Just days after the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted it used junk science to predict Himalayan glaciers would vanish by 2035, its claim that global warming is linked to increased natural disasters has also been found to be false.
The British Times Online reported moments ago:
THE United Nations climate science panel faces new controversy for wrongly linking global warming to an increase in the number and severity of natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.
It based the claims on an unpublished report that had not been subjected to routine scientific scrutiny — and ignored warnings from scientific advisers that the evidence supporting the link too weak. The report’s own authors later withdrew the claim because they felt the evidence was not strong enough.
Why Do Unions Support Obama? Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government Rather than Private Sector
Yes, this disgusts me. No, it does not surprise me.
While everyone is watching the meltdown over in the now ancient swampland, a little-seen story ran in the Biz section of the New York Times that is ……… monumental. SEIU may be rubbing their grubby, collectivist hands together, but statists don’t need unions. It’s only a matter of time. Keep it up, keep killing the golden goose of private industry.
Add this to this outrageous factoid: Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted. Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.
Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government, New Data Shows
For the first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday.
In its annual report on union membership, the bureau undercut the longstanding notion that union members are overwhelmingly blue-collar factory workers. It found that membership fell so fast in the private sector in 2009 that the 7.9 million unionized public-sector workers easily outnumbered those in the private sector, where labor’s ranks shrank to 7.4 million, from 8.2 million in 2008…
According to the labor bureau, 7.2 percent of private-sector workers were union members last year, down from 7.6 percent the previous year. That, labor historians said, was the lowest percentage of private-sector workers in unions since 1900.
Among government workers, union membership grew to 37.4 percent last year, from 36.8 percent in 2008…
The overall unionization rate edged lower, to 12.3 percent last year from 12.4 percent in 2008.
According to the labor bureau, median weekly earnings for full-time unionized workers were $908 last year, compared with $710 for workers not represented by unions. The bureau attributed this difference not just to unionization but also to variations by occupation, industry and company size.
Notwithstanding the recession, government employment grew last year, inching up 16,000, to 22,516,000, according to the bureau.
Someone appears to be doing a little Astroturfing for Obama.
In recent days, a letter defending Obama has appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the country — all signed by an “Ellie Light.” In the letters, which all use identical language, Ms. Light explains that Obama never promised to fix all our problems quickly or painlessly. She declares:
Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.
Editors all over the country found Light’s message strangely compelling. It was reprinted at The Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News; the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. In addition, the letter has appeared at literally dozens of small-town papers across the country, with names like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript, and the Danbury News-Times.
Ms. Light always claims to be a local in these letters. Her real estate holdings are apparently prodigious, as she has claimed residences in Philadelphia, PA; Daly City, California; Mansfield, Ohio; Waynesboro, Virginia; Algoma, Wisconsin; Bangor, Maine; and dozens of other places. Who said Obama supporters were all downtrodden?
Scott has written about the fact that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas-day bomber, was interrogated by the FBI instead of the "High Value Detainee Interrogation Group." The creation of this Group — the HIG — was announced with some fanfare a year ago by President Obama who, having shut down the CIA’s terrorist interrogation program, hoped to the counter the impression that he wasn’t serious about protecting America.
Dennis Blair testified before Congress that Abdulmutallab should have been questioned by the HIG. He also stated that he was not consulted about this matter and that other important intelligence officials were not consulted either.
The notion that the FBI would interrogate a high value detainee like Abdulmutallab, rather than having the interrogation handled by a special group set up expressly for that purpose, is shocking — so shocking that Blair slapped his head when he tesitifed about the HIG’s lack of involvement. What is the purpose of a "High Value Detainee Interrogation Group" if not to question, or at least play a role in the handling, of a guy sent into the country by an emerging branch of al Qaeda with explosives in his underwear?
Blair’s testimony seemed too bad to be true, and that turned out to be the case. But not because the HIG did, in fact, interrogate Abdulmutallab; rather, because the HIG does not actually exist as an operational entity.
I am reminded of the sunglasses that Zaphod Beeblebrox from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy had.
Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses have been specially designed to help people develop a relaxed attitude to danger. At the first hint of trouble, they turn totally black and thus prevent you from seeing anything that might alarm you.
I think that liberals have something similar. At the first hint of anything that doesn’t match their liberal world view, the glasses turn totally opaque and thus prevent them from seeing anything that might disturb them.
Krista Gesaman of Newsweek.com’s Gaggle blog could have saved herself from the indignity of making the absurd claim that young women were "missing" from protests marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by merely searching through the past coverage of the March for Life by the Washington Post, Newsweek’s sister publication. In past years, the Post has highlighted the "youthful throng," the "large turnout of young people," and has quoted from teenagers participating at the annual pro-life March.
My colleague Ken Shepherd noted Gesaman’s beyond faulty conclusion on Friday, and highlighted a recent Marist poll that indicated that "58 percent of persons aged 18-29 view abortion as ‘morally wrong.’" Members of this age were all born after the 1973 Roe decision by the Supreme Court, so it’s not that surprising of a statistic. He also underlined how "hundreds if not thousands of busloads teeming with teenagers and college students, many of them young women, descend on the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life."
