climate change as a priority.

Now if we can just get someone in the Republican Party to talk about eliminating the Richard Nixon-created EPA.

•In a move that absolutely enamors me with Trump, the Sierra Club published a 37-page report recently attacking presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for his “regressive” views on global warming.

These are the views of the Sierra Club:

The environmental group's official policy until 1996 was that both birth rates and immigration levels needed to sharply decline to stabilize the U.S. population. The Sierra Club has splintered and lost members over immigration before finally announcing in 2013 that it supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.

Now, the organization's only position on population reduction is its promotion of “voluntary family planning and reproductive health services.”

“Childbearing [should be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license … All potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing” David Brower, the first executive director of The Sierra Club, stated in an interview in 1990.

“…issuing antidotes?!?!” These people are nuts!

The dire predictions of the Sierra Club crazies have consistently failed to materialize. The number of people living in poverty has significantly declined and the amount of food per person has steadily increased, despite population growth over the years. The quality of life of the average person has also immeasurably improved.

Their green solution to global warming is to spend lots of money on wind and solar power while banning conventional energy sources that emit carbon dioxide (CO2). This causes the price of electricity to spike, harming poor people.

The price of everything that uses electricity spikes when power costs increase. Poorer people tend to spend a higher proportion of their incomes on basic needs, like groceries, utilities, clothing, housing and gasoline than wealthier people.

President Obama's Clean Power Plan is estimated to raise the average annual electricity bill from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent of average household income. Minorities tend to have lower than average household income and thus spend a far higher proportion of their money on electricity and energy. The average black household in America will see its annual spending on electricity rise from 4.5 percent to 5.8 percent of income thanks to Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Lower-income black Americans will bear an even larger burden and could spend up to 26 percent of their household income on electricity.

Let's send the Sierra Club packing when President Trump takes office!

•Wally the Whale is back.

Newport Beach lifeguards Monday set out for the second straight day to protect the city's beaches from an unwelcome visitor – the bloated, decaying 45-foot-long carcass of a humpback whale named Wally.

The dead and decomposing animal was floating about five miles off the coast and getting closer, according to lifeguards.

The whale's body is no stranger to the shoreline.

On June 30 it washed ashore at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles County. The next day, officials with the National Marine Fisheries Service identified the 22-ton carcass as Wally, whom biologists had tagged in August. Later that day, crews got the carcass back into the ocean with the help of the high tide, and two lifeguard boats towed it out to sea in hopes that it would decompose naturally. Instead, Wally's body is threatening to return to the coast, which it did this past weekend.

Newport Beach lifeguards saw the carcass Sunday morning. Apparently winds had pushed the blubbery mass to within a mile of the Newport coast.

Lifeguards could see Wally from their headquarters at the Newport Pier without using binoculars. A crew on a rescue boat went out and used a rope already tied around the whale's tail to tow the carcass due south. Lifeguard boats aren't designed to transport something so massive, so it was slow going, taking the entire day.

At around 5 p.m. Sunday, the crew let Wally's body go about 14 miles from the shore, but the winds have pushed it back toward land.

(Email Brian Kubicki at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


SLY JAMES TRIED TO LINK THE UNLINKABLE

7/13/16

•The mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, posted the following on Twitter after the mass murder in Dallas on July 8:

“Tragic deaths in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas! Slow motion mass murder here. Families ripped apart. Racism and guns. Bad combination!”

How can any reasonable person, much less a supposedly major city's leading political official, link the situations in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN with the hideous mass murder committed in Dallas?

Both the Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights situations involved law enforcement people doing their jobs. While both situations resulted in the death of the person being apprehended, both are also currently under investigation. Those investigations may result in the police officers involved being exonerated or found guilty of some charge involved with the taking of the victims' lives.

The mass murder in Dallas involved no such uncertainty. The police officers who were killed or injured were targeted for their uniform and skin color and were engaged in doing their jobs – keeping order during a protest and protecting people once the shooter began killing. The killer is known and there is no question of his guilt. The victims are known and there is no doubt as to their innocence.

Sly James should apologize to the people of Kansas City.

•Also, Mayor James, I was wondering if you knew that at least 64 people were shot in the nation's third largest city, Chicago, over the Independence Day weekend, including four people who were fatally wounded?

You haven't mentioned any of those shootings in your Twitter statements. Chicago has suffered 329 homicides already in 2016. Your own city, KCMO, has seen 52 homicides this year. One person was killed this weekend in each of the cities of Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights.

A little perspective from our public officials is important.

•Like most local governments, Montgomery County in Maryland is always looking to generate revenue. So when they imposed a 5-cent tax on disposable plastic shopping bags in 2012, they claimed the intent was to change behavior, not squeeze more blood from taxpayers' wallets.

It is claimed that plastic bags make up about a third of the trash found in the county's streams and stormwater ponds. Many end up in the rivers. Charging shoppers a nickel for each plastic or paper bag would prod them to embrace environmentally friendly reusable sacks - they hoped.

So, four years have passed and the county assembled data tracking the impact of the bag tax.

Revenue from plastic-bag sales grew 3.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. More plastic and paper bags were being issued at big-chain grocery stores, where county officials thought the tax would be most effective in reducing the use of disposable bags.

Convenience stores, pharmacies and department stores in Montgomery County had reductions in bag sales, however. Traps at 15 stream sites in the county monitored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments show a decline in the number of plastic bags collected, from 856 in 2011 to 777 in 2015. That's just 79 fewer plastic bags over a 4 year period - hardly worth the effort!

County Council member Roger Berliner (a Democrat of course!), the chairman of the transportation and environment committee, said he finds it troubling that they haven't seen more of a decrease in the sales of bags, especially at grocery stores.
A Washington Post investigation last year found that only about a third of the revenue from the D.C. tax was used for pollution control and watershed protection in the city. The rest went to staff salaries and education. They always seem to need more tax money for staff salaries!

Since going into effect in January 2012, Montgomery's tax has generated $10.4 million for pollution and stormwater control programs.

On a recent morning in downtown Silver Spring, the spotty compliance was in plain view. Shoppers at Whole Foods and Safeway appeared to be more consistent users of reusable bags.

Safeway patrons doing lighter shopping tended to leave toting one or two plastic sacks, paying the 5-10 cent tax for the bags.

Truth of it is, if a product or service is needed and in-demand, such as the convenience of disposable plastic bags, people will pay a little bit extra to continue to receive the benefit that product or service offers.

Taxes never were designed for, and should never be used to control behavior. Taxes are supposed to be collected for funding the constitutionally limited things that government is authorized to administer. We did not create government to control how we conduct our lives, taken that we operate within the laws on the books. This ridiculous movement to try to stop us from toting our groceries back from their place of purchase is no business of government, either to try and control us or to enrich their own coffers.

•Prayers for the families of the murdered and injured officers in Dallas!

(Email Brian Kubicki at bfkubick@kc.rr.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)

 

 


LISTEN TO THE FARMERS, THEY KNOW BETTER

7/6/16

•Scientists have found a large “life-saving” reserve of helium in Tanzania.
The world's supply of helium is running out. That might not seem like a big deal, party balloons notwithstanding, but it's actually crucial to a number of things that humans need, like MRI scanners and nuclear energy.

Helium is usually only found accidentally, usually when drilling for oil or natural gas. The scientists have discovered that volcanic activity can provide the intense temperatures that are needed to release helium from ancient rocks. In the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley, this activity has pushed the gas out of deep rocks and into shallower gas fields.

By combining the new understanding of helium geochemistry with seismic images of gas trapping structures, the new Tanzanian gas field has been calculated to have a probable resource of 54 billion cubic feet (BCf) in just one area.

To put this into perspective, global consumption of helium is about 8 BCf per year and the United States Federal Helium Reserve, which is the world's largest supplier, has a current reserve of just 24.2 BCf. Total known reserves in the USA are around 153 BCf. This is a game changer for the future security of society's helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away.

Now that the research has established the importance of volcanic activity for helium release, the same strategy for finding the gas can be applied all over the world. Prospectors will be looking for areas of volcanic activity combined with potential gas trapping structures.

More evidence the Earth is much more powerful than we are.

•Did you see where a Tesla Model S driver using the car's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature died when the car hit an 18-wheeler? It was the first known fatality involving the new technology.

The collision occurred May 7 when the big-rig made a left turn in front of the Model S at an intersection on a divided highway in Williston, Florida. “Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied” and the car drove under the trailer, Tesla representatives said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a Special Crash Investigations Team to examine the vehicle and the crash scene. Experts from the agency's Office of Defects Investigation plan to examine the design and performance of the Autopilot system. The agency said in a statement that opening an investigation “should not be construed as a finding that” the agency “believes there is either a presence or absence of a defect in the subject vehicles.”

Since the federal government gave $5 billion to Tesla, isn't this “investigation” like letting the fox investigate chicken disappearances from the coop?

The crash raises the long-anticipated liability question of autonomous driving: Who is at fault when someone dies? Tesla has already made statements to isolate themselves from liability by requiring drivers to acknowledge responsibility when placing the controls on Autopilot and by calling Autopilot a safety system designed to augment a driver's vigilance.

•STOP THE PRESSES! Farmers think global warming is a political construct!
Farmers are perhaps the segment of the population most affected by climate change, so you'd think they were a bit more realistic and informed about its reality.
Via Forbes, a survey conducted by Iowa State Professor J. Arbuckle and Purdue University professor Linda Prokopy of 5,000 Cornbelt farmers—representing about 60% of U.S. corn production and 80% of farmland in the region—found that only 8% believed climate change is taking place and caused primarily by human activity. That 8% figure is significantly lower than the general population. A poll from January found that 27% of the general public primarily blames human activity.

As always, listen to the farmers. They know better!

•San Franciscans, say goodbye to Styrofoam. On Tuesday, the city unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of any product made from polystyrene, the petroleum-based compound that's molded into disposable dishware, packing materials, and beach toys—among other things.

In 2007, the city prohibited the use of polystyrene use all to-go food containers. More than 100 cities, along with Washington DC, now have similar laws in place. (The first Styrofoam ban was passed in 1988 by the City of Berkeley.) But San Francisco's new ordinance, part of the city's goal of "zero waste" (no pooping allowed is no doubt next!) by 2020, is the broadest yet. As of January 1, 2017 it will be unlawful to sell polystyrene packing materials (those infuriating foam peanuts, for instance), day-use coolers, trays used in meat and fish packaging, and even foam dock floats and mooring buoys.

(Email Brian at bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 


WE REALLY ARE LIVING IN AN UPSIDE DOWN WORLD

6/29/16

•Isn't it despicable how our current political leadership is so quick to use acts of terror as an excuse to shove their gun control political agenda (or any other political agenda) down America's throats?

If you hear the media refer to an AR-15-style rifle as an "assault weapon" or an “assault rifle,” you can tell that he or she likely supports banning these weapons or simply does not understand their function. An "assault weapon" is a political term created by anti-gun legislators in 1980's California to ban some semi-automatic rifles there. (Credit to a friend on social media for that information!)

For background, the AR-15 is based on the 7.62 mm AR-10 designed by Eugene Stoner, Robert Fremont and L. James Sullivan of the Fairchild Armalite corporation. The AR-15 was developed as a lighter 5.56 mm version of the AR-10. The "AR" in all ArmaLite pattern firearms simply stands for "ArmaLite Rifle" and can be found on most of the company's firearms: AR-5, a .22 caliber rifle; the AR-7, another .22 caliber; the AR-17 shotgun; the AR-10 rifle; and the AR-24 pistol. The “AR” does not stand for “Assault Rifle.”

In 1959, ArmaLite sold its rights to the AR-10 and AR-15 to Colt. Colt marketed the AR-15 rifle to various military services around the world. After modifications, the redesigned rifle was adopted by the United States military as the M16 rifle.
In 1963, Colt started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle as the Colt AR-15 for civilian use and the term has been used to refer to semiautomatic-only versions of the rifle since then. Colt continued to use the AR-15 trademark for its semi-automatic variants (AR-15, AR-15A2) that were marketed to civilian and law-enforcement customers.

Today, the AR-15 and its variations are manufactured by many companies and are popular among civilian shooters and law enforcement forces around the world due to their accuracy and modularity.

•Can someone explain to me why we have dolphin-safe tuna but no tuna-safe dolphin?

Why is it only the cute animals that are used as fodder for animal rights activists? A gorilla threatens a baby and is killed by humans and the activists lose their minds. An alligator kills a kid, the authorities go on an alligator killing rampage and never find the attacking alligator and nobody in the animal rights activist world raises an eyebrow in disdain or anger.

We really are living in an upside-down world!

•Sir Bob Geldof, former lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, claims to know that all humans will die before 2030.

Why is it always the celebrities (Cher, Geldof, Matt Damon, etc.) that have this keen insight into knowing how we best must live? Most of these morons can't balance a checkbook and they know what's good and bad for us over the next 17 years?

The musician-turned-activist says the world will end in 17 years. The 61 year old purported sage based his miserable prediction on the effects of climate change.
“The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself," he told a group of youngsters at a summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We may not get to 2030. We need to address the problem of climate change urgently”

He finished his speech by apologizing for being "bloody miserable," but added: "just get on with it."

Such inspiration.

•The world's richest nations have long been fueled by oil, coal and natural gas, but President Obama warned last Friday that less affluent countries trying to take the same path will put the planet “under water.”

Kind of like the bad guy, Cal, in the movie Titanic who kept knocking people off the sides of his lifeboat because they were going to swamp it.

In an interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Obama said he hoped social media will help convince the poor freezing and dehydrated schlubs around the globe to walk away from cheap fossil fuels, which he says contribute to rising carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere, never mind that those energy sources are also less expensive and more reliable than any of the green energy alternatives he's always blabbering about.

Don't believe me? Read it yourself in his own words:

“In terms of the problems we have to solve, energy is a classic example, the issue of climate change,” Mr. Obama said at the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University.

“There are entire continents, sub-Saharan Africa or the Indian sub-continent, where people are developing rapidly. They're getting connected,” he said.

"They're going to need electricity, they're going to need energy, but if they duplicate the ways that we produce energy here, or have in the past, then the entire planet is under water.”

So screw you poor people. You aren't entitled to cheap energy. You have to continue wallowing around in the mud and disease and rot while we continue using cheap fossil fuels.

What an outlook this Obama has!

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ATTORNEY GENERAL WANTED TO SHIELD SHOOTER'S LINK TO ISIS/ISLAM

6/22/16

•Can someone explain the wisdom behind Obama blaming the terrorism behind the Orlando nightclub massacre on the NRA and the Second Amendment when it was Obama who put our world's most dangerous weapons, nuclear, in the grasp of the world's most dangerous terrorist regime (Iran) via the Iran Deal?

•Did you know that 13 state attorneys general are attempting to file RICO type charges (Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act [RICO] is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise) against private citizens who express skepticism that mankind causes climate change. Of course, California has gone further off the cliff, proposing state law that would prosecute skeptics.

The group, led by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, call themselves the Attorneys General United for Clean Power.

Legal experts claim the odds of the DOJ acting are slim because there are no easily quantifiable costs the government can seek reimbursement for. But that doesn't impede a group of non-scientists from trying to use the force of government to enact political power, and that's the most disgusting part of it all.

Well, be careful what you wish for, Democrats. The “cuts both ways” argument was among those raised by 13 Republican attorneys general in a letter urging their Democratic counterparts to stop using their law enforcement power against fossil fuel companies and others that challenge the climate change catastrophe narrative.
Consider carefully the legal precedent and threat to free speech, said the state prosecutors in a letter they sent in response to the Democrats' letter. The Republican group was headed by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

“If it is possible to minimize the risks of climate change, then the same goes for exaggeration,” said the letter. “If minimization is fraud, exaggeration is fraud.”
Sadly, neither Kansas' (Derek Schmidt) or Missouri's (Chris Koster) AG's were signees.

•The FBI director says he doesn't think they could've done anything different to prevent the Orlando mass shooting at a nightclub. Robbie Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks, reported Orlando killer Omar Mateen to authorities weeks before he committed the worst mass shooting in US history. Mateen came into the store in South Florida in May and asked for heavy-duty body armor like the kind used by law enforcement. Staff at the store, which does not sell body armor, felt it was a strange demand.

After his request was denied, Mateen asked to buy bulk ammunition. Though Lotus does sell ammunition, staff shut down his request and refused to sell him anything else. They subsequently reported the incident to the FBI. Abell told the media: “The questions he was asking were not the normal questions a normal person would be asking…He just seemed very odd.” Mateen was speaking to someone on the phone in Arabic while in the store and was texting someone while walking around the store. The store staff was already on high alert since authorities recently warned them to look out for suspicious activity in the area.

•I find it particularly hypocritical that when the South Carolina murderer opened fire in a church, killing nine people, the liberal media went after the Confederate flag to the degree that the South Carolina Republican governor acted soon afterwards to ban the flag on all state grounds. Yet this radical Islamic Orlando shooter is in very few media accounts identified as beholden to the “flag” of Islam?

As a matter of fact, Obama's AG Loretta Lynch has been running around explaining that they were going to edit the transcripts of the 911 calls Mateen made during the shooting to shield indications that he was acting in the name of Islam and in league with ISIS. After tremendous backlash, they relented and un-redacted the transcript (seen in brackets below).

Dispatcher: “Emergency 911, this is being recorded.”
Mateen: “In the name of God (they changed Allah to God) the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]”
Dispatcher: “What?”
Mateen: “Praise be to God (Allah), and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God(Allah). I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings.”
Dispatcher: “What's your name?”
Mateen: “My name is I pledge of allegiance to [omitted] (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State).”
Dispatcher: “Ok, What's your name?”
Mateen: “I pledge allegiance to [omitted](Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) may God (Allah) protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of[omitted] (the Islamic State).”

How pathetic!
Hold your noses!

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DEMOCRATS HAVE MIXED MESSAGE ON MUSLIMS AND HOMOSEXUALS

6/15/16

•The terrorist mass murder in an Orlando nightclub last weekend wasn't a tragedy, hate crime (what crime isn't a hate crime?), extreme homophobia, gun violence, or domestic terrorism. Those represent a smattering of the media characterizations of it.

Everyone wants to enact their own little political leverage on the situation, for maximum “never let a crisis go to waste” Democrat-led effect.

This horrid attack was caused by one thing: Radical Islamic Terrorism.
I was pleased to hear Obama at least call it terrorism. I was very pleased to hear Donald Trump call it what it was – Radical Islamic Terrorism, and it is war.

•Washington Post liberal writer, Jenna Johnson, went completely off the deep end of the objectivity pool by leading her column with the following headline:

“Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.”

Trump's quote:

"Look, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind…And the something else in mind -- you know, people can't believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."

When you say someone is connected to an event, you are implying that they wanted it to occur or that they were actually complicit in that event occurring. That is nonsense.

Trump's concerns are the same concerns expressed whenever Obama opines on a terrorist act. Obama bends over backward to avoid saying the words, Radical Islamic Terrorism.

Why?

That's the question the media elite should be asking. The Washington Post won't be able to ask Donald Trump that for awhile though because he banned them from his rallies, presumably for the above-noted report.

•The Democrat Party has a problem.

Beyond being a party of death, theft, and financial irresponsibility, they have a mixed message on Muslims and homosexuals.

Muslims abhor homosexuality. In Iran they consider homosexuality an offense punishable by as much as death. Any type of sexual activity outside a heterosexual marriage is forbidden in Iran.

However, strangely enough, transsexuality in Iran is legal if accompanied by a sex change operation. As a result, Iran is the sex-change operation capital of the world outside of Thailand. That gives a new meaning to the mantra, “Change or Die!” Much of the other Muslim countries have similar laws.

The problem with the Democrats is they also refuse to call out Muslims for their positions on homosexuality.

In the past, Democrats seemed to find it easy to turn a blind eye to the Muslim world's view of homosexuality. Somehow, they probably saw their refusal to link Radical Islamic Terrorism to terrorist acts when they raised their ugly head as a tacit global criticism of Islam. That way, they could be seen as friendly to Muslims and earn their vote as a unified electorate.

But after this mass murder, they can no longer maintain that inconsistent position. Democrats cannot strive to earn the votes of Muslims as a voting block and look the other way when one of their disciples (moderate or radical) opens fire in a crowded nightclub frequented by people who chose to express their sexuality in a homosexual manner (see what I did there?).

Votes are earned when you are consistent with your philosophy.

•The Star's Yael Abouhalkah (?@YaelTAbouhalkah if you are curious) on Sunday tweeted the following prayer after the mass murder:

“Dear God: Today I am so sickened by the evilness of the NRA and gun industry. May their leaders be plunged into ever-lasting hell.
Amen”

I am blocked by him, so I couldn't see his twisted prayer until Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) pointed to the message. (Hint – if you are blocked by someone on Twitter, just change your browser to incognito and you can see what you're normally blocked from seeing by an intolerant person.)

I'm shocked that The Star continues to not discipline an employee calling for the death and eternal condemnation of another human being. For the record, I replied to Abouhalkah's message but he probably never saw it because he blocks me, but I observed that it was quite homophobic of him to fight efforts to allow people who choose to express their sexuality in a homosexual manner to defend themselves with weaponry that their attackers will surely be armed with?

As for me on this subject, I'm a live-and-let-live kind of person. I like everybody.

But if your right to life is being threatened in a violent manner, you have every right to act to defend yourself with equal if not greater force.

(Brian Kubicki can be found on Twitter @bkparallax or reach him by email to bfkubicki@gmail.com)

 

 

ALI WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO DEGRADE OPPONENTS

6/8/16

•Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., A.K.A. Muhammad Ali, died last weekend to much praise and adoration, which is quite understandable given his age, infirmity (Parkinson's Disease), race, and public image.

Much has not been said though that should go alongside any kind remembrance. For those that did not know, Cassius Clay refused induction into the military during the Vietnam War. He was stripped of his boxing championship, suspended from boxing, and ultimately gave up four of his prime years.

But Clay didn't earn disrespect only for refusing induction into the armed services. He wouldn't have been on the front lines in Vietnam. He'd have boxed in shows for the troops, as Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson did during World War II.

But for my money, his worst character flaw of all was that he was one of the first to make boasting and degrading your opponent a part of professional sports.

Respecting your opponent is one of the most cherished traditions in sport and Cassius Clay burned that to the ground.

•Anyway…

The New York Times published an interesting story on Cassius Clay's lineage back in 1980. Ali always referred to Cassius Clay as his slave name, but his ancestors were actually slave owners and abolitionists rather than slaves.

For all that has been written about Ali, little is known of his ancestry. Clay was born on Jan. 18, 1942, the first son of Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., a sign painter, and Odessa Grady Clay, and that he was given the name of his father. Though there is no confirmed connection, some writers have noted that one of the most notorious white men in 19th-century Kentucky was a firebrand abolitionist and gentleman-warrior named Cassius Marcellus Clay.

When his career was in its early stages, young Clay liked his name. "Don't you think it's a beautiful name?" he used to say to interviewers. "Say it out loud:

Cassius Marcellus Clay." Then, in 1964, he joined the Nation of Islam and became Muhammad Ali, renouncing Cassius Marcellus Clay as "a slave name."

His distressed father's initial response was that his son was "trying to rub that name out, and I'm trying to make it strong."

But in his autobiography, "The Greatest, My Own Story," written in 1975, Ali said there was little known white parentage in his family. "If slaveholder Clay's blood came into our veins along with the name, it came by rape and defilement."

The facts are much different.

Actually, Ali's attachment to slavery went farther than he knew.

Odessa Clay was born in western Kentucky. Her parents, John Grady and Birdie Morehead Grady, were divorced. Birdie moved to Louisville with her children. There, Odessa eventually met and married Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.

Little is known about the Grady side of the family, except John Grady's father was born to a black woman and a "white Irishman" named Grady, or perhaps O'Grady.

But the Moreheads - the parents of Birdie Morehead Grady, the grandparents of Odessa Grady Clay, the great-grandparents of Muhammad Ali - are another story. The Moreheads were special.

Tom Morehead had lots of children - seven by his first wife, six by his second. Tom Morehead owned over 200 acres of rich Kentucky farmland. Part of what he owned was inherited from his father - his white father.

