Talk about your old man wandering off the proverbial porch…
Warren Buffett: Supposed Increase in Extreme Weather ‘Hasn’t Been True So Far’
Any climate alarmist will tell you that climate change is increasing extreme weather events, but liberal billionaire Warren Buffett easily destroyed that argument.
…Buffett said the supposed increase in extreme weather “hasn’t been true so far, Joe. We always think it’s cold. We always think it’s cold in Omaha. But, it was cold in Omaha 50 years ago.”
…Specifically, Buffett rejected claims that hurricanes have increased due to climate change, citing his experience in hurricane insurance. He said “we’ve been remarkably free of hurricanes in the United States in the last five years.”
He added “If you are writing hurricane insurance, it has been all profit.“
…In that same interview, Buffett rejected two other liberal talking points. He expressed concern over an increased minimum wage, agreeing with the Congressional Budget Office that wage hikes would kill jobs. He also expressed support for the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it “useful.”
When you lose the WaPo’s editorial board
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy
By Editorial Board, Published: March 2
FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”
That’s a nice thought, and we all know what he means. A country’s standing is no longer measured in throw-weight or battalions. The world is too interconnected to break into blocs. A small country that plugs into cyberspace can deliver more prosperity to its people (think Singapore or Estonia) than a giant with natural resources and standing armies.
Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power
A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama’s team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend.
…According to Time magazine’s Zeke Miller, Obama skipped the meeting. “Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team,” says Miller.
Rice went over the Ukrainian YouTube list for her Sunday morning talk show appearances.
We are so boned.
…by your friendly, national Obama administration.
(ths note: I see I got my post w/ the same article, but different emphasis, up after Bingley’s in the one immediately below. We must both be pissed.)
New Obama initiative tramples First Amendment protections
“This has never been put to an FCC vote, it was just announced,” says Ajit Pai, one of the FCC’s five commissioners (and one of its two Republicans).
“I’ve never had any input into the process,” adds Pai, who brought the story to the public’s attention in a Wall Street Journal column last week.
…The study identified eight “critical needs”: information about emergencies and risks; health and welfare; education; transportation; economic opportunities; the environment; civic information; and political information.
It’s not difficult to see those topics quickly becoming vehicles for political intimidation. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine that they wouldn’t. For example, might the FCC standards that journalists must meet on the environment look something like the Obama administration’s environmental agenda? Might standards on economic opportunity resemble the president’s inequality agenda? The same could hold true for the categories of health and welfare and “civic information” — and pretty much everything else.
“An enterprising regulator could run wild with a lot of these topics,” says Pai. “The implicit message to the newsroom is they need to start covering these eight categories in a certain way or otherwise the FCC will go after them.“
Where’s those Pussy Riot girls when you need someone with a pair?
That the man who has turned every agency of government into openly politicized arms of his regime would next turn his sights to overtly control those who have been his greatest enablers?
The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation’s newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public’s “critical information needs.” Those “needs” will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government’s standards could face an uncertain future. It’s hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment.
The initiative, known around the agency as “the CIN Study” (pronounced “sin”), is a bit of a mystery even to insiders. “This has never been put to an FCC vote, it was just announced,” says Ajit Pai, one of the FCC’s five commissioners (and one of its two Republicans). “I’ve never had any input into the process,” adds Pai, who brought the story to the public’s attention in a Wall Street Journal column last week.
Advocates promote the project with Obama-esque rhetoric. “This study begins the charting of a course to a more effective delivery of necessary information to all citizens,” said FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn in 2012. Clyburn, daughter of powerful House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, was appointed to the FCC by President Obama and served as acting chair for part of last year. The FCC, Clyburn said, “must emphatically insist that we leave no American behind when it comes to meeting the needs of those in varied and vibrant communities of our nation — be they native born, immigrant, disabled, non-English speaking, low-income, or other.”
The FCC, who licenses the airwaves, will now under the orders of Obama send Commissars into newsrooms to monitor what they do and say.
Who’s scoffing at the idea of “Liberal Fascism” now?
…but STRAIGHT from the corporate Twitter horse’s fingers:
— Cranky Gordon (@CrankyGordon) January 30, 2014
After a damn near immediate nuking of EPIC proportions, they have since vaporized it:
@msnbc: We are deleting the earlier offensive tweet. It does not reflect msnbc’s position and we apologize.
Oh, really? Since when?
