NOAA: This June was the hottest June on record; Actual data: yeah, not so much

According to a recent press release by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, both May and June were their respective hottest months ever recorded. And, like any dishonest entity with an agenda, the AP along with several other news sites, ran with the story without any shred of actual journalism.

From the AP:

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010’s old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

While one-twentieth of a degree doesn’t sound like much, in temperature records it’s like winning a horse race by several lengths, said NOAA climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt.

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Isn’t that a great story? But what about, you know, reality? According to the much more accurate and unbiased satellite data, neither May nor June were even close to the hottest ever; A fact that the NOAA knew but chose to leave out of its press release.

I’ll let Steven Goddard tell you:

NOAA has entered the realm of blatant, unabashed fraud in their current discussions about climate.

More accurate satellite data which actually measures troposphere temperatures, shows that NOAA’s claims of record heat are incorrect. NOAA’s failure to disclose this information in their press release shows that they are intentionally misleading the public.

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Look, there’s too much at stake for alarmists to just let the data speak for itself. They know that if the religion of climate change fails in the eyes of the public, then progressivism suffers a serious blow, and that’s something that they can’t let happen.

So much for science.

Rick Perry sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border

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Rick Perry responds to Obama’s current lawless actions (or inaction) by sending 1,000 National Guard troops to help protect the border.

From CBS News:

Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, announced Monday that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as he accuses the federal government of offering “lip service” on border security.

The announcement comes as the Obama administration is still struggling to deal with the influx of more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors, most from Central America, who have crossed into the United States in the past year. The additional resources are not aimed at the children themselves, Perry said, describing them instead as a “force multiplier” to help the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) “combat the brutal Mexican drug cartels that are preying upon our communities.”

"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good of a country," Perry said.

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Regardless of where you stand on immigration policy, what’s happening now is unacceptable. The taxpayers are footing the bill for the housing of thousands upon thousands of people in sub-standard, sometimes dangerous, living conditions, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

Joe Carr gaining on establishment GOP candidate, Lamar Alexander in recent polls

For those of you who are unaware of it, the Republican primary Senate race in Tennessee is heating up. That’s right, government-loving Lamar Alexander, establishment Republican extraordinaire, is finally getting a serious challenge. His opponent, Tea Party candidate Joe Carr, has seen a serious spike in polls since he received the endorsement of conservative radio host Laura Ingram, the person partially responsible for ousting Eric Cantor. Poor Richard’s News first introduced you to Joe Carr back in October with an exclusive interview.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham endorsed Joe Carr, the Republican Senate challenger to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), as a new poll shows that he is gaining significant support in his campaign.

A new poll conducted by Triton Polling, shows that Carr has jumped sixteen points in his race against Alexander in Tennessee since May. Alexander now leads Carr 43-36 percent.

The results show that 6.7 percent of voters chose long shot candidate George Flinn, four percent chose another candidate and 10.1 percent were not sure.

In May the same poll showed Alexander leading by 44-20.

The new results show that Carr has coalesced opposition to Alexander, although the incumbent senator retains a similar margin of support.

Alexander earns a 50.5 percent job approval rating in the poll including Tennessee 23 percent of polled voters who say they strongly approve. That’s down from 59 percent in the May poll, as Carr has raised questions about his record on immigration reform.

Both polls were sponsored by Tea Party Nation, an organization supporting Carr’s candidacy.

Super coincidence: The IRS reports more hard drive failures

Poor IRS. It’s hard to buy good computer equipment on a shoestring budget of $11.2 billion.

From the Daily Caller:

IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere.

The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens.

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Umm…of course there’s no back-up anywhere. That’s what happens when you destroy evidence. It would be pointless to destroy only one of the copies.

Stephen King might want to take a course on the Constitution

As I always (and will continue to) say, if progressives didn’t have straw-man arguments, they wouldn’t have any arguments at all. Stephen King attacks the imaginary Tea Partiers who want a religious state (I’ve still never met one). What’s hilariously ironic about this is that the entire concept of the Tea Party is that government was getting too big and oppressive at the hands of statists who are hell bent on cramming the religions of climate change, political correctness and government worship down our throats every day.