Tom Morehead was born of a white man and a slave woman named Dinah. At about the same time, Morehead's father and his white wife had a son named James. The boys were half-brothers; they grew quite close. After Tom married, he named his first son Jim, after his best friend.

Tom Morehead served in the Union Army in the Civil War. He was very prosperous. But of all prominent local people in 19th-century Logan County, among the most notable were the Moreheads and Bibbs, who migrated to the area from Virginia in about 1800.

Maj. Richard Bibb was a Revolutionary War officer turned Methodist minister, who acquired large holdings in land and slaves in his new Kentucky home. Feeling some conflict between his religion and slavery, Maj. Bibb sent about 30 of his slaves to freedom in Liberia in 1829, and more than 50 others were emancipated in 1849 and given 1,500 acres of local farmland, in accordance with the deceased major's will. The blacks who went to Africa were never heard from again; the ones who stayed in Kentucky took the Bibb surname along with their freedom - and in the 1850 census of Logan County virtually all of the free blacks were named Bibb.

The Moreheads took an even more prominent role when three brothers in the family settled in Logan County. In the Logan County Courthouse and in the public library in Russellville, some of the information linking Muhammad Ali to these years of Morehead history can be found.

The records show Tom Morehead married Lizzie Bibb on Dec. 24, 1890, and that the couple subsequently donated land to a Baptist church in the Green Ridge neighborhood. In 1901 they deeded one acre to the county as the site for a school - probably the first school for blacks to be built there.

Here, the public record of the lives of Muhammad Ali's great-grandparents Tom Morehead and Lizzie Bibb ends. There is no indication of Tom Morehead's parentage or of his military service.

"You can't know about yourself, or what makes you the way you are," Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali once said. "I'm a part of my ancestors, and they're a part of me. Maybe some of what I am, what I do, goes back to those people. Maybe it's them, coming out in me."

Maybe not.

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BILL NYE HAS MISLED A GENERATION OF YOUNG MINDS

6/2/16

A superb piece was co-authored by Dr. Willie Soon, an aerospace engineer, and István Markó, a professor in organic chemistry, that highlights the inherent danger in allowing science to be driven by politics. I strongly encourage all to look it up (Breitbart.com).

“There is a saying in the world of science that if scientific facts do not support your arguments then stop shouting. It is thus a waste of time to appeal to 'scientism' or to rely on popular spokespersons like Al Gore or Bill Nye to make it look otherwise.

Increasingly, we are seeing more and more outrageous and aggressive anti-scientific claims that anyone who is not willing to embrace the dangerous global warming bandwagon and to condemn its culprit, CO2, is actually the equivalent of a Holocaust Denier.

In his recent article 'Why I Choose to Challenge Climate Change Deniers,' Bill Nye is found to issue a firm challenge to all those who do not accept his CO2-based religion by claiming that 'The science of global warming is long settled, and one may wonder why the United States, nominally the most technologically advanced country in the world, is not the world leader in addressing the threats.'”
Then, Soon and Markó bring into light the Venus Problem…

“As for the claim: 'Carbon dioxide has an enormous effect on planetary temperatures. Climate change was discovered in recent times by comparing the Earth to the planet Venus,' this is a truly strange, rather incorrect, and scientifically empty claim.

By now, the proper scientific conclusion regarding the greenhouse effect role of the rising atmospheric CO2 is clear: It plays a very minor role on the measurable 'planetary' temperature, if any.

Let us now have a look at the inter-planetary science argument put forth by Mr. Nye. Haven't we been told repeatedly by the popular media, and in this case again by Mr. Nye himself, that if we do not stop releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, planet Earth may soon be doomed and became another Venus, an over-heated, barren, rocky, lifeless planet?

The popular and erroneous over-use of Venus as a doomed Earth is highlighted by the fact that, like Venus, the atmosphere of Mars is also significantly enriched in CO2 (about 95 percent by volume). However, because of its relatively farther orbital position from the Sun, the average temperature of Mars is only about minus 60 degrees Celsius (or minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit). For comparison, the atmosphere of Venus contains about 97 percent CO2 by volume while the Earth's atmosphere comprises a mere 0.04 percent.

So what did Professor Will Happer say about the effects of CO2 on planet Earth and Venus? Again, we will quote him in full in order for any interested readers to follow the precise scientific arguments and reasoning on why equating Earth to Venus is such a wrong analogy:

'For most of the past 550 million years of the Phanerozoic, when multicellular life left a good fossil record, the earth's CO2 levels were much higher than now, four times, even ten times. Yet life flourished on land and in the oceans.

During the Phanerozoic, the Earth never came close to the conditions of Venus...the radius of Venus's orbit is only 72% of the radius of Earth's orbit…Venus receives about twice as much solar flux…than the Earth. According to the IPCC, doubling CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere would be the equivalent of about…100 times less than the addition Venus gets from being closer to the Sun.

But none of these...details about Earth/Venus differences matter since the Earth has already experimented with much more CO2 than now, and the biosphere loved it. Burning all the economically available fossil fuel is unlikely to increase the current atmospheric CO2 levels by even a factor of 2. This is much less than the levels that the Earth has already tested. And a doubled level of CO2 would get us away from the near-famine levels for plants that have prevailed for the past tens of millions of years.'

...Plants in the world are saying the same thing: 'We want more, We want more, We want more CO2!' The increased greening of the Earth during the past 30 years is a testimony to the desperate need of plants for their very basic foodstuff.
CO2 is vital for plants' survival as well as for humans and animals. We should never forget that more than 70 percent of the oxygen present in the atmosphere — and without which we could never live — originates from phytoplanktons 'eating' CO2 and releasing oxygen. This biological truism rings particularly relevant when considering the climatological fact that the role of atmospheric CO2 in all matters related to the weather and climate on our planetary home is minimal at best.
The software engineer, William A. Wilson, recently noted that: 'If science was unprepared for the influx of careerists, it was even less prepared for the blossoming of the Cult of Science. The Cult is related to the phenomenon described as “scientism”…

Some of the Cult's leaders like to play dress-up as scientists — Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson are two particularly prominent examples — but hardly any of them have contributed any research results of note. Rather, Cult leadership trends heavily in the direction of educators, popularizers, and journalists.'

Indeed, for far too long now, Science has been driven by popular scientism and official science — these are not Science. Popular personalities like Bill Nye have had all the attention of the microphones, loudspeakers, and print media, and he has dangerously misled the whole generation of unsuspecting readers and younger minds. As scientists, it is our duty to denounce such an attitude, to stop scientism and to warn everyone that personalities like Mr. Nye are plainly anti-science and, therefore, will harm us all.”

 


ZIKA VIRUS IS NOT A MAJOR CRISIS IN THE U.S.

5/25/16

•In case you weren't paying attention, Congress appears set to approve $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus. Obama originally wanted $1.9 billion and the House approved about $700 million.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that may lead to microcephaly in infants. The ailment results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders including decreased brain development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus may spread throughout nearly all the Americas. At least twelve cases in the United States have now been confirmed by the CDC. In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil.

Brazil is fighting back by infecting mosquitoes with the Wolbachia bacterium which reduces mosquito transmitted diseases such as dengue and chikungunya by shortening adult lifespan, which in turn affects mosquito reproduction. The mosquitoes, when released, are expected to quickly infiltrate the insect population and stop the spread of the disease. Small-scale trials have already been conducted in communities in northern Australia.

In Recife, Brazil officials claim as many as 100,000 people may have already been exposed to the Zika virus, which has caused it to be called the epicenter of the crisis. Most people exposed to the virus never develop symptoms.
But we are spending $1.1 billion.

The number of pregnant women in the United States reported to have the Zika virus has more than tripled, increasing from 48 to 157, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention said Friday.

Dr. Margaret Honein, chief of the CDC's birth defects branch, said the agency is aware of "less than a dozen" babies or fetuses who have suffered the consequences of Zika infection, however, she emphasized that most of the 157 pregnancies are ongoing, so it's not known how many babies will suffer, if any.
Not a single person is known to have contracted Zika from a mosquito bite in the U.S. They've gotten it while traveling to a country where Zika is endemic, or they've contracted it sexually from a male partner who's traveled to one of those areas.

But we are spending $1.1 billion.

The CDC said there's not enough data to predict the chances that a pregnant woman would give birth to a baby with microcephaly or any of the other devastating defects associated with the virus.

They also said they didn't know whether any of the pregnant women in their report contracted the disease sexually from a male partner or whether all of the women caught it from a mosquito bite while traveling outside the U.S.
But we are spending $1.1 billion.

President Obama was briefed by top health officials from the CDC, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, after which he said, "This is something that is solvable. It is not something that we have to panic about, but it is something that we need to take seriously."

He used the opportunity to restate the need for lawmakers to approve his requested funding bill.

He wants us to spend $1.9 billion.

Zika is not a major crisis in the U.S. Brazil is working to address the problem there, where it is a bigger concern, but still not a major crisis.

Aren't you sick of our government using fake controversies like this to try and increase the size and scope of the federal government?

And then there was this…

•Leonardo DiCaprio took a private jet twice to pick up an environmental award in New York - before flying back to France for the Cannes Film Festival.
DiCaprio left the French Riviera for the brief trip to New York City, where he collected an honor at the Riverkeeper Fishermen's Ball on Wednesday. He then hopped back on another private jet to attend the amfAR gala in Antibes, about eight miles from Cannes, just 24 hours later.

DiCaprio is a hypocrite because he is often preaching about saving the environment and fighting climate change, but jets around the world to accept awards.

That's kind of like an arsonist buying stock in a fire extinguisher company.

A light jet can go through 77 to 239 gallons of fuel per hour, whereas a long-range jet will burn between 358 and 672 gallons of fuel during the same time.

The Cessna Citation Excel, a popular corporate jet with a medium size, would need 800 gallons of fuel for a long-haul flight with four passengers on board.
DiCaprio was slammed last year by RadarOnline, which reported he had taken six private jets in just six weeks in 2014.

Emails leaked from Sony at the time stated DiCaprio had accumulated more than $200,000 worth of private jet travel between April and May, taking two round trips from Los Angeles to New York, then one from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

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DOCTOR: TRANSGENDERISM IS A DISORDER

5/18/16

•Some on the political left are certifiably crazy on transgenderism.

An essay in The Antioch Review by Daniel Harris (he's characterized in the story as a “gay writer” but I don't think it's relevant to mention) has driven the literary left absolutely nuts.

"While I fervently support [transgenders'] rights to transition," Harris writes in the piece, "I believe that the whole phenomenon of switching one's gender is a mass delusion."

It is impossible to change one's gender, regardless of how many body parts one chops off.

"Gender is not 'assigned,'" he writes, and, therefore, cannot be "reassigned" by superficial plastic surgery. "It is revealed, first by the transducer of an ultrasound machine massaging a besmeared and distended belly and then by the obstetrician as he dangles the wailing infant by its feet... One can no more change one's gender than one's species."

Notice that a transgendered man converting to a woman tries to do things to his body – his appearance – that actually reinforces stereotypes about women that are largely sexist. For example, wearing high heels is structurally designed to make a woman's frame, communicated by the movement of her body when she walks, appear more sexually alluring to men. This is why women's clothing is more revealing than men's clothing largely.

If you ask a woman why she spends so much time in front of a mirror putting on makeup every day, she will likely answer because it “makes her feel more confident; better about herself.” But the source of that confidence is in the response she will get from the opposite gender.

Now, Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner still feels a natural attraction to women, according to accounts. So why is he doing things to his body that are designed to make him more attractive to men?

Perhaps, as Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said, transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment.

Dr. McHugh has explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of 'assumption'” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

He also noted a new study that showed the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people.

While the Obama administration and the major media promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves treatment.”

The political agenda of the transgender community – and the Obama Administration - seems to demand we be complicit in their convictions. We are not allowed in the liberal mind to follow the humane policy of live and let live, exhibiting acceptance and tolerance as well as fighting for their rights as human beings. Instead, we are required to act as their enablers and protect them from the truth. We are expected to support them politically and affirm their mangled concepts of selfhood.

The truth is, their salvation will not be found through acceptance of their delusion, but will instead be discovered through counseling and psychiatric therapy. To not recognize that basic fact is to do them more harm.

•The big media won't report this story accurately because of their liberal bias, but the Little Sisters of the Poor beat Obama at the Supreme Court on Monday.

The liberal big media said that the Supreme Court “punted” today by sending the Little Sisters of the Poor case back to the lower courts. Though the court didn't rule on the merits of the case, the Little Sisters won.

The Supreme Court vacated the lower court ruling holding that the Little Sisters had to provide access to contraceptives and ruled that the mandate substantially burdened exercise of their religion. Also, the court outlined the accommodation the Little Sisters endorsed and the government actually agreed to. During oral arguments, the court requested supplemental briefing from the parties addressing “whether contraceptive coverage could be provided to petitioners' employees, through petitioners' insurance companies, without any such notice from petitioners.”

Both petitioners and the government now confirm that such an option is feasible.
What I found most significant is that this ruling was unanimous. The four liberals voted in favor of the Little Sisters.

The Obama administration pushed very hard against the Little Sisters of the Poor. This is not the outcome the Obama administration hoped for.

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REMEMBER THE OZONE HOLE?

5/11/16

•Remember the ozone hole?

Dr. Timothy Ball, a well-known geologist and climate change skeptic (see www.drtimball.com) recently wrote that the ozone issue was an early misuse of science for a political agenda. Attempts to ratify the Kyoto Protocol decades ago included claims that the Montreal Protocol, designed to save the ozone layer, was a success.

Dr. Ball notes it wasn't, because there was no problem in the first place.
Chlorofluorocarbons then, like CO2 today, were never a problem.

Environmentalists used a natural change of ozone and CO2 to blame human activity. With ozone, the "urgent problem" was a slight decline in atmospheric levels over Antarctica; with CO2, a slight increase at Mauna Loa.

Both times, they funded scientists to produce the "scientific" evidence.
The word "hole" implies damage, a leak, a tear in the fabric of the sky. The objective was to blame humans for a natural phenomenon ostensibly to save the planet.

Ozone is created in the upper atmosphere when ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a small part of the total energy from the sun, strikes free oxygen molecules. The molecules are split into single oxygen molecules, which combine with other oxygen to create ozone.

The ozone layer varies considerably in different regions, at different altitudes, and over time. The so-called "hole" is a region located over Antarctica in which the ozone level is lowest during the Southern Hemisphere winter. Even then, the thickness is still one-third of the global average. It is an area of "thinning" due to natural causes.

The ozone layer is self-healing because as UV penetrates further into the atmosphere, it encounters more free oxygen. 10 miles above the surface, 95% of the UV has been expended in the creation of ozone.

The hysteria began with the environmentalist hypothesis that CFCs were destroying ozone in the stratosphere. Molina and Rowland, were scientists who published studies showing that CFCs destroyed ozone. They didn't simulate atmospheric conditions in the ozone layer, but that didn't matter. Ideology took over, and they determined to prove rather than disprove the hypothesis as proper science requires.

A major cause of changes in the size and extent of the Antarctic ozone hole are the intense wind patterns and circulations associated with the extensive Antarctic high-pressure zone and the surrounding wind pattern known as the Circumpolar Vortex.

We now know UV varies as much as 200% naturally around the average value. They also said CFCs would remain in the atmosphere for up to 100 years, and that recovery of the ozone would take a very long time.

They were wrong.

There are still no holes in the ozone, but the area of thinning over Antarctica continues to vary due to natural conditions.

Skin cancer is increasing because of increased life expectancy, not "the hole in the ozone." Mania about avoiding sun exposure means that scrofula (a form of tuberculosis), rickets and other bone diseases are on the rise; children and others dutifully applying sun blockers aren't getting enough UV radiation to produce vitamin D, so they are increasing their chance of getting these conditions.

The claim is still made that the actions invoked by the Montreal Protocol saved the day. Even a brief examination shows this is false. Use of environmental issues for totalitarian control has a long history.

So you now know that we have been right all along.

•www.LawNewz.com reported last week that NBC News was the second major news network to announce an upcoming interview with the notorious Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, better known by the name “Guccifer.”

Lazar, whose actions led to the exposure of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, was extradited to the United States in March. He is alleged to have posted emails that were sent to then-Secretary of State Clinton on the internet, including correspondence from close Clinton family confidant Sidney Blumenthal. Lazar was extradited to the United States just as reports indicate that the FBI investigation into Clinton's email server was in full swing. Lazar is charged with wire fraud, cyberstalking, identify theft, unauthorized access to computers and obstruction of justice.

According to the NBC News press release, Lazar was interviewed by reporter Cynthia McFadden from a Bucharest prison, where he admitted to also hacking into Clinton's private e-mail account.

Lazar openly admits in the interview hacking Clinton's private e-mail account. The same private e-mail account where federal officials found over 2,000 e-mails that contained classified information, including at least 22 deemed to contain “Top Secret” information. Clinton's campaign has already fired back, in a statement saying “There is absolutely no basis to believe the claims made by this criminal from his prison cell.”

NBC News says Lazar made these claims to McFadden during an interview in a Bucharest prison. Lazar was extradited to the United States on or about March 31, 2016. So, McFadden conducted the interview before he was extradited to the U.S. which means NBC News was sitting on these explosive claims for more than one month.

Why would a major news network sit on such an explosive allegation?

The delay cost NBC a huge exclusive, or at least seemed to prompt them to hurry and put something out as Fox News went with its own story and interview with Lazar late Wednesday.

Fox News clearly did their interview with the hacker after he arrived in the United States. As they mentioned, they visited him in a Virginia jail.

Can a President be impeached for crimes committed before they became President?

 


CHIEFS CRAZY FOR DRAFTING A DOMESTIC ABUSER

5/4/16

•I don't often talk sports here, and to be honest, this take really isn't about sports per se. However, this has been a story since the NFL Draft last weekend and it has generated a ton of interest – pro and con, but mostly con.

Tyreek Hill was drafted by the Chiefs. He attended Garden City Community College, Oklahoma State University, and the University of West Alabama. Hill ran a 4.35 sec. 40 yard sprint at the NFL Combine. He is VERY fast.

Tyreek Hill was arrested on December 12, 2014 while a student-athlete at Oklahoma State. Stillwater, OK police records indicate that Hill was arrested on complaints he assaulted his 20-year-old girlfriend. Oklahoma State dismissed him from the football team after these charges.

The Stillwater Police arrest report, which can be read here:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/osu/football/read-the-full-tyreek-hill-stillwater-police-department-incident-report/pdf_c79c04ce-06ba-533f-be0f-b71a445b958a.html

Hill's then-girlfriend, who was eight weeks pregnant at the time, claimed he “'threw' her around like a ragdoll, punched her in the face, busted her lip, punched her in the stomach, and choked her…”

The woman goes on in the report to note that Hill had been physical with her previously, but it had never been this bad, just “man handling.” She noted that he had never previously hit her.

This following part nobody I have heard has reported on.

When officers went to Hill's residence to arrest him, he told them that he was being arrested for being black and she was white.

The Chiefs have got to be crazy for drafting this guy!

The NFL is an elite job for uniquely qualified young men. There is no right to play in the NFL. If Clark Hunt, Andy Reid, or GM John Dorsey committed this crime they would either be fired or have their ownership revoked by the league.
Should the standards for their employees be any less strict?

The NFL should adopt a rule that states any players with a felony charge that is either convicted or pled down should not be eligible for the draft. Period!

•In Caracas, Venezuela, refrigerators went dead in kitchens across the country last week as the government turned off the electricity supply to help ease a power shortage that is worsening the country's economic crisis.

Venezuelans have been lined up for hours to buy scarce supplies in shops. The government imposed a four-hour blackout in eight states starting Monday and said the measure will last 40 days.

President Nicolas Maduro's government blames the power shortage on a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which has caused the country's hydroelectric dams to run low.

Critics, however, say it is the result of economic mismanagement and inefficient running of the energy network.

Maduro is under growing pressure from the center-right opposition, which vowed to oust him when it took control of the legislature in January after winning a landslide election victory.

Venezuela's economy has plunged along with the price of the oil it relies on for foreign revenues. Citizens are suffering shortages of medicines and goods such as toilet paper and cooking oil.

Maduro blames the collapse on an "economic war" by capitalists. Last week, his government said it was shifting its time zone forward by 30 minutes to save power by adding half an hour of daylight. Maduro has even urged Venezuelan women to stop using their hairdryers.

Other measures include giving government workers an extra day off each week for the next two months. He has cut the workday for ministries and state companies and ordered them to lower their electricity consumption, along with shops and hotels.

However, analysts warn the measures will further damage productivity.

This is what happens when the government is given control over the energy sector.

•RINO King and the most despicable Republican Speaker of the House I have ever seen, John Boehner, just called Donald Trump one of this “texting” buddies in an interview last week.

Boehner called Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh.”

Boehner went on: “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

What an endorsement for Ted Cruz!

Can you imagine how damaging an endorsement by a disgraced former Speaker of the House could have been if Boehner said anything nice about Cruz? If John Boehner hates you, you are going to win a lot of Republican and Conservative votes!

•I was saddened to hear that 710 KCMO laid drive-time talk host Greg Knapp off last week. Knapp, who had been at the station for more than 5 years, was a solid conservative and the absolute best interviewer I ever heard. My favorite talk radio segment EVER was when Knapp interviewed liberal Republican Margaret Hoover about her book which was trying to convince Republicans to accept gay marriage. Knapp challenged Hoover to back-up the lack of consistency of her arguments and pushed her on her repeated attempts to avoid the questions.

Knapp pushed her to the point where she broke down in tears during the interview.
It was a magnificent moment!

•Please note my email address has changed. If you want to reach me, use bfkubicki@gmail.com

 


THE NORTH CAROLINA BATHROOM ISSUE

4/27/16

•This entire North Carolina bathroom issue and transgenderism is much ado about nothing.

I don't say that because the Liberal Democrats are correct that we need to change our long-established societal rules that govern gender identity. To the contrary, the need to avoid discomforting people who have mental issues with their gender identification does not outweigh the importance of avoiding discomforting people with little children who wish to be allowed to raise their children as they deem best.

Done.

•Judicial Watch has finally accessed records of Secretary Clinton during the Benghazi Attack. Last month, their Freedom of Information Act request secured the following record of a phone call by Clinton the day after the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

On the evening (September 11) Mrs. Clinton issued an official State Department press statement, approved by the White House, placing the blame for the attack on an Internet video:

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

Whatever!

Set the scene: the 2012 presidential election was two months away. If Obama was seen as weak on American security abroad, he might lose and be a lowly One-Termer.

“S” is Secretary Clinton. In a call to then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil (“M”) she said that the deadly terrorist attack on the US compound the day before “had nothing to do with the film,” referring to the bogus propaganda movie the Obama Administration blamed on the terror attack.

S: “As you know, our diplomatic mission in Benghazi was attacked earlier this evening. We need your immediate help, as one of our diplomats was killed and our Ambassador, who you know, is missing. We have asked for the Libyan government to provide additional security to the compound immediately as there is a gun battle ongoing, which understand Ansar al-Sharia is claiming responsibility for. We also need you to provide additional capacity for firefighting as there are reports that the principle (sic) officer's residence has been bombed or set on fire. We believe that it is important for your government, as well as ours, to condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms and promise that these criminals will be brought to justice. I also need you to help us secure our mission in Tripoli. We have seen serious threats on social media sites, like Facebook, and it is important that your government take all possible measures, in an urgent manner, to secure our facilities. We need you to have people who you are confident in, who will follow your direction, and that your government trusts to secure our compounds.”

M: “Please accept my condolences for the death of the American at the compound and our sincere apologies for what has happened. We promise to find the criminals and bring them to justice. We will do our utmost to protect American buildings and every American citizen in Libya. We were just in the midst of an emergency meeting with the Prime Minister and all of his deputies to address this situation.”

After more blah-blah-blah conversation, Clinton says the following:

S: “We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack - not a protest…Based on the information we saw today we believe the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al Qaeda.”

Boom!

•Did you notice how the picture the Obama Administration is using to represent Harriet Tubman – the Underground Railroad Abolitionist – on the new $10 bill is interestingly similar to Granny Klump from The Nutty Professor?

