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IS GLOBAL COOLING COMING AND DOES THE GOVERNMENT KNOW IT?
4/9/14

•Do not forget this one folks!

Steve Milloy's website, www.JunkScience.com has been all over the story that the EPA has been exposing children to pollution as part of an experiment at USC.

President Obama's EPA has been exposing human guinea pigs to high levels of carcinogens and potentially lethal pollutants in order to justify tough new air quality standards.

The experiments involved subjects made to inhale freshly pumped-in diesel truck exhaust fumes and measuring the resulting adverse health effects. In many cases, the exposure was done without advising the test subjects of the risks to their health.

The disturbing findings are contained in a new investigative report by The Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch. The article comes on the heels of a new report by the EPA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) that says the EPA's experiments exposed individuals, including those with asthma and cardiac problems, to pollutants such as diesel fumes in quantities up to 50 times greater than the levels the agency deems safe for humans.

Now here's the real kicker – the EPA sought to prove that particulate matter was harmful to human health by conducting the tests. Test subjects were paid $12-an-hour for essentially being hooked-up to the tailpipe of an 18-wheeler. In congressional testimony in late 2011, then-EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson told a congressional committee in effect that her agency was putting at risk the lives of study subjects. “Particulate matter causes premature death. It doesn't make you sick. It's directly causal to dying sooner than you should,” said Jackson. “If we could reduce particulate matter to healthy levels it would have the same impact as finding a cure for cancer in our country,” Jackson added.

So if the particulate matter is so bad for humans, why did the EPA expose humans to it? Were those humans “expendable” because they were paid slightly above Obama's professed minimum wage?

The outraged Milloy stated the question best:

“Which do you find more shocking: that the Environmental Protection Agency conducts experiments on humans that its own risk assessments would deem potentially lethal, or that it hides the results of those experiments from Congress and the public because they debunk those very same risk assessments?”
Read more and pass along: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/obama-epas-monstrous-human-experiments/

•Then this…is global cooling coming and does the government know it?

John Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor, once tried to reframe the climate debate in terms of his prediction of, “global climate disruption.” Holdren stated at the time, that the term “global warming” is “a dangerous misnomer.”

The question – does John Holdren believe that “global climate disruption” might actually lead to global cooling?

There is some very circumstantial evidence that America, and other governments, may already be planning ahead, for the possibility that the world will cool. Over the last few years, a number of major Australian newspapers have posted stories about the rising issue of large scale foreign buyouts of Australian farmland.

But why would Chinese and American companies, some perhaps government backed, be so interested in large scale ownership of Australian farmland, land which the IPCC and Australian CSIRO predict will shortly become worthless desert?

The reason of course is the land will not shortly become worthless. The land may shortly become valuable.

Back in 2006, the Russian Academy of Science predicted imminent severe global cooling, beginning in 2012-2015, peaking at around 2055. Their prediction is based on the historic correlation between solar cycles and global climate.

Humans have been aware of the 11 year solar climate cycle since the dawn of history – several good years followed by several bad years is a fact of life. But there are also other, longer, more powerful cycles, which have an even larger impact on global climate.

One of them is the 200 year cycle. Every 200 years or so, solar activity falls to a sustained low. These long periods of low activity, known by the names of the scientists who discovered them – Maunder, Dalton, etc., coincided with periods of extreme cold; which involved: plummeting temperatures, decreased food production, and drastically shorter and less reliable growing seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.

At the peak of these cold periods, history records widespread famines and other disasters, such as the Year Without a Summer in 1816, a food production catastrophe triggered by low solar activity during the Dalton Minimum, combining with an unusually severe series of major volcanic eruptions. In the Year without a Summer, over vast areas, crops in the Northern hemisphere were destroyed by snow and frost in mid-Summer, which created global famine and social unrest.

If the Russian Academy of Science is correct, the world is on the brink of a new cold period, which will start to bite in the next few years.

We could even see another year without a summer – there are several large volcanoes which are overdue for major eruptions, such as Katla in Iceland and Merapi in Indonesia. When they erupt, they shall add to downward pressure on global temperatures.

Given the risk, what could a nation whose grain belt is vulnerable to global cooling do, to protect its future food supply?

The obviously solution is to buy up farmland in another country.

Such a purchase would require a country which is warm enough, so that even if global temperatures fall significantly, the land purchased would remain productive.

A country like Australia.

 


BUYING AN ELECTRIC CAR IS NUTS
3/26/14

•This one is just astounding. We have indeed fallen down the rabbit hole.

The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as clinical waste by hospitals in Britain with some used in waste-to-energy plants. Sarah Knapton, science correspondent for The Telegraph, reported Ten NHS (the national health system in Great Britain) trusts have admitted burning fetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in waste-to-energy power plants.
One of the country's leading hospitals, Addenbrooke's in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own waste-to-energy plant. The mothers were told the remains had been cremated.

Ipswich Hospital incinerated 1,101 fetal remains between 2011 and 2013.

They were brought in from another hospital before being burned, generating energy for the hospital site. Ipswich Hospital claims to dispose of human remains by cremation.

Ipswich Hospital Trust said it was concerned to discover that fetal remains from another hospital had been incinerated on its site.

Unbelievable! Is there any other evidence needed that Leftist political policy dehumanizes? Create financial incentive to conduct research on human embryos,

Attack pro-life religious organizations like the Catholic Church by forcing them to pay for abortive drugs,

Institute a national health system that allows euthanization of “undesirable” humans, place 8 of every 10 abortion clinics in predominantly black neighborhoods,

Incinerate human remains to generate heat for the living.

Now THAT'S progress? Sounds like Soylent Green to me!

Kind of makes you wonder what is done with the human remains from the 1.3 million abortions done in the United States every year.

Why is the media in America so silent on this issue? I'll bet there would be loads of media outrage, not to mention immediate government action if the hospitals were burning dead puppies to heat their buildings.

Just WOW!

•Tesla, the heavily subsidized electric car company, has been learning the hard way that crony capitalism will eventually bite the feeding hand.

The company got slapped last week by New Jersey's powerful car dealership lobby by keeping the electric car manufacturer from selling directly to consumers. New Jersey sided with the state's own local car dealerships. These dealerships have long-benefited from New Jersey's franchise law, which makes it illegal for car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers.

So far, Tesla was able to make do with the law by operating showrooms where the company demonstrates the features of their vehicle for potential customers who may then buy the car online. New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission now deems even these showrooms illegal.

For its part, the company accused the state of implementing the state's laws at the behest of a special interest group looking to protect its monopoly at the expense of New Jersey consumers. The company called this an affront to the very concept of a free market.