(Oh, and Stephen, the separation of church and state isn’t in the Constitution)

From Twitchy:

Cover-up: Ukraine rebels destroying all links to MH17 air atrocity

I’m not sure why anyone is allowing this to happen. Not only is the entire event a travesty, but the evidence as to what exactly what happened is being destroyed.

Pro-Russia separatist groups in eastern Ukraine are hastily covering up all links to the Buk missile battery suspected to have been used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, according to western-based defence and intelligence specialists.

As the UN security council called for a “full, thorough independent international investigation” into the downing of the plane, concern that a cover-up was under way was fuelled by a standoff at part of the crash site between observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and rebel gunmen, which ended with a warning shot being fired.

Postings on rebel websites immediately after the crash boasted of having shot down what they claimed was an Antonov Ukrainian military transport plane, but these have since been deleted.

In Washington, President Obama called for a full, impartial investigation and said the tragedy should cause people to “snap their heads together” and stop playing games in Ukraine. Putting pressure on Moscow over Ukraine, Obama said: “The violence that’s taking place there is facilitated in large part because of Russian support.”

Elizabeth Warren’s ‘11 commandments of progressivism’ would make Karl Marx proud

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We at Poor Richard’s News would like to thank Elizabeth Warren for reminding us again why progressivism sucks. She recently gave a speech in which she listed what she calls “The 11 Commandments of Progressivism” (I call it the “Anti-Bill-of-Rights”, but whatever. Pot-ay-to, Pot-ah-to). As you might guess, not only is literally every item on her list a straw-man, every one of her so-called solutions calls for the massive expansion of government. And not once does she mention liberty or freedom. Without further ado, let’s enjoy the idiocy:

"We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it."

Ah yes. Right out of the gate she uses the poster child of evil to a progressive: “Wall Street.” She does this, obviously, to evoke the stereotypical evil, rich, cigar-smoking fat-cat who bites the heads off puppies for fun and steps over the bodies of homeless corpses on the way to his limo. But I notice that she didn’t mention the fact that the last round of sweeping Wall Street regulations, Dodd-Frank, hurt the average taxpaying citizen tremendously. No, she mustn’t be bothered pesky yet relevant facts.  She just needs to make sure that every evil rich person is punished for being successful. Because, you know, it’s worked so well in the past (See Cuba).

"We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth."

This is a straw-man if I’ve ever heard one. Quite literally everyone agrees that we shouldn’t trash the Earth. But the implication here is that only progressives believe in “science” and only progressives don’t want the Earth destroyed and the only way to prevent the destruction of the Earth is to push for massive government regulations. I guess she’s never heard of the science that says that the Earth hasn’t heated in nearly 18 years. Or the science that has yet to link fracking to drinking water contamination (regardless of what Matt Damon says). Or the science that says that both ethanol powered cars and electric cars are worse for the environment than gasoline powered cars. It seems like someone who says she believes in science would know these things. And make no mistake, what she really means by “protect this Earth” is have the federal government regulate every aspect of everyone’s lives.

"We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality."

Again, she uses progressive code words to generate a negative Pavlovian response from those who view “big corporations” as evil entities who take no prisoners in their quest to make profit. And this is a winning strategy for low-information non-thinkers. But she doesn’t get into specifics on how internet freedom allows these “big corporations” to take advantage of poor, helpless internet users. What she means is that she wants the government to control the internet (I can’t imagine why that would be a problem). It really bothers progressives that there is a medium that they don’t fully control yet. Furthermore, I’m sure she would love yet another government bureaucracy to have the ability to punish its enemies (i.e. those who don’t vote for/donate to the right political party).

"We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage."

I wonder what part of the Constitution she thinks gives the government the right to dictate the details of a private contract between two autonomous entities. She also seems unaware of the fact (and it is a fact) that raising the minimum wage increases unemployment, makes many poor people relatively poorer, contributes to inflation making everyone poorer, and makes huge, profitable corporations even bigger by weeding out the smaller companies with shallower pockets. Or maybe she does know all these things but just doesn’t care because promising her low-information constituents more money is a good way to keep getting elected.

