Cause for alarm? (Global Warming)

From WattsUpWithThat:

Why do scientists and news stories blame everything on global warming? Fortune and glory.

Guest post By Paul Driessen, Willie Soon, and David R. Legates

We’re often asked, What really causes all these alarms about global warming disasters?

As scientists and policy analysts who’ve studied our ever-changing climate for a combined 65 years and attribute the changes primarily to natural forces, we’ve wondered that ourselves and also asked: Why is warming always framed as bad news? Why does so much “research” claim a warmer planet “may” lead to more diarrhea, acne and childhood insomnia, more juvenile delinquency, war, violent crime and prostitution, death of the Loch Ness Monster – and even more Mongolian cows dying from cold weather?

We’re not making this up. In fact, this is just the tip of the proverbial melting iceberg of climate scare stories chronicled at http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm.

Clearly, too much money is being spent on one-sided global warming advocacy cloaked as “research,” not enough on natural causes and adaptation. Despite the best of intentions, too much money can corrupt, or at least skew the science.

As they say, follow the money. Remember Indiana Jones’ immortal words: “Fortune and glory.”

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After beating up Wall Street ‘fat cats,’ President Obama ready to take their money in NY fund-raiser

This is so typical of a politician; talk trash about someone in order to get votes and political support, then suck up to the people you talked trash about, because they are the real ones who put the politicians  in power.

From NYDailyNews.com:

President Obama has been happy to beat up on Wall Street “fat cats,” but tonight he’ll be even happier to take their money.

The President is slated to headline a superswank, $50,000-per-couple fund-raiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at Manhattan‘s gilded St. Regis hotel on Fifth Ave.

The high-dollar affair will feature fine French food, a bevy of Wall Street titans and 23 Congress members – including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Not everyone is thrilled that Obama and Pelosi are looking to use New York as a campaign ATM at the same time that they are trying to rein in Wall Street, the city’s biggest job and tax generator by far.

At least one ex-congressional campaign committee giver said he’s decided to boycott the event and will send his money to the GOP instead.

“I’m a New Yorker first,” said the once loyal Dem, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of inciting the White House. “We are depending on our congresspeople to defend New York, not to just go along with Nancy Pelosi for the ride.”

Kathryn Wylde, president of the business-backed Partnership for New York City, was considerably more welcoming – but still drew a link between Wall Street’s health and its ability to bankroll political campaigns.

“We are really happy he’s coming and hope he brings good news,” said Wylde, adding pointedly, “New York’s future as a place to raise money hangs in the balance!”

Organizers said they expected 185 guests to fill out St. Regis’ main ballroom, where Obama will hold forth beneath a vaulted, cloud-dappled ceiling and gilded chandeliers.

Ticket prices start at $15,000 a head, or $30,000 a couple, which will get you dinner and a picture with the Prez.

Couples that shell out a full $50,000 also get to attend a VIP reception with Obama, who earlier in the day will be chatting up factory workers in Buffalo.

The food, at least, should be five-star: A topnotch lineup of chefs from the French Culinary Institute in SoHo – including Jacques Pepin, Alain Sailhac, Jacques Torres and Andre Soltner – are prepared to do the honors.

The chairman of the event is Rep. Steve Israel (D-L.I.), who earlier this year was persuaded by Obama not to run in a primary against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

“It’s always an honor to chair an event with the President of the United States,” Israel said, “and it’s an even bigger honor to host him in New York.”

AUDIO: Chicago Affiliate Won’t Cover GOP Senate Candidate if He Continues to Hammer Dem Opponent on Bank Scandal

From bigjournalism.com:

Reporting on politics, “The Chicago Way.”

The Illinois Senate race is shaping up to be a high-profile and influential campaign that will have national implications.  Not only because Illinois is the most populated state in the mid-west, but also because the seat up for grabs is President Obama’s former seat.  If Republican candidate Rep. Mark Kirk, were to win the seat it would be seen as an enormous PR loss for the White House.

The Democratic nominee, Alexi Giannoulias has been under fire because of the failiure of Broadway Bank and his direct connection to it.  Believe it or not, there are suspicions of corruption, incompetence  and graft with regard to a Democrat in Chicago.  Go figure!