•About 160 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change last Friday.
The nonbinding agreement sets a long-term goal of keeping the increase of global average temperatures at less than two degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.
President Obama followed up in March by pledging to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

The National Resources Defense Council issued a petition Thursday calling on the “Big Five” world powers — the United States, China, India, the European Union and Brazil — to “keep your climate promise.”

That's why they call this agreement non-binding. If a country chooses not to comply, the only enforcement mechanism is public shaming.

I have news for the rest of the world. I'm already ashamed enough by this president. More shame piled on by a cabal of enviro-nuts isn't going to sway me to stop using energy.

•The passing of Prince last week led to a large number of recollections of his vast musical talent.

Perhaps the best one I saw was that if Jimmy Hendrix and Carole King had a baby and James Brown kidnaped it and raised it himself, the result would be Prince Rogers Nelson.

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ALLEGED THREATS MADE IN INDIANA BY TRUMP'S MINIONS

4/20/16

•RIP to a pioneering hurricane forecaster and climate skeptic, Dr. Bill Gray, who died this past weekend at the age of 86.

Tony Heller of RealClimateScience.com posted the following tribute: “A Very Sad Day For Science” –“Dr. Bill Gray has passed away. He was my hero, and an inspiration. Bill was a man of the highest integrity and character. Bill had his funding cut off by Al Gore in 1993 for refusing to go along with Gore's global warming politics. Unlike so many others, Bill chose scientific integrity over politics and money, and fought against climate fraud to his last breath.”

William Mason Gray (Bill) was an emeritus professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University. He had remained active in his hurricane and climate change research up until the time of his death. Gray was famous for his seasonal Atlantic Basin hurricane forecasts and his strong disagreement with the scientific basis of the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis.

Gray was a faculty member in the Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU from 1961 through his formal retirement in 2005. After retirement, he continued his hurricane and climate research as a professor emeritus.

Gray was skeptical of theories of human-induced global warming, which he says is supported by scientists afraid of losing grant funding and promoted by government leaders and environmentalists seeking world government. He believes that humans are not responsible for the warming of the earth and has stated that "We're brainwashing our children." He asked, "How can we trust climate forecasts 50 and 100 years into the future (that can't be verified in our lifetime) when they are not able to make shorter seasonal or yearly forecasts that could be verified?"

Gray said those who had linked global warming to the increased number of hurricanes in recent years were in error. He cites statistics showing that there were 101 hurricanes from 1900 to 1949, in a period of cooler global temperature, compared to 83 from 1957 to 2006 when the earth warmed.

In 1984, Gray initiated seasonal hurricane forecasts, for which he became well known, and which received extensive media coverage particularly in the 1980s and 90s. Gray graduated 70 masters and Ph.D. students, and many of his former graduate students have become prominent leaders in the field of tropical meteorology today.

Gray had strong disagreement with the science behind the human-induced global warming hypothesis and devoted the major portion of his recent years to research in this area.

•One of world's worst volcanos is again active after hundreds of years being dormant. Mount Paektu, which lies on the borders of North Korea and China, is now in danger or erupting again after its last devastating lava spill in 946AD.
That eruption was so powerful it formed a crater more than three miles in diameter, and produced enough ash that it even showered Japan almost 1,100km away.

Scientists have issued stark warnings saying it needs to be monitored as a matter of urgency, saying the threat is “very real.”

The volcano attracted interest from scientists between 2002 and 2005 when experts feared activity due to several mini-earthquakes in the region. It has now been confirmed as being active.

Some 1.6 million people live within 60 miles of the volcano!

Experts are estimating that the volcano could cause worldwide devastation.
Stephen Grand, a seismologist at the University of Texas at Austin, said: “I think the risk of a destructive eruption here is very real.”

James Hammond, a seismologist at Birkbeck, University of London, who helped on the research, said: “This volcano is quiet at the moment, but it's definitely got potential…We need to keep an eye on it.”

•Remember when the Trump campaign started accusing Cruz of “gestapo tactics” with no evidence whatsoever? Well, Trump's minions are up to it now.

Indiana State police are reviewing alleged threats against Indiana delegates who were critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“What I can share with you at this time is information has been referred to the Indiana State Police that alleges threatening emails have been sent to some Indiana delegates that will be participating in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH,” said Capt. David Bursten, a state police spokesman. “Presently the Indiana State Police is reviewing the information to determine if it may cross the line of free speech and could be considered criminal in nature.”

Several of Indiana's delegates to the 2016 Republican national convention said they received a barrage of hate mail from Trump supporters after they expressed reservations about the billionaire real estate developer and reality TV star in a Politico story published online Saturday.

One of the emails read, “Good luck becoming a delegate…we are watching you.”
It is becoming readily apparent that Trump and his thug-followers are attempting to intimidate themselves into the nomination since they are apparently too dumb to read primary rules in each state and just too undisciplined to follow them.

But the scariest point is this: imagine if Trump were to become president of the most powerful country in the world. You think he and his people are going to stop these thug tactics in attempting to get their way – beneficial deals for the next Trump hotel or casino?

How far do you suppose that will go?

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WIND TURBINES ARE CAUSING PROBLEMS

4/13/16

•Go see an upcoming film on climate change.

The film is called, “Climate Hustle” and is scheduled for a one-night, national theater event on May 2. Looks like most AMC theaters will be showing the film.
Co-written by Marc Morano of Climate Depot (one of our favorite sites) and the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the film takes a tongue-in-cheek look at claims made over the years about anthropogenic, or manmade, global warming.

"We're looking at hundreds of theaters, hundreds of cities," says Morano. "The global warming comedy will make its debut. We're going to have special features involved in the movie, some surprises around the film, meaning there is going to be additional stuff besides the movie when you go to the theater event."

•The Washington Times had an interesting piece last Monday where they mentioned that the Obama Administration believes extreme temperatures linked to climate change can be expected to cause a huge increase in the number of premature deaths; also known as deaths that occur before they are supposed to.
The report, completed over three years by 100 experts in eight federal agencies, estimated an additional 11,000 heat-related deaths during the summer of 2030. That number is expected to rise to 27,000 by the summer of 2100, the report claimed.

Climate change also threatens the mental health of people living in areas prone to extreme weather changes, such as hurricanes and floods, the study said.
The report further predicts an increase in air pollution and airborne allergens, as well as “extreme events,” such as droughts, wildfires and flooding.

John Holdren, President Obama's senior science adviser, said the historic global climate agreement reached last year at COP21 to curb emissions can help fight the health risks detailed in the report.

The lunacy never ends!

•Did you know that wind turbines are killing sperm whales?

Between Jan. 9 and Feb. 4 this year, 29 sperm whales got stranded and died on English, German and Dutch beaches. Environmentalists and the news media offered multiple explanations – except the most obvious and likely one: offshore wind farms.

Indeed, that area has the world's biggest concentration of offshore wind turbines, and there is ample evidence that their noise pollution can interfere with whale communication and navigation.

Of course, Britain's Guardian newspaper looked for answers everywhere but in the right place. That's not surprising, as it tends to support wind energy no matter the cost to people or the environment. After consulting with a marine environmental group, the paper concluded: “The North Sea acts as a trap.… It's virtually impossible for [whales] to find their way out through the narrow English Channel.”

Of course, that's not true. Sperm whales have the largest brains of all mammals and these intelligent animals would naturally have found their way to and through the channel by simply following the coast of England or continental Europe.
Indeed, researchers at the University of St. Andrews have found that the noise made by offshore wind farms can interfere with a whale's sonar, and can in tragic cases see them driven onto beaches where they often die.

But wind turbine noise and infrasound (extreme low frequency noise) are nearly constant, last as long as the turbines are in place and come from multiple directions, as in the areas where the whales were recently stranded.

On land, although the wind industry continues to deny any culpability, evidence is mounting that low frequency and particularly infrasound waves emitted by wind turbines have significant adverse effects on local residents, including sleep deprivation, headaches, tachycardia (abnormally rapid heart rates) and a dozen other ailments. Underwater, a milieu where sound waves travel much farther, it would be irresponsible and unscientific to argue that whales are not affected by operating wind turbines, all the more because cetaceans use their sonar to “see” what's around them.

Scientists have long maintained that it's likely that acoustic masking (covering-up) by manmade has a prevalent impact on animals' access to acoustic information is essential for communication and other important activities, such as navigation and prey/predator detection.

Blinded by this masking, whales and dolphins could seek refuge in shallow waters, away from big ships and killer whales, where they can often be stranded.
In September 2012, 19 pilot whales, a minke whale and a large sei whale beached on the coast of Scotland opposite an area where air guns were being used by ships surveying the ocean floor, as a prelude to installing offshore wind farms. A second pod of 24 pilot whales was spotted in shallow water around the same time, but they returned to sea without beaching.

Modern 8-megawatt offshore turbines are 656 feet above the waves; their rotating blades sweep across a 538-foot diameter. Those enormous blades create powerful pulsating infrasound and exact a toll on many species of marine birds, and even on bats that are attracted to the turbines as far as 9 miles offshore.

But hey…at least we're being green!

See more at: http://www.cfact.org/2016/03/04/are-wind-turbines-killing-whales/#sthash.Mnr7k436.dpuf

 


WEST INDIES CAPITALISM

4/6/16

•I am hard at work spreading capitalism across the globe, stopping off in the British West Indies to help the wealthy folks owning massive villas here understand why electric cars are nonsense.
It's a labor of love, trust me!

•I engaged a local landowner on that very subject a few days ago and was surprised to learn that though you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars clearing land with diesel fuel-driven earth movers, building luxury accommodations with coal-provided electric power driven tools, and cool said spaces with loads of refrigeration equipment, many of the elites seem to want to advance the use of electric cars to move around the islands.

They asked me why electric cars weren't a good idea. I answered that electric cars are an old technology that has served practical only for limited terrain movements like golf carts and short-trip people movement. Plus, the leading manufacturer of electric cars, Tesla, survived only by accepting $4 to $5 billion in our taxpayer money to keep their doomed enterprise afloat.

If a particular invention has merit, it will survive on its own without government assistance. Look at the incandescent light bulb. When Edison invented it, it sold in great volume, facilitated provision of an electrical distribution system, but was built and sold on the market need alone. Another more recent example is the smartphone. I look around this island and even the poorest of the poor have smartphones. There are no public phones anywhere anymore. Government didn't subsidize that.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

•I detailed this before, but it warrants re-mentioning.

Ever wonder how we got saddled with the nightmare of ObamaCare?

From Brian Sussman, frequent fill-in host for Mark Levin, the Senate in 2010 had 60 Democrats, just enough to pass Obamacare.

So since the House of Representatives must originate all spending bills, they resurrected some obscure military spending bill, erased all the language in the bill, and replaced it with ObamaCare, forcing every American to purchase health insurance. If that's not ludicrous enough, after the bill passed the Senate, Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy died. In his place, Massachusetts elected Republican Scott Brown. That meant that if the House made any changes to the bill the Senate wouldn't have the necessary number of votes to pass the amended bill (because they knew no Republicans would vote for Obamacare). So Senate leader Harry Reid cut a deal with Speaker Pelosi: the House would pass the Senate bill without any changes if the Senate agreed to pass a separate bill by the House that made changes to the Senate version of Obamacare. This second bill was called the Reconciliation Act of 2010. So the House passed the Senate bill, as well as their Reconciliation Act. At this point ObamaCare was ready for the President to sign, but the Senate still needed to pass the Reconciliation Act from the House.

Remember the Senate only had 59 votes to pass the Reconciliation Act. Therefore Senate Democrats decided to change the rules. They used the “Reconciliation Rule” (this is a different “reconciliation” than the House bill). This rule was only supposed to be used for budget item approvals so that such items could be passed with only 51 votes in the Senate, not the usual 60. Reconciliation was never intended to be used for legislation of the magnitude of Obamacare. That didn't stop them!

So both of the “Acts” were able to pass both houses of Congress and sent to President Obama for his signature without a single Republican vote in favor of the legislation.

•This is what scares me most about Donald Trump. Do you really think he is smart enough or eve cares about stopping this kind of graft and corruption in Congress?

(Brian Kubicki can be found on Twitter @bkparallax or email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


IS NUCLEAR TERRORISM THE ACCEPTED COST OF LIBERTY?

3/30/16

•From conservativereview.com, we learned that the recent Belgium terror plot which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people was actually part of a broader effort to penetrate the country's only two nuclear facilities. According to the Daily Mail, Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, the jihadi suicide bombers in last week's terror attack, were surveilling the atomic facilities for weeks and seemed to have contact with some workers within the site. Eleven workers at the nuclear plant have since had their badges revoked.

This news from Belgium shows that Ted Cruz was exactly right when he said that in addition to stopping the new flow of Islamic immigrants to the U.S., we must “patrol and secure” Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. If nothing is done to mitigate the radicalization of the over three million Muslims already living in America, the U.S. will face what Europe is dealing with in just one generation. And if nothing is done about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS' defeat would be moot.

The facts are incontrovertibly clear that there is a huge terror recruiting problem in parts of Minneapolis and areas in Brooklyn, New York. The community leaders in these areas, assuming they truly value America and champion its ideals of freedom, should be the first ones embracing a proactive approach to rooting out the cancer of radical Islam and terror within their midst. Is nuclear terrorism the accepted cost of liberty?

It's time to wake up before it's too late.

You can see more information on this at:

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/03/homegrown-nuclear-terrorism-in-belgium-proves-cruz-right#sthash.7ohuMFLR.dpuf

•Obama's recent trip to Cuba was an embarrassment to all freedom-loving Capitalists.

To all the Cuban-Americans who fought and scratched and endured to come to America as refugees and become legal citizens in escape from the chains of communist Cuba, I apologize to you. The leader of this country's federal government should not be praising the very reason you risked life and death to escape from that coercive country.

From climate depot, we learn that there is a radical 'Half Planet' environmental agenda calling for barring humans from half of the Earth's land mass!

A proposal that calls for barring humans from half of the Earth's land mass has actually received serious consideration from Fusion, the Univision-backed television network aimed at the millennial generation.

The proposal calls for barring humans from half of the Earth's land mass and has actually received serious consideration from Fusion, the Univision-backed television network aimed at the millennial generation.

Fusion claims the proposal might just be the answer to all our problems, and possibly might save mankind.

Specifically, they claim that humans have developed to the point where our existence “dominates” over plant and wildlife, and this basically signals that if we fail to embrace this plan, half of the species will be lost forever in a few generations.

For the record, you could move the entire population of the world to the state of Texas and the resulting population density would be the same as it is in New York City today. So, were that the case, every square mile outside of Texas around the world would have no people on it.

The Earth is not overpopulated.

Read more: http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/03/22/radical-half-planet-environmental-agenda-calling-for-barring-humans-from-half-of-earths-land-mass-floated-on-fusion-tv-network/#ixzz44F3g1zAD

•Interesting that Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Perry have all endorsed Ted Cruz. Perhaps Trump's insults, ignorance, and condescension aren't the way to unify the Republican Party after all?

Maybe the way to unify the party is to UNIFY THEM AGAINST DONALD TRUMP!

Perhaps that's what Trump has been trying to accomplish all along. Hmmmm…

•O.K., so Ted Cruz supposedly had affairs with five different women (who has time for that?) and the Trump-supporting owner of the National Enquirer wants us to care and support a serial adulterer in Donald Trump over a true conservative in Ted Cruz?

Can someone help me with the logic here?

Trump has had affairs. He has bragged about them. Trump would likely have another affair if given the chance.

But, we are supposed to be concerned about the personal marital life of a man married for many years to a woman with whom he is raising two daughters?

This is a loser issue for Trump.

I'm already tired of hearing Donald Trump blather his nonsense.

Please don't let this happen. Talk to your neighbors. Engage them. Challenge them by asking why a Big Oil CEO would be bad for America but a Big Casino/Hotel CEO would be good.

This election is too important people. It is the most important of my life, no doubt.

 


OBAMA LOOSENS CHAINS ON CUBA, WHICH IGNORES CHAINS ON ITS OWN PEOPLE

3/23/16

•Cuban president and rampant mass-murderer Raul Castro asked President Obama during his visit this week to lift U.S. trade and other restrictions instituted when the brothers assumed Communistic control of the island nation. Obama and Castro raised hands in salute and pledged to move forward trying to improve relations between the two governments.

Castro praised Obama's steps to relax controls on Cuba, but naturally called them insufficient. He asked for the U.S. to return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba control and to lift the U.S. trade embargo.

Obama claimed to press its leaders on human rights violations but once again made himself out to be some kind of Messiah that can change dictator hearts simply with the power of his presence. Raul Castro figuratively back-handed Obama by saying Cuba found it "inconceivable" for a government to fail to ensure health care, education, food and social security for its people.

What he failed to mention was that “security” in his view is the government imprisoning you or outright murdering you if you express dissatisfaction with the government.

Obama credited Cuba for making progress as a nation, but said that improving relations between the two countries means they discuss differences directly.
Of course, nothing is said about the political prisoners the Castros keep locked away. But we give them aid anyway. Just like Iran. Give them billions in aid but wag your finger at them as they develop nuclear weapons.

Pathetic!

•California's massive Ivanpah solar power plant may be forced to go dark.
A recent story in the Wall Street Journal revealed that the $2.2 billion desert project is not generating enough energy. The project's backers are asking for more time.

The taxpayer subsidized $2.2 billion solar project in the California desert isn't producing the electricity it is required to deliver to Pacific Gas &Electric Corporation (PG&E) which says the solar plant may be forced to shut down if it doesn't receive a break from state regulators.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System uses more than 170,000 mirrors mounted to the ground to reflect sunlight to 450-foot-high towers topped by boilers that heat up to create steam, which in turn is used to generate electricity.
But the massively wasteful solar project, done with $1.5 billion in federal loans, has riled bird lovers by killing thousands of birds that burn to a crisp as they are flying past the massive reflective arrays.

PG&E is asking the California Public Utilities Commission for to forgive the power shortfall and give Ivanpah another year to figure out the problems. They warned that allowing its power contracts to default could force the facility to shut down.
Of course, the Obama Energy Department said last week it supports giving the plant, which started operating in early 2014, more time.

What a boondoggle!

•To “celebrate” Obama's loosening the chains on the Castro brothers while ignoring the chains on their people, Google is opening a state-of-the-art online tech center in Cuba, offering free Internet at speeds nearly 70 times faster than those now available to the Cuban public. President Obama says Google's efforts in Cuba are part of a wider plan to improve access to the Internet across the island.

Obama said Sunday that Google was also launching a broader effort to improve Cubans' Internet access across the island. No details were given though.
The tech center will be open five days a week, from 7 a.m. to midnight, for about 40 people at a time. The project's limited reach has symbolic importance in a country that has long maintained strict control of Internet access. The Castros claim unfettered Internet access is a national security threat. Specifically, they fear the Internet will be a tool for the United States to exert influence over the island's culture and politics.

The connection at the tech center is provided by Cuba's state-run telecommunications company over a new fiber-optic connection.

The center will feature upload and download speed of 70 megabytes per second. Yes, you heard that right, 70 MBPS. Their claim that it is “70 times faster” than existing Internet connection speeds means that their usual connection speed is 1 MBPS! Most Cubans pay fees of $2 an hour, which is almost one-tenth of their average monthly salary, for an hour of access at roughly one megabyte per second.

Cuba has one of the world's lowest rates of Internet penetration. That's freedom for you. The American President went there to celebrate it this week. It won't make a hill-of-beans worth of difference. President Obama cares not, because he can now paint himself as a leader that meets his country's enemies with open hands, even while they are standing on the backs of their own people.

•Late Monday during a press conference in Cuba, Raul Castro was asked if he would release political prisoners. He responded that if he could be provided a list of names of those prisoners he would do so. WeaselZippers.us published a list of 47 names and their duration of sentence. You can see it here…
http://www.weaselzippers.us/262819-heres-a-list-of-political-prisoners-in-cuba-right-now/

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THE DEFENDERS OF TRUMP ARE A SNEAKY BUNCH

3/16/16

•I hear every day from Trump apologists that his established record of contributing to Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanuel is to be excused as a rip on his candidacy for the Republican nomination, “Well…big business people contribute to both sides…it's what they do…”

Giving money to Democrats helps them work against conservatism. When you give a Democrat money, they use it to further their inherently evil liberal cause. You cannot excuse it by waving it off as business as usual. Donald Trump has made it more difficult for us to further the cause of conservatism.

We are back to jailing Galileo.

•If you recall, I have told the story that hundreds of years ago physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei was ordered to trial for holding the belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun, which was deemed heretical by the Catholic Church. In the 1633 interrogation, the church decided the idea that the Sun moved around the Earth was an absolute fact of scripture that could not be disputed, despite the fact that scientists had known for centuries that the Earth was not the center of the universe.

The church handed down the following order: “We pronounce, judge, and declare, that you, the said Galileo…have rendered yourself vehemently suspected by this Holy Office of heresy, that is, of having believed and held the doctrine (which is false and contrary to the Holy and Divine Scriptures) that the sun is the center of the world, and that it does not move from east to west, and that the earth does move, and is not the center of the world.”

Along with the order came the penalty: “We order that by a public edict the book of Dialogues of Galileo Galilei be prohibited, and We condemn thee to the prison of this Holy Office during Our will and pleasure; and as a salutary penance We enjoin on thee that for the space of three years thou shalt recite once a week the Seven Penitential Psalms.”

Galileo agreed not to teach the heresy anymore and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. It took more than 300 years for the church to admit that Galileo was right and to clear his name of heresy.

Well, we're back there again.

•Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that the Justice Department is exploring legal action against global warming skeptics.

During Lynch's testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) posed a question to Lynch:

“…other than civil forfeitures and matters attendant to a criminal case, are there other circumstances in which a civil matter under the authority of the Department of Justice has been referred to the FBI?”

Lynch replied:

“This matter [prosecuting climate skeptics] has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on…I'm not aware of a civil referral at this time.”

As a matter of fact, Lynch and Whitehouse understate the degree of persecution of dissent underway. Over a week ago, the DOJ made a criminal referral for views on a scientific dispute. The U.S. Justice Department has forwarded a request from two congressmen seeking a federal probe of ExxonMobil to the FBI's criminal division.

U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier sought the probe last year to determine whether ExxonMobil violated federal laws by "failing to disclose truthful information" about climate change.

“Truthful?”

In response, the Justice Department deferred to the FBI, saying:
"As a courtesy, we have forwarded your correspondence to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)," said a letter to the congressmen from Peter J. Kadzik, an assistant U.S. attorney general.

Continuing:

"…The FBI will determine whether an investigation is warranted."

Read more at: www.americanthinker.com

•One more thing about the Trump situation, and I veer from Rush Limbaugh and others on the right on this, but as you have no doubt noticed, Trump has no real substance to his campaign. There are no nuanced details on his positions about how to deal with rampant illegal immigration, how he will deal with a Congress that seems to want to fund amnesty and Obamacare, or how he will “mediate” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the U.S. is a major ally of Israel.

However, the more he can keep the media talking about violence at his rallies and stump events, the less he has to talk about things he really knows nothing about – the issues.

And notice how his defenders have created a strawman argument in this issue of violence at his campaign events. Nobody doubts that the source of the protests is the Obama-created and Bernie Sanders' endorsed far-left crazies. They've been doing this since Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, and Occupy Wall Street. This is what they do. Trump's defenders say that Trump isn't “causing these people to protest.”

But nobody is saying they are.

What Trump is responsible for are the reactions of those in the audience that react violently to the protesters by punching them or by Trump's own campaign manager allegedly bruising a female member of the media to try and keep her from asking Trump a question.

These defenders of Trump are a sneaky bunch.

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TED CRUZ SHOWS HE CAN BE PRESIDENT

3/9/16

•I participated in the Kansas Caucus Saturday. It was extraordinary!

People in walkers, wheelchairs, and on foot stood in line for hours to register their vote for President. What caught my attention was a number of people were given the chance to leave the lines and simply fill-out a provisional ballot that would be counted later in the week. A few took advantage of that while most remained in line.

At the end of the day, turnout was staggering. In 2012, about 29,000 turned-out statewide. This time, over 79,000 Republicans voted. Ted Cruz won in a landslide.