"We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them."

Why just fast food workers? Strange. Anyway, I wonder if she’d go on record as to what, precisely, “liveable” means. Who gets to decide? The government? People should get paid what they’re worth to their employer. It’s as simple as that.

"We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt."

This one is particularly classic. After all, the government is the reason that tuition is so high. So what’s her solution? More government, of course. How…ironic.

"We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions."

What about the people who don’t want to participate in these programs? You know, those who think they could make more money by investing it wisely? Why, we need to keep forcing them to be a part of it, of course. And just where is all that money going to come from, exactly? We are nearly $18 trillion in debt as a nation. If we completely stopped spending right now and began paying it back at a rate of $10 million per day, it would take us 5,000 years to pay it back. In fact, since you’ve been reading this blog post, The United States has gone into debt somewhere between 3 and 4 million dollars. This is quite unsustainable. But that’s what progressive politicians do. They promise government handouts in exchange for votes. And it sure does sound good.

"We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work."

Oh this one sounds great on paper. But, as is the case with virtually all progressive policies, the devil is in the details. Apart from the fact that, again, the federal government shouldn’t be dictating the terms of private contracts, we have yet another definition problem. What does “equal work” mean? Does that mean an equal job title or is it actual work? Who defines it? Who enforces this? Shouldn’t the person who is good at their job get paid more than the person who isn’t? Should the government get to decide what things, including labor, are worth? Similarly, should all new shirts cost exactly the same amount? If not, why not? After all, all new shirts perform the same task and should therefore all cost the same, right?

"We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America."

Where have I heard that “equality” concept before….Oh, right. I remember, it’s in our founding documents: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” Any “inequality” we have in today’s world is either caused or exacerbated by government. But, again, she thinks that more government is the answer (I’m starting to notice a pattern).

"We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform."

Insinuating that others think that immigration hasn’t made this country strong and vibrant is a straw man argument. Literally every person that I know (conservative, libertarian, progressive, etc.) understands the importance of immigration. But she doesn’t want a system in which immigrants who are looking for a better life and will live good, productive, peaceful lives can enter. What she and other progressives want is more Democrat voters and more government dependency. Plain and simple.

"And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!"

To progressives, corporations are not people – until it comes to paying taxes. Then they become model citizens. “Women have a right to their bodies” is, perhaps, the most rampant straw-man argument that has ever existed. I have never met one person who thought that women shouldn’t be able to with their bodies what they please. The abortion debate isn’t about the woman at all, it’s about the baby that lives inside her. She knows this but chooses to ignore it. It’s tantamount to closing her eyes and ears and saying “I’m not listening, I’m not listening!” And as for the Hobby Lobby decision, what she really means is that she believes that when a person starts a company, that person gives up their first amendment rights. This is absurd. Hobby Lobby owes women birth control in the same way that Apple owes me an iPhone. No one should be forced to do anything that they don’t want to do (that’s a little thing called slavery). This is a principle on which all Americans should agree. And she wants to “overturn” Hobby Lobby? How does she plan on doing that, exactly? Politicians don’t get to “overturn” Supreme Court decisions. The only way to “overturn” it is to repeal Obamacare.

She couldn’t let this ludicrous speech get by without mischaracterizing her political opposition, however:

And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

I suppose that’s why conservatives donate more to charity even though they make less money, on average, than liberals.

Obama’s Hilarious Lawlessness

Obama likes to joke about how Republicans are suing him and talking about impeaching him (although the only one really talking about impeachment is Obama himself in an attempt to rally his base — but I digress). But you know what’s not so funny? The fact that he brazenly breaks the law time and time again and doesn’t take it seriously (Click through. It’s good).

President Barack Obama styles himself a wit, and some of his best material lately has to do with his abuse of his powers.

“Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff,” Obama told a crowd on the Georgetown Waterfront on July 1. “So sue me.” Hilarity ensued.

