Latest data: There’s been no global warming for more than 17 years
I imagine that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be an AGW believer when graphs like the one above exist.
From Watts Up With That?:
Seventeen and a half years. Not a flicker of global warming. The RSS satellite record, the first of the five global-temperature datasets to report its February value, shows a zero trend for an impressive 210 months.
Why did none of the vaunted models predict this long hiatus, stasis, pause, halt, rest, interval, intermission, break, time out, vacation, furlough, gap, plateau, or flat spot?
Read it here (H/T WZ)
Oh, sure, they’ll continue to spout a litany of excuses for why it’s not warming:
- The oceans are absorbing the heat
- It was bad luck because there was a natural cooling period that happened to coincide with many of the predictions
- Volcanic activity is cooling the Earth
- An unusual amount of cloud cover is reflecting light
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that a combination of these things are true and that there would be warming without them. Why didn’t any of the models take of this into account and accurately predict global temperatures? Isn’t it natural to be skeptical of predictions that obviously weren’t thorough with the data they used?
How many years of relatively flat average global temperatures do we need before we can have our light bulbs back?
9:28 am • 5 March 2014 • View comments
Told you so! We could see Obama’s conflict with Russia coming from miles away!
So many liberals are eating crow this week as conservative warnings about Vladimir Putin’s Russia are finally coming to fruition. The sad thing is that our pie-in-the-sky leadership under Obama has been caught completely off guard in the treacherous conflict in Ukraine.
Some bloggers have been scouring the internet wayback machine for some of the most egregiously wrongheaded predictions out there:
There was Blake Hounsnell over at Politico who mocked Sarah Palin’s prediction of conflict with Russia over Ukraine:
A very begrudging Huffington Post admits that Palin was right:
There was Time Magazine holding onto their delusions as recently as a week ago:
There was Chris Matthews, who ridiculed Mitt Romney for suggesting that Russia could become a problem:
The liberals over at The New Republic are finally admitting that Romney was right:
So is The Atlantic:
I could keep going here, but I think you get the picture. I want to leave you with the most damning example of delusional liberal foreign policy, and it comes from none other than our Commander in Chief Barack Obama:
11:56 am • 4 March 2014 • View comments
Hey progressives, just admit it. Obamacare is a disaster
I know, I know. Progressives always have an anecdote: “But, but, my brother’s son’s friend’s cousin’s mom is able to get insurance now.” Just stop it. It’s time to admit what everyone knows: Obamacare sucks. It’s not just a kind of sort of ill-conceived law that needs tweaking. It’s a disaster. It’s awful. It’s horrendous. It’s a pure, unadulterated a train wreck. It needs to be repealed.
10:49 pm • 2 March 2014 • View comments
Obama disapproval hits all-time high
Don’t look now, but Obama’s approval rating is tanking. It’s anybody’s guess as to why. Maybe it’s the unbelievably bad economy. Maybe it’s Obamacare. Maybe it’s the fact that he more resembles an emperor than a president. Regardless of the reason, I think it’s safe to say that we’re about to see a massive push for a myriad of left-wing causes.
2:20 pm • 1 March 2014 • View comments
Dems looking to regulate e-cigarette advertisements now
Un. Be. Lievable. For those of you who are hesitant to embrace the idea of unbridled liberty, allow this to be an object lesson. E-cigarettes, the electronic version of cigarettes that produce water vapor instead of smoke, are already inexplicably heavily regulated in some parts of the United States (which is utterly ludicrous on it’s face). But now the totalitarian left is looking to regulate the mere advertising of e-cigarettes.
From the Daily Caller:
California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and three other Democrats introduced a bill on Wednesday that would regulate electronic cigarette marketing while the industry awaits guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration.
The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “determine what constitutes marketing e-cigarettes to children, and would allow the FTC to work with states attorneys general to enforce the ban.”
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No smoking. No fake smoking. And now, no advertising for fake smoking. Big government never sleeps. It will always look to take away liberty. That’s what it does.
