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To be poor in America

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Obama to make AC and refrigeration far more expensive

Here is a nice summary of the current state of global warming.

Oregon-based physicist Gordon Fulks sums it up well: “CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea ice melt that is not occurring . . . and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.”

Consider:

  •  According to NASA satellites and all ground-based temperature measurements, global warming ceased in the late 1990s. This when CO2 levels have risen almost 10 percent since 1997. The post-1997 CO2 emissions represent an astonishing 30 percent of all human-related emissions since the Industrial Revolution began. That we’ve seen no warming contradicts all CO2-based climate models upon which global-warming concerns are founded.
  • Rates of sea-level rise remain small and are even slowing, over recent decades averaging about 1 millimeter per year as measured by tide gauges and 2 to 3 mm/year as inferred from “adjusted” satellite data. Again, this is far less than what the alarmists suggested.
  •  Satellites also show that a greater area of Antarctic sea ice exists now than any time since space-based measurements began in 1979. In other words, the ice caps aren’t melting.
  •  A 2012 IPCC report concluded that there has been no significant increase in either the frequency or intensity of extreme weather events in the modern era. The NIPCC 2013 report concluded the same. Yes, Hurricane Sandy was devastating — but it’s not part of any new trend.

So what is Obama next move to fight non-existant global warming? He is eliminating the replacement for the Freon the government banned years ago.

The White House will announce on Tuesday a series of voluntary commitments by some of the country’s largest chemical firms and retailers to move rapidly away from R-134a and similar compounds used in nearly every office, home and automobile in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort.

The administration is simultaneously stepping up diplomatic efforts to encourage major U.S. trading partners to phase out production of the potent greenhouse gas, the officials said. The initiatives are being disclosed in advance of next week’s summit of world leaders at the United Nations to debate options for slowing the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.

The class of chemicals to which R-134a belongs — called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs — became popular as a replacement for Freon, the refrigerant banned since the 1990s for damaging the Earth’s ozone layer. Most HFCs are harmless to ozone, but collectively they have become a significant driver of climate change — some are up to 10,000 times as potent per ounce as carbon dioxide, climate scientists say.

Electric rates will necessarily skyrocket as well. More coal fired plants are being shut down than originally projected.

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Obamacare continues to kill jobs

When you increase the cost of something, you get less of it. Duh.

Businesses are cutting jobs due to ObamaCare, according to surveys by several regional Federal Reserve Banks.

Health economist John Goodman noted that “three Federal Reserve Banks in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta have surveyed the folks in their area and roughly one fifth of the employers are saying they cut back on employment.

“Roughly one fifth are saying they’re moving from full time to part time,” Goodman added. “More than one in ten are saying they’re doing more outsourcing – all this because of the new health care reform.”

Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, said “for the smaller employers — those that have between 20 and 49 employees — you get a negative impact on jobs, you get a negative impact on wages in those jobs. What this means for small business as a whole is over $22 billion of earnings gone for their workers and 350,000 jobs.”

I find it amazing that actual adults anywhere really believe that government could add massive regulatory expense to employing people and it wouldn’t result in a decrease in employment. It’s like these people live in a deranged fantasy world.

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Six vehicles destroyed…

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The first official airstrikes against ISIS took place yesterday. An aircraft carrier task force launched the strike. Six ISIS vehicles were destroyed.

The U.S. military launched airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq Monday in its first move in the newly broadened mission authorized by President Obama to go on the offensive against the terror group.

“The airstrike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the president’s speech last Wednesday,” the release said.

Previous U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were conducted to protect U.S. interests and personnel, assist Iraqi refugees and secure critical infrastructure. Monday’s strike was in direct support of Iraqi forces fighting the militants.

Six Islamic State vehicles and a militant fighting position that was firing on Iraqi forces were destroyed in the strikes.

It probably cost $15 million to destroy those trucks. This is going to take a while and cost a lot.

US Navy handout photo of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise

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Air war against ISIS is essentially casual sex

Former CIA director Michael Hayden explained an air-only campaign against ISIS is pretty much the same as causal sex.

