4,406 record low temperatures set in January, 283 in the past week
If you live in the US and you’ve been uncomfortably cold for most of the past couple of months, it’s not your imagination. Temperatures have been smashing records since the fall. But January has been especially brutal with more than 4,000 low temperature records broken.
The picture becomes even more bleak when you consider the fact that scientists are now predicting 20 more years of global cooling. You know, it’s one of those 20-year long weather anomalies.
We were warned back in August that this would be a bitterly cold winter by none other than the ever-reliable Farmer’s Almanac. Remember this?
From CBS News:
The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter.
…It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.
"We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold," said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.
Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the almanac’s secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818.
Modern scientists don’t put much stock in sunspots or tidal action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the time.
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Since 1818. Eighteen Eighteen. They’ve been accurately predicting the weather for nearly 200 years using a formula that ostensibly contains no mention of carbon footprints, windmills or “greenhouse gases.” Imagine. That.
I know, I know, weather not climate, yadda yadda yadda. But honestly, I don’t know how much more of this, um, weather I can take.
12:26 am • 6 February 2014 • View comments
AG Secretary Vilsack: Obama “Expects his cabinet to be forceful and act” without Congress
Who needs Congress when there’s nobody stopping you from completely ignoring the Constitutional separation of powers? Not Obama. Congress has allowed President Obama to seize power away from the Legislative Branch and put it in the hands of the vast bureaucracy under his czars and cabinet secretaries.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday the establishment of “climate change hubs” in seven states – and three sub-hubs – that will assess and come up with a plan to help rural America deal with climate risks – all without congressional approval.
“The president’s been quite insistent in cabinet meetings and in private meetings that he expects his cabinet to be forceful and to act. We can’t wait for congressional action. So pursuant to his climate action plan, we established a number of climate change hubs,” Vilsack said during the White House press briefing.
The seven states are: New Hampshire, North Carolina, Iowa, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon. The sub-stations are located in California, Michigan, and Puerto Rico.
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No law has approved the building of these “climate change hubs.” No budget has set aside the funds for their construction and operation. No bill has been introduced for Congress to debate. No accountability is in place to stop President Obama from acting like a dictator.
10:12 pm • 5 February 2014 • View comments
SWAT team forced Florida woman to vacate home, illegally used it for operations during standoff
A woman in Jacksonville, Florida is furious after a police SWAT team forced her out of her home and used it to conduct operations during a standoff with her neighbor across the street.
Deborah Franz feels violated. She claims the SWAT team went into her southside home without her permission during a standoff involving her neighbor Sunday afternoon.
Franz said it all started shortly after overhearing a fight at her neighbor’s house across the street Sunday. A short time later, the SWAT team swarmed her neighborhood.
"The cop goes ‘You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,’" said Franz.
That happened around 1 p.m. About six hours later, deputies cleared the scene and she went back home. But something was off when she walked through the door.
"I stopped, I froze because I realized somebody had messed with my TV," said Franz.
Franz said her blinds were opened, her Xbox and TV were disconnected, and a drape over her bedroom window was thrown on the floor.
At first she thought it was a burglar but then realized nothing was missing.
"They were the last people I saw, was the police, so I’m assuming it had to have been them," said Franz.
Franz said she called the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to complain.
"He did call me back and he said ‘Yeah Ms. Franz my men did come in your house,’" said Franz.
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This is a very clear violation of the Constitution’s 3rd Amendment:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law
If you’re getting hung up on the word “soldier,” you haven’t been paying attention to the rapid militarization of police forces across the country. Local Police, especially in tactical units like SWAT, increasingly use the same methods and equipment as the US military. The distinction between the definition of a “soldier” and that of a “police officer” is, at this point, mere semantics.
These kinds of Constitutional violations have been rapidly increasing over the past few years. The most obvious example is the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. We cannot allow local police forces to continue with such blatant violations of the Constitution.
9:37 pm • 5 February 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Russian government hacking electronics of every visitor to Sochi Olympic games
The Kremlin has made it very clear: visitors to the Sochi Olympic games will have no privacy, and they shouldn’t have any expectations as such. Once connected to any Russian internet network, every single electronic device brought into the country is immediately hacked by the Russian government, and the contents of that device are no longer secure.
Here’s a report from NBC:
If you think our own government is any better, think again. The NSA intercepts and stores every electronic communication made in in the United States and, in many cases, internationally as well.
