See also "At Least Ten Killed as "Peace Activists" Attack Soldiers."
Every Islamist on board that ship should have been shot.
Here's to Israel for limiting the bloodshed.
He’s spending the holiday weekend in Chicago when he should be commemorating Memorial Day here with the families of troops killed in battle and with veterans at Arlington Cemetery."Once More, With Feeling," New York Times, May 29, 2010
To many Americans, Memorial Day remains a day of stories. Stories about heroes. Stories about valor. Stories about sacrifice. But to veterans like me, Memorial Day is about men and women, friends no longer with us, feelings of emptiness. It's about men like Mike Ottolini and Patrick McCaffrey, Don McCune and Andre Tyson. But it is also about men like Tim Ozmer, John West, James Huff, and Bruce Himmelright. It's about the heroism of Sergeant Rob Johnson, about the incredible things the medics did to keep men alive.On this Memorial Day:
To a veteran like me, Memorial Day is about people. It is about people who gave their all, people who gave of themselves and people who loved their country and their friends more than themselves. It is about those who died, those who suffered horrific wounds, and those who have serious wounds that we cannot see by looking at them.
It is about people who will never be exactly like they were before they went to war. It is about heroes. [link]
Israel recoils as US backs nuclear moveWhat next? Support for Intifada?
Washington's unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally.
The resolution adopted by the United Nations on Friday calls on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and urges it to open its facilities to inspection.
The document, which singles out Israel but makes no mention of Iran's controversial nuclear programme, drew a furious reaction from the Jewish state who decried it as "deeply flawed and hypocritical."
But it was US backing for the resolution which has caused the most consternation among Israeli officials and commentators, who interpreted the move as "a resounding slap around the face" which has dealt a very public blow to Israel's long-accepted policy of nuclear ambiguity.
Publicly, the Israel government has not criticised the US position but privately, officials expressed deep disappointment over the resolution, which Washington backed despite intensive Israeli efforts to block it. [link]
• The armored vehicle that the Galax Police Department is slated to receive in November could have been used to get some people out of the cold during a fire at an independent living complex in Hillsville in January, Galax Police Chief told city council on Monday.Had it been available, the new armored vehicle could have prevented the Galax goat shooting of 1948 also. If we want to get completely unhinged.
• [The Police Chief] said it could have been used to extract individuals from two high-risk search warrant executions in the area, such as the hostage crisis at the Wytheville Post Office in December.
Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to push for privatization of the Virginia ABC retail liquor operations. I was honored to have been chairman of the Virginia Department of ABC for four years during Gov. Mark Warner's administration. During that time I developed a deep understanding of the challenges surrounding the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. A key part of the responsibility of ABC is promoting moderation in the consumption of alcoholic beverages and being a steward of Virginian's health and safety as related to the consumption of beverage alcohol.Horse shit.
NPR Paints Conservative Virginia Attorney General as Persecutor of Science in Climategate SuitEarth to all morons in academe: If you decide to work for us (the public), you'd better be prepared to accept our oversight. If you find that that might upset your principled stand on "academic freedom," get the hell out. Nobody is preventing you from refusing our money.
By Tim Graham, NewsBusters
Ken Cuccinelli, the conservative Attorney General of Virginia, came under attack on Friday night's All Things Considered on National Public Radio. This is one angle of Climategate the national media have noticed. But they pitch the battle as Cuccinelli vs. Science or Cuccinelli vs. Academic Freedom.
What's most infuriating is the notion that it's Cuccinelli who's "politicizing" science, and not Michael Mann's openly politicized e-mails explaining his data manipulations and plotting to censor his political opponents. Somehow, the Union of Concerned Scientists is painted as non-political.
Host Michele Norris began: "The University of Virginia says it will fight a demand from the state's attorney general. He wants the school to turn over private e-mails and documents related to a former professor's climate research. The case has sparked a national debate over academic freedom." [link] [emphasis in the original]
The Obama administration on Friday urged the Supreme Court to review and set aside an Arizona law that sanctions employers who hire illegal immigrants, saying it would disrupt the "careful balance" that Congress struck in federal immigration law.The Supreme Court of the United States does not have the authority - despite the history brought about by the Civil Rights movement - to "set aside" state laws.