“Free market?” Tesla was quite privileged by Obama. In 2010 the company launched its initial public offering, raising some $226 million. That same year, Tesla got a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy and began reaping the benefits from a $7,500 federal income tax credit offered to each of its customers.

Also, were you aware that the distance an electric car can travel on one charge varies widely depending on the weather? Frigid temperatures can reduce that distance by 57%.

Tests were conducted on a 2013 Nissan Leaf, a 2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV and the electric version of a 2014 Ford Focus. Tests were conducted to rate for city driving to mimic stop-and-go traffic and to better compare with EPA ratings.

The average EV battery range was 105 miles at 75 degrees but dropped 57% to just 43 miles at 20 degrees. Heat also sliced the cars' ranges but by not as much: The cars averaged 69 miles per full charge at 95 degrees, 33% less than in 75-degree weather.

Buying an electric car is absolutely nuts!

•Finally, if you thought a carbon tax was the nuttiest thing you ever heard coming from the left, consider this…

The Guizhou province in southwestern China plans to produce cans of fresh air to sell as tourist souvenirs.

The idea reportedly came from tourist shops near Mount Fuji in Japan, where cans of fresh air have been a big hit. China's president, Xi Jinping, brought up the idea during the recent meeting of the National People's Congress in remarks on tackling the country's air pollution problems in which he said air quality is closely related to public well-being.

The provincial has been seeking designs for the cans. The chief of the provincial tourism bureau, Fu Yingchun, predicts big things for the product and its potential to expand to other products relating to vacations, healthcare, organic foods and even carbon trading.

Wait for it…they don't get a carbon tax, so they're coming at us with canned air to sell!

(Follow Brian on Twitter @bkparallax or email bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


REJECT WELFARE
IN FAVOR OF
SELF-HELP
3/19/14

Larry Elder had a superb piece last week posted at www.jewishworldreview.com that discussed two economists, who happen to be black, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, and who also happen to be two of the most brilliant minds on the planet.

“For over 30 years, Thomas Sowell, currently with the Hoover Institution, and Walter Williams, chairman of the economics department at George Mason University, led the charge against the 'victicrat' mindset. Through decades of weekly columns, books, speeches and lectures before often-hostile crowds, they long argued that racism cannot be blamed for poverty, crime, illegitimacy, and under-performing schools.

Over 20 years ago, Sowell appeared on William F. Buckley Jr.'s PBS show, "Firing Line," and calmly dismantled the basis for affirmative action, arguing it immoral, divisive, and unconstitutional.
In his 1989 book, "South Africa's War Against Capitalism," Williams noted that white racists under South Africa's apartheid used minimum wage laws to suppress black employment.

Both men demonstrated with -- get this -- facts, data, studies, experience, and personal observation that, no, the black middle class did not spring from affirmative action, urban renewal programs, enterprise zones, welfare benefits or set-aside programs. Racism, they point out persuasively, is bad for capitalism.”

And can you guess what these great minds got in return from “their own people?” Elder continues:

“Their reward? Former NAACP President Benjamin Hooks called people like Sowell and Williams 'a new breed of Uncle Tom ... some of the biggest liars the world ever saw.' Liars? For saying that the welfare state has done more to destabilize the black family than Jim Crow laws ever did?”

Oh, that wasn't the end of the name-calling…as Elder elucidates:

“Oreo. Uncle Tom. Boot-licking Uncle Tom. Straight-up Uncle Tom. Judas. Boy. Bug-eyed. Foot-shuffling. Sugarcane Negro. Handkerchief head. Trojan Horse. Anti-black. Pro-white. Remus. Sambo. Sambo-Tom. The Anti-Christ. Clarence Thomas supporter. Sniveling weasel. Evil. A-s-kisser. Coconut. Wannabe white. Nickering nabob of negativity.”

And Elder notes that Sowell and Williams had statistics:

“We now see the damage done by LBJ's War on Poverty, during which time the black illegitimacy rate grew from 25 percent to today's nearly 70 percent. Evidence shows the existence of a growing, thriving, black middle class well before the advent of affirmative action. Nor does history support the hysterical, emotional view that affirmative action accelerated the black middle class growth. Sowell and Williams urge blacks to reject welfare in favor of self-help -- breaking the monopoly of public education, privatization of Social Security, and the adherence to responsible moral, personal, and sexual behavior. So who's the Uncle Tom? Those proposing the same old 'solutions,' or those, like Sowell and Williams, recommending real change? Will Sowell and Williams get their apology? Hey, many pundits, present company included, felt Vice President Al Gore unlikely to use the "C" (concession) word in his speech. He did. So maybe, just maybe, we can begin a healthy, personal attack-free debate about what's right, just, and proper in America. An apology to Sowell and Williams would be an excellent start.”

Check out the entire excellent piece, and do some more research on Sowell and Williams.

•Reuters.com last week very surprisingly summarized the facts of the core of the contraception and religious freedom issue being argued before the Supreme Court in an almost completely unbiased manner.

I can't reproduce it all here, but please do check-out the link at the bottom for the entire piece.

“U.S. top court case highlights unsettled science in contraception
BY SHARON BEGLEY
(Reuters) - - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a religious dispute over the Obamacare contraception mandate, advocates on both sides are trying to set the court straight on the science.
The case, to be heard on March 25, is one of the most closely watched of the year, partly because it taps into the enduring debate over abortion and reproductive rights.

The dispute turns on the legal question of whether corporate employers with religious objections must include contraceptive coverage in their employee health plans. But it also raises a scientific dilemma that could influence the court's nine justices.

That scientific question is deceptively simple: whether certain forms of birth control prevent conception or destroy a fertilized egg. After decades of research the answer is not absolutely clear.

Please DO familiarize yourself with this case. The media is way in the pocket of the pro-abortion side on this so be wary about the accuracy of anything you hear from the left on this issue.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/11/us-usa-court-contraception-analysis-idUSBREA2A07720140311#comments

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

 


ARE THERE REALLY GAY PEOPLE?
3/12/14

Now that the dust has settled on the whole gay agenda in America, I came across a couple of columns that look at the core of the homosexuality issue.

One appeared in Slate (a very liberally-biased website) and took issue with another column that was written by a man who is preparing to enter the religious life.

Snippets, with my commentary, are summarized below. Use the authors' names to find the latter column because it's very good, despite what Slate says.

From Slate…”Gay Denialism Is the New Homophobia—and It's Terrifying
By Mark Joseph Stern

Last week, Michael W. Hannon published an article you haven't read, 'Against Heterosexuality,' in a magazine you probably haven't heard of, First Things. The article is lengthy and dense, and the magazine is little known outside of certain faith communities. But you should read it right now—twice over, if you have the time—because 'Against Heterosexuality' is one of the most alarming anti-gay polemics I have ever encountered, and it provides a valuable glimpse into religious conservatives' next plan of attack against gay rights: gay denialism.”

