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Lovelock is at it again, and BBC is there to scarf up the barf.

Lovelock: ‘We can’t save the planet’

Oh dear.

As the record winter cold testifies, he says, global temperatures move in “jerks and jumps”, and we cannot confidently predict what the future holds.

We cannot predict what the future holds but we are for certain all gonna die.

What a positively dreary little man.

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Shocking.

Sorry there hasn’t been a lot of stuff posted lately.  Been working very late hours.  I have been working on a graphic for cbullitt which piques my interest because I’m having to learn a lot to do it.  We’ll see how it turns out.

But real quick…

If Bush had done this there would have been calls for crucifixion.  Obama announces plan for offshore drilling.

I still say the prudent thing to do is use OTHER people’s resources, even at a higher price and preserve local resources.  I take the LONG view of petroleum usage…  and there’s no telling when you may need resources that are blocked off everywhere else.

Just sayin’.

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I’m SHOCKED.

It looks bad.  I’m not surprised.  How are they going to spin this, I wonder?  Perhaps they’ll flip and say “Well, we guess our data was better after all because obviously global warming is real.”  I mean, just look at polar bear rings and drowning trees for proof.

NASA Data Worse Than Climate-Gate Data, Space Agency Admits

E-mail messages obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that NASA concluded that its own climate findings were inferior to those maintained by both the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) — the scandalized source of the leaked Climate-gate e-mails — and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center.

The e-mails from 2007 reveal that when a USA Today reporter asked if NASA’s data “was more accurate” than other climate-change data sets, NASA’s Dr. Reto A. Ruedy replied with an unequivocal no. He said “the National Climatic Data Center’s procedure of only using the best stations is more accurate,” admitting that some of his own procedures led to less accurate readings.

“My recommendation to you is to continue using NCDC’s data for the U.S. means and [East Anglia] data for the global means,” Ruedy told the reporter.

And then…

“The different groups have cooperated in a very friendly way to try to understand different conclusions when they arise,” said Dr. James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in the same 2007 e-mail thread. Earlier this month, in an updated analysis of the surface temperature data, GISS restated that the separate analyses by the different agencies “are not independent, as they must use much of the same input observations.”

A “very friendly way” is a nice way of saying “we colluded to support each other”.

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With his lower lip stuck out and a petulant glare, Dr. Lovelock gave a snippy interview with The Guardian.

“I don’t think we’re yet evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change,” said Lovelock in his first in-depth interview since the theft of the UEA emails last November. “The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t really do anything meaningful.”

Yet individuals such as himself are enlightened beyond the rest of us 6 billion people with vastly inferior minds.  Good for you, doc.  Go blow a goat.

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Update for Tuesday… Good thing Obama is a Uniter.  Otherwise his behavior would be worrisome.

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Pat Sajak (I didn’t know he was conservative…) wrote a piece that observes how those who disagree with Obama’s health care are labeled racist misogynistic homophobes.

I had no idea that I was such a bastard.  I guess that is the nature of racism – it’s really really subtle.

Note:  If you can’t recognize the caustic sarcasm there, you need to just hit the “back” button on your browser and go somewhere else.

We knew that would be a problem before Obama even got word of winning the presidency.  We knew it’d be an issue as soon as he ran.  To express a contrary opinion automatically means you are racist.

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Awww… talk about tragic.

Robert Goldenkoff, the director of strategic issues for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), told CNSNews.com that “an estimated “50 million housing units out of a mail-out universe of about 120 million” will be non-respondents that will require an in-person follow-up to count.  – http://cnsnews.com/news/article/63380

It’s not just technology.

What they skirt around is the 50+ million people who are kind of pissed off at the government and aren’t exactly running out to do their bidding.

I understand that perfectly.

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Michigan has it’s share of militias – when I first heard of an FBI raid of a militia group I thought of the Michigan Militia but supposedly they weren’t involved.

But there are other organizations of people just as extreme – the one raided goes by the name Hutaree.

When I think of a militia member, I think of this:

Wait.  No, that’s not right.  Not right at all.

THIS is what I think about – a thundering troglodyte.

Yes, I know that this country was founded by patriots that could be loosely (very loosely) be called a militia, but we’re talking orders of magnitude in caliber of people, I’m afraid.

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Useless Fact of the Day: Le Petit Singly is a small farm in France, which makes cheese from donated human breast milk. The proprietors claim that it is rich in vitamins and has a slight taste of hazelnut.

Maybe it’s a hoax, but even the fact that someone claims it and it’s a known hoax is pretty damn useless.

How about Rat Cheese?

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Times of Trial

UN to take an advisory-neutral stance on global warming.

I don’t see that happening until there’s pork in the treetops.

In an interview with the Times of London, Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, apologized for his organization’s handling of complaints about errors in its report.

He also apologized for describing as “voodoo science” an Indian Government report which challenged the IPCC’s claims about the rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers.

But Dr Pachauri, 70, rejected calls for his resignation and insisted he would remain as chairman until after publication of the IPCC’s next report in 2014.