•Thursday night's debate exhibited for many that Ted Cruz can be President of the United States.

Cruz dealt with Donald Trump in a manner that was far more important than simply finessing himself between Marco Rubio's attack dog approach and John Kasich's “Rodney King” (Can't we all just get along?) call.

Cruz made the case against Trump. He was civil while eviscerating Trump. He connected with the audience through command of the facts plus used persuasion in a human way.

The key was when Cruz asked the audience how many had been waiters or waitresses. Many Americans have spent time serving the public in a range of roles. The notion that working in retail is a job Americans won't do is absurd, and it is one that Trump parrots when attacked for hiring foreigners to staff his Florida hotels and resorts.

•Gauging this past weekend's caucus and primary results, particularly in Louisiana and Kentucky, there was clearly a movement away from Rubio and Trump and toward Cruz indicated in the day's votes which were evidently influenced by the Thursday debate evisceration of Trump.

Also, it cannot go without noting that Trump's insistence that the military would follow his unlawful orders to murder women and children or terrorists served as the most damning point in the case to be made against Trump.

This is good: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432345/ted-cruz-defeats-donald-trump-gop-debate?aPJgzXupXL2xAzFt.01

•I've had enough of Chief Justice John Roberts.

The Supreme Court Chief Justice rejected a plea Thursday to block a contentious air pollution rule further restricting power plants.

Roberts's order came in the face of his court's 5-4 decision last year ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, is illegal.

Michigan led a group of 20 states last month — empowered by the Supreme Court's recent unprecedented decision to halt the EPA's carbon dioxide rule for power plants — in asking the court to live up to its ruling last year and block the regulation's enforcement.

The EPA responded that no judicial stay is necessary since it's working to fix the problem the court identified by next month, and the states would not suffer irreparable harm in that time.

Roberts acted swiftly, waiting less than a day after the EPA's response brief to side with the Obama administration. He acted unilaterally, electing to reject the request himself rather than take it to the full court, which may have led to a 4-4 split following Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

Those opposing the rule could still try to seek a full-court review of Roberts's decision.

•Meanwhile in Oklahoma City, people upset with more frequent earthquakes are trying to get some action.

More than five years after Oklahoma first experienced a startling increase in earthquakes allegedly linked to the disposal of huge volumes of wastewater created by hydraulic fracturing for oil, the ground continues to shake and the number of strong quakes seems to be increasing. In 2009, there were 20 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Last year, there were 890. In 2009, no quake measured 4.0 or greater. Last year, 30 did.
Last month, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, asked oil producers operating in the northwest part of the state to reduce by 40 percent the amount of wastewater they dispose of deep underground.

Scientists say natural faults in the area are being stirred by billions of gallons of water injected deep into the ground after it is used for hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. Water and chemicals are used to break oil and gas free from rock formations. A large amount of the water returns to the surface and, under federal law, must be disposed of in a way that does not affect freshwater supplies.

Note – federal law requires injecting the water underground. There are plenty of studies that show that fracking wastewater can be cleaned sufficiently just like we clean all other forms of wastewater, and put back into the hydrologic system. It is knee-jerk junk science to inject the water underground out of ignorance and fear.
Meanwhile, lawyers are flocking to Oklahoma like flies on a downed cow carcass.

“Write your story,” Little Rock, Ark.-based lawyer Scott Poynter wrote in a letter to people attending the meeting. “Describe the events that you and your family have experienced with the earthquakes. This case will take years, and you will need the story to refresh your memory. Also, it will help me keep everyone's problems straight.”

Meanwhile, have you noticed that when you have earthquakes here on the Great Plains, nobody dies due to having buildings fall on them?

Thanks to the LA Times for some of these facts.

(Twitter @bkparallax)

 


YOU NEED TO GET THE FRIED CHICKEN AT GUS'S

3/2/16

•From Red Alert Politics, who watched the Oscars so I didn't have to, we were reminded that Hollywood is of course very left-wing. This year's event was apparently quite illustrative of that fact.

The host Chris Rock addressed “controversy” that no black actors received a nomination, calling the Academy racist and giving a shout out to Black Lives Matter. He failed to mention that since 1972, 25% of Oscar hosts have been black, even though blacks are only 13% of the population.

Lady Gaga and Vice President Biden joined in the social justice warrior talking points by calling for an end to rape culture on college campuses. They made no mention about female teachers raping their male students though.

Lady Gaga followed up by singing, “'Till It Happens To You” while holding the hands of rape survivors. But she made no mention of the women that Bill Clinton has allegedly sexually assaulted.

Not to be left out, bear rape victim Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won an Oscar for The Revenant, dedicated the award to Mother Earth and the fight against climate change.

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively and stop procrastinating,” DiCaprio said. “We need to support leaders around the world … who speak for all of humanity.”

Boy am I glad I didn't have to watch that show!

Meanwhile Little Leo took a private jet six times in six weeks last year, according to The Daily Mail. He didn't mention that.

•I tried the new-to-KC “Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken” recently, and it is fantastic!

As my long-time readers will recall, fried chicken is a particular passion of mine. I've heard a lot about the Southern tradition of “Gus's” as they opened their first restaurant in KC.

The chicken is really good. The breading is flavorful without being too spicy (As if any fried chicken could be TOO spicy!). The pieces of chicken are high quality, with none of the “unidentified parts” you see in some of the fast food versions of fried chicken.

The thing that struck me most about “Gus's” is how juicy the chicken was without even a hint of redness near the bone. These folks know how to fry chicken.

Thus far, I have only sampled the slaw and baked beans, which are O.K. It is difficult being exemplary as a side dish when the chicken is this good.

The restaurant has plenty of room to sit at tables and blues music played over a sound system the day I was there. But the chicken is made fresh upon order so it's not sitting under heat lamps. If you order carry-out, probably best to call ahead. I walked up with a fresh order and left 30 minutes later with the food.

Gus's is located in KCK on 47th Street just West of Rainbow Boulevard and a couple doors down from Joe's Kansas City BBQ. Give it a try!

•After spending billions from taxpayers, the electric car just can't cut the mustard.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance announced last week that it reduced growth forecasts for electric cars by half due to low oil prices, which of course led to drastically lower sales.

They estimate only 500,000 electric cars AND hybrids will be purchased by 2020, half of what they previously predicted. Electric cars and plug-in hybrids combined represent less than 0.5 percent of all American vehicles sold since 2011.

The price of oil would need to be above $350 a barrel to make an electric vehicle cheaper to operate than a conventional car, according to a study published Wednesday by MIT. The average price of a barrel of oil today is hovering around $30.

Even though electric cars can be eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit, they are still incredibly expensive. Bloomberg projections estimate that it will take until 2040 for electric cars to cost less than $22,000.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/25/cheap-oil-is-killing-the-electric-car/#ixzz41E6WMXS0

•Liming Li, professor of physics, is leading a team of scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study the energy budget for Jupiter, Saturn and Titan, as it impacts understanding of planetary climate and evolution.

How exactly does looking at planets a half-million and a million kilometers from Earth help us understand our planet's climate? This is how…

Prof. Li: "On Earth, the incoming energy is about the same as the outgoing energy. That means the temperature doesn't change dramatically, even with greenhouse effects…Saturn and Jupiter are emitting more energy than absorbed, so they are generating some type of internal heat. Earth and Titan are similar, with no significant internal heat."

Knowing whether the energy budget is balanced or imbalanced and how the energy budget changes with time, Li says, is important for understanding climate change and the evolution of a planet.

“Scientists think Titan's atmosphere is like the ancient atmosphere on Earth," he said. "By studying Titan's atmosphere, we can learn what has happened in the past to Earth's atmosphere.”

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BIDEN PUTS FOOT
IN MOUTH OVER
SUPREME COURT ISSUE

2/24/16

•Do I need to mention the aggravating level of idiocy in President Obama using the Kalamazoo, Michigan shooting spree as a soapbox on which to enact more anti-gun rhetoric? Thanks, I didn't think so.

The victims' bodies were not even cold yet - despicable!

How about we just pray for the victim still fighting for their life and for the families of those whose lives have been tragically taken by this monster?

•This Supreme Court nomination fight is going to be interesting.

If you will recall, Vice President Joe Biden spoke just last Thursday about Republicans calling for Obama to pass on nominating a new Supreme Court justice until a new President is seated. Biden said those proposals don't make sense.

Biden's quote: "To leave the seat vacant at this critical moment in American history is a little bit like saying, 'God forbid something happen to the president and the vice president, we're not going to fill the presidency for another year and a half.'"

President Obama has said he will "do his job" as president and nominate a successor to Scalia's seat.

Biden continued: "The Senate gets to have a say, and so in order to get this done the president is not going to be able to go out (nor would it be his instinct anyway) to pick the most liberal jurist in the nation and put them on the court…There are plenty of judges who are on high courts already who have had unanimous support of the Republicans."

Nevermind the fact that none of those justices were at that time being considered for the Supreme Court!

•But how many recall during the 1992 Presidential election, then Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said President George H. W. Bush should wait to fill any Supreme Court vacancies until after the election?

CSPAN this week posted a clip of Biden's testimony on Twitter Monday afternoon.

Biden said in 1992:

“It is my view that if a Supreme Court Justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not, and not name a nominee until after the November election is completed,” he said at the time.

In his testimony on the Senate floor, he said, the Senate Judiciary Committee should “seriously consider not scheduling confirmations hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over.”

“I sadly predict, Mr. President that this is going to be one of the bitterest, dirtiest presidential campaigns we will have seen in modern times,” he said. “I'm sure Mr. President, after having uttered these words some, some will criticize such a decision and say it was nothing more than an attempt to save a seat on the court in hopes that a Democrat will be permitted to fill it.”

Biden went onto say that delaying a Supreme Court nomination until after the election is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process.

What better way is there to motivate the bases to go to the polls than to place the potential balance of the Supreme Court on the shoulders of the outcome of this single election?

•And on that subject, I can imagine the coming 4-8 years are going to see more than one sitting Supreme Court justice headed off the bench – either voluntarily or feet first. The Supreme Court is changing, for good or for evil, in the coming few months.

After winning in the South Carolina primary last Saturday, I doubt Donald Trump still believes this, but he again hinted last week at a possible third-party run, saying that the Republican National Committee is "in default" of an agreement and is not treating him fairly.

"When somebody's in default, that means the other side can do what they have to do," he said. "The RNC is in default."

Trump signed a pledge last year to run as a Republican and not as an independent.
“I signed a pledge but it's a double-edge pledge, and as far as I'm concerned they're in default of the pledge,” he said at a campaign event outside of Charleston, S.C.

During a later press conference, Trump said he was disappointed with the RNC because it stacks the room at debates "with special interests and donors."

"The RNC gave all the tickets to special interests that represented Cruz and Rubio. They had all the tickets," he said. "They walked on the stage and the place went crazy."

He said he doesn't have donors or special interests.

"I think the RNC did a very poor job," he said. "We've warned them...and they don't listen."

Good luck if Trump does run as a third party candidate because the time has long passed for an independent to get on most state ballots.

Most interesting to hear Rubio fans calling for Ted Cruz to drop out of the race so conservatives can coalesce behind Rubio in an attempt to take Trump down. Problem is, Cruz' supporters are more likely to join Trump than Rubio.

Trump and Cruz are together on immigration. Rubio is a Gang of Eight amnesty guy.

Cruz and Trump are anti-establishment. Rubio has the endorsement of just about every sleazy establishment politician currently in office.

Careful what you wish for, Rubio fans.

•Thoughts and prayers go out to Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill who announced this week that she is battling breast cancer.

•Go Royals!

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SUPREME COURT DEALS A SETBACK TO CLIMATE CHANGE POLICE

2/17/16

•Rest in Peace to the finest Supreme Court Justice I've seen in my years following the Court. Justice Antonin Scalia was a consistent voice for originalism and the constitution in a world where many that go to the Supreme Court and Washington get changed by the liberals infesting that town. He will be greatly missed.
Now for the ensuing battle to replace Scalia on the Court…

Sen. Ted Cruz, appearing Sunday on Meet the Press, explained that he is opposed to President Obama nominating anyone to replace Justice Scalia. “The Senate's duty is to advise and consent,” Cruz said. “You know what? The Senate is advising right now, we are advising that a lame-duck president in an election year is not going to be able to tip the balance of the Supreme Court. That we're going to have an election, and if liberals are so confident that the American people want unlimited abortion on demand, want religious liberty torn down, want the Second Amendment taken away, want veterans memorials torn down, want the crosses and stars of David sandblasted off of the tombstones of our fallen veterans, then go and make the case to the people.”

Very well said.

•From loyal reader (and proud climate denier!) Gordon, a mountain in upstate New York reached a minus 114 wind chill at its summit last week!

New York City had its coldest start to Valentine's Day in 100 years on Sunday. But it seemed balmy compared to the summit at Whiteface Mountain.

The wind chill at Whiteface, near Lake Placid, made it feel like a body- and mind-numbing minus 114 degrees Fahrenheit late Saturday and into Sunday. By contrast, Central Park only mustered minus 1 degree F.

They now are claiming to understand why Al Gore's doomsday clock expired with none of his doomsday global warming predictions coming true.

A French News Agency reports that the reason the sea level rise didn't happen was because there has been so much drought in the last 10 years that the earth has been parched, becoming so dry that it is soaking up water!

It's soaking up rainwater, it's soaking up snowpack, it's soaking up the water in aquifers, and it's because the earth is basically just dying of thirst, which is part and parcel of all the heat that has happened with global warming.

From the journal, Science:

"Satellite measurements over the past decade show for the first time that the Earth's continents have soaked up and stored an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers..."

So global warming actually caused all of Al Gore's dire predictions to fail to occur.
So why didn't Gore's models predict the growing thirst of the planet?

•In what may have been Justice Scalia's final legislative move, the Supreme Court dealt a huge setback to President Obama last week by putting his climate change policy on hold while a coalition of coal producers and Republican-led states challenges its legality.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, issued an unusual emergency order that blocks the EPA from moving forward with its effort to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32% by 2030.

The order said the EPA's “carbon pollution emission guidelines” for power plants are “stayed pending” a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which will hear the case this summer.

It is highly rare for the high court to intervene in a case pending in the lower courts. The brief order suggests that most of the justices have doubts about the legality of the EPA's policy.

The EPA regulations, known as the Clean Power Plan, would set state-by-state targets for reducing greenhouse gases from power plants. The rules would force many states to shut down older coal-fired plants and produce more electricity using natural gas or solar and wind power.

And necessarily skyrocket electricity prices.

The appeals court said it would hear arguments in June for the climate case and would probably rule in the fall, during Obama's last months in the White House.

•Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday again hinted at a possible third-party run, saying that the Republican National Committee is "in default" of an agreement and is not treating him fairly.

"When somebody's in default, that means the other side can do what they have to do," he said.

"The RNC is in default."

Trump signed a pledge last year to run as a Republican and not as an independent.
“I signed a pledge but it's a double-edge pledge, and as far as I'm concerned they're in default of the pledge,” he said at a campaign event outside of Charleston, S.C., The Guardian reported.

Trump's whine:

"The RNC gave all the tickets to special interests that represented Cruz and Rubio. They had all the tickets," he said. "They walked on the stage and the place went crazy."

He said he doesn't have donors or special interests.

"I think the RNC did a very poor job," he said. "We've warned them...and they don't listen."

The RNC has "total control" over Trump's competitors, he added.

"The bottom line is the RNC is controlled by the establishment and the RNC is controlled by the special interests and the donors and that's too bad," he said.
Sounds like a cry-baby.

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS NOT WORTH GETTING PEOPLE KILLED

2/10/16

•I could not believe my ears last Saturday night when watching the Republican Debate in New Hampshire. The candidates – well Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie – were asked by the liberal ABC moderator if they were in favor of forcing women to register for the draft now that they've been approved for front line combat service. All three of them, seeming to want to avoid falling into the War on Women trap, said they agreed with such a change.

I was thinking that Ted Cruz probably had another view, but the moderators never asked him during the debate. However, Cruz made his feelings clear on Sunday.
Ted Cruz on Sunday said he opposes requiring women to register for a potential draft, “I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'” Cruz said Sunday, speaking at a town hall. “Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain't doing it.”

This is one of the reasons I like Ted Cruz.

We all know the odds of the draft being put back into use are virtually zero, at least as things are now. That may change, but most of us won't live to see it. Also, they're not having trouble recruiting female volunteers for the non-combat roles which need to be filled. What about combat? Nobody is talking about putting women on the front lines of combat unless they can pass extremely rigorous physical testing and very, very few women meet that standard. If the standards get lowered to allow more women to pass, our military suffers. When our military suffers, people die.

Ted Cruz is correct – political correctness is not worth getting people killed.

•Ted Cruz received another major endorsement last week.
Former US President Jimmy Carter told the UK Parliament that he wants Donald Trump to land the Republican nomination ahead of frontrunner Ted Cruz.

Speaking on a visit to Britain, the 91-year-old Democrat warned Mr. Cruz is committed to “Far Right-wing politics” which he would pursue “aggressively” if he makes it to the White House.

By contrast, Carter said, outspoken billionaire Mr. Trump has no fixed views at all.

Carter's direct quote:

“If I had a choice of Republican nominees, between Cruz and Trump, I think I would choose. Trump – which may surprise some of you,” he told an audience in the House of Lords.

“The reason is, Trump has proven already that he is completely malleable…I don't think he has any fixed opinion that he would fight for.”

Sensing an opportunity, Cruz immediately put out a campaign ad with the Carter quotes. What better evidence can a candidate put forward of the consistency of his philosophy than for a prominent member of the opposition party to step forward and admit that he is consistent in his conservative views? Plus, Carter gave the tacit kiss-of-death to Donald Trump by describing his views as “malleable” and that Trump has no fixed opinion that he would fight for?

•By the way, if you are worried about the Zika virus, start manufacturing DDT again and ship lots of it down to South and Central America. Carpet-bomb those areas with the insecticide DDT and reduce the risk of human populations to the virus. Do it now. Do not wait until, like with malaria when we gave-in to enviro-nuts and banned the use of DDT for fear of bird egg shell thicknesses, the disease comes back and kills tens of millions of people!

 


FOX NEWS IS IN THE TANK FOR RUBIO

2/3/16

•As Iowans kicked off the vote for presidential candidates this week, a new poll indicates (once again) that the vast majority of Americans don't rank global warming as the most serious issue facing the country.

A YouGov poll of 18,000 people in 17 countries found only 9.2 percent of Americans rank global warming as their biggest concern. Only Saudi Arabians (Go figure – desert people don't worry about it getting hotter!!) were less concerned about global warming at 5.7 percent.

Americans' greatest concern was global terrorism — 28 percent of Americans polled listed this as their top issue.

The American people “get it” on global warming.

•Just heard Donald Trump being questioned by George Stephanopoulos about his position on Obamacare and government run health care in general and his answer was nonsensical. Trump was asked about his recent statements about supporting universal health care and his answer was some word-stream about people dying in the middle of the street (not on the sidewalk apparently or even in the gutter) and that he needs to do something to help those people.

Hasn't Trump ever heard of Medicaid and Medicare and the laws that force doctors, nurses, and hospitals to treat sick people that come to them for help regardless of their ability to pay? Where are all these people dying in the street?

I think the greater question to be asked is, how stupid does Trump think we the people are?

•Despite the huge push by Obama to tout his administration's global warming agenda, most Americans have been unconvinced it's the country's most pressing issue. A Fox News poll from November found only three percent of Americans list global warming as their top concern.

Experts in the United Kingdom are saying that energy bills are going to soar as “green” policies shut coal-fired power stations, causing a supply crisis, for electricity.

A report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers indicated Britain could have less than half the electricity it needs because plans to build nuclear and gas power stations are unrealistic.

The IME said 30 gas-fired plants would be needed in less than 10 years! Only four new plants have been built in a decade. That's not going to cut it, especially when one considers that shale gas development has also been delayed.

•I kind of wish we caucused in Kansas and in Missouri. It looks like a lot more fun than just voting.

•In January, 2006 — when promoting his ridiculous documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore declared that unless we took “drastic measures” to reduce greenhouse gases, the world would reach a “point of no return” in a mere 10 years. He called it a “true planetary emergency.”

Well, the ten years passed, we're still here, and the climate activists have postponed the apocalypse.

Again.

•Gore's prediction fits right in with the rest of his nutty comrades in the environmentalist movement. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute keeps his list of “18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions” made around the original Earth Day in 1970. Robert Tracinski at The Federalist has a nice list of “Seven big failed environmentalist predictions.” The Daily Caller's “25 years of predicting the global warming 'tipping point'” makes for amusing reading, including one declaration that we had mere “hours to act” to “avert a slow-motion tsunami.”
Last year. Gasoline was supposed to be $9 per gallon. Milk would cost almost $13 per gallon. Wildfires would rage, hurricanes would strike with ever-greater intensity.

Apparently, being a climate hysteric means never having to say you're sorry.

Simply change the cataclysm:

Overpopulation! No.

Global cooling! No, that didn't happen.

Global warming! No, let's change the name to climate change.

Being a warmist means never having to say you were wrong. In reality, one can respect the religious folks that warn of rapture way more than the climate hysterics. They merely ask us to believe, they don't use the force of government to dictate how we live. Pastors aren't circumventing the democratic process to impose dangerous and job-killing environmental regulations.

Think about this – ridiculous fuel-economy standards have actually cost American lives by putting less and less heavy steel into cars. Lighter weight cars are less safe.

Now the coal industry is reeling due to stringent EPA standards. Overall, the EPA's climate-change regulations are set to impose enormous economic costs. What's particularly aggravating is the hypocrisy. We have to be austere in our energy consumption but they can jet around the globe to speak to adoring audiences about the need for sacrifice. They simply refuse to walk their bold talk.

•The Iowa Caucus is now history and Ted Cruz won in impressive fashion. On to New Hampshire!

•By the way, am I the only one disgusted by Fox News' off-the-charts bias for Marco Rubio? You'd think Rubio won Iowa instead of Cruz! Disgusting! How far Fox News has fallen!

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WITH CRUZ, CONSERVATIVES WOULD REPLACE RINOS

1/27/16

•GOP front-runner Donald Trump said this week that establishment “RINO” Republicans are supporting his presidential bid now because they're terrified of Ted Cruz being the party's nominee.

Why would the non-conservative Republicans like John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and Lindsey Graham fear a Ted Cruz presidency?

The answer to that is quite simple. A president is essentially the party's leader. With Ted Cruz as President, you will start to see conservatives replace moderate RINOs in positions of power in government, and old power embodied by the likes of John McCain and Mitch McConnell do not want to have to find work in the private sector.

I REALLY want to see that!

•Recently, Trump has been ripping Cruz for being a politician incapable of working with the other side to “get things done.” Don't you hate that phrase?

When government “gets things done” our money gets spent. I want government to stop trying to “get things done.” The way I see it, the more opposition – REAL opposition – that there is in government, the more fighting there is and the less of our money gets spent.

Cruz, in response to Trump's criticism, has pointed to Trump's recent past support for liberal causes like eminent domain, which gives the government power to seize a private citizen's land.

One ad accused Trump of colluding with “Atlantic City insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow for a limousine parking lot at his casino.”

Trump shot back claiming, “He tells lies…He says I knocked down some woman's home … had bulldozers — I didn't knock it down some woman's home, she didn't want it.”

The facts?

Vera Coking was a retired homeowner in Atlantic City, New Jersey whose home was the focus of a prominent eminent domain case involving Donald Trump. In 1961, Coking bought the house for $20,000. In the 1970s, Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione offered her $1 million to build the Penthouse Boardwalk Hotel and Casino. She declined, and Guccione started construction of the hotel-casino in 1978 around the house, but ran out of money in 1980 and construction stopped. The steel framework structure was finally torn down in 1993.

In 1993, Trump bought several lots around his Atlantic City casino and hotel, intending to build a parking lot designed for limousines. Coking, who had lived in her house at that time for about 35 years, refused to sell. The city of Atlantic City then condemned her house, using eminent domain. She was paid only $251,000 - about one-fourth what Guccione offered 10 years earlier.