U-Va. goes to court to fight Cuccinelli's subpoena of ex-professor's documentsWhat apparently doesn't chill this guy is the fact that a former University of Virginia professor has embarrassed himself and the entire scientific community by (allegedly) falsifying data and massaging the "science" of global warming to justify his political ends. Not to mention the possibility that a crime occurred.
By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer
Richmond -- Virginia's flagship university went to court Thursday to fight an effort by Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R) to get documents from a former climate scientist at the school, an unusual confrontation that will test the bounds of academic freedom and result in the college facing down its own lawyer in court.
In a motion filed in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia argued that Cuccinelli's subpoena for papers and e-mail from global warming researcher Michael Mann exceeds the attorney general's authority under state law and intrudes on the rights of professors to pursue academic inquiry free from political pressure.
Cuccinelli ... has said he is investigating whether Mann committed fraud by knowingly skewing data as he sought publicly funded grants for his research. Mann left U-Va. in 2005 and now works at Penn State.
University President John T. Casteen III said in a statement that Cuccinelli's order had "sent a chill through the Commonwealth's colleges and universities." [link]
Oldest Medal of Honor recipient from WWII diesAn American hero. Thanks for being there for us, Lt. Finn.
By Julie Watson, The Associated Press
San Diego -- Retired Navy Lt. John Finn - the first American to receive the nation's highest military award for defending sailors under a torrent of gunfire during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - died Thursday. He was 100.
Finn was the oldest of 97 Medal of Honor recipients from World War II still living.
Despite head wounds and other injuries, Finn, the chief of ordnance for an air squadron, continuously fired a .50-caliber machine gun from an exposed position as bullets and bombs pounded the Naval Air Station at Kaneohe Bay in Oahu. He then supervised the rearming of returning American planes.
"Here they're paying you for doing your duty, and that's what I did," Finn told The Associated Press before his 100th birthday. "I never intended to be a hero. But on Dec. 7, by God, we're in a war." [link]
STATEMENT OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILL BOLLING ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DECISION TO CANCEL VIRGINIA LEASE SALEObama's decision was nothing more than a shortsighted political move, born in the fetid sewers of Washington, intended to please only those leftists blinded by their detached and irrational view of the world.
Bolling says decision will deprive Virginia of economic resources and jobs
Richmond – Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling issued the following statement today, following the President’s announcement that the White House is cancelling Lease Sale 220 off the coast of Virginia. The lease sale was scheduled for 2012.
“I am extremely disappointed that President Obama has chosen to cancel the Virginia lease sale for offshore energy exploration that was scheduled for 2012. While I certainly agree that we need to learn from the accident that recently occurred in the Gulf of Mexico and take additional steps to minimize the chance of an incident of this nature occurring again, I remain convinced that offshore energy development can occur safely and I do not believe that we should abandon or postpone responsible efforts to develop our offshore energy resources.
“Proceeding with this lease sale would enable our country to achieve a greater degree of energy security, while enabling Virginia to achieve a greater degree of economic security. The President’s decision will deprive Virginia of the economic resources and jobs that could be created as a result of offshore energy development, resources that are needed to help address critical needs like transportation; and it will keep our country dependent on foreign nations for large amounts of our energy resources. I do not believe that this is the right policy for our country, and I will continue to work to advance the exploration and development of Virginia’s offshore energy resources at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Larry Summers, President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, has asked Congress to "grit its teeth" and approve a fresh fiscal boost of $200bn to keep growth on track. "We are nearly 8m jobs short of normal employment. For millions of Americans the economic emergency grinds on," he said.Just what we need. A freaked-out Obama government in time of crisis.
David Rosenberg from Gluskin Sheff said the White House appears to have reversed course just weeks after Mr Obama vowed to rein in a budget deficit of $1.5 trillion (9.4pc of GDP) this year and set up a commission to target cuts. "You truly cannot make this stuff up. The US government is freaked out about the prospect of a double-dip," he said. [emphasis mine]
Jamaica's Bloody Lesson On GunsTake away guns and evil wins out. Every time.