Unless we embrace liberty (for those with whom we agree and disagree) and view issues principally and not emotionally, tyranny will creep in. It always does. Tyranny can take many forms — some large and some seemingly small. Sometimes it’s in the form of light bulb ban or e-cigarette advertising regulation and sometimes it’s in the form of a hostile takeover of the entire healthcare industry or the targeting of political enemies by massive arms of the federal government. But it’s all tyranny.
9:49 am • 27 February 2014 • View comments
Hey, you know who really hates Obamacare? The uninsured.
It would be nearly impossible to count the number of lies this administration had to tell the American people in order to get Obamacare passed. Lies like: “If you like you health care plan, you can keep it" or "We’re not cutting medicare" or "It will cost less than a trillion dollars" or "Death panels? What death panels?”, etc. But no list of Obamacare lies would be complete without the whopper that was the supposed entire premise of Obamacare in the first place: “It’s for the uninsured.”
But you know what’s funny? It turns out that the uninsured don’t like it all that much.
From the Daily Caller:
Americans without health insurance have never seen Obamacare is such a negative light.
Kaiser Family Foundation’s monthly health tracking poll found that in February, 56 percent of the uninsured view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably.
The percentage of uninsured with a positive view reached its lowest point since Kaiser began tracking reactions in March 2010 when Obamacare was passed into law. Just 22 percent of uninsured Americans have a generally favorable opinion about the law.
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How’s that for irony? The throngs of uninsured, you know, the ones who were supposed to be the major beneficiaries of Obamacare, hate it.
Can we repeal it, now? Pretty please?
12:21 am • 27 February 2014 • View comments
TN father accidentally leaves fishing knife in car, son gets suspended from school
Are we really to the point where a father (who is a commercial fisherman) can accidentally leave a fishing knife in his car get his son suspended for it? Sadly yes…even in Tennessee.
From News Channel 5:
A high school student in Montgomery County has been suspended after school officials found a knife inside his father’s car.
David Duren-Sanner should be spending his time going through college and scholarship applications this time of year.
Instead, he’s wondering if he’ll even be able to graduate after what hundreds of people are calling an overreaction to a mistake.
On Thursday, Duren-Sanner, a senior at Northeast High School drove his father’s car to school. During a random lockdown, his car was chosen to be searched.
Duren-Sanner gave permission because he said he had nothing to hide.
His father is a commercial fisherman on the West Coast and had apparently left a fishing knife in the car. Duren-Sanner’s father said it might have been wedged between one of the seats.
Duren-Sanner said he told school officials and the Sheriff’s department the car was his father’s and he didn’t know the knife was in it.
"He’s like ‘it doesn’t matter it was in your possession anyway,’" Duren-Sanner said.
School officials suspended him for 10 days, the maximum allowed under school policy, and then he was reprimanded to attend 90 days at an alternative school.
Read the Rest (H/T: WZ)
So, let’s get this straight. A sharp object was found in a car that belonged to the father of a student. No one was injured. No one was threatened. The sharp object wasn’t shown to anyone. No one even knew that the sharp object was there. And because some men with guns found the sharp object, the boy was suspended. This is so ludicrous I don’t even know where to begin. It’s stupefying.
As an aside, can’t pens and pencils be used as very dangerous weapons if a crazed student wanted to use them in such a way? (Hint: yes.) We should start suspending all kids who bring pencils. You know, in the spirit of Zero tolerance.
Things like this must stop. They have to. But they’re not going to stop on their own. They will continue to happen until the people in these communities start protesting, suing and publicly humiliating the nanny-state do-gooders who feel it is both their right and responsibility to control the lives of others.
Exit question: Wasn’t there a time in America when boys were encouraged to bring pocket knives to school. What happened?
10:39 am • 26 February 2014 • View comments
Feel good story of the day: Will Ferrell shows support for Obamacare on Facebook, gets lambasted
We all know Will Ferrell. He’s the comedian/actor who likes to demonize CEOs for making money while he rakes in $20 to $40 million per movie. In fact, he’s so grossly overpaid, he topped Forbes’ list of most overpaid actors in 2010. But I digress. He recently thought it would be a good idea to advertise for Obamacare on Facebook. He thought wrong.