Coking fought the local authorities, and eventually won. The courts ruled, because there were "no limits" on what Trump could do with the property, Coking's property could not be taken. Coking remained in her house until 2010, when she moved to a retirement home in the San Francisco Bay Area. She subsequently sold the house for $530,000 in 2014. While Trump was not the direct buyer, Carl Icahn, who held the debt on Trump Entertainment, owner of Trump Plaza, was. He subsequently demolished the house.

So Cruz is more accurate than Trump in this case. I'd say she definitely wanted the house.

•Bob Dole predicted an electoral apocalypse if Ted Cruz becomes the Republican nominee.

Cruz responded to Dole's glum warning:

“If you think of the last time we beat the Washington cartel it was 1980, it was the Reagan revolution, where millions of Americans rose up,” Cruz said. “And I would note that Mr. Dole then opposed Reagan, and said we need someone who can go to Washington who can cut a deal. Well the American people understood that's not what we needed.”

Establishment RINOs in the GOP are REALLY worried about Cruz and the base of the party. Folks, we will not win the election in November without the base.
Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina said at a private fundraiser last week he would rather vote for Bernie Sanders than Ted Cruz, according to the Associated Press.

The GOP establishment RINOs would rather hand the country over to socialists than support a consistent conservative.

Tells you all you need to know.

•How's this for an interesting fact? (From The Daily Caller.)

People who fear global warming actually use more electricity than those who don't care about the issue.

The study was commissioned by the U.K.'s Department for Energy and Climate Change and reviewed the energy use of 250 people, some of whom fear global warming and some who don't see climate change as an issue.

Researchers found claims of turning off radios, TVs, and lights when not in use was largely inflated by people surveyed. Basically, those who worried about global warming actually did little in their own lives to attempt to reduce their energy use.

From the researchers: “There is some link between households' stated behavior towards switching off unused appliances and electricity use, but there is seldom a statistically significant relationship between stated and actual behavior.”

The survey seems to show the hypocritical nature of global warming activists.

“The survey exposes the hypocrisy of many who claim to be 'green': the greater the concern people express about global warming the less they do to reduce their energy usage,” Peter Lilley, a Conservative British Parliament member, told reporters.

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THE 'NEW YORK VALUES' PILLOW FIGHT BETWEEN TRUMP AND CRUZ

1/20/16

•Todd Starnes with Fox News wrote a great missive last week after the Republican debate in South Carolina addressing the Ted Cruz/Donald Trump “New York Values” pillow fight that I believe cut right to the issue at hand well before anyone else did.

If you've been avoiding the debates, Donald Trump and the Mainstream Media are foaming at the mouth over the comment Senator Ted Cruz made about New York values. Trump stood on the bodies of the victims of 9/11 to defend and deflect attention on the fact that people in New York DO have more liberal values than do people in the middle of America.

We all know exactly what Cruz was talking about. It had nothing to do with the aftermath of 9/11.

As Starnes well-phrased it: “Senator Cruz was talking about cultural and political values. Duck Dynasty values versus Bill de Blasio values. He was referring to the permissive New York values celebrating public debauchery that would make the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah blush. Just ask the families from the Heartland who've been accosted by topless women in Times Square.”

Want other examples of New York values? How about Occupy Wall Street -- turning public parks into human cesspools - people defecating on police cars?
Cruz himself came out Sunday and recorded an apology.

It was devastating.

“It's been an interesting 24 hours where [they] have all demanded an apology because apparently they're unhappy about acknowledging that they have embraced New York values. And so I've heard their demands, and I am happy to give them an apology.

I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been abandoned by liberal politicians. I apologize for the working men and women of New York who are denied jobs — jobs that have been plentiful just south of Pennsylvania — because Gov. Cuomo bans fracking. I apologize to all the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Second Amendment New Yorkers who Gov. Cuomo brazenly told have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are. I apologize to all of the African American children who Mayor de Blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were providing a life line to the American dream. And I apologize to all the cops and firefighters and 9/11 heroes who had no choice but to stand and turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio because Mayor de Blasio over and over again stands with the looters and criminals rather than the brave men and women of blue.”

I was impressed.

•From The Daily Caller News Foundation, I thought it interesting to note that Obama is still 60% short of his goal of having one million electric cars on America's roads a full year after his self-imposed deadline.

American's just aren't that interested in electric cars, especially with gas prices fast approaching $1.20 per gallon.

So far, only 400,000 electric cars have been sold in the U.S. (through 2015), so Obama is still 600,000 cars, or 60 percent, short of the goal he set in 2011.

The collapse in oil prices complicated things even further by making heavier and safer SUVs, trucks and other fuel-guzzling cars much more attractive. Electric car sales fell to about 117,000 for 2015, down from 120,000 sold in 2014.

The Obama administration admitted in 2013 it would not be able to meet its goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 even with generous subsidies. Market analysts with Navigant Research predict electric car sales won't top one million until 2024 — they estimate sales will hit 1.1 million cars that year.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/14/obama-still-60-percent-short-of-his-1-million-electric-car-goal-a-year-after-deadline/#ixzz3xFb8pDPy

•Interesting to note that not long ago when Ben Carson was rising in the polls, Donald Trump was quick to attack him for being "pro-abortion not so long ago."

Did you know that Trump himself was "very" pro-abortion not so long ago. In 1999, Tim Russert asked Trump if he would support a ban on "abortion in the third-trimester" or "partial-birth abortion."

"No," Trump replied. "I am pro-choice in every respect."

Trump explained at that time that his views may be the result of his "New York background" which differs from Iowa values.

During the first Republican presidential debate, Trump explained that he "evolved" on the issue at some point in the last 16 years. He explained it thusly,
"Friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn't aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances…I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life."

The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein soon after asked Trump if he would have become pro-life if that child had been a loser instead of a "total superstar." Trump replied: "Probably not, but I've never thought of it. I would say no, but in this case it was an easy one because he's such an outstanding person."

Sounds like a staunchly pro-life warrior there! Who says something like that?

Does that really surprise anyone?

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HILLARY'S CLASSIFIED PROBLEM KEEPS GETTING BIGGER

1/13/16

•The Hillary Clinton email scandal seems to be getting worse by the day.

As the State Department, under court order, releases more and more emails from her home computer server, over 1300 classified emails have apparently been sent to others in violation of federal law.

And perhaps the most incriminating one came in an email thread from June 2011 where Clinton exchanges e-mails with Jake Sullivan, her then-deputy chief of staff and now her campaign foreign-policy adviser. In that email exchange, she impatiently waits for a set of talking points and Sullivan tells her that the source is having trouble with the secure fax. Hillary then orders Sullivan to have the data stripped of its markings and sent through a non-secure channel.

BOOM!

Clinton said last weekend that she never got the talking points so there is no “there there.”

But does that matter?

If you go in to rob a bank and walk out without any money, are you exonerated of the crime?

In Hillary's words, “If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”

That's an order to violate the laws handling classified material. There is no other way to read that demand. Regardless of whether or not Sullivan complied, this demolishes Hillary's claim to be ignorant of marking issues, as well as strongly suggests that the other thousand-plus instances where this did occur likely came under her direction.

Ironically, an email thread from four months earlier shows Clinton saying she was “surprised” that a diplomatic officer used a personal email account to send a memo on Libya policy after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

How about we review the relevant criminal statutes again in this case, such as 18 USC 793:

“d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document…or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits…the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document…relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits…the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document…relating to the national defense,

(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or

(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust…and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

Did those talking points get illegally transmitted on Hillary's order?

This explains why more than a thousand pieces of classified information have found their way into Hillary's unauthorized and unsecured e-mail system — and why the markings have been stripped from them. Hillary herself apparently ordered the Code Red, so to speak.

Somebody needs to Photoshop Hillary's face onto Jack Nicholson's body from the “YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH” tirade from the movie, “A FEW GOOD MEN.”

This is getting good.

•Did you see where the Washington Post admitted that electric cars were NOT worth the money we have spent on them?

The government has spent a lot on electric cars, but was it worth it? The obvious answer is no. There are three ways that the Washington Post notes that the investment was a waste.

“The government” - There are things we need government for. Protecting our borders and refereeing inter-state disputes in commerce are the main ones. In the economic world, private enterprise is best equipped to run the free market, not government.

“They spent a lot” - It's a common government mistake to believe that putting any amount of money into a government program will consistently produce expected results. In fact, those results are rarely achieved. Often, after they get nothing they try to fix the problem by dumping loads of more money at the problem.

“Electric cars” – Why did we need electric cars? Of course, the real reason is they were supposed to replace at least some of the gas-burning cars. We all knew going in that there was going to be no reduction in pollution. The energy needed to run electric cars has to come from somewhere. Most of it (fortunately) still comes from burning coal. But the truth is there was an awful lot of pocket-lining going on. It wasn't like the government would just come out and say, “A lot of people who were our political allies and donated lots of money during the election wanted some of that sweet 'free' taxpayer money.”

It was all a scheme, and now they are shamelessly admitting it.

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IT'S GOING TO BE CRUZ VS. HILLARY IN 2016

1/6/16

•Here we go 2016! Let's get this new year started.

•It's going to be Cruz vs. Hillary in 2016. All signs seem to be pointing that way. And don't pay any attention to those “CANDIDATE X vs. Hillary Clinton” polls. They're meaningless when she's the assumed nominee and there are still 9 candidates on the other side.

The presidential primary campaigns are shifting into high gear now that the holidays are over. Here is my updated rundown less than a month before the Iowa Caucus:

On the Democrat side, Hillary will get the nomination…IF she can stay out of federal prison.

On the Republican side, Ted Cruz is my choice. He's clearly the smartest and has the best ground game among all of the candidates.

Trump has the overall lead in the popular polls but doesn't seem to have a ground game in place. Then again, he IS essentially rewriting political campaigns and how to get the media to play for you rather than the other way around. His lead in the polls cannot be overlooked.

Ben Carson seems to be taking on water. I'm not sure he really wants to be president.

Marco Rubio is still handicapped by his complicity with the Gang of Eight's amnesty movement. While the Establishment RINOs seem to prefer him now that Jeb is essentially done, that's more of a curse than a blessing. I like Rubio but the trust factor is a tough hurdle for many base voters to get over.

Jeb Bush is cooked. He should have listened to his mother. That's good advice for all of us.

John Kasich is the son of a mailman. I still don't know what he is doing in this race.

Carly Fiorina is too fixated on being the only woman in the race on the GOP side. Her handlers should be replaced.

Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum both don't have a prayer between them.

•From ClimateDepot.com, a physics professor wrote a fantastic piece summarizing 10 reasons why human caused global warming is vastly overstated.

1. Temperature records from around the world do not support the assumption that today's temperatures are unusual. The “all-time” high temperature record for the world was set in 1913, while the all-time cold temperature record was set in 1983.

2. Satellite temperature data does not support the assumption that temperatures are rising rapidly.

3. Current temperatures are always compared to the temperatures of the 1980's, but for many parts of the world the 1980's was the coldest decade of the last 100+ years.

4. The world experienced a significant cooling trend between 1940 and 1980.

5. Urban heat island effect skews the temperature data of a significant number of weather stations:

6. There is a natural inverse relationship between global temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels:

7. The CO2 cannot, from a scientific perspective, be the cause of significant global temperature changes:

8. There have been many periods during our recent history that a warmer climate was prevalent long before the industrial revolution:

9. Glaciers have been melting for more than 150 years

10. “Data adjustment” is used to continue the perception of global warming:

The author, Mike van Biezen, is adjunct professor at Compton College, Santa Monica College, El Camino College, and Loyola Marymount University teaching Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, and Earth Science. Read the entire piece here: http://www.dailywire.com/news/2071/most-comprehensive-assault-global-warming-ever-mike-van-biezen

The scare term, “ocean acidification” was first coined in the magazine, Nature in 2003, followed by the Royal Society in 2005, and has since been used as a fear trigger, given that actual global warming has stalled for 20 years.

Climate scientists now “calculate” that the average ocean alkalinity has declined from 8.2 to 8.1 on the scale since pre-industrial times, except that the measurement error margin is several times the alleged reduction (and each of the five oceans has its own pH characteristics). pH levels – which are a measure of acidification - at given points in time and location can swing markedly even within the 24-hour cycle.

In past geological ages carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were ten or more times what they are now (400ppm) and ocean life thrived. Indeed our current fossil fuels are the residue of vast oceanic life that thrived and died in such super-high carbon dioxide environments.

In the parts of the oceans where alkalinity is low (i.e. tending towards neutral), fish, corals, and sea flora have managed and adapted perfectly well. Freshwater lakes and rivers are slightly acidic (pH of 6 to 8), as is rainwater, pH 5.6, and drinking water, 6.5 to 7.5. Life has adapted and thrives in fresh water notwithstanding the degree of, “acidification.”

So, you can now execute a complete eye-roll when someone starts crying about acid rain.

Read more: http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/01/01/the-fishy-science-of-ocean-acidification/#ixzz3wERyeozK

•Well, congratulations to the KC Chiefs on making the NFL Playoffs. They play the Houston Texans next week at Houston. Here's to them ending a LONG drought of playoff wins!

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THE SHEER INNOVATION HUMANS CAN EMPLOY IS AMAZING

12/30/15

•So, I'm watching late night cable while wrapping Christmas presents and there's this show called, “Lockup” on MSNBC that shows the inner workings of a county detention center in San Antonio. It's a pretty depressing show overall, as you could imagine when you are viewing the accounts of the lives of people who are largely devoid of hope for eventual freedom but I was struck by the raw innovation exhibited by prisoners who are in an environment largely devoid of technological resources.

From the beginning you accept it as normal that nearly every inmate is heavily tattooed. Everyone has seen a former inmate wearing tattoos.

But tattooing is not allowed in prison. So, how are they getting the tattoos?

Well, it turns out that there are a few individuals that have gathered the resources from around them: a hollowed-out Q-Ttip, a straightened-out staple, thread from a shirt, some copper wire and a bolt (to make the electromagnet that drives the device) and they make ink by cooking grease or baby oil until it's carbon-black.

The sheer innovation humans can employ – especially when necessity dictates its need – is amazing to behold. Imagine what's capable with full-access to the world's natural resources!

•Did you know that Christmas lights alone in America use more energy than entire countries around the world?

Bright lights strung on American trees, rooftops and lawns account for 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumption every year.

That's more power than countries like El Salvador or Ethiopia use in a year.
El Salvador uses 5.35 billion kilowatt hours while Ethiopia consumes 5.30 billion and Tanzania 4.81 billion kilowatt-hours.

So, what do we do to address this “problem?” The current administration and Democrats mostly say that we need to slow-down our use of electricity. The Republicans (the smart ones, at least) say we should work to get more power into the hands of these poor countries. Corrupt governments do more to oppress people than any other force in the world. If you want to help people in under-developed countries, work to rid them of corrupt leaders.

•Also relevant to note that the 6.63 billion kilowatt hours used by US Christmas lights represents only 0.2 percent of yearly US energy consumption, or enough power to run 14 million refrigerators.

•The Washington Post on July 9, 1971 posted the following:

“The world could be as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric scientist predicts. Dr. S. I. Rasool of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Columbia University.”

We should know in the next 5-15 years whether he was right.

•While I generally wish to avoid talking about Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, I cannot avoid this…

For awhile now, the Sanders' campaign has been pushing that the Democrat National Committee has been helping the Clinton campaign by locking Sanders' people out of the party database.

Also, the DNC scheduled all but one of the 2015 debates on a Saturday, when most people were watching college football, surely benefitting Clinton. Sanders' sued the DNC over the database access and the DNC responded by restoring access a week ago. The campaign promises the lawsuit is about getting answers but the question is whether they actually will or not.

Ultimately, who should win the Democratic race matters little to me, because I'm not going to vote for them. They are all big government, more taxes, more spending, and are utterly incompetent on foreign policy.

But, there is no doubt that the Democrat race would be more interesting if Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren were opposing Clinton instead of Sanders and Martin O'Malley. Unless Sanders surprises in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Democrat race is largely decided. There were a significant number of people in the Democrat Party back in 2008 that did not want the Clintons in power. Where have they gone is the key question.

•From www.junkscience.com

No, despite claims to the contrary, 2015 is not New York City's warmest Christmas Dec. 25, 1889 was warmer.

The drive-by media is full of stories touting that Christmas Day's 66 degree New York City temperature was the city's warmest Christmas EVER.

But on Dec. 26, 1889, the New York Times reported that the temperature hit 65 degrees in the city on Christmas.

But 66 degrees is warmer than 65 degrees, isn't it?

Not in this case. The 2015 66 degree reading has 126 post-1889 years of urban heat island effect built into it. (Basically, more concrete in use today indicates that temperatures measured close to the ground are artificially warmer because many measurement stations are close to concrete which reflects thermal energy rather than absorbing it like soil and vegetation does.)

So a 65 degree reading in NYC in 1889 means it was warmer then than today.
Go figure! Although we have about 100 ppm more CO2 in the air today, it was warmer way back in 1889.

•BIG congrats to the chiefs on making the playoffs. Very impressive performance, winning nine straight games after a 1-5 start to the season.

Now let's go win a playoff game!

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RUBIO, CRUZ VERY DIFFERENT ON IMMIGRATION

12/23/15

•Remember those focus groups Frank Luntz runs around the debates? You remember I'm sure because he makes it a point to populate his groups with supposed “undecided voters,” which of course usually means that he's found the most politically ignorant people and plops them down in front of a camera so we can all sample their intellect on the coming election.

Well, Luntz recently had constructed a focus group composed of Muslim-Americans and some in this group have accused Luntz and host network CBS of censoring their anti-American comments.

John Nolte of Bretibart.com reported on it in a great piece recently. Some highlights follow.

“…CBS News has apparently been caught red-handed cutting footage from a focus group mediated by Establishment Republican Frank Luntz that shows American Muslims criticizing the United States…two Muslim Americans who took part in the group complained that CBS edited out parts of the discussion where they raised their own concerns — including critiques of U.S. militarism, surveillance, and entrapment. They also said that Frank Luntz, the right-wing pollster who led the focus group, silenced members of the group when they criticized discriminatory U.S. government policies.”

Another participant observed that Luntz kept saying he felt bad that no one listens to Muslims and how he wanted to give them an opportunity to talk to the general population.

But according to one female participant's Facebook page, Luntz did not just edit out the inconvenient moments that didn't fit his desired narrative, he went so far as to silence her when she tore into the American government as a racist institution that has “killed many Muslims.”

She continued…

“He also had silenced me and other participants who have routinely brought up the fact the government has enacted in state violence against the Muslim community — whether that may be through entrapment cases and surveillance programs — and our concerns about institutional racism. He shut me down when I said that President Obama and Hillary Clinton has killed many Muslims under the administration when we were discussing Trump, and ironically for a GOP strategist, he shut me down when I talked about how Democrats have enacted some of the most deadliest and discriminatory policies against Muslims. He also decided to stop letting me speak when I started talking about how Muslims should start focusing on combatting government policies rather than rushing to condemn terrorism or Islamophobia exclusively. They also cut out portions of where participants talked about media accountability when discussing Islam.”

Wow!

Read more and see the video at www.Breitbart.com

•Byron York put together a tremendous piece this week on the facts about the ongoing dispute between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on immigration.

Highlights…

The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate in June 2013.

Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang — Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake — of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments.
Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed just a handful of amendments to reach the Senate floor. One, from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would have prohibited the legalization of illegal immigrants in the United States until after the administration could prove it had maintained "effective control" of the borders for six months.

Rubio voted against the Grassley amendment. Sen. Ted Cruz voted for it.

Another Republican amendment would have required the completion of 350 miles of fencing along the U.S. border.

Rubio voted against the Thune amendment. Cruz voted for it.

Another amendment would have delayed the granting of legal status until a biometric visa identity system had been fully implemented at every port of entry.
Rubio voted against the Vitter amendment. Cruz voted for it.

The Gang of Eight bill came up for a final Senate vote on June 27, 2013. Rubio, as a key author of the legislation, voted for its passage. Cruz voted against it.

These facts are important because Rubio has argued his position on immigration is similar to Cruz'.

Rubio: "The bottom line is there isn't that big a difference between [Cruz] and I on how to approach immigration," Rubio told CBS News on Sunday.

In 2013, Rubio and Cruz could NOT have been more different on immigration. Rubio has been furiously distancing himself from the gang bill.

Particularly interesting to now hear Rubio say - remember the Grassley amendment he helped kill - that security and enforcement must be in place before illegal immigrants can be legalized and placed on a path to citizenship.

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PARIS TALKS CONCLUDE WITH AN ALLEGED AGREEMENT

12/16/15

•The Paris climate talks have concluded with a supposed agreement in place.
Allegedly, representatives from hundreds of nations have agreed on a sufficient amount of alleged money to be redistributed to control the allegedly out-of-control temperature rise of the planet's atmosphere.

How does redistributing wealth affect the temperature of the planet?

The final agreement includes a commitment to keeping temperature rises “well below” two degrees Centigrade above pre-industrial levels with a target of keeping them at 1.5 degrees Centigrade.

To achieve such a ridiculous goal the world will have to start drastically reducing its use of the cheapest fossil fuels by the year 2050; abandoning them entirely by the end of the century. Those who can't meet those goals must engage in unproven and highly expensive methods of “burying” their carbon output.

Do not hold your breath for China, Russia or India to go one iota beyond simple lip service.

The deal has no means of enforcement for those governments that don't agree to go along. In all reality, a plan that guts the oil and gas industry with no realistic replacement for the energy walked away from will never see floor of Congress.

•Did you catch where actor Kurt Russell argued against an anti-gun Hollywood interviewer in promoting his upcoming movie?

Russell was interviewed by Hollywood reporter Jeffery Wells and said that it's “absolutely insane” to believe that more gun control will curb terrorist attacks.

Discussing America's “gun culture” and film producer Quentin Tarantino, Russell said he doesn't “understand [the] concepts of conversation” about “the gun culture,” after Wells asserted that most Americans fear that mass violence is becoming a “day-to-day” occurrence.

When Wells went on to say that guns are a “…metaphor that disenfranchised white guys need,” Russell let loose.

“If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists' point of view, I think you're, like, out of your mind,” he began. “I think anybody [who says that] is. I think it's absolutely insane.”

“Dude, you're about to find out what I'm gonna do, and that's gonna worry you a lot more,” the actor continued. “And that's what we need. That will change the concept of gun culture, as you call it, to something [like] reality. Which is, if I'm a hockey team and I've got some guy bearing down on me as a goal tender, I'm not concerned about what he's gonna do — I'm gonna make him concerned about what I'm gonna do to stop him. That's when things change.”

Arguing back, Wells invoked the no-fly list, saying that the people on the list are there for a “good reason,” but that they can allegedly still “get [a] hold of a gun pretty easily.”

“They can also make a bomb pretty easily. So what?” Russell retorted. “They can also get knives and stab you. [What are you] gonna do about that? They can also get cars and run you over. [What are you] gonna do about that?”

Wells: “Just put some controls…”

Russell: “Put some controls? What, so the people, so the people who want to defend themselves can't?”

Wells: “No, not so you can't, just so the idiots can't get hold of them [so easily], that's all.”

Russell: “You really believe they're not going to? Are you serious about that? What good will that…? Oh my God. You and I just disagree.”

Finally, a fearless and outspoken non-liberal actor.

•Notice how the mainstream media seems to want to attack now-frontrunner Ted Cruz by avoiding him in the debates?

This happened on a recent NPR Morning Edition interview. Host Steve Inskeep, an Obama acolyte, was blunt when discussing the new Trump idea of banning Muslims from entering America:

“STEVE INSKEEP: All this led to a bottom-line question when Senator Cruz visited our studios. [To Cruz] Which Muslims do you want to keep out of the United States?

TED CRUZ: Well, I'm not sure that's the way I would put the question. What I would say is what is the obligation of the president and commander in chief? And the first obligation is to keep this country safe.”

NPR posted the full transcript online. What that demonstrated was that NPR and Inskeep routinely sliced out (for time and surely, for political convenience) Cruz whacking away at Democrats. Here's the rest of Cruz's answer to that, sliced at mid-sentence:

“And the first obligation is to keep this country safe, and so I've introduced legislation that would suspend for three years refugees from countries where ISIS or al-Qaida control a substantial amount of territory. And the reason is simple. The FBI has told Congress that the Obama administration cannot vet these refugees.”