By John Lott, writing for Fox News.com
Do gun bans really stop criminals from getting guns? Americans need not look no further than the massive gun battle with armed gangs fighting police and soldiers that took place in Kingston, Jamaica today. At least 30 people were killed in the fighting. It is a huge number for a small island nation of fewer than 3 million people, but unfortunately murder is so common in Jamaica that these murders won't even be noticed in the annual crime numbers.
With Chicago's Mayor Daley again claiming that a gun ban is necessary to keep Chicagoans safe, Jamaica and other countries with gun bans might teach Americans a lesson.
Everyone wants to keep guns away from criminals, but the question is: who is most likely to obey the law? In the case of a ban, every instance we have data for shows that when a ban has been imposed, murder rates rise. In America, people are all to familiar with the increased murder rates in Chicago and Washington, D.C.. But supporters blame those gun control failures on the ease of getting guns in the rest of the country. Yet, even in island nations such as Ireland, the U.K., and Jamaica -- all of which have imposed bans -- their easily defendable borders and lack of obvious neighbors haven't stopped drug gangs from getting either drugs or the guns that they use to protect their valuable product. [link]
To reverse the effects of SB-1070, legislators in Mexico and the U.S. (EU) have agreed to submit an appeal to the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), since this initiative criminalises migration with racial profiling in the state of Arizona.Ya gotta love that "legislators in Mexico and the U.S. have agreed to submit an appeal to the Interamerican Commission ..." In fact, that would be U.S. Democrat legislators, along with a bunch of Mexicans, that are bypassing the U.S. and going to an international tribunal seeking retribution in a strictly internal U.S. matter.
Amanda Aguirre, state Sen. governed by Jan Brewer, read-after a closed-door meeting in the City of Nogales, "a joint statement announcing the promotion of comprehensive immigration reform" before the U.S. Congress- to enable the safe and orderly flow of migrants, in response to the reality of both nations in labor.
"We will seek to denounce the SB-1070 to the Organization of American States (OAS) through the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights ... in order to determine if the imminent implementation of this legislation violates the human rights of residents Arizona, regardless of their immigration status," he said. [link]
Yes, the Gulf Spill Is Obama's KatrinaObama is scheduled to fly to Louisiana tomorrow - sans plan - to get his picture taken on the beach. Expect him to scowl and point fingers. Expect the mainstream press to bring up the names Bush and Cheney. Incessantly.
By Karl Rove, writing in the Wall Street Journal
Could this be Mr. Obama's Katrina? It could be even worse. The federal response to Katrina was governed by the 1988 Stafford Act, which says that in natural disasters on-shore states are in charge, not Washington. The federal obligation is to "support . . . State and local assistance efforts" by providing whatever resources a governor requests and then writing big checks for the cleanup. Mr. Bush had to deal with a Louisiana governor and a New Orleans mayor who were, by federal law, in charge.
But BP's well was drilled in federal waters. Washington, not Louisiana, is in charge. This is Mr. Obama's responsibility. He says his administration has been prepared for the worst from the start. Mr. Obama's failure to lead in cleaning up the spill could lead voters to echo his complaint in Katrina's aftermath: "I wish that the federal government had been up to the task." [link]
MSNBC's Ratigan Guns for McDonnell Over Use of NRA Eddie Eagle ProgramI've always found it to be laughable (pathetic?) that diaper-wetting liberals find something to fear in "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult." But then they wouldn't be diaper-wetting liberals if they didn't act irrationally on frequent occasions, would they?
By Ken Shepherd, NewsBusters
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is "missing the target when it comes to whose interests he's really looking out for" but "then again, that's nothing new for us, is it," MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan complained in the "Busted" segment of today's program.
Ratigan lamented that McDonnell stripped out the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) as an alternative organization that Old Dominion educators could select for gun safety instruction for elementary school students. As it stands now, the National Rifle Association's "Eddie Eagle" program is the only option public school teachers have under state law.