He cracked them up in Austin last week. “You hear some of them,” he said, referring to Republicans, “‘sue him,’ ‘impeach him.’ Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?”

He must have killed in a private meeting last month with activists who were pushing him to waive more immigration laws. According to POLITICO, the president resorted to one his favorite comic riffs: “You’re not going to get me impeached, are you?”

One can only imagine the comedic possibilities in his 9-0 defeat in the Supreme Court in June for his blatantly abusive recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board or any of the court’s other recent unanimous rebukes of his executive overreach.

Good News: That fundraiser Obama attended after the plane disaster wasn't technically a fundraiser

You know how Obama had those photo-ops fist-bumping folks, eating hamburgers and attending a fundraiser shortly after he had heard that a passenger plane carrying nearly 300 people, including 23 Americans, was shot down? Well, apparently it wasn’t technically a fundraiser. So, I guess it’s all good.

As the United States gathered information Thursday about the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine, President Barack Obama was in New York on a quick fundraising swing with Democratic donors.

But now one of the super PACs that hosted Obama for an event — the House Majority PAC — claims that Obama’s meeting with donors was not technically a fundraiser.

According to a pool report from the event, an official with the House Majority PAC disputed the characterization of the meeting as a fundraiser because there were no tickets or cost of admission for donors.

“The president is appearing at the event only as a featured speaker and special guest, and is not asking for funds or donations,” the official said. “We have invited a select group of [House Majority PAC] supporters to attend.”

The House Majority PAC is a super PAC dedicated to electing Democrats to Congress. While the group says it wasn’t asking for money to attend the event, the main purpose of such events are usually to curry favor with donors in order to raise money.

Prior to attending the House Majority PAC, Obama attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday on the Upper West Side at Trump Place Apartments. About 30 supporters, according to the DNC, contributed up to $32,400 to attend.

Cleveland looks to ration guns

Here we go. At the same time that Detroit is figuring out that crime decreases when more law-abiding citizens have guns, Cleveland is defying logic and statistics by introducing legislation that would ration guns. Why do progressives like violence so much?

From Guns.com:

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has introduced his sweeping legislation to the city that will include strict new limits on gun purchases and require all guns sales to be reported.

This comes a month after Jackson promised to “take on the victim mentality” and overhaul existing gun regulations in the Forest City.

“We’ve taken thousands of guns off the streets of Cleveland over the last eight and a half years,” Jackson said in a statement. “This legislation, if passed, will give us another way to attack the problem of gun violence in Cleveland and make Cleveland a safer place.”

The comprehensive 31-page emergency ordinance proposes a number of changes to the city’s gun regulations. These include limiting gun purchases to one every 90 days, with an exemption for law enforcement, members of the Ohio National Guard, and licensed firearms dealers.

In addition, the law would require gun sales and transfers between private citizens, as well as loss of theft of a gun, be reported to police. Further, it would be illegal to allow access to a firearm to anyone under 18 years of age, or loan a gun to someone not eligible to own one by law. Those who violate gun ordinances in the city would be required to register in a publicly available gun offender registry.

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This is a lot of things, but Constitutional ain’t one of them.

Dem Bill Bans Use of Cartoon Characters to Market Guns

Oh. Good. For a second there I thought that Congress was wasting our time attempting to pass insane, trivial laws that infringe upon our freedom, have no chance of passing and will do absolutely nothing to make the lives of Americans better.

A freshman Democrat is proposing a ban on the use of cartoon characters to sell guns, and a ban firearm branded merchandise for children such as hats, t-shirts and stuffed animals.

The Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act from Rep. Robin Kelly, an Illinois Democrat, reflects the growing feeling among those on the left that guns should not be marketed to children. Many Democrats argue that the marketing of guns to children is contributing to the shooting death of children across the country.

NSFW: Howard Stern fan totally pranks MSNBC’s Krystal Ball on air. In the wake of recent events, it’s completely inappropriate but, as Ace says, the media will put on anyone as long as they say they are an eyewitness. This should be a lesson to them all.

Israel starts ground invasion of Gaza

The world is in turmoil, folks. After weeks of missiles and bombs being shot back and forth across the border between Israel and Gaza, Israel has decided to send in ground troops.