Now THAT's a vivid illustration of the tolerance of the homosexual movement, isn't it? “Read this and heed because we need to stamp-out these ideas like we would exterminate cockroaches!”

“The article's layers of illogic are so slick with casuistry that they're almost too slippery to untangle…”

TRANSLATION: He's making solid points that are hard to disagree with, so he'll call them “slippery.”
That's enough from Slate's loon-du-jour. Now the original column:

“AGAINST HETEROSEXUALITY
by Michael W. Hannon

Heterosexuals, like typewriters and urinals (also, obviously, for gentlemen), were an invention of the 1860s. Contrary to our cultural preconceptions and the lies of what has come to be called 'orientation essentialism,' 'straight' and 'gay' are not ageless absolutes. Sexual orientation is a conceptual scheme with a history, and a dark one at that.

Over the course of several centuries, the West had progressively abandoned Christianity's marital architecture for human sexuality. Then, about one hundred and fifty years ago, it began to replace that longstanding teleological tradition with a brand new creation: the absolutist but absurd taxonomy of sexual orientations. Heterosexuality was made to serve as this fanciful framework's regulating ideal, preserving the social prohibitions against sodomy and other sexual debaucheries without requiring recourse to the procreative nature of human sexuality.

On this novel account, same-sex sex acts were wrong not because they spurn the rational-animal purpose of sex—namely the family—but rather because the desire for these actions allegedly arises from a distasteful psychological disorder…

…Sexual orientation has not provided the dependable underpinning for virtue that its inventors hoped it would, especially lately. Nevertheless, many conservative-minded Christians today feel that we should continue to enshrine the gay–straight divide and the heterosexual ideal in our popular catechesis, since that still seems to them the best way to make our moral maxims appear reasonable and attractive.”

BAM! More succinctly – we are human beings. All human beings have sexuality. To identify a human being by their expression of sexuality is to effectively dehumanize that person and extend the meaning and purpose of sexual expression far beyond that which it was designed for.

Hannon continues:

“'Actually, there is no such thing as a homosexual person, any more than there is such a thing as a heterosexual person.' True, the firm natural division between the two identities has proven useful to the 'gay rights' activists on the ground…most academics throughout the humanities and the social/behavioral disciplines today—will readily concede that such distinctions are fledgling constructs and not much more. Many in this camp aim to expose the counterfeit credentials of sexual orientation and, taking a page from Nietzsche, to genealogically explain it away once and for all.

My (Hannon's, though I agree) own prediction is that we will see this binary thoroughly deconstructed within our lifetimes…we…should see the impending doom of the gay–straight divide not as a tragedy, but as an opportunity.

Of course, given our immersion in a culture for which these categories seem as connatural as the English language, uprooting them from our vocabulary and worldview will not be anything like a simple task. So why bother? As long as we do not succumb to sinful acts, why does it matter if people…continue to identify as homosexuals or heterosexuals?

Definitely check this column out in its entirety.

(Follow Brian on Twitter @bkparallax or email him at bkkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE SORTING THROUGH YOUR TRASH
3/5/14

•With all the happenings in Ukraine, it's worthy to recall that during the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned us if Obama was elected president, his "indecision" and "moral equivalence" may encourage Russia's Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.

For those comments, Palin was mocked by Foreign Policy magazine and its editor Blake Hounshell, who now is one of the editors of Politico magazine.

Hounshell wrote back then that Palin's comments were "strange" and "this is an extremely far-fetched scenario.” “And given how Russia has been able to unsettle Ukraine's pro-Western government without firing a shot, I don't see why violence would be necessary to bring Kiev to heel," Hounshell dismissively wrote.

Politico wrote this past weekend that Palin "said she was derided for her comments" but conveniently left out the reference to their now-editor Hounshell that Palin had clearly included in her post.

In her note on Facebook last week, Palin wrote, "Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I'm usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as 'an extremely far-fetched scenario' by the 'high-brow' Foreign Policy magazine."

Palin is the woman who should consider running in 2016.

•Bill Nye is a dunderhead that gives mechanical engineers a bad public image. When it comes to global warming and hurricanes, he can come across as downright ignorant.

But Mr. Nye showed-up on Fox Business with the great Charles Payne and embarrassed himself. If you can find the video on Fox business' website, do so. Once you watch the video and read the transcript, Nye's utter lack of comprehension of the topic was exposed naked by the non-scientist Payne.

Below are some of the more elucidating parts of the exchange:

Charles Payne: “While hurricane Irene brought more than just wind damage and flooding to the east coast, it's revived a national debate as to whether global warming might be causing an increase in hurricanes and other extreme weather. In fact a recent cover story in Newsweek declared that this kind of wild weather may be quote 'the new normal.' Here with insights on this is Bill Nye, otherwise known as the science guy.

Ok Bill, I'm going to come right at you. Um…Hurricane Irene – proof of global warming?”

Bill Nye: “Oh, I don't think the word proof is what you are looking for – evidence of, a result of, yeah, yeah. Now here's what the people will tell you that run these climate models. Now everybody, the word model in this usage is a computer program…So you take data from satellites about the thickness of clouds and the extent of cloud-cover over the sea. You take data about the temperature of the sea surface. You take data about the existing weather…Then you compute how much rain fell out of it, how much energy must have been put into it to create that much rain. It takes many months to analyze an event like Irene. Now the climate colleagues that I have will not tell you today that Irene was evidence or a result of climate change but check in with them about March next year after they have a few months to collect all of these millions and millions of data from weather services and satellites and compile them and run a climate model and show that Irene was a result of the world having more energy in the Earth's atmosphere.”

Notice how Nye reframes Payne's question – '…you shouldn't be looking for proof…' before attempting to answer it. (He wrapped himself into a pretzel trying to do that!) By the way, what data is there about how much rain falls out of the clouds? How in the world would someone go about measuring that with any degree of meaningful accuracy?

Charles Payne: “But here's the thing here Bill, ever since Katrina, right, we've heard that every year the hurricane season is going to be more devastating and apocalyptic, and the reality is we haven't seen that. So how can Newsweek say 'hey, this is a new normal?' is that irresponsible – is there any science behind that?”

Bill Nye: “Well there's a lot more science behind that than just saying it's not. But, uh, that aside. That's only 6-years – in geologic time in terms of climate events, is not very long. Furthermore there is a lot of debate about this cool thing or remarkable thing is that the Sea-surface in the Pacific gets warmer, in the Pacific Ocean! Okay, tens of thousands of nautical miles away. As that gets warmer, it will strangely serve to decapitate certain hurricane or cyclonic storms off the coast of Africa – and actually get a few fewer hurricanes.”