Then Inskeep brought in the rest of the answer:

“INSKEEP: The Texas senator wore a white shirt and orange tie. He was on his way to work in Washington. Cruz introduced legislation after the recent attacks in Paris. His bill would make it even harder than it is for refugees to reach the U.S. from five war-torn countries. Cruz says the few exceptions would include non-Muslims who are persecuted.

CRUZ: “President Obama and Hillary Clinton's plan to bring tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to America when the FBI says they cannot ascertain if these refugees are ISIS terrorists or not - that makes no sense.”

Cruz had his interview carved-up by CBS's Face the Nation in January of 2014. In CNBC debate, the moderator purposely avoided Cruz on the global warming question, likely because he knew Cruz would destroy his Left-leaning premise.

Mainstream journalism at its best.

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WE HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY THE ENEMY ON U.S. SOIL AGAIN

12/16/15

•The liberal media has been utterly pathetic in their rush-to-judgment reactions to the radical Islamic terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, CA last week. The ones I saw ranged from calling it a Planned Parenthood attack (MSNBC said there was a Planned Parenthood clinic a couple of blocks away--1.5 miles actually) to calling it a case of a disgruntled government employee snapping (Yep, they said it. . .“workplace violence!”).

The reality is much different. We have been attacked by the enemy on U.S. soil once again.

This is a war.

(Sigh!!! I need a minute…)

•Obama hit the airwaves Sunday night to try to reassure America he has ISIS under control (and stop calling it ISIL…nobody knows what the Levant is anyway!). He reiterated the bombing campaigns they are conducting in the Middle East. He didn't mention that we are dropping leaflets 45 minutes in advance of bombing oil trucks to warn them that the bombs are coming.

What?

What's the point of warning your enemy before you hit him that you are going to hit him? Patton must be spinning in his grave!

(Aaarrrgggghhhh!...Need another minute…)

•“Let's take a step back on this climate thing for a minute and analyze things.

Throughout human history, major scientific advancements have always been embraced by mankind regardless of political affiliation. For example, when the light bulb replaced candles, there wasn't one political party screaming that we had to stay with candles or all mankind would perish. Same situation occurred with the car replacing the horse, pipelines replacing trains for a time, and cell phones replacing landlines more recently. Necessity breeds innovation.

Due to the innovation, EVERYBODY ran toward the light to enjoy the advance in technology.

On global warming, there is no innovation. The political left theorizes that carbon dioxide is the control knob of the planet's atmospheric temperature and as they try to frighten mankind into action, their solution is to essentially tax air--carbon use to be more specific, and force us back into inefficient energy sources--wind and solar and away from cheap and efficient fossil fuels.

The political right says there is no problem, the environment is no different than it has been for man's 100+ years of new age productivity (against 4.5 billion years of earth's age - the arrogance!) and any efforts to hold man's innovation and progress back is wasted in our constant pursuit toward improving our lives in meaningful ways during the short time we all spend on this orb.

Seems pretty simple what's going on when you think about it.

•The media was making a big deal out of the New York Times putting an editorial on its front page last week calling for massive gun control in response to the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Apparently, this was the first time since 1920 that the paper put an editorial on its front page.

“Whoop-de-do Basil, but what does it mean?”

Does anyone care if nobody ever reads the fishwrap in the first place? I have never desired to get my hands on the New York Times. Who cares what an arrogant bunch of East Coast liberals think about anything? I've never read it and am not about to start now.

•By the way, on the subject of getting the news the earliest it is reported, Twitter wins again. I was monitoring Twitter last week working on the main PC with Twitter running in my “side mirror” when the site www.weaselzippers.com ran with a BREAKING: Active Shooter Situation Occurring in San Bernardino. I flipped the TV onto the cable news networks and none of them were onto the breaking story for at least another 20-30 minutes! Amazing!

If you want it first, monitor Twitter.

•From the superb climate site, www.wattsupwiththat.com, we learned that in the U.K., they don't like media people veering from the propaganda line.

The BBC broadcast an obscure program on state radio called “what's the point of the MET office?” which allowed the views of climate skeptics onto British broadcast radio. As a result of this massive breach of BBC policy, there has been a major internal inquiry, and several BBC officials have been sent on mandatory climate re-education courses.

The skeptic views essentially claimed that the Met Office had exaggerated the threat posed by global warming as part of its “political lobbying.”

You would think the BBC would have more interesting ways to spend their money and time, than conducting witch hunts to root out the last vestiges of climate skepticism within their ranks. But I guess that is a decision for the BBC Trust, and of course the taxpayers of Britain, assuming anyone bothers to ask their opinion.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc/12033749/Radio-4-show-that-criticised-Met-Office-stance-on-climate-change-broke-broadcasting-rules.html
I hope when Ivan sends me to Climate Re-education Camp he sends me someplace warm!

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CLIMATE CHANGE? WE'RE CLOSER TO BEING THREATENED BY GODZILLA

12/2/15

•As I write this, world leaders are filling the skies with carbon to gather in Paris to try and figure out a way to further strangle capitalism and free markets using junk science threats of a planet on fire.

It's laughable nonsense that mankind is able to wield such power as to control the temperature of the air on the planet. We are closer to being threatened by a Godzilla-Rhodan battle than we are by an ever-changing climate.

•An old-but-still-great column by Ben Shapiro offered a great set of rules that we should hope get adopted in Paris this week. The highlights:

“According to the global left, the evidence is in: The earth is warming, and it's all your fault. Don't blame the sun. The giant ball of fiery gas responsible for all climate change over the past few million years isn't the problem. It's you…you big-spending, high-on-the-hog, corporation-supporting, First World gluttons with your shiny gas-guzzling sports cars and central heating…”

“…Well, global left, your words have finally hit home. I finally realized that correlation does equal causation after all. As one of the pig-Americans you so despise, I pledge to do my utmost to mitigate the threat of global warming.
And so, without further ado, I henceforth dedicate myself to achieving the following goals to aid Mother Earth:

EAT COWS. Turns out, cows are the climate's worst enemy. Cows, it seems, are culpable for 18 percent of greenhouse gases. Their cud-chewing, flatulence and burping create giant clouds of methane. All this time, we thought the cattle were our mammalian friends. But, fools that we are, the cows outsmarted us. While we milked them, they pursued their long-term strategy of world domination.
If we eat them faster than they can reproduce, we can sleep easy at night. Hamburgers are the answer. Steaks. Barbecue ribs…”

“…CONVINCE FELLOW GLOBAL WARMING CRUSADERS TO STOP BREATHING. Al Gore says, '[W]e should start by immediately freezing CO2 emissions and then beginning sharp reductions.' I concur. If carbon dioxide emissions are the problem, persuading global warming fanatics to immediately stop exhaling may be the solution.”

•Shapiro hit again this week with his…Reasons Obama's Climate Change Agenda Is Dangerous [Bovine Excrement]

“…We Have No Idea To What Extent The Earth Is Warming. There are major battles in the scientific community about the basic question of what level of climate change is occurring. Even the shift from 'global warming' to 'climate change' betrays that uncertainty.

We Have No Clue How Much Human Activity Causes Climate Change. In September 2014, undersecretary for science in Barack Obama's Energy Department Dr. Steven Koonin wrote…though human influences could have serious consequences for the climate, they are physically small in relation to the climate system as a whole….”

BOOM!

“We Have No Idea How Much Climate Change Impacts Human Life. The climate has always changed and will always change. The question is how it will hurt human beings, presumably…”

“…Warming of up to 1.2 degrees Celsius over the next 70 years (0.8 degrees have already occurred), most of which is predicted to happen in cold areas in winter and at night, would extend the range of farming further north, improve crop yields, slightly increase rainfall (especially in arid areas), enhance forest growth and cut winter deaths (which far exceed summer deaths in most places). Increased carbon dioxide levels also have caused and will continue to cause an increase in the growth rates of crops…

The essential outcome is that we live in teepee's!

This is what they want for us.

“The Solution – Destroying Carbon-Based Fuels and Capitalism – Is The Problem. The left is in an all-out war with the two greatest forces for fighting poverty in history: cheap, carbon based energy, and capitalism. The same people celebrating the end of the Industrial Revolution economic model seem to forget that economic model, boosted by carbon-based fuels, has led to a massive drop in global poverty: in 1990, 1.9 billion people lived under $1.25 per day, as opposed to 836 million in 2015. That's because of the dominance of capitalism and the increased efficiency of technology. It's certainly not because of governmental environmental regulations.”

It's nonsense.

•I may need to revise my Chiefs forecast.

(Find Brian Kubicki on Twitter @bkparallax or email him at bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


CLIMATE SUMMIT NOTHING MORE THAN A PHOTO OP

11/24/15

•The Paris climate summit being held next week is in reality nothing more than a gigantic photo op for corrupt and flunky political leaders to pretend to be environmental saviors.

Despite renewed safety concerns in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the climate summit will take place as scheduled beginning Monday, Nov. 30. Instead of paying needed attention and resources on finding potential terrorists, French law enforcement authorities will be trying to make sure a true climate carnival happens without incident.

COP21 (the 21st annual Conference of the Parties) will try to keep alive an international treaty known as the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Kyoto Protocol was part of that treaty. Kyoto essentially expired at the end of 2012. Since then, UN officials have struggled to regain control of the productivity of the planet so they can redistribute the generated wealth.

Every year, foreign affairs specialists and environment officials around the world spend time rehashing this treaty at taxpayers' expense. A meeting was held in Geneva in February of this year. Since then, three others took place in Bonn – in June, September, and October.

Contrary to media portrayals, COP21 is not a stand-alone event in which world leaders fly to Paris, take in a few meetings, and then close the affair by announcing that the planet has been saved.

The Paris event is unlikely to achieve anything. In early September, a “risk of failure” was publicly acknowledged by French President Francois Hollande.
The Paris climate summit is mainly just a chance for politicians to smile for the cameras and pretend they are saving the planet from the devastation of capitalism by redistributing wealth.

It's all just a cartoon.

•Did you think President Obama's response to the Paris attacks was weak?

The White House was on the defense for statements made by President Obama -- who labeled Friday's Paris massacre that left 129 dead a "setback," and Secretary of State John Kerry's claim that the terrorists who in January attacked Charlie Hebdo had a "rationale" for the devastation they wrought.

On Fox News, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested too much attention was being paid to officials' words.

"I would encourage you to spend just as much time focusing on the president's actions as you do his words," Earnest said.

He noted that Obama, speaking in Turkey on Monday, also called the attacks "sickening." Plus he said Obama called the French president to offer support -- while strategizing with his own security advisers on the U.S. response. Earnest said the president is consulting on "what sort of military steps we could take to ramp up our efforts inside of Syria and make sure we can support our French allies."

Kerry discussed the Charlie Hebdo attack -- an Al Qaeda affiliate attack against employees at a satirical publication that had published Prophet Muhammad cartoons -- during remarks on Tuesday to U.S. Embassy employees in Paris. He at first suggested there was "legitimacy" to those attacks but then corrected himself and said they had a "rationale."

He said: "There's something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of -- not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they're really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn't to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people."

Radical Islamic terrorism is indiscriminate? Do these people read?

•The reason for the Hebdo attacks is the same as the Paris attacks, 9/11, and all other terrorism by Radical Islamists. Radical Islam wants to rule the world and they are trying to do it by attacking freedom and liberty, wherever it exists.

After Obama said in an interview shortly before the Paris attacks, that ISIS is "contained," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., declared in response that "ISIL is not contained…ISIL is expanding."

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, who typically aligns with the president, scolded Obama in an op-ed.

"Obama's tone in addressing the Paris atrocity was all wrong," he wrote. "At times he was patronizing, at other times he seemed annoyed and almost dismissive. The president said, essentially, that he had considered all the options and decided that even a large-scale terrorist attack in the heart of a major European capital was not enough to make him reconsider his policy."

What a mess!

•From The Daily Caller, a study by Danish professor Bjorn Lomborg of the Copenhagen Consensus Center examined the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs, countries submitted to the U.N. on how much they will reduce CO2 emissions in the coming years.

“My major finding is that the total effect is very small: less than 0.05°C difference by the end of the century,” Lomborg wrote in an article posted on the science blog Watts Up With That.

Lomborg's study argues that, at most, a U.N. treaty will avoid 0.17 degrees Celsius of projected warming. The more pessimistic scenario laid out by Lomborg is that current INDCs will only avoid 0.048 degrees Celsius of projected warming.

If the U.S. reduced emissions 80 percent by 2050, it will only stall 0.11 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100.

 


IF WE DON'T ACT, WHAT HAPPENED IN FRANCE WILL HAPPEN HERE

11/18/15

•ISIS wasted no time taking responsibility for the terrorist slaughter in Paris last week. French President Francois Hollande quickly moved to close France's borders. As usual, Obama avoided condemning Radical Islam for the attacks.
And the irony of all ironies occurred when Al Gore cancelled his long-planned Paris webcast telethon to promote climate change awareness.

“Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth,” the group said in an online statement.

Remember in July 2008 Gore called climate change a more dangerous threat than terrorism. “I think that the climate crisis is, by far, the most serious threat we have ever faced,” Gore told ABC News.

Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been barfing up the same message almost every day.

I guess that's just not the case, guys, is it? If Climate Change was a greater threat than terrorism, wouldn't Gore continue with his telethon?

•Breitbart.com noted 23 times Obama or his administration officials claimed climate change a greater threat than Radical Islamic terrorism. Below are a few of those:

In a Jan. 15, 2008 presidential campaign speech on Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama said the “immediate danger” of oil-backed terrorism “is eclipsed only by the long-term threat from climate change, which will lead to devastating weather patterns, terrible storms, drought, and famine. That means people competing for food and water in the next 50 years in the very places that have known horrific violence in the last 50: Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Most disastrously, that could mean destructive storms on our shores, and the disappearance of our coastline.”

On Sept. 6, 2012, during his Democratic National Convention speech, Obama said, “Yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children's future.

February 16, 2014, Kerry addressed students in Indonesia and said that global warming is now “perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

During a September 2014 meeting with foreign ministers, John Kerry called c limate change a threat as urgent as ISIS.

During his 2015 State of the Union address, Obama said, “No challenge? poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

On Feb. 10, 2015, when asked to confirm if this means Obama believes “the threat of climate change is greater than the threat of terrorism,” Earnest responded, “The point the president is making is that there are many more people on an annual basis who have to confront the impact, the direct impact on their lives, of climate change, or on the spread of a disease, than on terrorism.”

May 20, 2015 President Obama said in his keynote address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates: “Climate change, and especially rising seas, is a threat to our homeland security, our economic infrastructure, the safety and health of the American people.”

In his Aug. 28, 2015 weekly address, Obama said “This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now,” he said. “Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we'd do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat, right now.”
During a Sept. 28 address at the United Nations, President Obama said that “We can roll back the pollution that we put in our skies,” adding that “No country can escape the ravages of climate change.”

This Obama Administration is a living, breathing cartoon strip…unbelievable!

•Some taxation reality in America that ties in to the immigration debate: in 2010, $1.1 trillion in federal income taxes was collected in total. 70% of that $1.1 trillion, or about $770 billion, was collected by the top 10% of earners, which amounts to about 16 million Americans.

Now, I'm sure you have heard Democrats and pro-amnesty RINOs say that there's no way we could split up families by deporting the 11-20 million illegal aliens currently in the shadows of the country.

Ask these same “amnestians” if the 16 million taxpayers that pay that $770 billion were to suddenly stop paying federal income taxes, should the federal government separate them from their families and put them in jail? Don't think for a minute that the IRS would hesitate to separate you from your family if you stopped paying taxes. (I must give proper due to Rush Limbaugh for coming up with this point.)

The closing point to this immigration issue is we all should urge our governors to issue executive orders refuse to allow Syrian, or any other country that actively supports or fails to control Radical Islamists, refugees into their states. This is how France became susceptible to this kind of terror. If we do not act, it will happen here.

(Email bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


COLLEGE ATHLETICS WERE NEVER INTENDED TO DO THIS

11/11/15

Not sure what exactly is going on in Columbia, MO but the very fine Ben Shapiro summarized some excellent thoughts on the topic. Some highlights…

It's time to cut college football.

“In the aftermath of the University of Missouri football team and its $3.1 million coach threatening to boycott games, forcing the resignation of the university president over shadowy 'institutional racism,' one thing is becoming increasingly clear: it's time to do away with college football.

College sports are a relic of a time when students actually engaged in being, you know, students. As in studying things. Studying, perhaps, to gain a skill set besides kicking a football or tackling another man or tossing a sphere through a hoop.
It soon became clear, however, that loyalty to universities centered around loyalty to sports performance. Donors began giving cash to football programs in order to generate enthusiasm about the university more broadly. And in order to boost those football programs, universities began recruiting the best players without the best academics.

The fly in the ointment remained the players, many of whom had no desire to graduate from college. That fly was swatted when many major sports leagues entered into a monopolistic arrangement with colleges by which students would have to attend for at least a few years before going pro. The exception remains college baseball – where, not surprisingly, funding and attendance remain sparse.
College football and basketball, however, supposedly remain the fiscal kingmakers at the universities. College sports have now become a massive media conglomerate designed to earn networks cash and get donors to give huge sums of money to universities. The University of Texas Longhorns football team is estimated at $129 million in worth by Forbes.

Student athletes on full scholarship now demand to be paid for their skills, piercing the fiction that they're present for the education. They're recruited like professionals, complete with hookers and booze (see Louisville basketball scandal); they're given privileges no other students receive; they're routinely handed easy course schedules (or allegedly fake schedules – see the University of north Carolina), complete with tutors. They get in based on egregiously low scores and GPAs that would make anyone else blush to apply, and then they're treated like campus kings.”

Shapiro excellently concludes:

“College athletics were never meant to override the central purpose of the universities: education. Then again, leftism overrode that central purpose long ago.”

Read more: http://www.dailywire.com/news/984/after-university-missouri-football-team-forces-ben-shapiro

•Now back to meaningful issues…

The United Kingdom has installed over 13,000 MegaWatts of wind power to date. All that wind power capacity is currently generating only 385 MegaWatts of electricity, which is less than 1% of the country's current total electricity demand.

And this…

After Obama's expected cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline project last week, the environuts celebrated that the “evil” pipeline was dead, along with all the jobs it would bring and the opportunity for the United States to capture and process much of Canada's wealth of energy rather than it being shipped to China.

Incidentally, it will be shipped there anyway when the Northern Gateway Pipeline is complete.

But as with all things in the liberal enclaves of the country, one victory is never enough. Obama's allies in the anti-energy front are primed for additional action and they've got their eyes on a much larger prize: the complete halt of any future fossil fuel exploration, at least on federal lands.

They call it, “Keep it in the Ground.”

Activists painted the Friday decision as just the beginning of a new era of activism where any additional fossil fuel projects will not be tolerated.

The “keep it in the ground” campaign has been in the works since long before Obama reached his final decision about Keystone. Activists have used the key phrase, which refers to stopping new and continued drilling of fossil fuels, in protest since at least the summer.

The “movement” has been inflated by the folks at The Guardian newspaper who have been running a campaign to convince Bill Gates and other wealthy folks to divest their charitable funds from all fossil fuel companies. These activists now want Barack Obama to use his executive authority to stop issuing new permits for coal, oil and natural gas operations on federal lands.

Before the tree huggers get too excited, however, it's worth reminding them there is an expiration date on all of these moves and it comes in January of 2017, the end of the Obama the Destroyer Era.

If Democrats veer far enough to the left to scare off the middle of the nation, as they have been under Obama's leadership, we will see a Republican working in the White House and he will be appointing new members to the Cabinet that are less than sympathetic to hurting the country any further.

I have said this many times before; if we wanted a president who would do everything in his power to harm America, that president would be doing everything Obama is doing now and has been doing for the past seven years.

(Follow Brian Kubicki on Twitter @bkparallax)

 


PUTIN THE CAPITALIST

11/4/15

•Steve Goreham at heartland.org recently penned a fantastic piece asking the most relevant question, “Did humans really save the ozone layer?”

World consumption of so-called ozone depleting substances has been practically reduced to zero over the last three decades – at tremendous cost I must add. But guess what?

The ozone hole is as large as ever.

In 1974, Dr. Mario Molina and Dr. Sherwood Roland of the University of California published a paper asserting that chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) pollution from (evil) industry was destroying the ozone layer in Earth's stratosphere. CFCs were gases used in hair spray, refrigerators and insulating foams. The ozone layer is a layer of atmosphere located between six and 25 miles above the Earth's surface.

They hypothesized that human-produced CFCs migrate upward through the atmosphere to the stratosphere, where ultraviolet radiation breaks down CFC molecules, releasing chlorine atoms. Chlorine then reacts as a catalyst to break down ozone molecules into oxygen, reducing the ozone concentration. The more CFCs used, the greater the destruction of the ozone layer, according to the theory.

In 1983, three researchers from the British Antarctic Survey discovered a thinning of the ozone layer over Antarctica, which became known as the ozone hole. Their observations appeared to confirm the theory of Molina and Roland.

The ozone layer blocks ultraviolet rays, shielding the surface of Earth from high-energy radiation. Scientists were concerned that degradation of the ozone layer would increase rates of skin cancer and cataracts and cause immune system problems in humans. Al Gore's 1992 book claimed that hunters reported finding blind rabbits in Patagonia and that fishermen were catching blind fish due to human destruction of the ozone layer, but of course, none of this has been factually confirmed.

So, to “save” the ozone layer, 29 nations and the European Community signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in September of 1987. Over the next decade, the protocol was signed by 197 nations agreeing to ban the use of CFCs. Since 1986, world consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS) is down more than 99 percent, effectively reaching zero by 2010.

The Montreal Protocol has been hailed as an international success in resolving a major environmental issue. It has been praised as an example to follow for elimination of greenhouse gas emissions in the fight to halt global warming. But despite the elimination of CFCs, the ozone hole remains as large as ever.
During the period from September to October, just after the Antarctic winter, the ozone hole is the largest for each year. NASA recently reported that from Sept. 7 through Oct. 13, 2015, the ozone hole reached a mean area of 25.6 million kilometers, the largest area since 2006 and the fourth largest since measurements began in 1979.

The hole remains large, despite the fact that world ODS consumption all but disappeared about a decade ago.

Scientists are mixed on when the stubborn ozone hole will disappear. NASA recently announced that the hole will be half-closed by 2020. Others forecast that it will not begin to disappear until 2040 or later. But the longer the hole persists, the greater the likelihood that the ozone layer is dominated by natural factors, not human CFC emissions.

Remember, nobody has EVER made measurements of an ozone layer that did not have a hole. It's highly likely that it has always existed and man is too insignificant to have affected it in any way.

So, can I have my Styrofoam containers for my hamburgers again?

•Bet you'd never imagined I'd be quoting a former KGB member for reinforcement did you?

From the Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes global warming is a “fraud;” a plot to keep Russia from using its vast oil and natural gas reserves.

Putin believes “there is no global warming, that this is a fraud to restrain the industrial development of several countries, including Russia,” Stanislav Belkovsky, a political analyst and Putin critic, told The New York Times.

Putin has been casting doubt on man-made global warming since the early 2000s. In 2003, Putin told an international climate conference warming would allow Russians to “spend less on fur coats,” adding that “agricultural specialists say our grain production will increase, and thank God for that.”

Putin's comments likely came after his staff “did very, very extensive work trying to understand all sides of the climate debate,” according to Andrey Illarionov, Putin's former senior economic adviser, who's now a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute.

“We found that, while climate change does exist, it is cyclical, and the anthropogenic role is very limited,” Illarionov said. “It became clear that the climate is a complicated system and that, so far, the evidence presented for the need to 'fight' global warming was rather unfounded.”

So in this upside-down world, the Russians are the logical capitalistic ones while the New York Times is the voice of the oppressive anti-capitalist forces in the world!

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/29/russias-putin-says-global-warming-is-a-fraud/#ixzz3qGm5wUhC

 


NOW THEY'RE COMING AFTER YOUR BACON

10/28/15

•Did you know it has in fact been 10 years since a major hurricane has made landfall in the continental United States? I guess man-made global warming isn't the cause of hurricanes after all.

