July 2011


This story coincides with the earlier post concerning global warming.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article.

via APNewsBreak: Arctic scientist under investigation – Yahoo! News.

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Hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money.

Two-thirds of health trusts in England are rationing treatments for “non-urgent” conditions as part of the drive to reduce costs in the NHS by £20bn over the next four years. One in three primary-care trusts (PCTs) has expanded the list of procedures it will restrict funding to in the past 12 months.

via Cataracts, hips, knees and tonsils: NHS begins rationing operations – Health News, Health & Families – The Independent.

Alarmist computer models assume human carbon dioxide emissions indirectly cause substantial increases in atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds (each of which are very effective at trapping heat), but real-world data have long shown that carbon dioxide emissions are not causing as much atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds as the alarmist computer models have predicted.

 

When objective NASA satellite data, reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, show a “huge discrepancy” between alarmist climate models and real-world facts, climate scientists, the media and our elected officials would be wise to take notice. Whether or not they do so will tell us a great deal about how honest the purveyors of global warming alarmism truly are.

via New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hold In Global Warming Alarmism – Yahoo! News.

This headline appeared in my Google Reader:

Sign to honor NY trooper killed by car

Was it a Transformer? I thought the Autobots were supposed to be on our side.

http://www.wcax.com/story/15145938/sign-to-honor-ny-trooper-killed-by-car

(The death of a trooper is not funny. It’s the headline that mocks the troopers death.)

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Since 1979, the House of Representatives by rule has automatically raised the debt ceiling when passing a budget, except when the House votes to waive or repeal this rule.

via United States public debt – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I realize that Wikipedia is not the best source for information, but it’s a place to start.

If it is true that the House automatically raises the debt ceiling when passing a budget, then it is no wonder that politicians have not been able to curb their spending. It is foolish to think that a politician, spending someone else’s money, will exercise restraint when it comes to making a budget that lives within the country’s means.

I just read a commentary (at least I think it was commentary and not a news article) on the Huffington Post. There is so much to say about the article that I decided just to say: Are you kidding?

What bugs me about the debate over the debt ceiling (and most other political issues) is that we aren’t talking about the differences at the root (or at least not in a way that is helpful for discussion). When we focus too much on the symptoms, we ignore the disease. That is why Republicans, as the de facto representatives of conservatives, keep losing the debate and losing ground in the fight to shape America as it was envisioned. Republicans would do well to push past the hyperventilation about the debt ceiling “details” and keep hammering at the causes of it (that is if they really do care about the country and the people who live here).

A debtor is a slave to the lender, and raising the debt ceiling only serves to submit more of our freedoms to our lenders.

Below is an AP article posted at WCAX.com. The AP may not be so bold as to tell you who you should vote for, but they do a fine job of telling you who you should not vote for. I am probably violating fair use laws, but I wanted to show you the whole article for effect. I’ll comment at the end.

Perry’s credentials: As conservative as they come – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

By CHRIS TOMLINSONAssociated Press
                  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – If Texas Gov. Rick Perry runs for president, he’d bring along strong conservative credentials.
                  He denounces Social Security and other entitlement programs, and he represents activists in fights on social issues such as abortion and gay rights.
                  Even within his own party, Perry is a rabble-rouser. He complains that too few politicians are standing up for their conservative beliefs.
                  Perry puts his beliefs on display in his books and his legislative agenda in Texas.
                  He’s advocated laws that require a sonogram before an abortion and that force police to enforce federal immigration law.
                  But most of all, he believes in state’s rights and says that’s where laws concerning marijuana and gay marriage should be decided.
                  Whether those politics can win him the presidency is an open question.

http://www.wcax.com/story/15094647/perrys-credentials-as-conservative-as-they-come

The title says it all, but in case you haven’t been numbed into believing that conservatives are evil/bad/sexist/racist/intolerant/etc., then I’ll extract some goodies to help you loathe conservatives just like our media shepherds.

Paragraph two helps you understand why conservatives are bad, you see. They denounce Social Security and other entitlement programs (I.e. welfare). Don’t bother with their reasoning or explanations, all we need to know is that conservatives “denounce” them. We also know that they are “activists” on social issues.

The next few paragraphs tell us more about Perry specifically. Perry is a “rabble-rouser”, he “complains”, he actually puts into practice his conservative beliefs by having you take a look at the human life that you’re about to kill (abortion), and actually enforcing laws that help keep everyone safe and playing by the same rules (immigration), and he thinks that the states have rights before the federal government.

The AP reporter wraps it up with this little “I hope not” gem:

Whether those politics can win him the presidency is an open question.

I doubt there is any question in his mind about what to expect.

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