From the Jerusalem Post:

After days of waiting and deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night directed the IDF to send ground troops into Gaza to strike the terror tunnels into Israel.

Signalling that the initial phase of the ground attack will be limited, a statement put out by the Prime Minister’s Office said that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon Netanyahu directed the IDF to prepare to expand the ground operation.

The statement said that the security cabinet approved the operation after Israel agreed to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal on Tuesday, which Hamas rejected. In addition, the statement said, Hamas even fired rockets during the Thursday’s five-hour humanitarian cease-fire.

“In light of Hamas’ continuous criminal aggression, and the dangerous infiltration into Israeli territory, Israel is obligated to act in defense of its citizens,” the statement said.

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This can’t be welcomed news to Hamas terrorists. Not only are they not able to get many rockets through Israel’s “Iron Dome”, now they face ground combat for which they’re likely not ready.

Hey, remember when Obama recently said that "The World Is Less Violent Than It Has Ever Been"? Yeah, not so much.

BREAKING: Passenger plane carrying 295 people shot down over Ukraine; UPDATE: Ukraine official confirms it was shot down

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No one is sure of the details just yet but apparently a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people has been shot down over Ukraine. Early speculation is that Russia was involved.

From News.sky.com:

A Malaysian passenger plane with 295 people on board has been shot down as it flew above eastern Ukraine, according to aviation sources.

The plane, which is believed to have been flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was shot down, the Russian news agency Inferfax reported.

A spokesman for Malaysian Airlines confirmed “an incident” involving one of its flights and is expected to release a statement shortly.

The aircraft involved is believed to be a Boeing 777 with flight number MH17, which departed from Amsterdam at 12.14am local time.

Sky’s Katie Stallard, in Moscow, said media reports suggest the plane came down in an area where there has been recent heavy fighting amid continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

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We will obviously have more as details come to light.

Please be in prayer for the families of those involved.

UPDATE from CBS Washington:

An adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister says a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people has been shot down over a town in the east of the country.

Anton Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the Boeing 777 plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher.

The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur before it went down, according to Reuters.

Interfax reports that the Ukrainian Interior Ministry says that everyone on board was killed.

Obama admin not screening illegals for infectious disease before flying them on commercial airlines

Last week we wrote about how the Obama administration is allowing illegals to fly on commercial airlines without even having a valid form of ID.  Now, we’ve learned that many illegal aliens are also not receiving health screenings for infectious diseases before being allowed to fly. 

from ABC:

The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.

The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.

Inside the government, officials are sounding alarms, fearing that they and their teams who come in contact with the sick children face potential exposure to infectious diseases from chicken pox to influenza, including rare cases of H1N1, more commonly called swine flu.

Two unaccompanied children were flown from Nogales to California despite having 101-degree fevers and flu-like symptoms, according to the Department of Defense memo. Those children had to be hospitalized.

The memo said pointedly that officials in charge of moving the immigrants from Border Patrol processing centers to Health and Human Services facilities are “putting sick [fevers and coughing] unaccompanied children on airplanes inbound for [Naval Base Ventura County] in addition to the chicken pox and coxsackie virus cases.”

The document said three other kids were in the ICU at local hospitals in California, and two of them were diagnosed with strep pneumonia.

Less than a week later, that same Ventura Naval Base suffered an outbreak of pneumonia and influenza among the unaccompanied minors inside the shelter.

“Preliminary reports indicate that several unaccompanied minors in the shelter had become ill with what appears to be pneumonia and influenza,” according to a statement from the Administration for Children and Families at Health and Human Services.

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The border crisis grows more and more grave every day.  If the Obama administration doesn’t quickly secure the border and turning people away before they enter the country, we are likely to face a major health epidemic.  Simply by enforcing laws already on the books, the Obama administration could end this crisis within days. There is no reason why illegals are being allowed to cross the border before they are stopped by border patrol.  

Border patrol in Texas is stationed 40 miles away from the actual border, and they’re making no effort to stop illegals from entering the country.