Will Ferrell is the latest celebrity enlisted to help pitch the Affordable Care Act to the so-called “young invincible” crowd that needs to sign up in large numbers for the law to function…
…But Ferrell’s #GetCovered post on Facebook on Monday led to an acidic sea of comments — over 4,000 and counting at press time, almost all of them negative.
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Here are few of the comments:
Hey, actors, stop wading into politics. You automatically marginalize half of your fans. It’s not a good move.
11:14 pm • 25 February 2014 • View comments
Huffpo apparently turning into The Onion
The picture you see above is not a fake image, nor it is a joke (although it should be). This is an actual Huffpo hit piece on Scott Walker. I really couldn’t believe it when I saw it. The article alleges that Scott Walker began campaigning too early when he ran for student body president….in 1988.
From The Huffington Post:
"There is a pattern in Scott Walker’s career where he gets caught knowing about illegal activity…
In 1988, Walker wanted to become president of the school’s student government, known as the Associated Students at Marquette University. He was running against John Quigley, a liberal student, in a race that became incredibly contentious. Election rules said that presidential candidates could not begin campaigning until after they registered, which started on Feb. 3.
Walker, however, was caught campaigning on Jan. 24.
Read the Rest (don’t do it)
I’m literally embarrassed for Huffpo right now. Do they even have a clue that their blind partisanship makes them look like complete imbeciles?
But more than that, the amount of real, genuine corruption, cover-ups and lawlessness infiltrating the current administration is enough to make Nixon blush and the Huffington Post decides to run a hit-piece on Scott Walker’s race for class president 26 years ago. Facepalm.
I guess they don’t like billion dollar surpluses.
9:44 am • 25 February 2014 • View comments
2/3rds of small businesses will see insurance premium spike because of Obamacare
No wonder Mr. Obama decided to unconstitutionally delay the healthcare mandate for businesses. It is estimated that 2/3rds of small businesses will see an increase in health insurance premiums as a direct result of Obamacare. And who’s responsible for that estimation?
A crazy, right-wing extremist group, obviously The federal government.
About two-thirds of Americans who work at small businesses will see health-insurance premiums increase under Obamacare, according to a new federal report.
The higher premiums will affect about 11 million Americans, according to the report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report also estimated an additional 6 million individuals will see reductions in their premiums.
…”The bad news keeps mounting and our nation’s best job creators are paying the price,” said House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) in a statement. “Earlier this month, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office provided economic data that echoed what many small businesses have been telling us – that the health law is killing jobs and harming the economy,” Graves said.
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I’m not sure how (or if) Obamcare supporters will attempt to spin this one. My guess is it will be something like: “Now you’ll have less money to waste money on stuff you don’t need! O’care is great!”
Obamcare is a disaster and it must be repealed. Don’t believe the naysayers who say that the law is “here to stay.” I will not accept that. It’s killing the medical industry, it’s taking away liberty, it’s creating doctor shortages, it’s costing many times the amount Obama said it would, it’s horrible for jobs and the economy in general, and it’s doing all this while raising the price of health care…for everyone. It’s never been about health care. It’s about government control. If we can’t get rid of something as horrific as Obamacare, we can’t do anything.
8:55 am • 25 February 2014 • View comments
Another one bites the dust! Piers Morgan’s primetime show on CNN getting cancelled
As CNN plans an end to Piers Morgan’s show, one thing is for sure: nobody will miss him. Conservatives can’t stand this pompous British windbag who constantly picks at the US and it’s Constitution. And liberals…well, they didn’t watch his show either, which is why it had such terrible ratings.
There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn’t seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor. Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for “Piers Morgan Live” hit some new lows, drawing a fraction of viewers compared with competitors at Fox News and MSNBC.
It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America.
CNN’s president, Jeffrey Zucker, has other problems, but none bigger than Mr. Morgan and his plum 9 p.m. time slot. Mr. Morgan said last week that he and Mr. Zucker had been talking about the show’s failure to connect and had decided to pull the plug, probably in March.
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10:40 pm • 23 February 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Al Sharpton brings up race 314 times on his show in 2013
Yes, we all love to laugh at Al Sharpton. But I’m starting to notice a pattern. When he doesn’t like your political views, rather than think of a reasonable counter argument or rethink his position, he simply calls you a racist. He did so 314 times on his show in 2013 (that’s more than 1.2 times per episode) and there’s video to prove it.