•The World Health Organization is at it again. This time they're coming after your bacon.

Consumption of processed meat — including hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meats — can increase the risk of cancer, according to a new statement from a WHO research agency.

The evidence mostly relates to colorectal cancer and heavy meat consumption, but while the overall cancer risk is small (ALLOW ME TO REPEAT WITH EMPHASIS – THE CANCER RISK IS SMALL!), it increases depending on the amount of meat a person eats.

The organization announced in the journal Lancet Oncology that processed meats — those transformed by salting, curing, or fermentation — fall into the same category as tobacco smoke, meaning "there is convincing evidence that the agent causes cancer."

This doesn't mean that processed meat is as bad for you as smoking. What it means is that according to the agency's assessment, the links between processed meat and certain types of cancer are clear and well-established. That doesn't even mean that the links are significant.

Here's a more important fact that you should know before reading such drivel: Nobody knows what causes cancer.

Specifically, the researchers found evidence that eating a 50-gram portion of processed meat daily (about one hot dog) can increase a person's risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

How many people eat a hot dog every day?

Now for the proper perspective - an average male non-smoker has about a 1.5% chance of contracting lung cancer in his lifetime. If that person is a heavy smoker, that risk jumps to about 17.5%. THAT is significant. But in the situation of meat consumption, an average male has about a 5% chance of contracting colorectal cancer in his lifetime and that risk increases to only 6% if he eats meat every day in large quantities.

Much of the evidence they relied on to form these recommendation about red and processed meats came from epidemiological studies on associations between cancer and meat consumption in many different countries. These sorts of population-wide observational studies are common in nutrition. Basically, researchers track a very large number of people, see how much meat they consume, and check their health outcomes over time. That's it. But because they're not as rigorous as experimental studies like randomized trials — in which researchers would randomly assign people to eat or abstain from certain foods — the studies are more likely to be biased.

So basically, it's all nonsense.

•Courtesy of www.Twitchy.com, the following headline about the tragedy in Oklahoma last weekend appeared in the Traverse City (Michigan) newspaper the Record-Eagle:

“Shooter kills 4; 30 injured”

As you no doubt know, there was no shooter, no gun, and no weapon of any kind except for an automobile.

Perhaps even more pathetic than this exhibition of liberal media bias was the lame explanation by the newspaper:

“Because of a page designer's error, a misleading headline appeared on page 3A in Sunday's Record-Eagle accompanying a story about a driver who struck and killed four people at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade on Saturday.”

Page designer's error?

•This one has me particularly burning…

An American commando killed during a firefight with ISIS in Iraq last week is having his death denied the benefits associated with wartime armed incursion benefits. The Pentagon insists that the U.S. does not have boots on the ground.

The family of Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler will have a different view.

The Pentagon Friday announced the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, a soldier who had been serving in Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. He died of wounds received during a hostage rescue mission. But in keeping with the Obama administration's insistence that the president ended combat operations in Iraq, the military issued a separate statement making clear that Wheeler's death did not indicate the presence of U.S. “boots on the ground” in that country.

Here is the text of the additional announcement:

SOUTHWEST ASIA- “Yesterday, the United States of America lost one of her finest warriors doing what American troops do best — protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of this brave Soldier,” said Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “We are proud of the combined forces who conducted the mission to rescue these Iraqi hostages. Their courage, skill, and sacrifice narrowly prevented yet another brutal massacre by Daesh murderers. It is important to realize that U.S. military support to this Iraqi rescue operation is part of our overarching counter-terrorism efforts throughout the region and does not represent a change in our policy. U.S. forces are not in Iraq on a combat mission and do not have boots on the ground.”

 


DEMOCRATS GENERATING LESS EXCITEMENT AMONG THEIR BASE

10/21/15

•CNN's debate among the Democrats running for president attracted 15.3 million viewers. That's way higher than the network received in the 2008 Democrat debates, but absolutely pales in comparison to the viewers the Republican debates gathered.

Fox News set a record with more than 25 million viewers for the first GOP debate on Aug. 6 and 23 million viewers watched the second GOP debate on CNN on Sept. 16.

The disparity is probably due to a Democrat field that has generated far less excitement among its base than the much larger and more interesting GOP field.
I maintain that Democrats are just less interesting.

•The Atlantic magazine wants people to view climate change as a wartime situation. They want Americans to accept a lower standard of living, of course to overcome Global Warming.

They are thinking-up all sorts of austere measures typically associated with wartime economies. They might include an end to relatively luxurious suburban lifestyles and budget air travel, and an accelerated return to everyone eschewing their cars moving into city apartments and accepting train travel.

This is what they want from the global warming movement folks. Fight it!
Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/why-only-a-technocratic-revolution-can-win-the-climate-change-war/410377/

•Bernie Sanders now wants to make college education "free." The Democrat presidential primary candidate just tweeted out a message to the effect of…”…it is a crime that college loans have higher interest rates than home and auto loans…”

If Sanders can't understand the basic economics of loaning money, he is unfamiliar with the default rates for college loans versus auto loans and mortgages.
Beyond that, to simplify:

Does he understand the concept of an unsecured loan? How exactly does one go about repossessing a college education?

•Courtesy of Marc Morano at ClimateDepot.com…

Founder of Microsoft and the Gates foundation, Bill Gates, has accused environmentalists of making misleading claims about comparative prices of solar energy compared to those of fossil fuels.

Bill Gates has branded the Democrat-pushed fossil fuel divestment, “a false solution” and accused environmentalists of making misleading claims about the price of solar power.

In an interview with The Atlantic, Gates criticized the global movement that has seen pension funds, universities, churches and local governments commit to pulling massive monies out of coal, oil and gas companies.

“If you think divestment alone is a solution, I worry you're taking whatever desire people have to solve this problem and kind of using up their idealism and energy on something that won't emit less carbon – because only a few people in society are the owners of the equity of coal or oil companies,” he said.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates founded with his wife, is the world's largest charitable foundation and funder of medical research. It has $1.4 billion invested in fossil fuel companies.

Read more: http://www.climatedepot.com/2015/10/14/bill-gates-calls-fossil-fuel-divestment-a-false-solution/#ixzz3p32CzlkK

•At the recent CNN debate, all the Democratic candidates for president were asked to list what they consider the biggest national security threat to the United States. While most focused on the Middle East or Chin, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) chose climate change.

"The scientific community is telling us if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we're going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable," Sanders said. "That is a major crisis."

Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor, mentioned the unrest in the Middle East, but also pointed to climate change as an issue that exacerbates existing concerns about resources and migration.

"Climate change makes cascading threats even worse," O'Malley said. He has specifically discussed how it may be influencing the Syrian crisis on the campaign trail.

The Pentagon has said that the effects of climate change act as "threat multipliers." Climate, the Department of Defense said last year, aggravates the conditions of "poverty, environmental degradation, political instability and social tensions — conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence."

This is where Democrats live folks. Islamists slamming jumbo jets into major business centers is less of a threat to American freedom and liberty than theoretical climate change.

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RECENT LUNAR ECLIPSE SHOWED A BIT OF GLOBAL COOLING

10/14/15

•Remember the lunar eclipse a couple of weeks ago? On Sept. 27, millions of people around the world watched the moon pass through the shadow of Earth. Most noticed the eclipse was darker than usual. It was a sign of a little bit of global cooling.

Lunar eclipses show the transparency of Earth's atmosphere. When the stratosphere is clogged with volcanic ash and other aerosols, lunar eclipses tend to be dark red. On the other hand, when the stratosphere is relatively clear, lunar eclipses are bright orange.

This is important because the stratosphere affects climate. A clear stratosphere warms the Earth. The eclipse of Sept. 27, 2015, however, was not as bright as recent eclipses. Trained observers in seven countries estimated that the eclipse was about 0.4 magnitude dimmer than expected, a brightness reduction of about 33 percent.

Why?

A layer of volcanic aerosols in the lower stratosphere from Chile's Calbuco volcano, which erupted in April 2015, appears to have affected the eclipse. Volcanic dust in the stratosphere tends to reflect sunlight, cooling the Earth. The eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 produced 0.6 C of cooling.

Have you ever heard of a coal fueled power plant actually measurably changing the temperature of the entire planet?

•They did it again!

The EPA has triggered another waste spill in Colorado!

An Environmental Protection Agency crew working at the Standard Mine above Crested Butte triggered a wastewater spill into a creek that flows into the town water supply — a small-scale repeat of the Gold King incident this year.

“Only” an estimated 2,000 gallons spilled, amid efforts to open a collapsed portal. The impact on town water is expected to be minimal.

The spill — while not a disaster like the EPA-triggered 3 million-gallon Gold King deluge that turned the Animas River mustard-yellow — raises questions about EPA procedures.

Time to defund and eliminate the EPA! They are a rolling disaster for the environment.

•In a bit of good news, the Sixth Circuit Court blocked the EPA water rule nationwide.

Several weeks ago, a federal court issued an injunction against EPA enforcement of a new rule based on the Clean Water Act, arguing that the Obama administration had exceeded its Congressional authority. The ruling only applied in the 13 states that were party to the lawsuit, however, but the administration still argued that the North Dakota court did not have the jurisdiction to rule on the issue, and that only an appellate court could hear the case. Regardless, the EPA announced shortly afterward that it would continue to enforce the new rule in all other states.

The Sixth Circuit handed down its own injunction against the rule today, and broadened its effect to all 50 states.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obama's effort to control streams and wetlands.

“We conclude that petitioners have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims,” the judges wrote in their decision, explaining that the Environmental Protection Agency's new guidelines for determining whether water is subject to federal control, based mostly on the water's distance and connection to larger water bodies, is at odds with a key Supreme Court ruling.

Get the EPA off our farms!

•Remember physicist Freeman Dyson? The famous physicist spans advising bomber command in World War II, working at Princeton University in the States as a contemporary of Einstein, and providing advice to the US government on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.

He is a rare public intellectual who writes prolifically for a wide audience.

At America's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dyson was looking at the climate system before it became a hot political issue, over 25 years ago. He provides a robust foreword to a report written by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cofounder Indur Goklany on CO2 – a report published[PDF] today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

An Obama supporter who describes himself as "100 percent Democrat," Dyson says he is disappointed that the president "chose the wrong side." Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere does more good than harm, he argues, but it is not an insurmountable crisis. Climate change, he tells us, "is not a scientific mystery but a human mystery. How does it happen that a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to obvious facts?"

Dyson continued:

“It's very sad that in this country, political opinion parted [people's views on climate change]. I'm 100 per cent Democrat myself, and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on this issue, and the Republicans took the right side.”
I've got nothing to add…

•Ohio Governor John Kasich says the Bible tells us that we need to expand government in redistribution of wealth.

He is wrong.

The Bible says in various locations that we should not steal. Taking things from others is a sin.

Progressive taxation consists of forcing people who make more money to give a higher percentage to government than those who make less. If you do not give that money you will go to jail. That process is called theft; stealing. It's that clear.

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ACTIVISTS WANT ANTI-CLIMATE CHANGE CROWD PROSECUTED

10/7/15

•From the most-excellent site, joannenova.com.au, we learn that apparently climate change is even worse than the last time they told us it was going to obliterate the planet.

Long ago, glaciers were at a constant perfect position. Life was paradise on Earth. Then mankind built the first “planet-destroying” coal powered station in 1880 and now mountains are being moved changing the very shape of the planet…apparently.

If Nature (the magazine) hadn't been hijacked by environuts, it would have kept a longer term perspective and not laced the press release for the paper with baseless speculation. Antarctica is not warming - the satellites show it isn't - and the part that is warming happens to be right over the edges of the tectonic plates where the volcanoes are. (What a coincidence, right?)

Parts of the press release follow…

“Climate change is causing more than just warmer oceans and erratic weather. According to scientists, it also has the capacity to alter the shape of the planet.
…Lead author Michele Koppes, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, compared glaciers in Patagonia and in the Antarctic Peninsula. She and her team found that glaciers in warmer Patagonia moved faster and caused more erosion than those in Antarctica, as warmer temperatures and melting ice helped lubricate the bed of the glaciers.
'We found that glaciers erode 100 to 1,000 times faster in Patagonia than they do in Antarctica,' said Koppes. 'Antarctica is warming up, and as it moves to temperatures above 0 degrees Celsius, the glaciers are all going to start moving faster. We are already seeing that the ice sheets are starting to move faster and should become more erosive, digging deeper valleys and shedding more sediment into the oceans.'

The repercussions of this erosion add to the already complex effects of climate change in the polar regions. Faster moving glaciers deposit more sediment in downstream basins and on the continental shelves, potentially impacting fisheries, dams and access to clean freshwater in mountain communities. 'The polar continental margins in particular are hotspots of biodiversity,' notes Koppes. 'If you're pumping out that much more sediment into the water, you're changing the aquatic habitat.'

The Canadian Arctic, one of the most rapidly warming regions of the world, will feel these effects acutely. With more than four degrees Celsius of warming over the last 50 years, the glaciers are on the brink of a major shift that will see them flowing up to 100 times faster if the climate shifts above zero degrees Celsius.
The findings by Koppes and coauthors also settle a scientific debate about when glaciers have the greatest impact on shaping landscapes and creating relief, suggesting that they do the most erosive work near the end of each cycle of glaciation, rather than at the peak of ice cover. The last major glacial cycles in the Vancouver region ended approximately 12,500 years ago.”

Lesson 1 from studying geology should teach anyone who pays attention that solid ground isn't solid. It is ever changing over long periods of time.

The continents move - slowly. South Africa used to be where Antarctica is now. The North American tectonic plate is moving to the West-Southwest at about 1 inch per year. The Pacific Plate is moving Northwest at a speed of between 3-4 inches a year.

So use that article in Nature for picking-up dog doo.

•Did you hear about the letter from global warming activists trying to get the federal government to prosecute anthropogenic climate change skeptics?

Well, apparently there must have been some major blowback because the group's letter to Obama has been quietly removed from their website.

Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise posted on her blog NoFrakkingConsensus.com that the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES) has taken down its letter signed by twenty scientists and researchers. “There's no explanation, no apology – just open space where this anti-free-speech document used to reside,” Laframboise wrote.

IGES's removal of its letter urging skeptics be prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act comes after huge backlash from skeptics and reports of the millions in government funding the letter's lead signatory has gotten over the years.

Now when the public goes to view the letter claiming that various organizations “have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change” all they will see is a blank page with a note that the URL “was not found on this server.”

Hmmm…

Read more at www.dailycaller.com

(Brian Kubicki can be reached by email to bkubicki@kc.rr.com or follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)

 


WITH BOEHNER OUT, MCCONELL IS THE NEXT ONE TO GO

9/30/15

•Something tells me it's just a matter of time before someone tries to tie global warming on Earth to the “evidence” of water on Mars. That should be highly entertaining.

•By the way on the subject of Mars, is anyone else really angered by the ads that have been playing for the upcoming movie, “The Martian” starring Matt Damon where he plays an astronaut stranded on Mars? If you haven't seen it, he utters the line, “Take that, Neil Armstrong!” presumably in reference to achieving something of significance compared to the established greatness of the first human to walk on the Moon.

I hope every audience member watching utters in response, “Bite me Matt Damon!”

•John Boehner stepping down from the speakership and Congress is not, as the Establishment would have you believe, a result of haranguing by Conservatives, or a brave attempt on his part to save the Party and America from a battle. It was a calculated move to further the Establishment RINO agenda before the on-coming stampede by angry Americans for unfulfilled promises. Boehner and his cronies talked a loud conservative game in the lead-up to the 2014 mid-term elections. “Elect us and we will hold Obama's feet to the fire!” they said. Around here, we heard it from Pat Roberts in Kansas and Roy Blunt in Missouri. Since then, Obamacare has been fully funded, Obama's Amnesty has sailed through Congress, and every other liberal agenda item has been rubber-stamped. The people have had enough.

Next one to go? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

•Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is another candidate that is much more conservative sounding during this campaign that her record would indicate.
She has been a past supporter of embryonic stem cell research.

She openly criticized Ted Cruz' efforts in 2013 to use Congress' Power of the Purse to defund Obamacare.

Fiorina is another one of “those” Republicans (RINO's) that refuse to step-up and admit that the Global Warming Movement is a hoax. She talks like Jeb Bush in saying she believes in “…the scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by human activity…” but she is skeptical that government can affect the issue. Those comments reek of establishment consultant advice.

On the subject of national health care, she is vocal that Obamacare must be repealed but in the past she has supported individual mandates for all people to be forced to buy health insurance.

We can do much better than Fiorina.

•People often say that bad things happen in war but this one is decidedly different. Apparently, the U.S.'s “Afghan allies” have been engaged in a sick practice the Afghans refer to as “boy play.” Afghani officers are abducting, imprisoning and raping young boys, keeping them as sex slaves, and it has apparently been standing policy for some time now that U.S. soldiers were told to turn a blind eye to the practice (even when it takes place on our bases). Some Americans have even been disciplined and removed from the service for trying to intervene.

“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.

After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military.

In addition to Quinn having his career destroyed, the Army is now trying to drum Green Beret Sgt. First Class Charles Martland out of the service for assisting Quinn in handing a beatdown to the pedophile. And our own military admits that this wasn't just a case of a few bad apples, but formal policy for troops serving in Afghanistan.

The Army when asked for comment gave a disappointing explanation.

When asked about American military policy, the spokesman for the American command in Afghanistan, Col. Brian Tribus, wrote in an email: “Generally, allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan military or police personnel would be a matter of domestic Afghan criminal law.” He added that “there would be no express requirement that U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan report it.” An exception, he said, is when rape is being used as a weapon of war.

So actions as atrocious as child rape are only to be stopped if they are being done in a war? Was Joseph Mengele's experiments on Jews O.K. as long as we weren't at war with the Nazi's?

Follow this story on Fox News. I haven't seen any other network covering it, which is a shame.

 


FOSSIL FUELS HAVE
CREATED AN
ENLIGHTENED POSITION

9/23/15

 


THE 'NEW YORK VALUES' PILLOW FIGHT BETWEEN TRUMP AND CRUZ

1/20/16

•Todd Starnes with Fox News wrote a great missive last week after the Republican debate in South Carolina addressing the Ted Cruz/Donald Trump “New York Values” pillow fight that I believe cut right to the issue at hand well before anyone else did.

If you've been avoiding the debates, Donald Trump and the Mainstream Media are foaming at the mouth over the comment Senator Ted Cruz made about New York values. Trump stood on the bodies of the victims of 9/11 to defend and deflect attention on the fact that people in New York DO have more liberal values than do people in the middle of America.

We all know exactly what Cruz was talking about. It had nothing to do with the aftermath of 9/11.

As Starnes well-phrased it: “Senator Cruz was talking about cultural and political values. Duck Dynasty values versus Bill de Blasio values. He was referring to the permissive New York values celebrating public debauchery that would make the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah blush. Just ask the families from the Heartland who've been accosted by topless women in Times Square.”

Want other examples of New York values? How about Occupy Wall Street -- turning public parks into human cesspools - people defecating on police cars?
Cruz himself came out Sunday and recorded an apology.

It was devastating.

“It's been an interesting 24 hours where [they] have all demanded an apology because apparently they're unhappy about acknowledging that they have embraced New York values. And so I've heard their demands, and I am happy to give them an apology.

I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been abandoned by liberal politicians. I apologize for the working men and women of New York who are denied jobs — jobs that have been plentiful just south of Pennsylvania — because Gov. Cuomo bans fracking. I apologize to all the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Second Amendment New Yorkers who Gov. Cuomo brazenly told have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are. I apologize to all of the African American children who Mayor de Blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were providing a life line to the American dream. And I apologize to all the cops and firefighters and 9/11 heroes who had no choice but to stand and turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio because Mayor de Blasio over and over again stands with the looters and criminals rather than the brave men and women of blue.”

I was impressed.

•From The Daily Caller News Foundation, I thought it interesting to note that Obama is still 60% short of his goal of having one million electric cars on America's roads a full year after his self-imposed deadline.

American's just aren't that interested in electric cars, especially with gas prices fast approaching $1.20 per gallon.

So far, only 400,000 electric cars have been sold in the U.S. (through 2015), so Obama is still 600,000 cars, or 60 percent, short of the goal he set in 2011.

The collapse in oil prices complicated things even further by making heavier and safer SUVs, trucks and other fuel-guzzling cars much more attractive. Electric car sales fell to about 117,000 for 2015, down from 120,000 sold in 2014.

The Obama administration admitted in 2013 it would not be able to meet its goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 even with generous subsidies. Market analysts with Navigant Research predict electric car sales won't top one million until 2024 — they estimate sales will hit 1.1 million cars that year.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/14/obama-still-60-percent-short-of-his-1-million-electric-car-goal-a-year-after-deadline/#ixzz3xFb8pDPy

•Interesting to note that not long ago when Ben Carson was rising in the polls, Donald Trump was quick to attack him for being "pro-abortion not so long ago."

Did you know that Trump himself was "very" pro-abortion not so long ago. In 1999, Tim Russert asked Trump if he would support a ban on "abortion in the third-trimester" or "partial-birth abortion."

"No," Trump replied. "I am pro-choice in every respect."

Trump explained at that time that his views may be the result of his "New York background" which differs from Iowa values.

During the first Republican presidential debate, Trump explained that he "evolved" on the issue at some point in the last 16 years. He explained it thusly,
"Friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn't aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances…I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life."

The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein soon after asked Trump if he would have become pro-life if that child had been a loser instead of a "total superstar." Trump replied: "Probably not, but I've never thought of it. I would say no, but in this case it was an easy one because he's such an outstanding person."

Sounds like a staunchly pro-life warrior there! Who says something like that?

Does that really surprise anyone?

(Brian Kubicki can be reached by email at bkubicki@kc.rr.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)

 


HILLARY'S CLASSIFIED PROBLEM KEEPS GETTING BIGGER

1/13/16

•The Hillary Clinton email scandal seems to be getting worse by the day.

As the State Department, under court order, releases more and more emails from her home computer server, over 1300 classified emails have apparently been sent to others in violation of federal law.

And perhaps the most incriminating one came in an email thread from June 2011 where Clinton exchanges e-mails with Jake Sullivan, her then-deputy chief of staff and now her campaign foreign-policy adviser. In that email exchange, she impatiently waits for a set of talking points and Sullivan tells her that the source is having trouble with the secure fax. Hillary then orders Sullivan to have the data stripped of its markings and sent through a non-secure channel.

BOOM!

Clinton said last weekend that she never got the talking points so there is no “there there.”

But does that matter?

If you go in to rob a bank and walk out without any money, are you exonerated of the crime?

In Hillary's words, “If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”

That's an order to violate the laws handling classified material. There is no other way to read that demand. Regardless of whether or not Sullivan complied, this demolishes Hillary's claim to be ignorant of marking issues, as well as strongly suggests that the other thousand-plus instances where this did occur likely came under her direction.

Ironically, an email thread from four months earlier shows Clinton saying she was “surprised” that a diplomatic officer used a personal email account to send a memo on Libya policy after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

How about we review the relevant criminal statutes again in this case, such as 18 USC 793:

“d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document…or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits…the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document…relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits…the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document…relating to the national defense,

(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or

(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust…and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

Did those talking points get illegally transmitted on Hillary's order?

This explains why more than a thousand pieces of classified information have found their way into Hillary's unauthorized and unsecured e-mail system — and why the markings have been stripped from them. Hillary herself apparently ordered the Code Red, so to speak.

Somebody needs to Photoshop Hillary's face onto Jack Nicholson's body from the “YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH” tirade from the movie, “A FEW GOOD MEN.”

This is getting good.

•Did you see where the Washington Post admitted that electric cars were NOT worth the money we have spent on them?

The government has spent a lot on electric cars, but was it worth it? The obvious answer is no. There are three ways that the Washington Post notes that the investment was a waste.

“The government” - There are things we need government for. Protecting our borders and refereeing inter-state disputes in commerce are the main ones. In the economic world, private enterprise is best equipped to run the free market, not government.