Jon Corzine loses another round in court
Jon Corzine lost his bid for dismissal of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trade Commission’s lawsuit over the 2011 collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd.
The requests of Corzine and former MF Global Assistant Treasurer Edith O’Brien to throw out the case are “without merit,” U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said in a ruling filed Jan. 17 in Manhattan federal court.
Ah for those good old days…
…Michelle Obama’s birthday. As if it wasn’t already festive enough, with 24 days in Hawaii, being First Lady and all the EVERYDAY stuff, you and I are supposed to help out in spirit. Because she’s, like, a God-dess we worship, or something.
Now you know. Pick a number. Or two or three, since Michelle’s not into any sort of holding back on entertaining herself, so why should you?
Although that Number 8…
8. Buy a Jason Wu dress
…is gonna take me a leetle longer than I’d like. Her lazy a$$, golf-playing husband needs to PIVOT TO JOBS again for me to pull that off and still be able to feed the Scotties and the stray cat.
ths update: INTERESTING things going on in the comments! people are, as you might imagine, looking a bit askance at ABC’s suggestions…well, nay, the ENTIRE PIECE, and then some silly twit had to go say THIS to answer a critique:
ExJon • 33 minutes ago
I must have missed ABCNews’ “50 Ways to Celebrate Laura Bush’s Birthday.”
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Cynda P. ExJon • 32 minutes ago ?
Yes, number 1 should have been “Get away with vehicular homicide.” Say what you will about Michelle Obama, but at least she didn’t kill anyone.
Oh, don’t you KNOW I got a little hot under the bathrobe collar.
tree hugging sister: SNAPPY! Oh, but I’ll bet ANYTHING you just think Teddy Kennedy was the cat’s meow and wept bitter tears when he passed. But …
There WAS more. But someone on the ABC board deleted it. And my SUBSEQUENT comment with a “HEY! Mentioning Ted Kennedy gets DELETED, but you LEAVE “LAURA BUSH KILLS PEOPLE“?!” went into the ether shortly thereafter without even the benefit of a “comment deleted” indignity. BUT, by God, ‘Laura Bush is a killer and Michelle isn’t’ is STILL there. So they do.
There are also more comments disappearing over there displaying a certain antipathy to the Imperial O’s than you can shake a stick at. Amazingly, anything HATEFUL about the Bushes is remaining in situ…
ths update redux: Okay. ‘Laura Bush killed somebody‘ is STILL there, I’ve been vaporized FIVE times (some with NO Ted Kennedy at all), BUT I have screen-caps of everything. I’ll get those up later, since I now have to work and it’s a late one.
ths again: 3 HOURS and HATEFUL Laura Bush comment GONE AT LAST.
What took you SO LONG, ABC?
Democratic noise machine targets Christie
For years, Chris Christie was one of the country’s most gifted political thespians: More than any other contemporary Republican, he mastered the art of crafting dramatic moments for TV and online consumption and watching the nation thrill to the raw force of his personality.
Now, the New Jersey governor, whose aides once took pride in creating viral videos of his town hall smack-downs, is battling a set of adversaries wielding many of the same media tools against him.
The Garden State’s unfurling retribution scandal — in which at least three Christie associates have been tied to a scheme to deliberately disrupt traffic near the George Washington Bridge — has quickly become a case study in the evolution of the powerful messaging apparatus that national Democrats have built in the Obama era.
The early story
Employers probably expanded payrolls in December, capping the strongest year for U.S. employment since 2005, a report today may show.
The addition of 197,000 jobs followed a 203,000 advance the prior month, according to the median forecast of 90 economists in a Bloomberg survey. The projected gain would bring the annual increase to 2.27 million, which was last exceeded eight years ago. The unemployment rate may have held at a five-year low of 7 percent in December.
…“We’re seeing a substantial improvement in the labor market,” said Richard DeKaser, a Washington-based corporate economist for Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. home lender. “Monthly payroll gains will be in the 200,000 territory for much of 2014. Growth is beginning to pick up.”
The Labor Department’s report is due at 8:30 a.m. in Washington. Bloomberg survey estimates ranged from payroll increases of 100,000 to 250,000.
The “unexpected” report
U.S. stock-index futures fluctuated as data showed payrolls in December increased at the slowest pace since January 2011, indicating a pause in the recent strength of the labor market.
…The 74,000 gain in payrolls, less than the most pessimistic projection in a Bloomberg survey, followed a revised 241,000 advance the prior month, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 90 economists called for an increase of 197,000. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent, the lowest since October 2008, as more people left the labor force.