Perhaps Ratigan is unaware that the Eddie Eagle program "neither offers nor asks for any value judgment concerning firearms," it merely instructs children in four simple steps about what to do should they come across a gun: "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult." [link]
"When we researched National Crime Prevention Center -- it became evident that no such entity existed," she wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.Rather than arbitrarily change the legislation to correct the moron's error, something the governor is forbidden to do, the governor axed it. As he should have. On grounds that the author of the bill was stupid.
"The assumption was that it is a reference to the National Crime Prevention Council," she continued. (That's the outfit that has made McGruff the Crime Dog famous.)
But, Johnson added, "the council acknowledges their gun safety curriculum is out of date and would have to be updated."
Rather than change the word "Center" to "Council," the governor instead deleted any reference to the latter organization. The General Assembly agreed to the change.
Imagine the uproar across Virginia if the state developed a pregnancy-prevention program for 8-year-old school kids based on materials supplied by the National Abortion Rights Action League.When NARAL puts together a program that has the best interests of children at its core (rather than the slaughter thereof), call us. Till then, the analogy is boneheaded.
Virginians would be legitimately outraged, because NARAL is a lobbying group for abortion clinics.
Something similar occurred this year in the Virginia General Assembly with guns ...
Speak softly and carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt said. President Obama speaks apologetically and carries no stick at all. No wonder North Korea torpedoed that South Korean warship, something they would not have done in all probability if China had not quietly approved. No wonder Brazil and Turkey thumb their noses at us. We have become a laughingstock.A laughing matter if it weren't so desperately serious for the Israeli people.
Apple fans all feeling SuperFrom that you'd get the unmistakable impression that New York is going to host the game.
By Bart Hubbuch and Laurie Kamens
The NFL sent its regards to Broadway yesterday, awarding New York the right to host the 2014 Super Bowl in the new Giants-Jets Meadowlands stadium.
The league's owners made history and a big statement in voting to let the Big Apple host its first-ever Super Bowl -- it will be the first time the game is played outdoors in a cold-weather city. [link]
Private pay shrinks to historic lows as gov't payouts riseCall it the "hiking trail to prosperity" plan. The government confiscates more and more money to bring about an economic turnaround from fewer and fewer employers and employees. The economic turnaround never comes because of the ever-decreasing consumer/taxpayer pool. So the government confiscates more and ...
By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY
Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.
At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.
Those records reflect a long-term trend accelerated by the recession and the federal stimulus program to counteract the downturn. The result is a major shift in the source of personal income from private wages to government programs.
The trend is not sustainable, says University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes. Reason: The federal government depends on private wages to generate income taxes to pay for its ever-more-expensive programs. [link]
Of Politics and Oil"Plug the damn hole."
Wall Street Journal editorial
In the month since the drilling-rig explosion that led to a catastrophic failure in a BP well, the Obama Administration and Congress have wasted no opportunity to berate BP for not plugging the leak and cleaning up the damage. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who wouldn't know an oil drill from a dental drill, once again rolled out his charming "boot on the neck" of BP metaphor to deflect blame. As if BP wants the leak to continue so it can keep getting trashed by the likes of Mr. Salazar and sued by more trial lawyers.
This oil spill is a reminder—unpleasant for a public raised on fabulous technological advancement, and for an Administration engaged in taking over U.S. health-care and Wall Street—that government is not the Wizard of Oz able to solve every problem. It is closer, this time as in most cases, to the Wizard of Id.
Unwilling to admit this reality to the American public, the White House has instead scrambled to appear to know more than it does, most recently unleashing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to order BP to cease using a "toxic" chemical dispersant that breaks down oil. The frantic Ms. Jackson was quickly obliged to acknowledge that she didn't really know what the toxicity of the dispersant was and had no better ideas, and so she backed down.