First of all, Nye says 6 years is not a lot of time to draw any meaningful conclusions from, and we're looking At 6 years as a portion of 100 years of reliable climate observations as modern industrial humans. But Nye can claim to know that we must tax every molecule of carbon based on 100 years of data on a planet that is 4.5 billion years old?!? 6% of a pattern we can disregard as too small but we must pay heed to 0.000002% is solid enough to know we must act?

Second, “tens of thousands of nautical miles away?” The entire planet earth is only a little over 20 thousand nautical miles in circumference! “Tens of thousands” of nautical miles is circling the entire planet several times over.

Please stop recycling. Life is too short to spend any time sorting through your trash.

(Follow Brian on Twitter @bkparallax)

 


GLOBAL WARMING IS
THE GREATEST
HOAX EVER FOISTED
2/26/14

•There's so much going on this week I'm going to have to pay my editor double!

•Last weekend Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, tweeted the following about Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was in Pakistan in 2002 working on a story and was captured by al Qaida and beheaded for no other reason than he was Jewish:

Samantha Power @AmbassadorPower (that's her Twitter handle)
“Daniel Pearl's story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN”
10:51 PM - 23 Feb 2014

Mark Levin rightly shredded Ambassador Power her on his show Monday for her comments and gave a reasoned explanation for why Samantha Power should resign.

What in the world does “individual accountability & reconciliation” have to do with terrorists kidnapping a journalist, binding him at the hands and feet, blindfolding him, and then sawing his head off of his living body? Did Pearl contribute to his demise by not being accountable, in the Ambassador's eyes? Aren't U.S. Ambassadors supposed to be people of responsibility and tact; experts at diplomacy?

If she doesn't resign, she should be fired. Don't hold your breath for that happening, though. Thus far, she has not retracted or apologized. I think she really thinks that way, and her boss does too.

•Remember Christine O'Donnell? She was the 2010 Republican nominee for US Senate in Delaware. She was characterized by the likes of RINO King Karl Rove as one of those “Republicans who can't win.”

On March 9, 2010, around 10 a.m., O'Donnell announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate. Later that same day, her office received a call from a reporter asking about her taxes.

It has now been revealed that a Delaware Department of Revenue employee named David Smith accessed her records that day, at approximately 2 p.m. “out of curiosity,” Smith says.

The fact that these tax records ended up in the hands of the press is just a coincidence, says the IRS.
The truth of it all was the tax records weren't even accurate. O'Donnell had never fallen behind on her taxes, and a supposed tax lien was on a house she no longer owned.

The lien was highly publicized and used as political ammunition by O'Donnell's political opponents. The IRS later withdrew the lien, blaming it on a computer glitch. The damage in the election was complete.

Think it's time to shake things up, 2014 voters?

•My favorite resource on climate issues, Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D., had a superb piece on his website (www.drroyspencer.com) last week. The better bits are reproduced below.

“When politicians and scientists started calling people like me “deniers”, they crossed the line. They are still doing it. They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics' view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem, with (2) the denial that the Nazi's extermination of millions of Jews ever happened.

Too many of us for too long have ignored the repulsive, extremist nature of the comparison. It's time to push back.

I'm now going to start calling these people 'global warming Nazis.'

The pseudo-scientific ramblings by their leaders have falsely warned of mass starvation, ecological collapse, agricultural collapse, overpopulation…all so that the masses would support their radical policies. Policies that would not voluntarily be supported by a majority of freedom-loving people.
They are just as guilty as the person who cries 'fire!' in a crowded theater when no fire exists, except they threaten the lives of millions of people in the process.”

Now, THAT'S something you've heard here before folks. How many poor people around the world are harmed by environmental regulations and fear-mongering associated with it?

Spencer continues,

“Like the Nazis, they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause (in the 1930s, it was superiority of the white race).
Dissenting scientific views are now jack-booted through tactics like pressuring scientific journals to not publish papers with which they disagree…even getting journal editors to resign.
Like the Nazis, they are anti-capitalist. They are willing to sacrifice millions of lives of poor people at the altar of radical environmentalism, advocating expensive energy policies that increase poverty. And if there is a historically demonstrable threat to humanity, it is poverty.”

The criminal irony in that is they claim to be the political movement that exists to help cure poverty. Instead, they're making more poor people and reducing the quality of life of everyone, including the poor.

More Spencer:

“They invoke 'consensus,' which results from only like-minded scientists who band together to support a common cause.

This authoritarianism tends to happen with an over-educated elite class…I have read that Nazi Germany had more PhDs per capita than any other country. I'm not against education, but it seems like some of the stupidest people are also the most educated.

So, as long as they continue to call people like me 'deniers,' I will call them 'global warming Nazis.'
I didn't start this fight…they did. Yeah, somebody pushed my button.”

The whole anthropogenic global warming notion is the greatest hoax ever foisted upon a people. Think of the billions of dollars that have been wasted trying to curb an imagined problem.

(Follow Brian on Twitter @bkparallax or email bkubicki@kc.rr.com)

 


SAM'S NFL CAREER BEING USED BY A POLITICAL LOBBY
2/19/14

•If I were to estimate the number of homosexual people in the American population based on the amount of coverage the issue gets today in the media, I'd peg the number a few points up or down of 50%!

I don't care to even think about how politicians, athletes, actors, or anybody else outside of my spouse seeks sexual pleasure. It's none of my business.

That being established, MU's Michael Sam making an issue of it seems fairly clear that his NFL career is being used by the political lobby that influences government much in the same way that the Sierra Club uses asthma sufferers whenever a coal-fired power plant is being proposed.

I have stated this concept before – we are all human. All humans have sexuality. Sex feels good so we humans will reproduce. How humans choose to express sexuality is highly varied. Some of those expressions are normal, and others are abnormal. Heterosexual acts are normal. Homosexual acts are abnormal. Celibacy (resisting sexual urges or not having any for some reason) is abnormal as well.

That's pretty much how it goes. Homosexuals are not another gender, as it seems the gay lobby wants to claim. There are two genders, despite Facebook's claims of 50 gender identities.

Don't allow the political left to redefine humanity, people!

•This from Joel Pollak at Breitbart.com:

Recall when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) apologized to the White House for shouting, "You lie!" as Obama told Congress Obamacare would not cover illegal immigrants. Covered California, the flagship of state Obamacare exchanges, is recruiting illegal immigrants to sign up, regardless of their eligibility.

The Covered California website includes a special page entitled: "No temas si eres indocumentado/a y quieres inscribir a tu familia en un seguro médico" which translates to: "Fear not if you are undocumented and want to enroll your family in health insurance.” The website goes on to explain that information shared with Obamacare cannot be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It does not explicitly warn that illegal aliens are ineligible.