“They spent a lot” - It's a common government mistake to believe that putting any amount of money into a government program will consistently produce expected results. In fact, those results are rarely achieved. Often, after they get nothing they try to fix the problem by dumping loads of more money at the problem.

“Electric cars” – Why did we need electric cars? Of course, the real reason is they were supposed to replace at least some of the gas-burning cars. We all knew going in that there was going to be no reduction in pollution. The energy needed to run electric cars has to come from somewhere. Most of it (fortunately) still comes from burning coal. But the truth is there was an awful lot of pocket-lining going on. It wasn't like the government would just come out and say, “A lot of people who were our political allies and donated lots of money during the election wanted some of that sweet 'free' taxpayer money.”

It was all a scheme, and now they are shamelessly admitting it.

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IT'S GOING TO BE CRUZ VS. HILLARY IN 2016

1/6/16

•Here we go 2016! Let's get this new year started.

•It's going to be Cruz vs. Hillary in 2016. All signs seem to be pointing that way. And don't pay any attention to those “CANDIDATE X vs. Hillary Clinton” polls. They're meaningless when she's the assumed nominee and there are still 9 candidates on the other side.

The presidential primary campaigns are shifting into high gear now that the holidays are over. Here is my updated rundown less than a month before the Iowa Caucus:

On the Democrat side, Hillary will get the nomination…IF she can stay out of federal prison.

On the Republican side, Ted Cruz is my choice. He's clearly the smartest and has the best ground game among all of the candidates.

Trump has the overall lead in the popular polls but doesn't seem to have a ground game in place. Then again, he IS essentially rewriting political campaigns and how to get the media to play for you rather than the other way around. His lead in the polls cannot be overlooked.

Ben Carson seems to be taking on water. I'm not sure he really wants to be president.

Marco Rubio is still handicapped by his complicity with the Gang of Eight's amnesty movement. While the Establishment RINOs seem to prefer him now that Jeb is essentially done, that's more of a curse than a blessing. I like Rubio but the trust factor is a tough hurdle for many base voters to get over.

Jeb Bush is cooked. He should have listened to his mother. That's good advice for all of us.

John Kasich is the son of a mailman. I still don't know what he is doing in this race.

Carly Fiorina is too fixated on being the only woman in the race on the GOP side. Her handlers should be replaced.

Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum both don't have a prayer between them.

•From ClimateDepot.com, a physics professor wrote a fantastic piece summarizing 10 reasons why human caused global warming is vastly overstated.

1. Temperature records from around the world do not support the assumption that today's temperatures are unusual. The “all-time” high temperature record for the world was set in 1913, while the all-time cold temperature record was set in 1983.

2. Satellite temperature data does not support the assumption that temperatures are rising rapidly.

3. Current temperatures are always compared to the temperatures of the 1980's, but for many parts of the world the 1980's was the coldest decade of the last 100+ years.

4. The world experienced a significant cooling trend between 1940 and 1980.

5. Urban heat island effect skews the temperature data of a significant number of weather stations:

6. There is a natural inverse relationship between global temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels:

7. The CO2 cannot, from a scientific perspective, be the cause of significant global temperature changes:

8. There have been many periods during our recent history that a warmer climate was prevalent long before the industrial revolution:

9. Glaciers have been melting for more than 150 years

10. “Data adjustment” is used to continue the perception of global warming:

The author, Mike van Biezen, is adjunct professor at Compton College, Santa Monica College, El Camino College, and Loyola Marymount University teaching Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, and Earth Science. Read the entire piece here: http://www.dailywire.com/news/2071/most-comprehensive-assault-global-warming-ever-mike-van-biezen

The scare term, “ocean acidification” was first coined in the magazine, Nature in 2003, followed by the Royal Society in 2005, and has since been used as a fear trigger, given that actual global warming has stalled for 20 years.

Climate scientists now “calculate” that the average ocean alkalinity has declined from 8.2 to 8.1 on the scale since pre-industrial times, except that the measurement error margin is several times the alleged reduction (and each of the five oceans has its own pH characteristics). pH levels – which are a measure of acidification - at given points in time and location can swing markedly even within the 24-hour cycle.

In past geological ages carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were ten or more times what they are now (400ppm) and ocean life thrived. Indeed our current fossil fuels are the residue of vast oceanic life that thrived and died in such super-high carbon dioxide environments.

In the parts of the oceans where alkalinity is low (i.e. tending towards neutral), fish, corals, and sea flora have managed and adapted perfectly well. Freshwater lakes and rivers are slightly acidic (pH of 6 to 8), as is rainwater, pH 5.6, and drinking water, 6.5 to 7.5. Life has adapted and thrives in fresh water notwithstanding the degree of, “acidification.”

So, you can now execute a complete eye-roll when someone starts crying about acid rain.

Read more: http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/01/01/the-fishy-science-of-ocean-acidification/#ixzz3wERyeozK

•Well, congratulations to the KC Chiefs on making the NFL Playoffs. They play the Houston Texans next week at Houston. Here's to them ending a LONG drought of playoff wins!

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THE SHEER INNOVATION HUMANS CAN EMPLOY IS AMAZING

12/30/15

•So, I'm watching late night cable while wrapping Christmas presents and there's this show called, “Lockup” on MSNBC that shows the inner workings of a county detention center in San Antonio. It's a pretty depressing show overall, as you could imagine when you are viewing the accounts of the lives of people who are largely devoid of hope for eventual freedom but I was struck by the raw innovation exhibited by prisoners who are in an environment largely devoid of technological resources.

From the beginning you accept it as normal that nearly every inmate is heavily tattooed. Everyone has seen a former inmate wearing tattoos.

But tattooing is not allowed in prison. So, how are they getting the tattoos?

Well, it turns out that there are a few individuals that have gathered the resources from around them: a hollowed-out Q-Ttip, a straightened-out staple, thread from a shirt, some copper wire and a bolt (to make the electromagnet that drives the device) and they make ink by cooking grease or baby oil until it's carbon-black.

The sheer innovation humans can employ – especially when necessity dictates its need – is amazing to behold. Imagine what's capable with full-access to the world's natural resources!

•Did you know that Christmas lights alone in America use more energy than entire countries around the world?

Bright lights strung on American trees, rooftops and lawns account for 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumption every year.

That's more power than countries like El Salvador or Ethiopia use in a year.
El Salvador uses 5.35 billion kilowatt hours while Ethiopia consumes 5.30 billion and Tanzania 4.81 billion kilowatt-hours.

So, what do we do to address this “problem?” The current administration and Democrats mostly say that we need to slow-down our use of electricity. The Republicans (the smart ones, at least) say we should work to get more power into the hands of these poor countries. Corrupt governments do more to oppress people than any other force in the world. If you want to help people in under-developed countries, work to rid them of corrupt leaders.

•Also relevant to note that the 6.63 billion kilowatt hours used by US Christmas lights represents only 0.2 percent of yearly US energy consumption, or enough power to run 14 million refrigerators.

•The Washington Post on July 9, 1971 posted the following:

“The world could be as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric scientist predicts. Dr. S. I. Rasool of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Columbia University.”

We should know in the next 5-15 years whether he was right.

•While I generally wish to avoid talking about Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, I cannot avoid this…

For awhile now, the Sanders' campaign has been pushing that the Democrat National Committee has been helping the Clinton campaign by locking Sanders' people out of the party database.

Also, the DNC scheduled all but one of the 2015 debates on a Saturday, when most people were watching college football, surely benefitting Clinton. Sanders' sued the DNC over the database access and the DNC responded by restoring access a week ago. The campaign promises the lawsuit is about getting answers but the question is whether they actually will or not.

Ultimately, who should win the Democratic race matters little to me, because I'm not going to vote for them. They are all big government, more taxes, more spending, and are utterly incompetent on foreign policy.

But, there is no doubt that the Democrat race would be more interesting if Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren were opposing Clinton instead of Sanders and Martin O'Malley. Unless Sanders surprises in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Democrat race is largely decided. There were a significant number of people in the Democrat Party back in 2008 that did not want the Clintons in power. Where have they gone is the key question.

•From www.junkscience.com

No, despite claims to the contrary, 2015 is not New York City's warmest Christmas Dec. 25, 1889 was warmer.

The drive-by media is full of stories touting that Christmas Day's 66 degree New York City temperature was the city's warmest Christmas EVER.

But on Dec. 26, 1889, the New York Times reported that the temperature hit 65 degrees in the city on Christmas.

But 66 degrees is warmer than 65 degrees, isn't it?

Not in this case. The 2015 66 degree reading has 126 post-1889 years of urban heat island effect built into it. (Basically, more concrete in use today indicates that temperatures measured close to the ground are artificially warmer because many measurement stations are close to concrete which reflects thermal energy rather than absorbing it like soil and vegetation does.)

So a 65 degree reading in NYC in 1889 means it was warmer then than today.
Go figure! Although we have about 100 ppm more CO2 in the air today, it was warmer way back in 1889.

•BIG congrats to the chiefs on making the playoffs. Very impressive performance, winning nine straight games after a 1-5 start to the season.

Now let's go win a playoff game!

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RUBIO, CRUZ VERY DIFFERENT ON IMMIGRATION

12/23/15

•Remember those focus groups Frank Luntz runs around the debates? You remember I'm sure because he makes it a point to populate his groups with supposed “undecided voters,” which of course usually means that he's found the most politically ignorant people and plops them down in front of a camera so we can all sample their intellect on the coming election.

Well, Luntz recently had constructed a focus group composed of Muslim-Americans and some in this group have accused Luntz and host network CBS of censoring their anti-American comments.

John Nolte of Bretibart.com reported on it in a great piece recently. Some highlights follow.

“…CBS News has apparently been caught red-handed cutting footage from a focus group mediated by Establishment Republican Frank Luntz that shows American Muslims criticizing the United States…two Muslim Americans who took part in the group complained that CBS edited out parts of the discussion where they raised their own concerns — including critiques of U.S. militarism, surveillance, and entrapment. They also said that Frank Luntz, the right-wing pollster who led the focus group, silenced members of the group when they criticized discriminatory U.S. government policies.”

Another participant observed that Luntz kept saying he felt bad that no one listens to Muslims and how he wanted to give them an opportunity to talk to the general population.

But according to one female participant's Facebook page, Luntz did not just edit out the inconvenient moments that didn't fit his desired narrative, he went so far as to silence her when she tore into the American government as a racist institution that has “killed many Muslims.”

She continued…

“He also had silenced me and other participants who have routinely brought up the fact the government has enacted in state violence against the Muslim community — whether that may be through entrapment cases and surveillance programs — and our concerns about institutional racism. He shut me down when I said that President Obama and Hillary Clinton has killed many Muslims under the administration when we were discussing Trump, and ironically for a GOP strategist, he shut me down when I talked about how Democrats have enacted some of the most deadliest and discriminatory policies against Muslims. He also decided to stop letting me speak when I started talking about how Muslims should start focusing on combatting government policies rather than rushing to condemn terrorism or Islamophobia exclusively. They also cut out portions of where participants talked about media accountability when discussing Islam.”

Wow!

Read more and see the video at www.Breitbart.com

•Byron York put together a tremendous piece this week on the facts about the ongoing dispute between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on immigration.

Highlights…

The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate in June 2013.

Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang — Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake — of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments.
Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed just a handful of amendments to reach the Senate floor. One, from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would have prohibited the legalization of illegal immigrants in the United States until after the administration could prove it had maintained "effective control" of the borders for six months.

Rubio voted against the Grassley amendment. Sen. Ted Cruz voted for it.

Another Republican amendment would have required the completion of 350 miles of fencing along the U.S. border.

Rubio voted against the Thune amendment. Cruz voted for it.

Another amendment would have delayed the granting of legal status until a biometric visa identity system had been fully implemented at every port of entry.
Rubio voted against the Vitter amendment. Cruz voted for it.

The Gang of Eight bill came up for a final Senate vote on June 27, 2013. Rubio, as a key author of the legislation, voted for its passage. Cruz voted against it.

These facts are important because Rubio has argued his position on immigration is similar to Cruz'.

Rubio: "The bottom line is there isn't that big a difference between [Cruz] and I on how to approach immigration," Rubio told CBS News on Sunday.

In 2013, Rubio and Cruz could NOT have been more different on immigration. Rubio has been furiously distancing himself from the gang bill.

Particularly interesting to now hear Rubio say - remember the Grassley amendment he helped kill - that security and enforcement must be in place before illegal immigrants can be legalized and placed on a path to citizenship.

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PARIS TALKS CONCLUDE WITH AN ALLEGED AGREEMENT

12/16/15

•The Paris climate talks have concluded with a supposed agreement in place.
Allegedly, representatives from hundreds of nations have agreed on a sufficient amount of alleged money to be redistributed to control the allegedly out-of-control temperature rise of the planet's atmosphere.

How does redistributing wealth affect the temperature of the planet?

The final agreement includes a commitment to keeping temperature rises “well below” two degrees Centigrade above pre-industrial levels with a target of keeping them at 1.5 degrees Centigrade.

To achieve such a ridiculous goal the world will have to start drastically reducing its use of the cheapest fossil fuels by the year 2050; abandoning them entirely by the end of the century. Those who can't meet those goals must engage in unproven and highly expensive methods of “burying” their carbon output.

Do not hold your breath for China, Russia or India to go one iota beyond simple lip service.

The deal has no means of enforcement for those governments that don't agree to go along. In all reality, a plan that guts the oil and gas industry with no realistic replacement for the energy walked away from will never see floor of Congress.

•Did you catch where actor Kurt Russell argued against an anti-gun Hollywood interviewer in promoting his upcoming movie?

Russell was interviewed by Hollywood reporter Jeffery Wells and said that it's “absolutely insane” to believe that more gun control will curb terrorist attacks.

Discussing America's “gun culture” and film producer Quentin Tarantino, Russell said he doesn't “understand [the] concepts of conversation” about “the gun culture,” after Wells asserted that most Americans fear that mass violence is becoming a “day-to-day” occurrence.

When Wells went on to say that guns are a “…metaphor that disenfranchised white guys need,” Russell let loose.

“If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists' point of view, I think you're, like, out of your mind,” he began. “I think anybody [who says that] is. I think it's absolutely insane.”

“Dude, you're about to find out what I'm gonna do, and that's gonna worry you a lot more,” the actor continued. “And that's what we need. That will change the concept of gun culture, as you call it, to something [like] reality. Which is, if I'm a hockey team and I've got some guy bearing down on me as a goal tender, I'm not concerned about what he's gonna do — I'm gonna make him concerned about what I'm gonna do to stop him. That's when things change.”

Arguing back, Wells invoked the no-fly list, saying that the people on the list are there for a “good reason,” but that they can allegedly still “get [a] hold of a gun pretty easily.”

“They can also make a bomb pretty easily. So what?” Russell retorted. “They can also get knives and stab you. [What are you] gonna do about that? They can also get cars and run you over. [What are you] gonna do about that?”

Wells: “Just put some controls…”

Russell: “Put some controls? What, so the people, so the people who want to defend themselves can't?”

Wells: “No, not so you can't, just so the idiots can't get hold of them [so easily], that's all.”

Russell: “You really believe they're not going to? Are you serious about that? What good will that…? Oh my God. You and I just disagree.”

Finally, a fearless and outspoken non-liberal actor.

•Notice how the mainstream media seems to want to attack now-frontrunner Ted Cruz by avoiding him in the debates?

This happened on a recent NPR Morning Edition interview. Host Steve Inskeep, an Obama acolyte, was blunt when discussing the new Trump idea of banning Muslims from entering America:

“STEVE INSKEEP: All this led to a bottom-line question when Senator Cruz visited our studios. [To Cruz] Which Muslims do you want to keep out of the United States?

TED CRUZ: Well, I'm not sure that's the way I would put the question. What I would say is what is the obligation of the president and commander in chief? And the first obligation is to keep this country safe.”

NPR posted the full transcript online. What that demonstrated was that NPR and Inskeep routinely sliced out (for time and surely, for political convenience) Cruz whacking away at Democrats. Here's the rest of Cruz's answer to that, sliced at mid-sentence:

“And the first obligation is to keep this country safe, and so I've introduced legislation that would suspend for three years refugees from countries where ISIS or al-Qaida control a substantial amount of territory. And the reason is simple. The FBI has told Congress that the Obama administration cannot vet these refugees.”

Then Inskeep brought in the rest of the answer:

“INSKEEP: The Texas senator wore a white shirt and orange tie. He was on his way to work in Washington. Cruz introduced legislation after the recent attacks in Paris. His bill would make it even harder than it is for refugees to reach the U.S. from five war-torn countries. Cruz says the few exceptions would include non-Muslims who are persecuted.

CRUZ: “President Obama and Hillary Clinton's plan to bring tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to America when the FBI says they cannot ascertain if these refugees are ISIS terrorists or not - that makes no sense.”

Cruz had his interview carved-up by CBS's Face the Nation in January of 2014. In CNBC debate, the moderator purposely avoided Cruz on the global warming question, likely because he knew Cruz would destroy his Left-leaning premise.

Mainstream journalism at its best.

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WE HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY THE ENEMY ON U.S. SOIL AGAIN

12/16/15

•The liberal media has been utterly pathetic in their rush-to-judgment reactions to the radical Islamic terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, CA last week. The ones I saw ranged from calling it a Planned Parenthood attack (MSNBC said there was a Planned Parenthood clinic a couple of blocks away--1.5 miles actually) to calling it a case of a disgruntled government employee snapping (Yep, they said it. . .“workplace violence!”).

The reality is much different. We have been attacked by the enemy on U.S. soil once again.

This is a war.

(Sigh!!! I need a minute…)

•Obama hit the airwaves Sunday night to try to reassure America he has ISIS under control (and stop calling it ISIL…nobody knows what the Levant is anyway!). He reiterated the bombing campaigns they are conducting in the Middle East. He didn't mention that we are dropping leaflets 45 minutes in advance of bombing oil trucks to warn them that the bombs are coming.

What?

What's the point of warning your enemy before you hit him that you are going to hit him? Patton must be spinning in his grave!

(Aaarrrgggghhhh!...Need another minute…)

•“Let's take a step back on this climate thing for a minute and analyze things.

Throughout human history, major scientific advancements have always been embraced by mankind regardless of political affiliation. For example, when the light bulb replaced candles, there wasn't one political party screaming that we had to stay with candles or all mankind would perish. Same situation occurred with the car replacing the horse, pipelines replacing trains for a time, and cell phones replacing landlines more recently. Necessity breeds innovation.

Due to the innovation, EVERYBODY ran toward the light to enjoy the advance in technology.

On global warming, there is no innovation. The political left theorizes that carbon dioxide is the control knob of the planet's atmospheric temperature and as they try to frighten mankind into action, their solution is to essentially tax air--carbon use to be more specific, and force us back into inefficient energy sources--wind and solar and away from cheap and efficient fossil fuels.

The political right says there is no problem, the environment is no different than it has been for man's 100+ years of new age productivity (against 4.5 billion years of earth's age - the arrogance!) and any efforts to hold man's innovation and progress back is wasted in our constant pursuit toward improving our lives in meaningful ways during the short time we all spend on this orb.

Seems pretty simple what's going on when you think about it.

•The media was making a big deal out of the New York Times putting an editorial on its front page last week calling for massive gun control in response to the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Apparently, this was the first time since 1920 that the paper put an editorial on its front page.

“Whoop-de-do Basil, but what does it mean?”

Does anyone care if nobody ever reads the fishwrap in the first place? I have never desired to get my hands on the New York Times. Who cares what an arrogant bunch of East Coast liberals think about anything? I've never read it and am not about to start now.

•By the way, on the subject of getting the news the earliest it is reported, Twitter wins again. I was monitoring Twitter last week working on the main PC with Twitter running in my “side mirror” when the site www.weaselzippers.com ran with a BREAKING: Active Shooter Situation Occurring in San Bernardino. I flipped the TV onto the cable news networks and none of them were onto the breaking story for at least another 20-30 minutes! Amazing!

If you want it first, monitor Twitter.

•From the superb climate site, www.wattsupwiththat.com, we learned that in the U.K., they don't like media people veering from the propaganda line.

The BBC broadcast an obscure program on state radio called “what's the point of the MET office?” which allowed the views of climate skeptics onto British broadcast radio. As a result of this massive breach of BBC policy, there has been a major internal inquiry, and several BBC officials have been sent on mandatory climate re-education courses.

The skeptic views essentially claimed that the Met Office had exaggerated the threat posed by global warming as part of its “political lobbying.”

You would think the BBC would have more interesting ways to spend their money and time, than conducting witch hunts to root out the last vestiges of climate skepticism within their ranks. But I guess that is a decision for the BBC Trust, and of course the taxpayers of Britain, assuming anyone bothers to ask their opinion.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc/12033749/Radio-4-show-that-criticised-Met-Office-stance-on-climate-change-broke-broadcasting-rules.html
I hope when Ivan sends me to Climate Re-education Camp he sends me someplace warm!

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CLIMATE CHANGE? WE'RE CLOSER TO BEING THREATENED BY GODZILLA

12/2/15

•As I write this, world leaders are filling the skies with carbon to gather in Paris to try and figure out a way to further strangle capitalism and free markets using junk science threats of a planet on fire.

It's laughable nonsense that mankind is able to wield such power as to control the temperature of the air on the planet. We are closer to being threatened by a Godzilla-Rhodan battle than we are by an ever-changing climate.

•An old-but-still-great column by Ben Shapiro offered a great set of rules that we should hope get adopted in Paris this week. The highlights:

“According to the global left, the evidence is in: The earth is warming, and it's all your fault. Don't blame the sun. The giant ball of fiery gas responsible for all climate change over the past few million years isn't the problem. It's you…you big-spending, high-on-the-hog, corporation-supporting, First World gluttons with your shiny gas-guzzling sports cars and central heating…”

“…Well, global left, your words have finally hit home. I finally realized that correlation does equal causation after all. As one of the pig-Americans you so despise, I pledge to do my utmost to mitigate the threat of global warming.
And so, without further ado, I henceforth dedicate myself to achieving the following goals to aid Mother Earth:

EAT COWS. Turns out, cows are the climate's worst enemy. Cows, it seems, are culpable for 18 percent of greenhouse gases. Their cud-chewing, flatulence and burping create giant clouds of methane. All this time, we thought the cattle were our mammalian friends. But, fools that we are, the cows outsmarted us. While we milked them, they pursued their long-term strategy of world domination.
If we eat them faster than they can reproduce, we can sleep easy at night. Hamburgers are the answer. Steaks. Barbecue ribs…”

“…CONVINCE FELLOW GLOBAL WARMING CRUSADERS TO STOP BREATHING. Al Gore says, '[W]e should start by immediately freezing CO2 emissions and then beginning sharp reductions.' I concur. If carbon dioxide emissions are the problem, persuading global warming fanatics to immediately stop exhaling may be the solution.”

•Shapiro hit again this week with his…Reasons Obama's Climate Change Agenda Is Dangerous [Bovine Excrement]

“…We Have No Idea To What Extent The Earth Is Warming. There are major battles in the scientific community about the basic question of what level of climate change is occurring. Even the shift from 'global warming' to 'climate change' betrays that uncertainty.

We Have No Clue How Much Human Activity Causes Climate Change. In September 2014, undersecretary for science in Barack Obama's Energy Department Dr. Steven Koonin wrote…though human influences could have serious consequences for the climate, they are physically small in relation to the climate system as a whole….”

BOOM!

“We Have No Idea How Much Climate Change Impacts Human Life. The climate has always changed and will always change. The question is how it will hurt human beings, presumably…”

“…Warming of up to 1.2 degrees Celsius over the next 70 years (0.8 degrees have already occurred), most of which is predicted to happen in cold areas in winter and at night, would extend the range of farming further north, improve crop yields, slightly increase rainfall (especially in arid areas), enhance forest growth and cut winter deaths (which far exceed summer deaths in most places). Increased carbon dioxide levels also have caused and will continue to cause an increase in the growth rates of crops…

The essential outcome is that we live in teepee's!

This is what they want for us.

“The Solution – Destroying Carbon-Based Fuels and Capitalism – Is The Problem. The left is in an all-out war with the two greatest forces for fighting poverty in history: cheap, carbon based energy, and capitalism. The same people celebrating the end o