As more people left the work force
Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%? The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978, at 62.8% down from 63.0%.
Funny what happens when you remove the dis-incentive to be unemployed.
So now all the world is ablaze with the news that some of Christie’s top aides were apparently directly involved in closing some lanes on the GWB and creating chaos for Fort Lee, whose mayor had declined to endorse Christie’s re-election; at the very least, they certainly made it known that they were amenable to the Port Authority choosing the most inconvenient times possible to conduct whatever repairs it needed to do. Assuming this is true, they must be fired immediately. And if Christie is shown to have ordered it he should resign. Such petty governmental abuse of power can not be tolerated at all, regardless of the letter after the politician’s name. Full stop.
It will of course be extremely interesting to compare and contrast the media’s outrage at this with their cocooning of Obama with regard to the IRS, the AP, Benghazi, etc., and the different set of standards that a Republican is held to vis a vis a Democrat.
Assuming Christie knew nothing of this, his making of heads to roll will be a good lesson in how to lead and worthy of contrast with the White House.
And, again, it simply points to the fact that a government with the time and inclination to involve itself and YOUR MONEY (always remember, absolutely everything the government does is done with your money, although at this point it is actually your grand-children’s money they’re blowing through now) in something this petty and vindictive is a government that is too damned big.
Update: Someone agrees with me.
According to the CDC “second hand smoke” causes “an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths per year.”
In this age of politiczed science and ideological-blinder driven research, we now know that “3,400 deaths” is Nanny State for, well, um “zero” actually
The article describes a large prospective study that “confirmed a strong association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer but found no link between the disease and secondhand smoke.” The study tracked more than 76,000 women, 901 of whom eventually developed lung cancer. Although “the incidence of lung cancer was 13 times higher in current smokers and four times higher in former smokers than in never-smokers,” says the JNCI article, there was no statistically significant association between reported exposure to secondhand smoke and subsequent development of lung cancer.
It’s all about control.
Global warming skeptic buries Sierra Club director under avalanche of facts [VIDEO]
Marc Morano, a global warming skeptic and the editor of ClimateDepot.com, fought the climate sob stories peddled by Sierra Club Director Michael Brune with cold, hard facts on CNN Tuesday night.
“‘Global weirding’ is nothing more than a pseudoscience expression,” he said on Don Lemon’s “11th Hour,” pushing back against Lemon’s contention that the “extreme” cold weather wracking much of the country is a symptom of climate change.
“So record cold is now evidence of man-made global warming,” Morano said sarcastically. “What evidence would disprove climate change? It seems that no matter the weather, everything that happens proves it.”
And then the Warmener goes right on to prove that point.
The ad in question is for a LOCAL CATHOLIC children’s pediatric foundation, no less.
— David Tullo (@DavidTullo) December 12, 2013
ESPN should suck a thousand angry stones. Cast a few, if you’re so inclined.
I will not step foot in a retail store today.
I will not shop online.
I will delete every sale email I receive without reading.
My, Liberals sure do love themselves some dictatorships, don’t they?
“Somebody keeps on yelling, ‘executive order,’” Obama said. “I’m going to actually pause on this issue because a lot of people have been saying this lately on every problem, which is just, ‘Sign an executive order and we can pretty much do anything and basically nullify Congress.’” When people started applauding, Obama said, “Wait, wait, wait. Before everybody starts clapping, that’s not how it works. We’ve got this Constitution, we’ve got this whole thing about separation of powers. So there is no short-cut to politics, and there’s no short-cut to democracy. We have to win on the merits of the argument with the American people, as laborious as it seems sometimes…What we have to do is keep on going, keep on pushing, and eventually we move in a better direction.”
Liberal Facism: dissent is cherished, so long as you agree with them, natch.
That pesky old Dead White Slave Holder Constitution, that Charter of Negative Liberties that so unreasonably restrains the Enlightened One from Doing Our Work.
For Us, my Brothers.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Words, just meaningless antiquated words
The Washington Times and one of its former journalists on Thursday sued the Department of Homeland Security, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper’s reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated case.
In a motion filed in federal court in Greenbelt, The Times and reporter Audrey Hudson asked a judge to force the federal agency to return all reporting files and documents it seized from Ms. Hudson’s home office during a raid in early August.