Bravo to Texas Senator Ted Cruz for forcing the RINO establishment Republicans to show their stripes in the raising of the debt limit vote last week.

Cruz forced a 60-vote threshold for the measure which forced Mitch McConnell, John Conyers, Jeff Flake, and several other back-stabbing RINO's to show themselves, despite their efforts to hide their votes on increasing debt limit from public view.

From The Right Scoop, these Republicans kept the Senate from announcing which of them switched their votes. It appeared McConnell and Cornyn were the 59th and 60th vote as they “ayed” together, but no one can be sure. A few Republicans even switched their votes as a move to show solidarity with the RINO Republicans, perhaps to help hide which ones voted to put the tally at 60.

More from CNS News:

Typically, roll-call votes in the Senate occur very publicly. People watching from the galleries or tracking action via C-SPAN can watch democracy in action. 15 minutes into the vote, the tally clerk rose to recite the vote. A Senate aide alerted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the six Republicans who later switched his vote from “nay” to “aye.” McCain intervened, and the clerk sat right back down. “Would you …” McCain said before the live microphone cut off.

A McCain spokesman denied he intervened. “McCain didn't know that they weren't going to read the names and he didn't care if they did. He didn't have input on that,” emailed spokesman Brian Rogers.
Yeah, we believe McCain! How's that dang border fence?

•If you follow me on Twitter (@bkparallax) you saw me duking it out last week with an entity refuted to be “Republican strategist” (not my characterization!) Frank Luntz. He's the guy on Hannity always gathering undecided nincompoops in the waning days of an election to see what they think about who we should vote for. (If you're undecided that close to an election, stay home and stop polluting the electorate with your nonsense!) The subject of our verbal fisticuffs was the item below – Luntz was in favor of the solar plant and thought it was not a political issue. I reminded him that we taxpayers paid over a billion dollars for it, and that made it political.

Anyway, regulators are having second thoughts about approving new solar projects due to growing evidence tower-and-mirror solar technology is killing birds. The Wall Street Journal's Cassandra Sweet reported on it last week.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, a giant solar-power project officially opened last week in the California desert. The project received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee.

The owners of the project, NRG Energy Inc. call the plant a major feat of engineering that can light up about 140,000 homes a year. Temperatures around the towers can hit 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Utility-scale solar plants have come under fire for their costs. Ivanpah costs about four times as much as a conventional natural gas-fired plant, but will produce far less electricity and waste huge expanses of real estate.

That means expensive power. Electricity from giant solar projects will cost at least twice as much as electricity from conventional sources. But neither the utilities that have contracted to buy the power nor state regulators have disclosed what the price will be, only that it will be passed on to electricity customers.

Nice!

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WHY COPENHAGEN ZOO
EUTHANIZES A
HEALTHY GIRAFFE
2/12/14

•This story has so many levels of AWESOME written all over it that I can't cut it down.

“The Copenhagen Zoo is under major fire for putting a perfectly healthy giraffe to death in front of visitors, including children, and then proceeding to skin, slice and feed it to the zoo's lions. The public event, promoted as a teaching exercise for the children, was well attended.

According to the zoo, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) recommended it put down Marius The Giraffe, because there were already too many giraffes with similar genes in the breeding program. Plus, the Copenhagen Zoo already has seven other giraffes.

The zoo went through with the euthanization even though more than 20,000 people signed an online petition to save Marius and one individual offered to buy the animal for $680,000. The zoo also refused offers from Britain's Yorkshire Wildlife Park because Marius' older brother lives there, and the Copenhagen Zoo's scientific director Bengt Holst didn't want Marius to take up space that could be used by a 'genetically more valuable giraffe.'

The zoo veterinarian, who shot the lethal bullet, described the killing in a similarly stark manner:

The zoo veterinarian said the giraffe was coaxed into a yard and over to a zookeeper who held out rye bread - a food the giraffe was especially fond of. 'I stood behind with a rifle, and when he put his head forward and ate the rye bread, then I shot him through the brain,' he said. 'It sounds violent, but it means that Marius had no idea of what was coming. He got his bread, then he died.'

Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro was less than sentimental when defending the zoo's decision to show children the vicious circle of life, even when it includes the dismembering of giraffes with human names. 'I'm actually proud because I think we have given children a huge understanding of the anatomy of a giraffe that they wouldn't have had from watching a giraffe in a photo.' What a nice lesson in death and eugenics for our children.

Holst also questioned motives of those raising an uproar about Marius, wondering if anyone would care if a less attractive animal were the victim.

'I know the giraffe is a nice looking animal, but I don't think there would have been such an outrage if it had been an antelope, and I don't think anyone would have lifted an eyebrow if it was a pig.' The children of Denmark are learning all of life's lessons in one go, apparently.

Per the Zoo's website, which poses the question 'Why does Copenhagen Zoo euthanize a healthy giraffe?' offers this explanation:

“If an animal's genes are well represented in a population further breeding with that particular animal is unwanted. As this giraffe's genes are well represented in the breeding programme and as there is no place for the giraffe in the zoo's giraffe herd, the European Breeding Programme for Giraffes has agreed that Copenhagen Zoo euthanize the giraffe. This is a situation that we know from other group animals that breed well. When breeding success increases it is sometimes necessary to euthanize.”

The statement adds, 'we see this as a positive sign,' and reminds readers that 'the same type of management is used in deer parks where red deer and fallow deer are culled to keep the populations healthy.'

Well there you have it, kids. Giraffes live, genetically redundant giraffes die. If they're lucky, they get some bread before their body is ripped apart and eaten by carnivorous creatures in front of a rapt audience. Welcome to the cruel, dark world.

In my glee over seeing this case of responsible wildlife management, I am cautiously aware that they call what we understand as necessary genetic diversity among managed species, EUGENICS, we might not be so supportive if they applied that to humans. Oops!

•MU football player Michael Sam announced that he was gay this week. Supposedly, it should not affect his status in the upcoming NFL draft. Some say he did this to force NFL teams to accept him as a player, above and beyond that which would be warranted by his level of skill and ability. Others say he did it under pressure from the Gay Political Lobby.

This is what I wondered. Many videos of Sam from his playing days at MU showed him running down a quarterback from behind and wrapping his arms around his rear-end and forcing him to the ground. If a heterosexual player were doing the same thing to a shapely female derriere would we expect the tackler to not become sexually aroused? Why is it supposed to be different for a homosexual player?

Presumably, the opposing quarterbacks that Sam played against this year did not know that he identifies himself as homosexual. If they did, would that make them feel different? A woman in the quarterback's position would no doubt be uncomfortable with her tackler becoming aroused tackling her.

Why is this different?

