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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Oh, My

The Washington Post this morning breaks the bad news to gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.

Do you have a different career in mind, Big Guy?

Among those "who say they are certain to vote in November":

Republican Bob McDonnell ... 54%
Democrat Creigh Deeds ........ 39%

Of course 52% of the electorate either has no opinion or is undecided. So if McDonnell is caught coming out of Rielle Hunter's hotel room, or he's found to have wads of cash stuffed in his freezer, or it's determined that he's a lunatic, things could change.

But I wouldn't count on it.

Deeds needs a Plan B. And fast.

Before the voters of Virginia present him with one.

Why They'll Continue Losing The Argument

The Roanoke Times this morning sounds the death knell for the coal industry. Again.

"The U.S. is extraordinarily dependent upon coal for the energy that keeps the nation running. Clearly, the time is now to start weaning ourselves from that dependence."

Their alternative?

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It's Sad, In a Way

They just want to be loved.

And appreciated.

And, in one case, reelected.

It seemed like the perfect plan too.

Alas:
Sestak wipes out Specter at Netroots Nation straw poll
By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

So much for switching parties to save one’s political hide. Arlen Specter might have pulled a Jumping Jim in order to avoid a primary fight with Pat Toomey, but he landed in another with Rep. Joe Sestak for the Democratic nomination for his Senate seat in 2010. Despite a surprisingly warm reception at Netroots Nation, the straw poll conducted of its attendees show that the activists in the Democratic Party overwhelmingly distrust Specter just as much as Republicans did.

The activist base of the Democratic Party doesn’t trust Specter, despite his flip-flops on Card Check and health care … or perhaps because of them.

And we know how they feel.

Pat Toomey told me yesterday that Specter said he switched because he didn’t want to justify his existence to the GOP party base. It looks like he’ll get roughly the same treatment from Democrats. [link]
Too bad. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy.

"I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet."
-- Rodney Dangerfield --

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Those straw poll results from the nutroots convention:

Democrat Joe Sestak: ...................................................... 48%
Democrat ... Republican ... Democrat Arlen Specter: ..10%
Ouch.

Hurricanes! Global Warming!

Expect to read a lot in coming days about how hurricanes are becoming more intense over time and are growing in number each year as the planet warms.

In fact, the first study is out, and just in time, what with a hurricane now forming in the Atlantic:
Study Finds Big Storms on a 1,000-Year Rise
By Lauren Morello, New York Times

The North Atlantic Ocean has spawned more hurricanes and tropical storms over the last decade than it has since a similarly stormy period 1,000 years ago, according to a new study.

The research, published yesterday in the journal Nature, tries to trace the pattern of storms along North America's Atlantic and Gulf coasts back to A.D. 500, well before humans were recording weather observations.

The researchers ... used a computer model to simulate 1,500 years of Atlantic storms ...

"The paleoclimate evidence seems to reinforce the notion that, all other things being equal, when you have warm sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic, you see more activity," [Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University] said.

[It] suggest that warmer temperatures produce more storm activity -- meaning that coming climate change could increase the frequency of hurricane activity. [link]
Well, that's a fact. Unless your basic research methodology is breathtakingly flawed. Roger Pielke Jr., professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, on Mann's study:
Mann et al.'s bottom-line results say nothing about climate or hurricanes, but what happens when you connect two time series with dramatically different statistical properties. If Michael Mann did not exist, the skeptics would have to invent him.
In other words, Mann's research, and therefore his study, are worthless.

But expect to find it cited over and over again by those who cling to the notion that the planet is warming and bad things are happening as a result. This is what it's come to.

But let's not dwell on Mann's manipulation use of computer models. Let's look out the window:
Where are the hurricanes?
By Husna Haq, Christian Science Monitor

t’s going to be a bad year for hurricanes along the coasts of the United States. That’s what forecasters, including Colorado State University meteorologists William Gray and Phil Klotzbach, were saying last year when they predicted we’d see 12 named storms this hurricane season.

The tally so far? Zero.

An average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, produces 11 named storms, with six becoming hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

But this year, more than two months into the season, no storms or hurricanes have yet formed. [link]
1) We have warming sea temperatures and, as a result, more storm activity.

Or ...

2) We have an uncommonly mild storm season devoid of major events.

I wonder which story line , (1) or (2), will get the attention of the media now that Hurricane Bill - finally! Thank God! - is forming in the Atlantic.

Like Sheep

I gave up reading left-leaning blogs a long time ago. The authors thereof are simply pack animals who regurgitate the talking points of their bosses in the Democratic hierarchy. If acid rain was declared to be the number one issue of our time by the White House, every loony lefty blog would be trumpeting the cause ad nauseum, starting this afternoon.

Now, if I want their opinion (singular), I go to their source.

Today we get a poll that illuminates my point. That point being they're nothing more than lambs being lead around by a shepherd:
The netroots agenda: War? What war?
By Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent, Washington Examiner

It's not getting much attention, but the Netroots Nation conference (formerly known as YearlyKos, a spinoff from the left-wing website DailyKos) is going on in Pittsburgh this weekend. Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg has conducted a straw poll of the participants and found that a majority of those surveyed, 53 percent, say they "cannot support a health care reform bill that does not include a public option."

What's truly striking in Greenberg's poll is the degree to which the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have fallen off the progressive radar. I attended the first YearlyKos convention, in 2006, and have kept up with later ones, and it's safe to say that while people who attended those gatherings couldn't stand George W. Bush in general, their feelings were particularly intense when it came to opposing the war in Iraq. It animated their activism; they hated the war, and they hated Bush for starting it. They weren't that fond of the fighting in Afghanistan, either.

Now, with Obama in the White House, all that has changed. Greenberg presented respondents with a list of policy priorities and asked, "Please indicate which two you think progressive activists should be focusing their attention and efforts on the most." The winner was passing comprehensive health care reform, with 60 percent, and number two was passing "green energy policies that address environmental concerns," with 22 percent. Tied for eighth place, named by just eight percent of respondents, was "working to end our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Not too long ago, with a different president in the White House, the left was obsessed with America's wars. Now, they're not even watching. [link]
Google the words "Iraq war" and "murder" and you get 2,640,000 citations.

Of course, those are all from the days before Obama took charge of the "murder machine."

Now those who were tearfully writing about the carnage and the savagery and the lawlessness and the inhumanity (and the cost) just months ago no longer give a shit.

Sheep. They're nothing but sheep. And they contribute nothing to the conversation. Their talking points can be found in the daily White House briefing.

Thus, they are to be ignored.

Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds.

Do As I Say, Not ...

They say the town hall warriors should focus on the substance of health care legislation.

Obama Says Insurers Are Trying to Block Change

Obama slams TV over health care "ruckus"

Barack Obama accuses Republicans of 'scaring the heck out of folk' over health care

Obama invokes grandmother's death in health debate

Right.