Obviously, this is such a damaging story for Giannoulias that Rep. Kirk has been able to gain some serious traction in the race by continuing to focus on the issue.  That’s what a politician does when engaged in a tough campaign (Sen. John McCain’s Presidential campaign notwithstanding).

Now we have the spectacle of one of the major local stations in Chicago threatening not to cover the campaign if the Republican continues to discuss the most damaging aspect of his opponent’s record.  Is this the role of an FCC licensed station, entrusted with the role of serving the public interest in relation to a free-flow of information for the citizenry?  Maybe in Chicago it is.

REPORTER:  Channel 2’s made a decision.  We’re really not going to cover the Senate race, if it’s consistently only in your terms, is about Broadway Bank.  The bank’s been taken over by the government, Alexi’s been pilloried.  Tell me, what is your campaign going forward?  What are the issues you are going to tell the voters why they should vote for you?

Hear the entire segment from Chicago’s WLS-AM 890 Don Wade and Roma Show.

House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it

If you can’t ram it through, sneak it through. Either way, the American people are getting something that they have overwhelmingly shown they don’t want.

From The Washington Post:

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.

The tactic — known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” — has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

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Fifteen Years With No Global Warming Doesn’t Mean There’s No Global Warming, Says EPA Chief

I guess you have to indulge in doublethink to understand this doublespeak. The fact that there’s no warming doesn’t mean anything; man is causing the warming that isn’t occurring now and laws need to be passed to stop it. The fact that she wants “to move aggressively” to do something about a condition which doesn’t exist should scare everyone.

From CNSNews (with video):

Fifteen years with no statistically significant increase in global temperatures does not mean that the human race is not causing the climate to change, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told CNSNews.com on Tuesday.

Jackson reasserted her faith in manmade global warming in response to a question from CNSNews.com asking if she agreed with the recent statement by prominent climate scientist Phil Jones that there had been no statistically significant global warming since 1995.

Jackson also said “we need to move aggressively” to pass energy regulation legislation.

On Capitol Hill Tuesday, after a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, CNSNews.com asked Jackson if she agreed or disagreed with one of the world’s top climate-change scientists that there had been no statistically significant global warming for the past 15 years.

“Do you agree with Dr. Phil Jones, the former head of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that there has been no statistically significant global warming since 1995?” CNSNews.com specifically asked.

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Length of Congressional Bills Is A Problem for All Americans (Including Those Who Claim ‘Planet Earth’ As Their Residence)

From CNSNews:

More than 80 percent of Americans agree that Congress drafts lengthy, complex bills to hide spending on special interests and to prevent constituents from understanding what’s in them before a vote is taken, according to a new survey.

According to a Zogby poll conducted last week, 83.5 percent of respondents agreed at least “somewhat” with the lengthy-bill premise, and 61.2 percent of Americans agreed strongly. Only 14.4 percent disagreed, and just 5.8 percent did so strongly. 

The question Zogby asked was: “Some contend that the reason federal legislation is often thousands of pages long is because provisions to benefit special interests can be more easily buried in long bills, and so citizens cannot decipher the legislative language quickly enough to be able to communicate support or opposition to their Senators or Members of Congress before a vote is taken. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with this opinion?”
 
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Gibbs: Despite research dispute, ‘climate change is happening’

Gibbs, of course, is a well known authority on the climate. This Whitehouse spokesman gig he has is just to help pad out his resume.

Seriously though, despite the fact that the hacked files show emails discussing how to keep “skeptics” out of the debate (and science is all about being skeptical), how to keep inconvenient data from altering their “findings,” and more, these politicians (Al Gore, Obama and others) state that climate change is man-made and that’s that. End of discussion. The only thing that Gibbs says that is even partially true is this: Climate change is happening. What he fails to state is that climate change has always happened and will continue to happen, no matter what idiotic schemes mankind comes up with to try and keep it from happening.

From TheHill.com:
The White House on Monday made exceptionally clear that it wants nothing to do with the furor over documents that global warming skeptics say prove the phenomenon is not a threat.

Despite the incident, which rocked international headlines last week, climate science is sound, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed this afternoon, and the White House nonetheless believes “climate change is happening.”
 

“I don’t think that’s anything that is, quite frankly, among most people, in dispute anymore,” he said during Monday’s press briefing.

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