•There was a march last week in North Carolina opposing voter ID laws in the state. Marchers were bussed into the state and were given written instructions to follow. Instructions ranged from the obvious, “…know your bus number…” “…ignore any taunts and jeers from the public…” to the curious, “…watch for people who join the march from the public and notify a Marshall…”

But this one takes the cake, “DO bring photo identification (driver's license, passport or other valid photo id) with you and keep it on your person at all times.”

So, “…we want you to protest Voter ID requirements, but bring your ID so we can verify who you are.”

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NOTHING TO DO WITH RACISM, EVERYTHINGTO DO WITH RIGHT/WRONG
2/5/14

•The Coke ad during the Super Bowl (We must call it “Big Game?” Seriously? C'mon NFL!) was insulting.

There are a number of conservatives and RINOs who like to refer to themselves as conservative that voiced displeasure with the ad that featured a wide swath of racially diverse people singing America the Beautiful in non-English languages. Liberals and pro-amnesty Republicans liked the ad as being respectful of America. Conservatives took offense to the ad because of the implication that assimilation (exhibited by learning English, the official language of the United States of America) is not as important as just accepting people of different races.

The notion that people of non-Caucasian races are not acceptable to Americans is idiotic and buried in the past.

Context is why the Coke ad was so offensive.

The left, and the left-biased media with the RINOs in-tow, is currently embroiled in efforts to re-vamp immigration laws so that some form of amnesty is created for illegal aliens here in America right now. They also would like America to open the borders by enforcing them even less than they do right now.
This has nothing to do with racism. It has to do with right and wrong, legal and illegal.

America is a land of immigrants. But at the core of each and every one of those immigrants that came here in the early 1900's was assimilation into American culture – understanding the founders' principles established for this country. Learning the official language of the country was the first test of the assimilation process. It denotes respect for the country that is accepting you.

Ads that ignore the importance of assimilation imply that something current needs to change, and the minority political left want us to look away when borders should be enforced, immigration should be ordered, and criminals should be prosecuted for breaking the law.

Did you notice that whenever the Coca-Cola logo was shown in the ad it was shown in English? “Hey, we think diversity exhibited by amnesty and open borders is important, but we're not crazy!”

•Interesting to see that multiple U.S. governments including NOAA, NASA, and the Department of Energy are being accused of manipulating temperature data to show global warming. The scandal, sparked by an in-depth analysis of the data by independent analyst Steven Goddard at www.RealScience.com, relies on official records to suggest that federal agencies have been fudging temperature measurements to make past decades seem colder and recent years appear warmer.

The problems identified by Goddard in the temperature records relate to the U.S. Historical Climatology Network (USHCN), the official data-set covering the continental United States. While the agencies admit the records are adjusted, Goddard and multiple scientists suggested that biased methodology was used to adjust the data to show an unjustified and “spurious” warming trend.

“Bottom line is there is clearly a huge error in the USHCN adjustments which has added a non-existent one degree hockey stick warming to the official US temperature record, and I now know just where to look for it in their code,” Goddard wrote. “NOAA made a big deal about 2012 blowing away all temperature records, but the temperature they reported is the result of a huge error. This affects all NOAA and NASA U.S. temperature graphs, and is part of the cause of this famous shift.”

Citing satellite data, Goddard also said that by 2008, U.S. temperatures had cooled down below 1980s and 90s levels.

Respected climatologist and NASA scientist Dr. Roy Spencer actually showed evidence of what Goddard described as early as April of 2012, saying that “virtually all of the USHCN warming since 1973 appears to be the result of adjustments NOAA has made to the data.” Commenting on the latest findings, Dr. Spencer said that his own examination of the data and corrections to account for urban heat island (UHI) effects “support Steve's contention that there's something funny going on in the USHCN data.” He also called the NOAA methodology for adjusting the data “opaque” and said he believes it is prone to serious errors. Follow this one more at Real Science.

•Secretary of State John Kerry actually said this last week, to the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday.

"We created the greatest wealth the world has seen during the 1990s, greater even in America than the period of the Pierponts and the Morgans and the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Mellons -- much greater. You know what it was? It was a $1-trillion market with 1 billion users. It was the high-tech market, the personal computer mostly, communications.

“The energy market that we are staring at -- that is the solution to the climate change. Energy policy is the solution to climate change. That market, my friends, is a $6-trillion market today with 4 to 5 billion users today, and it will grow to some 9 billion users over the course of the next 20 to 30 years.”
Kerry urged his listeners to read the latest report from the IPCC. "It's really chilling," he said. "And what's chilling is not rhetoric; it's the scientific facts, scientific facts. And our history is filled with struggles through the Age of Reason and the Renaissance and the Enlightenment for all of us to learn some respect for science. The fact is that there is no doubt about the real day-to-day impact of the human contribution to the change in climate."

No doubt?

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THE ‘INCOME GAP’
HAS SKYROCKETED
UNDER OBAMA
1/29/14

•From www.WattsUpWithThat.com, comes this in advance of the coldest Super Bowl in history:
Contributor Ryan Scott Welch writes:

“…many people don't know much about the earth's atmosphere. For example, when questioned about how much CO2 is in our atmosphere most people give me a guess of somewhere between 30% and 70%. When I tell them that CO2 is only 0.04% or really about 395 ppm (parts per million) they generally look at me as if I was speaking some kind of foreign language. The layman simply cannot convert 0.04% of the atmosphere or 395 ppm into anything they can picture or relate to. In searching for some way to help the layman to understand the earth's atmosphere, CO2, and the human contribution to atmospheric CO2, I came upon the idea of relating a sample of the atmosphere to something that nearly every person has seen, a football stadium……How much atmospheric CO2 is from human activity? If a football stadium represented a sample of our atmosphere, how many seats would be human caused CO2? The Dallas Cowboys Stadium seats 100,000 for special events……Nitrogen is 78% of the atmosphere, Oxygen is 21%, and Argon is 0.9% giving you a total of 99.9% of the atmosphere.

“So, where is the CO2? CO2 is a trace gas that is only 0.04% of the atmosphere which in this sample = 40 seats.

“But of the 40 seats, or parts per 100,000 of CO2 in the atmosphere, 25 were already in the atmosphere before humans relied on hydrocarbon fuels (coal, gas and oil) leaving 15 seats.
“And since humans only contribute 3% of all CO2 emitted into the atmosphere each year (97% is from nature), the human contribution is 3% of the 15 remaining seats in our sample. 3% of 15 is 0.45.
“So in our stadium sample of 100,000 seats the human contribution of CO2 is less than half of one seat. That is less than one half of one seat from 100,000 seats in a Dallas Stadium sized sample of our atmosphere is human caused CO2.”