This Obama finger-pointing has, if anything, backfired politically. The oil spill was an opportunity for Mr. Obama—who campaigned as someone who likes to wrap his mind around "complex" problems—to remind the country that energy exploration and engineering are not error-free disciplines. The U.S. oil industry has a remarkable safety record, even as it has moved into deeper and deeper water to provide the U.S. with affordable oil. But no industry is accident free, and Mr. Obama could have served the public better by explaining the technical challenges of fixing this deep water leak. His decision to pound on BP for not performing immediate miracles has instead fed the public's expectations that this is like plugging a hole in a swimming pool.
We suppose it is too much to expect today's political class to withhold its game of panic and blame until industry plugs the leak and we learn what really happened and why. But the American people, watching this spectacle while the disaster unfolds, are being given one more reason to doubt the capacities and candor of its political leaders. [link]
Climate Fears Turn to Doubts Among BritonsIt's interesting that facts often get in the way of a good environmental apocalypse scenario. The British people are just a bit ahead of the rest of us in recognizing that that applies to global warming theory.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times
London — Last month hundreds of environmental activists crammed into an auditorium here to ponder an anguished question: If the scientific consensus on climate change has not changed, why have so many people turned away from the idea that human activity is warming the planet?
Nowhere has this shift in public opinion been more striking than in Britain, where climate change was until this year such a popular priority that in 2008 Parliament enshrined targets for emissions cuts as national law. But since then, the country has evolved into a home base for a thriving group of climate skeptics who have dominated news reports in recent months, apparently convincing many that the threat of warming is vastly exaggerated.
A survey in February by the BBC found that only 26 percent of Britons believed that “climate change is happening and is now established as largely manmade,” down from 41 percent in November 2009. [link]
Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.
Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.
Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.
The Political Class continues to be a strong supporter of the plan, however. While 67% of Mainstream voters believe the plan will be bad for America, 77% of the Political Class disagree and think it be good for the country.We want it killed. They don't.
Nonpartisan Proof: Cap-and-Trade Is an Economy-KillerIn language that's easily understood, what this report signals is that the Senate bill, when combined with Rick Boucher's House bill, will be devastating to Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties. As you've been warned.
By Brian Sussman, American Thinker
[A] just-released report assembled by the nonpartisan Peterson Institute for International Economics confirms my long-held contention: The pending climate change bill will be an economic bust for America by killing jobs and raising prices for virtually everything.
The Peterson Institute's report focuses on Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) bill, The American Power Act. Overall, Peterson's eighteen-page synopsis of the bill definitely leans green. For example, the reports states, "Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for -- and in many cases is already affecting -- a broad range of human and natural systems."
Besides believing that humans are altering the climate, the Peterson report recommends that a single federal entity or program be given the authority and resources to coordinate a national, multidisciplinary research effort aimed at improving both understanding and responding to climate change.
In other words, the nonpartisan report contends that government is the solution to the problem.
Nonetheless -- and surprisingly -- the report states that if the Kerry-Lieberman bill should become law, there will be net job losses and higher energy and product prices.
The Peterson analysis neatly buries those findings after stating that 203,000 new green jobs will be created each year for a decade. Specifically, the report states the net employment losses will be due to "the jobs lost in fossil fuel production and as a result of higher energy prices between 2011 and 2020. In the second decade of the program [2020-2030], higher energy and product prices offset the employment gains from new investment."
Translation: Yes, there will be new so-called "green" jobs that will include government bureaucrats hired to shuffle papers and enforce new green building codes, construction jobs to retrofit buildings, installers for solar panels, etc. However, there will be more jobs lost than gained should the bill become law. [link]
For all of you out there across the globe who have fought so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions, that bogus god you worship named "Climate Change" or "Global Warming", there is some really bad news that will be very painful for you to process.Knowing that (sorry if it ruined your daily intake of leaves and twigs) it becomes even more of a farce when you consider that the United States Senate is soon to take up legislation intended to drastically reduce carbon emissions (tell it to the volcano), and the EPA is poised to declare CO2 a pollutant (which means it will ban volcanoes herewith, henceforth, and forevermore!).