The newspaper alleged that federal agents accompanying Maryland State Police on the raid took materials from Ms. Hudson’s office that were not covered by the search warrant that authorized the collection solely of evidence about guns and a potato launcher allegedly possessed by her husband, Paul Flanagan.
The seized materials included documents the newspaper had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act as well as notes and memos that identified confidential sources from a series of investigative stories that exposed problems inside the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service.
… Ms. Hudson’s home was raided by Maryland State Police at 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 6. The investigators, including Miguel Bosch, a federal agent with the Homeland Security’s Coast Guard Investigative Service, had a warrant to search for unregistered firearms and a potato launcher belonging to Ms. Hudson’s husband. To date, Mr. Flanagan has not been charged with any wrongdoing in the case.
The warrant did not give investigators permission to seize personal records and documents unrelated to the firearms investigation, the newspaper’s court filing argued.
An evidence log from Maryland State Police shows that on Sept. 3, the documents were removed from the evidence holding room by a federal agent and returned an hour later, but the log gives no record of what was done with the documents and why they were removed.
Remember the uproar about Jonah Goldberg’s “smiley face” of Liberal facism?
Doesn’t sound so far-fetched now, does it?
Oh hey, look what we found lying around here in a box
The State Department has belatedly released dozens of photos of the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi after The Washington Times inquired about the authenticity of photographs it received from a Welsh security contractor assigned to the doomed American outpost in eastern Libya.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, had requested all photos and videos of the besieged diplomatic mission under the Freedom of Information Act in December and February, and the State Department released only seven photographs in June.
But this week, after weeks of inquiries by The Times about photos it received, the State Department released a trove of photographs showing buildings and vehicles ablaze during the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Other photos show ransacked offices, burned-out cars and Arabic graffiti scrawled on walls.
The State Department said it had forwarded the photographs to the FBI for its investigation into the attack and submitted them to the accountability review board, the independent panel that conducted the State Department’s mandatory probe of the Benghazi incident and events leading up to it. The department also shared the photographs with members of Congress looking into the Obama administration’s response to the attack.
Judicial Watch was incredulous over the sudden release of never-before-published photographs and criticized the State Department for withholding requested videos of the attack and its aftermath.
“The new photos reveal a level of total devastation thoroughly belying Obama’s original cover story that the carnage was perpetrated by a bunch of random malcontents upset over an unpleasant video,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Wednesday on the group’s website. “The fact that we’ve had to wait nearly a year and file a federal lawsuit for basic documentary material of the attack shows that this administration is still in cover-up mode. And now the Obama administration brings the Benghazi stonewall to a whole new level by withholding video of the attack using frivolous arguments such as ‘privacy.’”
It worked for Hillary at the Rose Law firm, so why shouldn’t she do it at State?
And now she hopes it will conveniently get glossed over in the midst of the Obamacare disaster.
…so you can claim “you asked about it” later.
In the last of a two-part interview, Judy Woodruff (PBS’s The News Hour) GRILLS new ATF director B. Todd Jones last night:
…JUDY WOODRUFF: We know that the bureau has had some high-profile controversies in recent years, most notably Fast and Furious, this exercise where ATF agents, in effect, were standing by while drug cartels were taking — trafficking in guns and moving them across the border.
The cigarette smuggling ring, we mentioned, other problems. How confident are you that this kind of thing is now a part of the past of the bureau and not the future?
B. TODD JONES: Again, I have been a trial lawyer most of my life and a prosecutor, and I have learned never say never, because we operate in a business that is chockful of risk.
But what I do have a high level of confidence, given some of the fixes that we put in, the leadership team we have in place, and our institutionalization of really the core flaws as to what happened on the southwest border, I have a higher level of confidence now 24 months on the job than I did when I came to this organization for the first time in September of 2011.
We have done a fair amount of work to make sure that cases are monitored, that there’s appropriate leadership involved in decision-making, and that the communications between what’s happening out in the field and what the knowledge of headquarters here in Washington, D.C., knows is much, much better than it was when I arrived here.
Yeah, okay. THAT’S ALL there was TO it ~ couple o’ guns went that-a-way ~ and I have no frickin’ idea what HE said.
One hundred fifty years ago today, after some music and a two hour oration by the leading speaker of the day, a tall gaunt man stood and delivered in but a few brief remarks words that have and will stand forever
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
It is in fact very appropriate that Captain Teleprompter is skipping the events there today, as the comparison would shrink him even more.