There is no privacy left in the modern world. When will we stand and fight the monster that is the surveillance state? If such behavior is not acceptable for the Russian government, how can we tolerate it from our own?
11:17 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
"This really pisses me off!" Seinfeld scolds Buzzfeed editor for questioning show’s "lack of diversity"
This is one of the things that I love about Jerry Seinfeld: he shoots straight and calls out the baloney when he sees it. When Buzzfeed editor Peter Lauria was asked about the “lack of diversity” on his new web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Jerry immediately called him out on his “PC nonsense.”
Here’s the video:
Why doesn’t Peter Lauria go ask Tyler Perry why he doesn’t have more white actors star in his films? Want to know? Because it doesn’t fit the liberal, politically correct narrative to do so.
12:35 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Glenn Beck blasts the Washington GOP establishment at Reagan Day dinner
Glenn Beck minced no words at a Texas GOP gathering for Reagan Day, calling out the Washington GOP establishment’s hypocrisy and enabling of the Obama administration.
Here’s the video:
partial transcript via TPN:
Their first set of principles? ‘We declare that border security and interior enforcement must come first.’ Oh really? Do they really? Where were they when they had the House, and the Senate, and the White House? Where were they? They were afraid to act.
America is not about free stuff. It’s not about sugar cereals, it’s not about a marketing campaign. America is about freedom! That’s the only thing “free” here, the people.
If you really believe in something, show me the action. In Washington, they’re not showing us the action. If the GOP actually believed these things, then there would be a Special Prosecutor appointed right now to investigate the IRS. If the GOP actually believed in the Constitution, there would be a Special Prosecutor for the NSA, and a Special Prosecutor for the reporters that have been spied on and threatened. Why is there no Special Prosecutor for Benghazi? Because they’re afraid of being called naughty names.
This speech has plenty of what I love about Texas…good old red meat! Beck is on point, and shares the frustration that most Conservatives share about the Republican party. This is precisely why so many of us, like Beck, move further and further away from the Republican party every day.
12:22 am • 5 February 2014 • View comments
Live Stream 7PM ET: Creationist Ken Ham debates Evolutionist Bill Nye the Science Guy
What are you doing tonight? You probably want to drop all that and watch the world’s most prominent creationism proponent debate the TV scientist of your childhood.
Here’s the live stream. It starts at 7pm Easter. I’m making popcorn:
Feel free to duke it out in the comments section, but keep it civil! We don’t need to start acting like apes or anything…
UPDATE: Live event has ended but the above video link now points to the archive of the entire debate.
5:02 pm • 4 February 2014 • View comments
CBO: Obamacare will cause 2.5 million Americans to drop out of work force
No, I didn’t choose the photo for this story because I wanted to imply that the White House somehow thinks Obamacare causing 2.5 million Americans to drop out of the work force is a good thing. I chose the photo because the White House actually said Obamacare causing 2.5 million Americans to drop out of the work force is a good thing…
A Congressional Budget Office report indicating that more than two million Americans will voluntarily leave America’s already reduced workforce because of the options provided in the Affordable Care Act exploded like the bombshell it was on Tuesday.
The White House already has its hands full as the attempt to mollify the concerns of nervous Democrats heading into the 2014 midterm election cycle. Now, Democrats can add the White House’s reaction to this CBO report to their list of gripes as they head into political strategy sessions with President Barack Obama.
On Tuesday, the White House called the report misleading and inaccurate, but they also took the odd step of praising the disincentives contained within the ACA to leave the labor market.
Lisa Desjardins reported that the CBO report indicates that more workers will choose to leave the labor market because they no longer have to depend on their employer to provide them with health insurance. She noted that the White House pushed back on that report by claiming that Americans taking advantage of the opportunity to abandon the workforce was a welcome development.
“So, these workers will have a choice that they don’t have now, and that’s what the White House is pointing to as something good in their response to this report,” Desjardins said.
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The White House’s spinning here is absurd on its face. We already have a massive problem with permanent unemployment (which we’ve reported on this site time and time again), and now the Obama administration wants to double and triple down on this economic failure.
Americans are not dropping out of the work force because they can now get cheap health care. They’re dropping out of the work force because they don’t have jobs and there are no jobs to be had.
4:56 pm • 4 February 2014 • View comments
Saturday morning video: Gun control legislation ≠ crime reduction
This video, (gun myths gone in 5 minutes) which has been making the internet rounds recently, was filmed about a year after the Virginia Tech campus shooting in 2007. It lays out the case against gun control in the logical, calm way we’ve come to expect from John Stossel. Enjoy!