Here is the presentation uploaded on slideshare.net

http://www.slideshare.net/ryanswelch/how-much-atmospheric-co2-is-from-human-activity-23514995

•Now think about that for a minute…Democrats, Liberals, Obama and Al Gore will have you believe that the equivalent of one-half of one seat in 100,000 seats in a stadium is enough to control the temperature for an entire planet! Does that sound logical to you?

•If you missed John Stossel's piece on Fox Business last week on climate change, you missed an excellent segment with Alex Epstein, president of the Center for Industrial Progress.

“The fossil fuel industry is not taking a safe climate and making it dangerous. They are taking a dangerous climate and making it safe…

…Anyone who contradicts me should try to go outside right now (in brutal cold) and live in naturally in harmony with nature.

“It's not noble to use less energy, that is like saying its noble to have less money, No. You might misuse energy, you might be inefficient, but more is always better because energy has the capacity to be productive.”

Epstein continued: “I admire natural gas industry, and I admire the oil industry and the coal industry because this is the only industry in the world that produces cheap, plentiful reliable energy on a global scale. So these are the guys that are allowing us to be comfortable in a studio when it’s freezing outside, they make it possible for us to have clean water, to do what we want in life, to have time to do scientific research. It's amazing. So that is why I have a pin here that says 'I Love Fossil Fuels.'”

Here-here!

•While I don't have an advance script for Obama's State of the Union address this week, I have a suspicion that he's going to mention more than once that we need to address the Income Gap. What he will be referring to is the difference in dollars between what the top earners and the bottom earners make per year. Apparently, in the Perfect World that Obama sees for America, everyone makes the same amount of money.

Is should be of interest to all that according to the Census Bureau, the Income Gap under Obama has skyrocketed compared to previous presidents. Under Clinton, the Income Gap grew at a 1.8% rate. Under President Bush, the gap grew at 0%, being the same as he exited office as it was when he entered office.

Under Obama, who of course has only been in office for five years, the Income Gap has risen 2%!
He ought to address that first, if he's going to be making a case that incomes need to be equal, because he's failing miserably at that (along with many other things).

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BENGHAZI MAKING ITS WAY TO THE TOP OF THE CESSPOOL
1/22/14

Amid all the hullabaloo the media is generating over Chris Christie's bridge fiasco, it's fascinating to watch the media seem to be flabbergasted that a government officials staff would use government resources to enact revenge for political umbrage. Where were they when the IRS was discovered to be targeting Tea Party groups?

Then there's this: Sarah Palin's brother, Chuck Heath Jr. posted the following about his father on his Facebook page a few days ago:

“My father, who worked multiple jobs and faithfully and honestly paid his taxes for fifty years, had never heard a word from the IRS. In 2008, his daughter was tapped to run for vice president of the United States. Since that time, he has been, in his words 'horribly harassed' six times by the agency. They've tried to dig up something on him but he's always operated above board.”

Not to be perceived to be defending Christie, but where was the media when the IRS scandal broke. They seemed to accept Obama's narrative of a “phony scandal.”

The great Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. reminded us recently that it's been eight years since Al Gore told us in January 2006 that we had only 10 years left to solve the global warming problem. His prognostication is not shaping up too well, as there has still been no statistically significant warming.

Now that the Australasian Antarctic Expedition has become a comedy goldmine for climate realists, humor aside, events such as this indicate dark days for green enthusiasts.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's likely repeal of the unpopular carbon tax in his country this year is reflecting an apparent global trend of push-back against this socialist income redistribution movement masked by junk science fear-mongering.

The Kyoto Treaty effectively expired a year ago. Prospects for a replacement are virtually zero. Rich nations are rejecting climate compensation for the developing world. Europe is in the midst of a coal frenzy.

Germany, previously a green trend-setter, is slashing expensive subsidies for renewables companies.
Meanwhile, the European Parliament is losing confidence in the EU emissions trading scheme. No Asian nation has an emission trading scheme in operation. China's and India's net emissions are growing dramatically and governments, Japan as an example, are abandoning earlier pledges to reduce their nations' carbon footprints. Even here in the US, despite President Obama's aggressive “kill coal” energy plan, Congress won't pass any carbon taxes.

Meanwhile, 2013 marked the 15th year of flat-lined global surface temperatures, despite record levels of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere since 1998.

Of course, the doomsayers remain in committed Chicken-Little mode. They abuse, intimidate and victimize anyone who dares to criticize the fanaticism of their movement by calling them “deniers.”

Historians will probably look back at the years 2006-09 as the time when the climate hysteria reached its peak, when rational debate was most restricted and politicians were most gullible.

The idea of climate mitigation - carbon taxes, cap and trade, channeling taxpayer subsidies to wind and solar power – is seen for what it is – another attempt to redistribute wealth and grow government.

It seems like somebody warned us about this when Obama was first elected…I can't recall who it was though.

•According to Republican officials in Arizona, Sen. John McCain has sided with liberal Democrats too many times over the years, and as a result (finally!), the Maricopa County Republican Party has voted to censure him.

Members of the group feel the senator has failed to stand behind the Republican Party's principles and crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats too many times. The vote was 1,150 for the censure and 351 against.

I only have one question: What took them so long?

This is the same guy who called Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Justin Amash “wacko birds” last year (though he did apologize) and he consistently votes with liberal Democrats in support of their legislation. As to the charge he runs as a conservative but legislates as a liberal, remember in 2010 when he was running for re-election and pledged to build “the danged fence” -- in order to enhance border security in his home state?

Well, in June 2013, when he had an opportunity to stand up for conservative values, he voted against that very measure.

I'm sure McCain will be losing lots of sleep over this.

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WHERE WAS THE
MEDIA WHEN THE
IRS SCANDAL BROKE?
Posted 1/18/14

Amid all the hullabaloo the media is generating over Chris Christie's bridge fiasco, it's fascinating to watch the media seem to be flabbergasted that a government officials staff would use government resources to enact revenge for political umbrage. Where were they when the IRS was discovered to be targeting Tea Party groups?

Then there's this: Sarah Palin's brother, Chuck Heath Jr. posted the following about his father on his Facebook page a few days ago:

“My father, who worked multiple jobs and faithfully and honestly paid his taxes for fifty years, had never heard a word from the IRS. In 2008, his daughter was tapped to run for vice president of the United States. Since that time, he has been, in his words 'horribly harassed' six times by the agency. They've tried to dig up something on him but he's always operated above board.”

Not to be perceived to be defending Christie, but where was the media when the IRS scandal broke. They seemed to accept Obama's narrative of a “phony scandal.”

The great Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. reminded us recently that it's been eight years since Al Gore told us in January 2006 that we had only 10 years left to solve the global warming problem. His prognostication is not shaping up too well, as there has still been no statistically significant warming.