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New York Times tells the truth about scary black rifles

They represent a trivial part of gun violence.

The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do.

In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, F.B.I. data shows.

The continuing focus on assault weapons stems from the media’s obsessive focus on mass shootings, which disproportionately involve weapons like the AR-15, a civilian version of the military M16 rifle. This, in turn, obscures some grim truths about who is really dying from gunshots.

Annually, 5,000 to 6,000 black men are murdered with guns. Black men amount to only 6 percent of the population. Yet of the 30 Americans on average shot to death each day, half are black males.

The vast majority of gun crime in America is conducted with illegally possessed and a radically disproportionate amount of that is among young black men. If every so-called ‘assault rifle’ in America would magically disappear, it wouldn’t even make a noticeable difference in the amount of gun violence that occurs.

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Antarctic sea ice at maximum ever recorded

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Sea ice covers an area three times the size of Australia.

Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began.

Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent.

Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.

“This is an area covered by sea ice which we’ve never seen from space before,” he said.

“Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we’ve never seen that before, that much area.

You know what maximum Antarctic sea ice proves: The horror of global warming.

As the area covered in sea ice expands scientists have said the ice on the continent of Antarctica which is not over the ocean continues to deplete.

CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, Tony Worby, said the warming atmosphere is leading to greater sea ice coverage by changing wind patterns.

“The extent of sea ice is driven by the winds around Antarctica, and we believe that they’re increasing in strength and part of that is around the depletion of ozone,” he said.

That’s the beauty of global warming. No matter what happens, global warming is the cause.

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Obama to arm the ‘good guys’ in Syria?

‘Syrian moderate’ probably means ‘al Qaeda’.

The White House on Sunday put pressure on Congress to vote this week in favor of training and arming Syrian rebels as part of President Obama’s plan to destroy the Islamic State, making clear that sending U.S. combat troops is not an option.

“If it’s not the Syrian opposition, trained and equipped by the United States, authorized by Congress and the president … then it’ll have to be U.S. troops,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told “Fox News Sunday.” “The president made a decision on that. We’re not going to do that.”

The GOP-led House appears most ready to approve the plan. Members are expected to return to Capitol Hill on Monday, a day ahead of schedule, to begin preliminary work on authorizing the training and the $500 million in spending the White House wants for moderate Syrian rebels to help in the fight against the militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Does anybody believe that there are any ‘good guys’ in Syria? Maybe the Christians but they are so afraid of the Muslims that they have cast their lot with Assad. Hell, at this point, Assad might be the closest thing to a good guy in Syria… and that isn’t very close.

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You must establish “why you are having sex”…

This reads like satire, but it isn’t. It isn’t enough to agree to sexual contact, you must define “why” you are making out. Failing to create this verbal contract may result in prosecution for sexual assault.

At Ohio State University, to avoid being guilty of “sexual assault” or “sexual violence,” you and your partner now apparently have to agree on the reason WHY you are making out or having sex. It’s not enough to agree to DO it, you have to agree on WHY: there has to be agreement “regarding the who, what, where, when, why, and how this sexual activity will take place.”

Ohio State applies an impractical “agreement” requirement to not just sex, but also to a much broader category of “touching” that is sexual (or perhaps romantic?) in nature. First, it states that “sexual assault is any form of non-consensual sexual activity. Sexual assault includes all unwanted sexual acts from intimidation to touching to various forms of penetration and rape.” Then, it states that “Consent is a knowing and voluntary verbal or non-verbal agreement between both parties to participate in each and every sexual act. . .Conduct will be considered “non-consensual” if no clear consent . . . is given. . . .Effective consent can be given by words or actions so long as the words or actions create a mutual understanding between both parties regarding the conditions of the sexual activity–ask, ‘do both of us understand and agree regarding the who, what, where, when, why, and how this sexual activity will take place?’”

Leftists continue to attempt to make people “better” by regulating everything in their lives. No matter what you do, if it isn’t illegal, it is mandatory.

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As Obama prepares for war in Iraq and Syria…

…it raises a question. Whatever happened to the anti-war movement?

ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS GATHER IN LONDON AT THE START OF DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR ON IRAQ.

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There are now 52 explanations for ‘pause’ in global warming

None of the 52 explanations is the most obvious and most simple: “Models predicting global warming after 1998 were flawed.”

It’s been a busy year for climate scientists, who have been trying to explain why there has been no global warming for nearly two decades.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported in February there were eight mainstream explanations for the pause, but there are now a whopping 52 explanations for why there has been no warming trend for the last 215 months.

Explanations for the pause in global warming range from ocean oscillation cycles to Chinese coal plant emissions, volcanic activity to some scientists even saying there is no hiatus in warming.

One recent study found that the warming hiatus is due to “heat transported to deeper layers in the Atlantic and the southern oceans, initiated by a recurrent salinity anomaly in the subpolar North Atlantic.”

This oceanic cooling cycle “associated with the latter deeper heat-sequestration mechanism historically lasted 20 to 35 years,” according to Professor Ka-Kit Tung from the University of Washington.

Occam just took out his razor and slit his wrists in despair.

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Cultural Marxism’s latest success…

Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. Some Marxists concluded that capitalism provides too much material comfort to the masses meaning they would never rise up and overthrow the system.

They determined that the means for revolution would come, not from overthrowing the bourgeois economic system, but by overthrowing the bourgeois culture. To undermine the bourgeois culture, they would destroy its foundational supports. Some of these are nationalism, the nuclear family, gender roles, religion, ethnic traditions and other forms of cultural identity.

Here is cultural Marxism’s latest success.

The Army is looking for female soldiers who want to volunteer to attend Ranger school.

The call-out is part of the Army’s ongoing effort to determine whether and how to open combat arms military occupational specialties to women.

Senior Army leaders are expected to decide in January if they want to move forward with this one-time, integrated Ranger school assessment. If the assessment moves forward, it likely will take place in the spring, and the Army will need volunteers already in place and ready to go, officials said Friday.

If the assessment takes place, it will be a first for the storied Ranger school, which until now has been open only to men.

“Right now we’re going through the deliberate planning process, identifying volunteers, and selecting them over the next few months,” said Lt. Col. Alayne Conway, an Army spokeswoman. “In January, we’ll determine the feasibility of conducting an assessment of the Ranger course in the spring of 2015.”

Cultural Marxism is a pathogen that spreads like Ebola and is now even affecting churches, elite military units and our families. I doubt it can be stopped.

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Black Mass to be performed in OKC

A pitiful pack of Emos who were never held as babies is acting out by mocking Christians.

The Satanist group that will stage a controversial “black mass” at an Oklahoma City civic center has said that all 88 tickets for its Sept. 21 event are sold out. The co-founder of the group revealed that the ritual will go ahead despite strong Christian protests and will feature a satanic exorcism, but will be “toned down” to comply with state health laws.

Daniels said that the ceremony will also feature Dakhma of Angra Mainyu deacons and priest who will stomp, spit on and use explicit language on an unconsecrated host, a wafer presented as a form of the resurrected Jesus Christ.

A satanic exorcism intended to draw the Holy Spirit from a follower’s body will wrap up the event, an inversion of Roman Catholic exorcism believed to expel the devil from a person.

They should travel to Mosul and publicly stomp, spit on and desecrate a copy of the Koran while calling for the renunciation of Allah. Now that would impress me.

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Hey, it’s 9/11… KaBoom!

Yeah. For real.

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Straight guys marry each other in NZ

Hilarity ensues.

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Heterosexual best mates McIntosh and McCormick, who have known each other since the age of six, are getting married as winners of a competition run by The Edge radio station in New Zealand.

After more than 200 entries, McIntosh, a 23-year-old engineering student at Otago University, and McCormick, a 24-year-old teacher at Musselburgh School in Dunedin, were chosen from three bromance couples to win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

The catch was that the buddies had to get married — a same-sex wedding — and they will do that tomorrow in front of 60 family and friends at New Zealand’s home of rugby, Eden Park, in Auckland.