Here’s the video. Enjoy!
This is the state of politics today, folks. Do you have an opinion that doesn’t fit the progressive agenda? It’s because you’re a racist (or sexist or bigot or “homophobe” or “islamophobe”, etc).
How can we have a rational conversation about real issues when half of us refuse to enter into rational debate?
10:36 pm • 21 February 2014 • View comments
After outcry, Obama admin puts plan to monitor news rooms on ice
The Obama administration plan to place monitors in news rooms across the country has been temporarily put on hold after much public outcry.
The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it was putting on hold a controversial study of American newsrooms, after complaints from Republican lawmakers and media groups that the project was too intrusive.
FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said Chairman Tom Wheeler agreed with critics that some of the study’s proposed questions for reporters and news directors “overstepped the bounds of what is required.”
The agency announced that a proposed pilot study in South Carolina will now be shelved, at least until a “new study design” is finalized. But the agency made clear that this and any future studies will not involve interviews with “media owners, news directors or reporters.”
Commissioner Ajit Pai, who was one of the staunchest critics of the proposal, heralded the decision Friday as an acknowledgement that government-backed researchers would not be dispatched into newsrooms, as feared.
"This study would have thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country, somewhere it just doesn’t belong," he said in a statement. "The Commission has now recognized that no study by the federal government, now or in the future, should involve asking questions to media owners, news directors, or reporters about their practices. This is an important victory for the First Amendment."
He added: “And it would not have been possible without the American people making their voices heard. I will remain vigilant that any future initiatives not infringe on our constitutional freedoms.”
The Radio and Television News Directors Association took a more cautious view of the announcement.
"RTDNA views this as an important admission by the FCC that questions regarding editorial policies and practices are off-limits to the government," Director Mike Cavender said in a statement. "We are eager to see the revised study to insure there aren’t topics or questions that could be construed as a ‘back door’ attempt to gather the same type of information."
read the rest
As usual, the Obama administration sees the light after they get caught, but instead of scrapping their scheme completely, they’re saving it for a rainy day when nobody is paying attention.
4:58 pm • 21 February 2014 • View comments
Systematic genocide: More black babies killed by abortion in NYC than are born
Margaret Sanger’s dream when she founded Planned Parenthood was to provide a mechanism to stifle the growth of the black population in the United States. It looks like her dream is becoming a reality in New York City.
In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The report is entitled, Summary of Vital Statistics 2012 The City of New York, Pregnancy Outcomes, and was prepared by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics.
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Planned Parenthood has aggressively positioned themselves within black communities across the United States and has never disavowed themselves from Margaret Sanger or her founding mission of the group.
Abortion has been and always will be a mechanism for systematic genocide.
2:24 pm • 21 February 2014 • View comments
Democrat Joe Manchin: “I will vote tomorrow to repeal Obamacare.”
With mid-term elections looming ever closer, Democrat Joe Manchin is desperately trying to thread the needle of how to both support and oppose President Obama’s agenda.
from the Register Herald:
He asked for all the listeners to let him and other lawmakers know their thoughts on the variety of topics, including the Affordable Care Act.
“We spend more on health care than any state, but we rank 43rd on wellness and longevity.”
Both parties agree on many aspects of the ACA, such as pre-existing conditions not being excluded from coverage and no lifetime caps, but there are still many kinks that need to be fixed, Manchin said.
“I will vote tomorrow to repeal (the ACA), but I want to fix the problems in it.”
He said the ACA is essentially a product and the government needs to find a way to “sell it” and make their customers want to buy it.
read the rest
Manchin clearly doesn’t get it. He appears to believe that the core problem with Obamacare is one of marketing. The uncomfortable truth, however, is that there is a problem with government mandated coverage of pre-existing conditions. There is a constitutionality problem with the entire law. There law is fundamentally flawed and needs to be completely scrapped.
Sorry, Joe Manchin, you can’t just say you support repeal but in the same breath say there’s just a few “kinks” that need to be fixed.
10:25 am • 21 February 2014 • View comments