Now that the Australasian Antarctic Expedition has become a comedy goldmine for climate realists, humor aside, events such as this indicate dark days for green enthusiasts.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's likely repeal of the unpopular carbon tax in his country this year is reflecting an apparent global trend of push-back against this socialist income redistribution movement masked by junk science fear-mongering.

The Kyoto Treaty effectively expired a year ago. Prospects for a replacement are virtually zero. Rich nations are rejecting climate compensation for the developing world. Europe is in the midst of a coal frenzy.

Germany, previously a green trend-setter, is slashing expensive subsidies for renewables companies.
Meanwhile, the European Parliament is losing confidence in the EU emissions trading scheme. No Asian nation has an emission trading scheme in operation. China's and India's net emissions are growing dramatically and governments, Japan as an example, are abandoning earlier pledges to reduce their nations' carbon footprints. Even here in the US, despite President Obama's aggressive “kill coal” energy plan, Congress won't pass any carbon taxes.

Meanwhile, 2013 marked the 15th year of flat-lined global surface temperatures, despite record levels of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere since 1998.

Of course, the doomsayers remain in committed Chicken-Little mode. They abuse, intimidate and victimize anyone who dares to criticize the fanaticism of their movement by calling them “deniers.”

Historians will probably look back at the years 2006-09 as the time when the climate hysteria reached its peak, when rational debate was most restricted and politicians were most gullible.

The idea of climate mitigation - carbon taxes, cap and trade, channeling taxpayer subsidies to wind and solar power – is seen for what it is – another attempt to redistribute wealth and grow government.

It seems like somebody warned us about this when Obama was first elected…I can't recall who it was though.

•According to Republican officials in Arizona, Sen. John McCain has sided with liberal Democrats too many times over the years, and as a result (finally!), the Maricopa County Republican Party has voted to censure him.

Members of the group feel the senator has failed to stand behind the Republican Party's principles and crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats too many times. The vote was 1,150 for the censure and 351 against.

I only have one question: What took them so long?

This is the same guy who called Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Justin Amash “wacko birds” last year (though he did apologize) and he consistently votes with liberal Democrats in support of their legislation. As to the charge he runs as a conservative but legislates as a liberal, remember in 2010 when he was running for re-election and pledged to build “the danged fence” -- in order to enhance border security in his home state?

Well, in June 2013, when he had an opportunity to stand up for conservative values, he voted against that very measure.

I'm sure McCain will be losing lots of sleep over this.

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OBAMA’S ATTACK
ON THE LITTLE
SISTERS OF THE POOR
Written 1/8/2014

Matt Bowman had an excellent piece last week at NationalReview.com summarizing Obama's attack on the Little Sisters of the Poor over the abortion mandate in Obamacare.

The administration argued before the Supreme Court that nuns running an elder-care facility should have to provide abortion drugs through their health-insurance plan. That's the issue in a nutshell.

Initially, Obama said the rule would exempt religious groups. Then, they pivoted on the issue in the 2012 election year and gave religious groups an extra year delay in the mandate.

The Obama administration concocted a phony “accommodation” that forced groups that provide insurance to their employees to transform that insurance into a free coupon for abortion pills and contraception. The government told the religious groups this accounting gimmick should satisfy their consciences.

This is what led the Little Sisters of the Poor to sue the federal government to avoid being co-opted into the Obama administration's abortion and contraception agenda. Obama's response to their lawsuit has been to declare in court that all the Little Sisters have to do is file a form saying “they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services.”

However, Obama deliberately added more language to the Little Sisters' form. Because their plan is “self-insured,” in addition to stating their religious objection, the government requires their form to also specifically tell their insurance administrator that he has “obligations” to provide the abortifacient and contraceptive coverage himself.

The government added this language because it wanted to force self-insured entities to create a binding contractual duty for someone else to provide abortion pills – through the religious group's own health plan – when the religious group doesn't want to do that itself. Thus the government's “compromise” for self-insured groups is akin to telling them: Don't worry, you don't have to assassinate that guy, you just have to contract a hit man to do it.

The government now says the Little Sisters must still submit their form. The form still requires the Sisters to explicitly tell someone else they have “obligations” to provide abortion pills and contraception. In other words, the Obama administration refuses to grant an injunction that would protect the Sisters from hiring someone else to do offensive things, and its refusal is based on the theory that the government's coerced speech probably won't work anyway.

The Obama administration has fought all the way to the Supreme Court to force the Little Sisters to do something that the government insists is pointless. If it's pointless, the federal government shouldn't be forcing people to do it against their will in the first place. But that lesson applies to all of Obamacare, and it seems that the administration just can't resist the temptation to coerce.

If you sent me to a fortune teller 20 years ago and she told me that a world leader was going to the Supreme Court in 2014 to force a group of women who take vows of celibacy to provide abortion services for their employees, I'd have demanded my money back and told her she was nuts.

•This next one gets funnier by the day. From TheDailyCaller.com.

Climate scientists and tourists on a botched expedition to study global warming will have to plant an entire forest to offset the carbon footprint created by their rescue.

The Australasian Antarctic Expedition is finally safe and sound after being stuck in ice in the Antarctic since Christmas. The expedition was rescued by Chinese and Australian crews, who got the 52 climate scientists and tourists off the ship by helicopter.

The voyage and rescue emitted lots of carbon dioxide through the burning of fossil fuel — which climate scientists on the expedition believe is the main driver of global warming — so the expedition has promised to plant about 800 kauri trees in New Zealand to offset its contribution to global warming, reports APNZ.

However, 800 trees may be a bit too few. Rodney Hide, the former head of New Zealand's ACT Party who now writes for the Herald on Sunday says that the expedition would have to plant about 5,000 trees to offset the fossil fuels burned during the rescue of the failed expedition.

So, they better get digging. That's about 10 trees per person.

•Don't look for any Islam-based comedy skits when Monty Python reunites in the coming year.

The British troupe known for poking fun at all manner of subjects, including religion in films like Monty Python's Life of Brian, recently announced a reunion show for London fans. But Monty Python alum Michael Palin said recently even a lighthearted joke about Islam puts a comic in the cross-hairs, and they'll avoid that. Religion in general is a far touchier subject than it was 30 years ago, he says, but one religion makes mockery a dangerous business.

“Religion is more difficult to talk about. I don't think we could do Life of Brian any more. A parody of Islam would be even harder. We all saw what happened to Salman Rushdie and none of us want to get into all that. It's a pity but that's the way it is. There are people out there without a sense of humor and they're heavily armed.”

So, I guess the moral to this is if someone doesn't like what you are poking fun at, they should threaten violence and that will dissuade you from making comedy?

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