This seems to be spot on to me.
- Deep belief in utopia and the perfectability (via deconstruction and reconstruction) of humanity
- Anger, bitterness, and pessimism, possibly because their belief in utopia and perfectability constantly leaves them disappointed (as commenter BigLeeH suggested)
- Quasi-internationalism: They believe there is a place for nationalism, just as there is for state and local government; but some international standards should trump provincial nationalism (e.g., the "World Court of Justice")
- Allergy to American exceptionalism, which they consider provincial
- Rejection of "kneejerk" patriotism, which they consider chauvinist, but not to the point of hatred of America
- Rejection any large or adventurous role for America on the world stage — unless we have no national interest whatsoever, our intervention is purely altruistic
- Preference for collectivist solutions, whenever possible
- Preference for "highly regulated capitalism;" in particular, they have it in for small business. Strong support for huge corporations, especially multinational corporations — perhaps because multinationals are (a) internationalist and (b) always willing to play "Let’s Make a Deal" with governments
- Belief in as large a government as possible, while still retaining the mixed and regulated form of Capitalism
- Preference for top-down decision-making, especially by unelected judges, due to a lack of trust in mere voters; but without the complete rejection of democracy (in theory, it’s perfectable!)
- Belief in extreme version of Darwinian biological evolution — which they believe proves the nonexistence of God
- Belief that all religion is just community consciousness and social control (which can be good or bad, depending on how it’s directed)
- Denial that personhood begins at conception; some seem reluctant to admit that personhood begins even at birth; passionate support for abortion, including late-term abortion, as a "woman’s right to choose"
- Passionate belief in the legislating of good health habits
- Strong distrust of the American military, security, and intelligence apparatuses as "agents of oppression"
- Preference for minorities over the majority — on the basis of race, sex (women are honorary minorities), sexual preference, and ethnicity
- Love of non-Americans over Americans
Its official. They are completely insane now. Their solution to the problem of a 2000+ Health Care bill they can’t pass is to add an ADDITIONAL bill to it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly are considering a new list of changes to the Senate health care reform bill that could be passed separately as a way to advance the suddenly stalled overhaul of the health care system.
If such changes are passed in a separate piece of legislation, it could make the current Senate health care bill acceptable to enough liberal House members to pass it, allowing Democrats to achieve their goal of sweeping health care reform, Politico reported.
But the move also could spark resentment toward the party for pushing through the same health plan that some have argued voters in Massachusetts rejected in the closely watched election of Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, who had pledged to block the Senate bill.
Bush freed a nation and we step out, heads held high, with a thankful people now in charge. We managed this fighting three groups that wanted to see us lose, that cheered when soldiers died, that did everything they could to stop us and make sure these proud Iraq’s suffered under an evil regime: The insurgency, AQ, and the Democrats.
Thankfully, our military won despite all three of these groups. You make us proud!
Thank you, US Marines.
Thank you, US military.
Thank you, George W. Bush.
In this March 1, 2008 file photo, Gen. David H. Petraeus, commanding general of Multi-National Force – Iraq, talks with a group of Iraqi boys at the Al Zawra Stadium in the Karkh District of west Baghdad. Photo by Sgt. James Hunter, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs. (MNF-Iraq)
The US Marine Corps finished their work in Iraq on Saturday… victorious.
FOX News reported:
The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan.
In Baghdad, meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden held talks with Iraqi leaders amid growing tensions over plans to ban election candidates because of suspected links to Saddam Hussein’s regime.
The White House worries the bans could raise questions over the fairness of the March 7 parliamentary elections, which are seen as an important step in the American pullout timetable and breaking political stalemates over key issues such as dividing Iraq’s oil revenue.
The Marines formally handed over control of Sunni-dominated Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, to the Army during a ceremony at a base in Ramadi — where some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place.
Does Obama Ever Take The Same Side As The People? Rails Against SCOTUS Decision Which 57% Of US Agrees With.
According to Gallup fifty-seven percent of Americans consider campaign donations to be a protected form of free speech, and 55% say corporate and union donations should be treated the same way under the law as donations from individuals are.
But, not Barack Obama. America’s radical anti-business president attacked the Supreme Court’s decision this week that abolished some decades-old restrictions on corporate political activity.
The Hill reported:
In his weekly address, President Barack Obama hammered the Supreme Court’s decision this week to lift limits on corporate spending on politics, saying it could lead to the unchecked influence of special interests he opposes.
The president harkened back to his 2008 campaign, in which he derided special interest groups and lobbyists and claimed victory over them after his first year in office. The decision this week, Obama warned, could undo that progress.
“This week, the United States Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists – and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence,” he said of the Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. “This ruling strikes at our democracy itself.”
The court’s 5-4 ruling handed down on Thursday dealt a heavy blow to Obama and Democrats, who favor existing caps on corporate spending on politics.