Here’s the video:
As I’ve stated before, if you are for legislative “gun control”, you are for more violence. It’s as simple as that.
8:45 am • 1 February 2014 • View comments
What bias? CNN doesn’t appear to understand the meaning of “fact check”
Yes, the above screen capture is an actual graphic from the
news Obama cheerleading organization CNN. The only options for Obama’s statements are “True” and “Mostly True.” This is kind of like asking, “Is Obama A) amazing or B) just kind of great?”
Sorry, CNN, that’s not how fact checking works.
10:06 am • 30 January 2014 • View comments
28-year-old survivor of fist-sized brain tumor gets a nasty surprise from Obamacare
Amanda Pratt is only 28 and is the survivor of a fist-sized brain tumor. She has already had five surgeries to remove the tumor and is still in recovery, requiring vigilant monitoring and regular check-ins with her physicians.
Obamacare just delivered her some devastating news, and now she’s now sure how she’s going to be able to afford her treatments.
from the Blaze:
Initially, Pratt said she noticed that her insurance premiums went down — $14 per month to be exact. She received a 30-or-so-page booklet detailing in small print the changes to her plan that would come under Obamacare. But she didn’t look closely enough to avoid her recent sticker shock.
Last week Pratt visited her primary care physician with a sore throat. It was strep. At the receptionist’s window and afterward at the pharmacy to fill a prescription, Pratt learned just how much more she would be paying for care.
“My copay for seeing the doctor went up $30 to $60. My copay for prescriptions went up $20 to $60 as well,” Pratt told TheBlaze.
But that’s not even the kicker. Having an MRI, something Pratt will need once a year for the next five years to monitor her brain, went from an $800 copay to $2,200.
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Pratt is now fighting two battles: the first is just to finish defeating the brain tumor that has disrupted her life. The second is now trying to navigate the treacherous wasteland of Obamacare to figure out how to afford the treatments she needs to live a healthy life.
9:56 am • 30 January 2014 • View comments
MSNBC forced to apologize for outrageous race-baiting tweet aimed at Conservatives
The hateful spew above is what came from the official MSNBC twitter account. Slandering the “rightwing” as racist haters of bi-racial families didn’t exactly sit will with Conservatives out here in the real world.
Proud right wingers began flooding MSNBC with photos of their bi-racial families:
There are even more awesome responses over at Twitchy. Ironically, it was less than a month ago that MSNBC’s own Melissa Harris Perry was mocking Mitt Romney’s bi-racial family. As usual, the vile left-wingers over at MSNBC can’t see the branch growing out of their own eye while trying to throw a speck into the eyes of Conservatives.
MSNBC has since deleted the tweet and apologized:
MSNBC’s executive editor Dick Wolffe also issued an apology on his personal Twitter account:
Actually, Mr. Wolffe, that’s exactly who you are, and we all know it.
9:31 am • 30 January 2014 • View comments
There are two kinds of people: Minimum wage hike proponents and those who understand economics
There’s been a lot of (coordinated) talk about the “wage crisis” in America. But unfortunately, most people, especially those who should understand the terrible consequences of minimum wage legislation, don’t. Make no mistake, politicians understand what minimum wage does to the economy but they’ll tell the uneducated what they want to hear in exchange for votes. It’s for this reason, we wanted to write a short, simple explanation of just what raising the minimum wage would do (and has done). This is by no means exhaustive, but it should help the average person understand why you should be opposed to raising it too.
The logic is so beautifully simple it should be common sense. If you raise the price of labor, fewer people will have jobs, especially those working entry level, minimum wage positions. Companies will simply choose not to hire them in order to maintain their profit margins. This will obviously hurt—not help—the poor. Unfortunately, however, there are still millions of theoretically intelligent Americans who don’t understand this.
Secondly, if the minimum wage is the answer to eliminating poverty, why not make it $20 an hour? How about $100? $1,000? $10,000? After all, everyone could be millionaires after a week of work. It’s a legitimate question. The obvious answer is that it would result in massive inflation, making money worth much less which would, again, hurt the poor (especially those without assets, i.e., the poor). But if raising the minimum wage to $10,000 an hour would cause massive amounts of inflation, wouldn’t raising it slightly also increase inflation proportionately? (Hint: Yes). Eventually there will simply be more inflation and even if the poor were somehow magically helped by a higher minimum wage, they’ll be proportionally right back where they started once inflation takes hold.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, what business is it of the federal government to dictate the details of a private agreement between two entities? If I want to work for $6 per hour, I should be able to, plain and simple. It is no one’s business what I choose to work for—especially the government’s.