Denial gets you through a lot of tough realities…

He claimed he had the support of all the world’s governments and denied that, by remaining in post, he was undermining the IPCC’s chances of regaining credibility with the public.

It is not correct to say there are people who don’t trust me,” he said.

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Democrats have been wondering why they’re getting hate mail, why wackos are coming out of the woodwork to threaten them, and why we don’t just love them to death.

Let’s look at a few ideas.

Gloating.  How many pictures of Nancy Pelosi gloating can a person stand after they’ve had health care rammed down their throats?

Arrogance not earned.

Obama hasn’t earned the right to be arrogant, yet he makes me look like an amateur.  He can’t speak without a teleprompter, his social skills leave a great deal to be desired, he’s completely tone-deaf to anyone who disagrees with him, and his ability to exhibit class is nonexistent.

Underhanded behaviorLies.  Double-counting.  Undercounting.  Backroom deals.  Manipulation.

You can’t keep pushing transparency while being secretive and have anyone’s respect.  You just can’t.  You can’t bribe people with taxpayer dollars to buy votes without losing people’s respect.  You just can’t.  You can’t keep having votes where constituents have no access – such as on weekends or driving something through just prior to recess where votes are fait accompli.

Ellen Ratner pretty much came right out and said what lots of conservatives know to be true:

Obama can now build the momentum from his party to get some of his other legislative priorities accomplished. He doesn’t have much time even if American becomes a lot happier with his presidency . The simple fact is that the history of midterm elections is not on his side. He needs to move his legislation quickly and use the same party unity tactics that brought him the major win he got on health care.

In other words – hey, lets be sleazy bastards because if it works it must be ok.

You can’t make laws that are unpopular to more than half the nation and then exempt yourself from the law – either in the application or the increased taxes that result from the law.

Really.  You just can’t.  Making laws as in Health Care Reform and then exempting yourself isn’t good policy.  It makes you look like an asshole.  Yes, it really makes you look bad.

While everyone else in the United States — from the top corporate executives to the grocery store checkout clerk — will be forced to buy their insurance through heavily regulated state-run exchanges, the health care bill excludes one group: the leadership and committee staff. Yes, that’s right. The very people who wrote up this bill are refusing to be included themselves. Given the narrow definition of “congressional staff” on page 158 of the health care bill, the Congressional Research Service memo believes that courts will not require “professional committee staff, joint committee staff, some shared staff, as well as potentially those staff employed by leadership offices” to go through the exchanges. President Obama and his family are also exempt from the law.

You can’t keep ordering private sector businesses around as if it were your Constitutionally-granted power.

Obama readies steps to fight foreclosures, particularly for unemployed.

The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it is tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday.

You especially can’t do this if you keep helping people who made bad life decisions while the rest of the people who are afloat because they sacrificed and made good choices are still stuck paying their way and the way of those who chose badly.  People who have had to default on loans generally did something that got them there.  Sure, bad things happen to good people.  But more often than not, bad things happen to stupid people.

You can’t act as if the United States were a socialist state.

Yet that is what democrats are doing.

You can’t keep insulting the United State’s staunchest allies.

Binyamin Netanyahu travelled halfway around the world to hash things out with Obama, and the Obama says “let me know if there is anything new” and goes to dinner.  If I have a guest, I don’t welcome them to hang out and then leave them.  That’s such poor taste I wouldn’t blame the Israelis if they told O to go take a flying f*ck at a rolling donut.  I like Israel too much to not be pissed on their behalf.  Same goes for pissing on the Brits – for all their issues, they’ve still been good friends.  (see Arrogance above…)

You can’t mock your adversaries when you just won – even if you’re a party leader or President.

Looking relaxed and upbeat, [Obama] mocked Republicans for acting as if the bill would lead to “Armageddon.”

“After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth,” Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and “birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall.”

See, this situation requires more class and reserve, given how upset people already are, and to sit there and mock them while at a rally with your buds says you don’t respect them in the least.  (see Arrogance above…)

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“Well,” reason the lawmakers… “the president and leaders of the country are irreplaceable and vital, not like you guys or your sons and daughters.”

Congressional Staffers Complain About Double Standard in Health Care Law

FOXNews.com

Select congressional leadership staffers — some of whom wrote the health insurance act — are not governed by new rules governing millions of Americans and the rest of their colleagues on how they buy insurance — and the special exemption has the Hill hopping mad.

Come 2014, all 100 U.S. senators, all 435 representatives in the House and every one of their personal aides will have to go to the newly formed state exchanges for health insurance — just like everyone else in the country who isn’t covered by their employer.

But select congressional leadership staffers — some of whom wrote the health insurance act — won’t. And neither will White House staffers and Cabinet members — nor the president himself. They will be allowed to keep their current plans, which are offered to all other federal employees.

And now many congressional aides who like their current health insurance policies and will be forced to switch are asking: Why?

They want to know: If an exchange is good enough for them, why isn’t it good enough for the people who wrote the plan? Why isn’t it good enough for the president and his CVitter, but Majority Leader Reid obstructed our effort.”  –  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/25/congressional-staffers-complain-double-standard-health-care-law/

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