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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Kyoto Pact Goes Into Effect

Did you notice the air was measurably cooler today? There's a reason. The Kyoto global warming pact went into effect. And you can't help but notice the immediate resulting improvement in the planet's atmospheric temperature.

Right.

Kyoto Global Warming Pact in Effect
By JOSEPH COLEMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

KYOTO, Japan (AP) - The Kyoto global warming pact went into force Wednesday, seven years after it was negotiated, imposing limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases scientists blame for increasing world temperatures, melting glaciers and rising oceans.

The landmark agreement, negotiated in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto in 1997 and ratified by 140 nations, targets carbon dioxide and five other gases that can trap heat in the atmosphere, and are believed to be behind rising global temperatures that many scientists say are disrupting weather patterns.

The United States, the world's largest emitter of such gases, has refused to ratify the agreement, saying it would harm the economy and is flawed by the lack of restrictions on emissions by emerging economies China and India.

Environmental officials, gathered in the convention hall where the accord was adopted, hailed the protocol as a historic first step in the battle against global warming and urged the world to further strengthen safeguards against greenhouse gases.

"Today is a day of celebration and also a day to renew our resolve ... to combat global warming," said Hiroshi Ohki, former Japanese environment minister and president of the conference that negotiated the protocol. (link)
I would make you a bet but I wouldn't want to take your money. So I'll just make this statement of fact: Not one of the high and mighty signatories of the groundbreaking environmental treaty to end global catastrophe will do one thing to meet their individual targets. Watch, a year from now, the news will come out that the European countries in particular are having trouble implementing their first steps toward meeting their treaty obligations.

This has been nothing more than a meaningless photo op from the beginning. And George W Bush is to be praised for calling the bluff of every country on earth that signed this silly, worthless document.

War of the Worlds It Ain't, But...

This could be astounding news:

Exclusive: NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars
By Brian Berger Space News Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here Sunday that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water.

The scientists, Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, told the group that they have submitted their findings to the journal Nature for publication in May, and their paper currently is being peer reviewed.

What Stoker and Lemke have found, according to several attendees of the private meeting, is not direct proof of life on Mars, but methane signatures and other signs of
possible biological activity remarkably similar to those recently discovered in caves here on Earth. (
link)
There is no evidence that either Stoker or Lemke are part of the wild-eyed gloom-and-doom global warming "scientific" community, so their theories deserve a hearing. This could be the most significant discovery since Christopher Columbus accidentally ran aground in Hispaniola.

Stay tuned.

Stop Illegal Immigration; Annex Mexico

Until we adopt the notion that the only way we are going to stop the flood of illegal immigration is by fixing the problems in Mexico and Central America that are forcing millions of Hispanics to flee to the USA, we will continue to see politicians coming up with worthless ideas like this:
Senate Republicans' new point man on immigration said that it is unrealistic to assume that the 10 million illegal aliens in the United States can be deported and that the only alternative is to create a temporary worker program that has them come forward on their own.

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee, also said he thinks new temporary workers from overseas must return home after their work visa ends, but he is skeptical about how successful it would be to have illegal aliens return home before applying for the program in the first place. (
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It sounds like the good senator doesn't even believe his proposal will change anything. And it won't.

For whatever reason, prosperity doesn't export well. We have tried over the years - and with billions of dollars - to improve the lives of the impoverished in Central America, South America, and Africa and most of the places where we have sent the Peace Corps are still impoverished.

So we need to expand our way of thinking - as well as our sphere of influence. It's time to think about statehood for the Mexicans. Knock down the walls. Capitalism will do the rest.

The Risk You Run

When you support a politician - Bill Clinton for example - who has no core beliefs and who is willing to throw his (or her) political support behind the group with the most money or influence, you run the risk of watching that politician turn on a dime. Today the Democratic Party is known only by the company it keeps. Abortionists. Trial lawyers. Unions. NAACP. Moonbats.

Unlike most leading Republicans, who seem to be consistently principled if occasionally frightened, Democrats are willing, at any given moment, to sign on to any notion if they think it will get them elected. Or reelected.

Change is in the air and it has some party supporters - the abortionists and their pom-pom twirling cheerleaders, the feminists - getting nervous.

From the New York Times this morning:
For Democrats, Rethinking Abortion Runs Risks
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 - In their search for middle ground on the subject of abortion, Democrats are encountering a mixture of resistance and retreat from abortion rights advocates in their own party.


Since its defeats in the November elections, nothing has put the fractured soul of the Democratic Party on display more vividly than abortion. Party leaders, including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and the new chairman, Howard Dean, have repeatedly signaled an effort to recalibrate the party's thinking about new restrictions on abortion.

But [Sen. Chuck] Schumer's overture [to recruit a pro-life candidate for senate in PA.] has roiled party loyalists who remain unyielding in their support for abortion rights, exposing a deepening rift in the party. Abortion rights groups that are major financial donors to Democratic campaigns say they may fight Mr. Casey in a primary with a candidate who shares their beliefs.

Karen White, political director of Emily's List, a group that raises money for female candidates who support abortion rights, said the group was "very excited" about possibly backing an abortion rights supporter, Barbara Hafer, a former Pennsylvania treasurer.

Emily's List and other groups have also sounded alarms about the direction the party leadership is taking over all. During the search for a national Democratic chairman, Ms. White posted a rallying cry on the group's Web site: "We fought like mad to beat back the Republicans. Little did we know that we would have just as much to fear from some within the Democratic Party who seem to be using choice as a scapegoat for our top-of-the-ticket losses." (link)

I'm not prepared to make too much of this change in course but it is worth watching. Just as the Democratic Party in the 1950's was known as the segregationist party, only to become the party of civil rights under Lyndon Johnson, so too might the party of Hillary Clinton become something other than what it has been.

Losers.