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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's Got To Be Tough These Days ...

... to be an Obama supporter. One day you have to argue that his "nuanced" and "careful" and "measured" and "cautious" approach to Iran is the appropriate one and then the next you have to defend this:
Obama harshly condemns Iran crackdown on protesters
By John Whitesides and Jeff Mason, Reuters

Washington (Reuters) - President Barack Obama toughened his criticism of Iran on Tuesday for its crackdown on anti-government protesters, harshly condemning the violence and declaring scenes of death in Tehran "heartbreaking."

The Democratic president, facing heavy criticism from Republicans that he was being too timid in backing street protests over Iran's contested election, said the United States was "appalled and outraged" by the violence.

"I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost," Obama said.

He called the video of an Iranian women killed in the streets, which has become a staple of news coverage of the protests, "heartbreaking" and said it made clear the violence against the protesters was "fundamentally unjust." [link]
Good for him. He finally chose a side to be on. And, thank God, it was our side.

But why did it take him so long?

And how will his defenders rationalize this?

Why Not?

He has nothing better to do:
Kaine unveils clean air initiative
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Appalachian Power Co.'s coal-fired power plant in Giles County and MeadWestvaco's paper mill in Covington will be part of a state evaluation of pollution emissions from older facilities that were exempted from the federal Clean Air Act, Gov. Tim Kaine said Tuesday.

The Department of Environmental Quality will determine whether emissions from those two facilities and a Dominion Virginia Power plant in Chesterfield County comply with national air quality standards.

"There isn't any reason why we shouldn't do a systematic analysis of grandfathered sources," Kaine said in announcing the initiative at Dominion's Chesterfield County power plant.

Kaine said the state is focusing on large, older facilities that either produce significant emissions because of their size or are located near population centers. The three facilities identified Tuesday are the first of 15 older power plants and industrial facilities that could be evaluated over the next five years under Kaine's plan. The surveys could take as long as 18 months, depending on the amount of data that needs to be collected, officials said. [link]
Obviously the Kaine administration has excess personnel standing around with nothing to do. The federal EPA decided long ago to leave these plants alone but Kaine assigns a team to investigate their emissions. The findings from which will go down the rat hole when completed.

Hey, Tim, why not put shovels in their hands and have them repairing potholes on I-66? Why not do something productive?

New York Is Becoming a Circus

Even banana republics function more effectively than this:
N.Y. Senate Talks Fail Miserably, Chaos Ensues
By Marcia Kramer, WCBSTV

The battle for control of the New York State Senate got even more bizarre Tuesday.

After talks of a power-sharing arrangement broke down, Democrats locked themselves in the Senate chamber, Republicans tried to conduct business on their own and none of the "people's business" got done

The odd thing was when Republican senators start the session with the pledge of allegiance. The Democrats didn't stand to participate and when one tried to stand, he was pulled down.

[Governor Paterson:] "I've been a public servant for over 20 years and what I've seen in the last two weeks in the Senate disgusts me. Their inaction is a dereliction of duty. I pledge as governor there will be no more tolerance of these delays and these distractions." [link]
Meanwhile, nothing gets done. Which, this being liberal la-la-land, can only work to the taxpayers' advantage. No government, no new taxes.

I gotta tell you, this is better than "My Name Is Earl."

You Be The Judge

How trustworthy is his "science," when he wears his advocacy on his sleeve?
Hansen of NASA Arrested in Coal Country
Dot Earth

James E. Hansen, the NASA climate scientist who has become an outspoken campaigner against coal burning, was among 31 protesters arrested on charges of obstructing officers and impeding traffic during a protest against mountaintop mining. They had initially sought to enter the grounds of a facility run by Massey Energy, the biggest company conducting mountaintop mining in West Virginia. But several hundred miners and relatives, along with supporters of the coal industry, blocked the entrance, according to the Charleston Gazette.

The protesters included Ken Hechler, 94, a former congressman, the actress Darryl Hannah and the executive director of the Rainforest Action Network.

In a statement distributed by the Rainforest Action Network, Dr. Hansen said:

"I am not a politician; I am a scientist and a citizen. Politicians may have to advocate for ... [balh blah blah] " [link]
Anything after "I am not a politician" is just hot air (pun intended). This is the stuff of politicians, not of someone seeking answers to humankind's most perplexing questions.

Keep that in mind next time Darryl Hannah's best friend tries to convince you that the planet isn't really cooling.

"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play."

-- Joseph Goebbels

And, having chosen sides in the political battle between conservatives and the White House, the press can do nothing but sit there and take it:
Stay Tuned for More of 'The Obama Show'
By Dana Milbank, Washington Post

In his first daytime news conference yesterday, President Obama ... had arranged some prepackaged entertainment for them.

After the obligatory first question from the Associated Press, Obama treated the overflowing White House briefing room to a surprise. "I know Nico Pitney is here from the Huffington Post," he announced.

Obama knew this because White House aides had called Pitney the day before to invite him, and they had escorted him into the room. They told him the president was likely to call on him, with the understanding that he would ask a question about Iran that had been submitted online by an Iranian. "I know that there may actually be questions from people in Iran who are communicating through the Internet," Obama went on. "Do you have a question?"

Pitney recognized his prompt. "That's right," he said, standing in the aisle and wearing a temporary White House press pass. "I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian."

Pitney asked his arranged question. Reporters looked at one another in amazement at the stagecraft they were witnessing. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel grinned at the surprised TV correspondents in the first row.

The use of planted questioners is a no-no at presidential news conferences, because it sends a message to the world -- Iran included -- that the American press isn't as free as advertised. But yesterday wasn't so much a news conference as it was a taping of a new daytime drama, "The Obama Show." Missed yesterday's show? Don't worry: On Wednesday, ABC News will be broadcasting "Good Morning America" from the South Lawn (guest stars: the president and first lady), "World News Tonight" from the Blue Room, and a prime-time feature with Obama from the East Room.

During the eight years of the Bush administration, liberal outlets such as the Huffington Post often accused the White House of planting questioners in news conferences to ask preplanned questions. But here was Obama fielding a preplanned question asked by a planted questioner -- from the Huffington Post. [link]
A sad commentary. Read the whole thing. You can't come away from it without shaking your head in dismay.

Is That a Crack In The Foundation?

When the looniest lefty website on the planet begins to doubt the whole global warming cardcastle, you know that serious doubts are beginning to skew the thinking of those who not long ago ridiculed the rest of us as being knuckle-dragging, close-minded neanderthals.

But doubters they are becoming:
Basic Climate References
by apsmith, Daily Kos

I recently corresponded with a colleague who has acquired a degree of "skepticism" regarding global warming. I've noticed a number of recent posts on DailyKos that seemed to be heading in this direction as well.

If you have doubts, that's fine, but before you pontificate on the subject, try a little humility - educate yourself by reading and trying to understand the depth of analysis that's already gone into the science, and you can learn for yourself who you can trust. [link]
Or better yet, skip the pseudoscience and "analysis" all together and go to the raw data. It reveals the fact that ...

... the planet is not warming.

You have every reason to let those doubts flow, my leftist friends.