The current volcanic eruption going on in Iceland, since it first started spewing volcanic ash, has, to this point, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet. Not only that, this single act of God has added emissions to the earth estimated to be 42 times more than can be corrected by the extreme human regulations proposed for annual reductions.
It's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up til midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your Landcruiser and speedboat, going on vacation to a city park instead of overseas, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs ...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just the past week. The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in the past weeks has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast carbon. And, those thousands of jobs you helped move to Asia with expensive emissions demands on businesses...you know, the ones that are creating even more emissions than when they were creating our jobs, well that must seem really worthwhile now. And I do wish that there was some kind of silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western U.S.A. will start in about 2 months and those fires will negate your efforts to reduce carbon emissions in our world for the next 2 years.
The Mutaween in Saudi Arabia are tasked with enforcing Sharia as defined by the government, specifically by the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV). The Mutaween of the CPVPV consists of "more than 3,500 officers in addition to thousands of volunteers...often accompanied by a police escort." They have the power to arrest unrelated males and females caught socializing, anyone engaged in homosexual behavior or prostitution; to enforce Islamic dress-codes, and store closures during the prayer time. They enforce Muslim dietary laws, prohibit the consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages and pork, and seize banned consumer products and media regarded as un-Islamic (such as CDs/DVDs of various Western musical groups, television shows and film).They deserve to be beaten up.
The 1860 Census, completed under the pro-Southern Buchanan administration, reported a total of more than 1 million households in the 11 future Confederate states. Those same states reported more than 310,000 households owning one or more slaves, almost one-third, not one-sixth.Say what? The slave was what? a tractor?
This only begins to set the real context. Today, our population of 307 million make up 105 million households. Only 2.2 million, just 2 percent, of those households own tractors. So it would appear that the tractor is not significant in American life. But those 2.2 million households are the only ones operating farms. Those who don't farm don't need tractors.
The slave was a human tractor.
Griffith picked to run in 9thBoucher - through his henchmen - will make a big deal out of the fact that Griffith doesn't live in the 9th District. But if we were to be real, we'd admit that Boucher hasn't lived here for a quarter century either. He resides up in Liberal Land. And is quite content there. Being with his soul mates.
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times
Max Meadows -- State Del. Morgan Griffith of Salem claimed the Republican nomination Saturday to take on U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher of Abingdon, arguing that he can better represent the sprawling 9th District even though he lives just beyond its borders and can't vote there.
Griffith, the majority leader in the House of Delegates, defeated five opponents at a spirited GOP convention in a jam-packed Fort Chiswell High School auditorium. After winning a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot, the feisty conservative lawmaker vowed to wage a "relentless" fight to topple Boucher, a Democrat who has held the seat for 28 years.
"Our country is headed in the wrong direction," Griffith said in his acceptance speech. "It is essential that we win this election and begin the process of repairing the damage that has been done."
Griffith lives just outside the 9th District, which extends from the Tennessee and Kentucky borders to Roanoke County and includes portions of the Alleghany Highlands. Griffith faces no legal requirement to live in the district; the Constitution merely requires a candidate to live in the state he or she represents. Griffith said his Salem property backs up to the district line and that he is a lifelong Southwest Virginian who understands the entire region. [link]
Yes, the Tea Party is radical, its membership is not enormous, and its race problem is real and troubling. But you can’t fight an impassioned opposition merely with legislative actions that may bear fruit in the semi-distant future. If the Democrats can’t muster their own compelling response to the populist rage out there, “Randslide” may reside in our political vocabulary long after “Arlen Specter” is leaving “Jeopardy” contestants stumped.I think Mr. Rich has hit on the answer.
UN says case for saving species 'more powerful than climate change'Sound familiar?
Juliette Jowit, The Guardian
The economic case for global action to stop the destruction of the natural world is even more powerful than the argument for tackling climate change, a major report for the United Nations will declare this summer.
The Stern report on climate change, which was prepared for the UK Treasury and published in 2007, famously claimed ...
The UN's biodiversity report – dubbed the Stern for Nature – is expected to say that the value of saving "natural goods and services", such as pollination, medicines, fertile soils, clean air and water, will be even ...