Check out this hypothetical scenario from the Matt Walsh blog:
Worker: “Hi, I’d like to work for you.”
Employer: “Sorry, the government says we have to pay everyone at least 10.10 an hour. We don’t have any money in our budget to hire more workers at that rate.”
Worker: “Well, I still need a job. I’ll gladly work for 6 dollars an hour. Deal?”
Government: “Hold on! You can’t do that. You’re not allowed to sell your services for less than 10.10 an hour!”
Worker: “But… I’d rather make under 10.10 than be unemployed. Why can’t I enter into a private employment contract with this establishment if we both feel that the arrangement benefits us? We are both consenting parties, aren’t we?”
Government: “Because that isn’t fair.”
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Look, the minimum wage hurts the economy, raises production costs, raises labor costs, causes inflation and creates an influx of people, who were once self-sufficient and learning a trade, to become dependent on the government, etc. The poor will become poorer, government’s debt will increase and the nation will become less productive.
11:27 am • 29 January 2014 • View comments
Al Gore: Africa needs “fertility management” to prevent overpopulation and “extreme weather”
The liberal mind is a twisted place, a dark space where pseudoscience gives one a self-righteous excuse to advocate population control over an entire continent. Such is the mind of Al Gore, who is now openly advocating “fertility management” in Africa in order to prevent “extreme weather.”
Stopping overpopulation is one way the dangers of climate change can be mitigated, according to two of the most prominent believers in global warming.
Former Vice President Al Gore and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that contraception is a key in controlling the proliferation of unusual weather they say is endangering the world.
"Depressing the rate of child mortality, educating girls, empowering women and making fertility management ubiquitously available … is crucial to the future shape of human civilization," said Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on global warming.
Gore said Africa’s population is expected to surpass India’s and China’s by the mid-21st century and will be more than both combined by the end of the century.
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This is not really a new idea for liberals. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger openly advocated the abortions and sterilization to prevent the overpopulation of “undesirable” races. Global Warming is just the liberal’s new excuse for population control.
There’s a word for this kind of warped thinking: evil.
11:57 am • 28 January 2014 • View comments
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio teaming up with…Sheila Jackson Lee?
Yes, you read that headline correctly. And what issue could possibly unite two of the most conservative members of the Senate with one of the most liberal members of Congress?
from the Hill:
Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), two possible GOP White House contenders, are making education reform their next big policy focus.
Rubio recently told donors that he will focus on education in the next several weeks.
He is planning to deliver a major speech on the issue in the near future that will likely concentrate on reforms to higher education. He recently stressed to allies the importance of making education accessible to people through reforms to career, college and community college education.
“That’s been his focus for a while now,” said a Rubio aide.
Cruz teamed up with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), one of the most outspoken liberals in the House, on Saturday to call for school choice at a rally in Houston.
“School choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Every child in America deserves a fair chance at a quality education,” Cruz told KTRK, Houston’s ABC television affiliate.
Republicans in recent months have recognized they need to broaden their agenda to appeal to lower- and middle-income voters who voted overwhelmingly against Mitt Romney, then the Republican presidential nominee, in 2012.
Cruz, who along with other conservatives wants to expand charter schools and voucher programs, has been at the forefront of the push among influential Republicans for an agenda that resonates more broadly with working-class voters.
In August, he told conservative activists at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, that Romney should have been more inclusive of lower-income Americans.
"Every policy we think about, we talk about, should focus like a laser on opportunity, on easing the means of assent up the economic ladder — on how it impacts the least well off among us,” he said.
An aide to Cruz said reforms to give low-income students a greater variety of educational options has “been one of his strong policy preferences since he first entered the public arena and it’s something he’ll continue to talk about.”
Rubio last year introduced legislation to help families apply for more school options though a new tax credit.
President Obama and Democrats have made income inequality a primary theme of the 2014 election year and have criticized Republicans for repeatedly bashing ObamaCare instead of offering constructive proposals for improving economic opportunity for all classes.
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School choice is an issue that I think most sane people can unify around. Americans should have a choice on where their tax dollars go, especially with regards to the education of their children. American families pay billions for public education, only to have their children sentenced to sub-standard public schools with no way out.
The school choice movement is a clear path to ending the vice grip that the Department of Education and the teachers unions have on education in the United States.
10:05 am • 28 January 2014 • View comments