The UN report's authors go further with their warning on biodiversity ...
"We need a sea-change in human thinking and attitudes towards ...
The changes will involve a wholesale revolution in the way ...
The report will advocate massive changes to the way the global economy is run so that ...
The report follows a series of recent studies showing that the world is in the grip of a mass extinction event as ... [link]
If you're going to criticize the new social studies curriculum adopted by the Texas Board of Education, you'd better quote it.Read the whole thing. Point by point.
Or at least link to the text. And if you choose to paraphrase and not even link, and I have to look up the text myself, and your paraphrase is not accurate, it is my job to embarrass you by pointing that out.
Let me embarrass the Washington Post. Below, the material from the WaPo article, written by Michael Birnbaum, is indented. After the indented part, I've located the relevant quote from the Board of Education text, found here.
Virtually everything cited in the article to make the curriculum seem controversial is misstated! Appalling! [link]
Marked MannIf a professor on the government payroll can so easily bilk the taxpayers - his employers - then by God, maybe we need a chilling to occur within academe. They take our money, they play by our rules.
Investor's Business Daily
A state attorney general is challenging the creator of the global warming hockey stick graph, and the researcher's allies are yelping about intimidation. But who are the real academic bullies?
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has requested that the University of Virginia release to his office documents Michael Mann generated in his successful effort to obtain five research grants from the school. Mann, now at Penn State, reportedly received nearly $500,000 in taxpayer-funded grants from the university for research from 1999 to 2005.
While the environmentalist left worships the Mann chart, its integrity has been called into question twice in the past six years.
In 2004, Canadian researchers Ross McKitrick and Stephen McIntyre found that the chart was based on flawed and biased data-crunching that distorted the temperature record. At that time, physics professor Richard Muller wrote in the MIT Technology Review that the pair "uncovered a fundamental mathematical flaw in the computer program that was used to produce the hockey stick."
Mann's work was further questioned last year when an exchange of e-mails made public indicated that Mann had used a "trick" to conceal late 20th century temperature data that would have undermined the man-made global warming claim.
Cuccinelli is fully within his authority, both moral and legal, to demand that the university turn over the Mann documents. If Mann used public money to commit academic fraud in order to promote a political agenda, he needs to be held accountable.
This is no witch hunt, but the truth isn't getting in the way of hyperbole. Mann says Cuccinelli is trying to smear him. Rachel Levinson, senior counsel with the American Association of University Professors, told the Washington Post that Cuccinelli's request had "echoes of McCarthyism."
"It would be incredibly chilling to anyone else practicing in either the same area or in any politically sensitive area," she said.
In fact, a chill is what scientists who dissent from the global warming orthodoxy have been feeling for a long time. They are intimidated, ridiculed and held in contempt by their scholarly peers. Their grants vanish. Free thought is punished rather than rewarded.
Anyone who thinks Mann is being unfairly treated is ignoring the real bullies. [link]
"My name is Daniel Pearl. I am a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA ...""Obama's lazy tribute to Daniel Pearl," Orange County Register, May 21, 2010
He didn't have a prompter. But he spoke the truth. That's all President Obama owed him – to do the same.
Leaked Spanish Report: Obama’s Model ‘Green Economy’ a DisasterThis "disaster" in Spain is exactly what Obama and his ilk are intending to foist upon us.
By Christopher Horner, PJM
As predicted was inevitable, today the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta runs with a full-page article fessing up to the truth about Spain’s “green jobs” boondoggle, which happens to be the one naively cited by President Obama no less than eight times as his model for the United States. It is now out there as a bust, a costly disaster that has come undone in Spain to the point that even the Socialists admit it, with the media now in full pursuit.
Obama’s obvious hope of rushing into place his “fundamental transformation” of America into something more like Europe’s social democracies — where even the most basic freedoms have been moved from individuals and families to the state — before the house of cards collapsed has suffered what we can only hope proves to be its fatal blow. At least on this front.
This is now an explosive scandal in Spain ... [link]
Cuccinelli says U.Va. research probe is about fraudWhat Carr doesn't seem to comprehend - or care about - is that this isn't about some academic debate. Laws may have been broken. The taxpayers may have been abused by this charlatan. We deserve answers.
By Brian McNeill, Media General News Service
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says his investigation into the research activities of a former University of Virginia climate change scientist is about rooting out possible fraud and does not infringe upon academic freedom.
“The same legal standards for fraud apply to the academic setting that apply elsewhere,“ said Cuccinelli, who on Tuesday attended a fundraiser barbecue in Ivy for an abstinence-only education group. “The same rule of law, the same objective fact-finding process will take place.“
Cuccinelli sent a Civil Investigative Demand to U.Va. to obtain documents related to the work of Michael Mann, a leading researcher in climate change who was part of U.Va.‘s faculty between 1999 and 2005.
U.Va. has hired a law firm to explore its options, possibly signaling that the university will fight Cuccinelli’s demand.
According to Cuccinelli’s CID — which is the equivalent of a subpoena — the attorney general is investigating the possibility that Mann violated the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act by presenting false or misleading data related to climate change when seeking state-funded research grants.
On Tuesday, 810 Virginia scientists and academics sent a letter to Cuccinelli urging him to back off his investigation of Mann. The letter, organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists, includes signatures from some 300 faculty members of U.Va.
“I signed the petition because I think that scientific debates should be played out in the academic arena. If Michael Mann’s conclusions are unsupported by his data, his scientific critics will eventually demonstrate this,“ said David Carr, a professor in U.Va.‘s department of environmental sciences. [link]
Anyone with genuine understanding of the "revelations" of the so-called Climategate e-mails would know that the e-mails did not indicate any manipulation of data and that Mann has already been cleared of any wrongdoing by his current employer.That part about Mann being cleared by his current employer, Penn State University, is only partially true. But beyond that, its findings were a foregone conclusion when the names of those picked to do the investigation were announced. "Cleared of wrongdoing" was their motivating factor.
This is not just an America in decline. This is an America in retreat -- accepting, ratifying and declaring its decline, and inviting rising powers to fill the vacuum."The Fruits of Weakness," Real Clear Politics, May 21, 2010
Nor is this retreat by inadvertence. This is retreat by design and, indeed, on principle. It's the perfect fulfillment of Obama's adopted Third World narrative of American misdeeds, disrespect and domination from which he has come to redeem us and the world.
Calderon hits U.S. from House floorI am ashamed for my country.
By Kasie Hunt, Politico
Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s tough criticism of U.S. gun control and Arizona’s immigration law – as he stood Thursday in the Speaker’s chair in the House chamber – angered Republicans while Democrats cheered, adding a partisan tinge to what was supposed to be a routine speech.
This type of rebuke from a foreign leader invited to a joint meeting of Congress is very rare – and the partisan response from members of Congress made the spectacle more like a State of the Union address than a staid speech from a foreign ally.
“I strongly disagree with your recently adopted law in Arizona,” Calderon told the assembled lawmakers from the dais in the House chamber, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden seated behind him.
With his words, about two-thirds of the chamber gave him a standing ovation while the remainder—mostly Republicans—remained seated.
His comments drew pointed attacks from congressional Republicans.
As Calderon dished his criticism, Republicans seethed, but Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stood in applause. [link]
... The most telling sign Tuesday might not have been from a primary, but a special election in Pennsylvania's 12th District, home of the late Rep. John Murtha.The Democrat won and the Republican lost. So there.
Republicans and Democrats both viewed this election, in a district trending heavily toward Republicans, as a portent of what might face them in November's midterm elections.
Democrat Mark Critz won decisively. As Politico put it, "Republicans failed spectacularly, losing on a level playing field where, in this favorable environment, they should have run roughshod over the opposition."
To be sure, Democrats face strong headwinds going into November's elections, and voter discontent is palpable.
But the ideological battle within the Republican Party threatens to marginalize the party, shifting it well out of the mainstream. [link]