A celebrant will make the union legally binding, the marriage will be streamed live on the radio station.

Some folks aren’t celebrating: Gay activists are having a cow.

Otago University Students’ Association Queer Support co-ordinator Neill Ballantyne told the Otago Daily Times that the wedding was an “insult” as marriage equality was a “hard fought” battle for gay people.

“Something like this trivialises what we fought for,” he said.

The competition promoted the marriage of two men as something negative, “as something outrageous that you’d never consider”, Ballantyne said.

They really need to lighten up. If marriage is anything we want it to be, then marriage is anything we want it to be.

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Big technology means big government…

Small technology means liberty.

This is one of the most hopeful items I have read in a while.

Civilian technology, Joel Mokyr notes, has also gone “small” — nanotechnology, genetic engineering, custom-engineered materials, “mass customization” through 3-D printing. If the Rouge plant looming over Dearborn was the iconic symbol of the industrial age, the iconic symbol of our information age is the smartphone in your pocket.

“Large” technology requires the standardization of masses of people, centralized command-and-control, conformity to social norms. Massive work forces and massive armies cannot operate optimally otherwise.

“Small” technology enables individuals to make personal choices, fashion their world to their own dimensions, deploy their own talents and pursue their interests in ways of their own choosing. Standardization yields to customization.

President Obama doesn’t seem to get this. He sees history as a story of progress from minimal government to ever-larger government. He’s only sorry that he hasn’t taken us farther on that track.

But history doesn’t proceed in a straight line; it moves around. “Large” technology made big government seem necessary in 1914. “Small” technology requires something different, something more adaptive today.

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What if the US had done nothing after 9/11?

This guy believes the US would be better off had it done nothing following 9/11.


No Patriot Act?

No TSA?

No Department of Homeland Security?

No increasingly pointless war in Iraq?

No increasingly pointless war in Afghanistan?

No President Obama?

Hmmmmmm… He may have a point. But would there have been additional attacks? If there were additional attacks, would they have been less damaging that what was done to prevent them? Discuss.

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It’s not a war on terror…

It’s not so much a war on terror as an effort to prevent terrorists from attacking our interests, okay?

That exchange seems familiar. Hmmmmm. Oh yes, now I remember.

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Photos of Iran before the barbarians took control

Sometimes, history gets stuck in reverse.

Iranian university students in the 1970s.

Iranian university students in the 1970s.

Tehran university students in 1971.

Tehran university students in 1971.

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Obama Unilaterally Declares War

Should the United States become the Shiite Air Force and spend the next decade bombing ISIS? I will be honest, I don’t know. I do know this, if we are going to war, the President needs to get Congressional approval. Obama isn’t doing that. He isn’t even presenting a rationale for NOT doing it.

Congress isn’t bathing themselves in glory either. Both parties in both houses of Congress are averting their eyes, twiddling their thumbs and pretending nothing is at stake here.

Democrats don’t want to vote against their president nor do they want to piss off their peacenik base. Republicans think they are on a glide path to a GOP wave on election day and don’t want to do anything other than lay low and not upset the apple cart.

In the mean time, the president prepares to unilaterally declare war in a manner that is unprecedented in American history. Bush did nothing even remotely similar. Even the editors at the New York Times are alarmed.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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One more for remembering 9/11 as it should be remembered

NSFW. Appropriate as hell for today.

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To authorize war or to not authorize war?

A month and a half ago, Obama asked Congress to repeal the War Authorization Act.

The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.

“We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,” Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Today, Obama is claiming the War Authorization Act gives him the ability to go to war in Iraq without further Congressional Approval.

Obama’s top advisers are now saying that the 2001 congressional resolution that created the war against al Qaeda, known as an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), provides the president with the legal basis for his new war. “We believe he can rely on the 2001 AUMF for the airstrikes he is authorizating against ISIL,” a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday in a briefing on the president’s war speech.

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Let’s play connect the dots, shall we?

News Story One: Rare Respiratory Disease Spreading Among Schoolchildren

A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say.

The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be “just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases,” said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases.

Twelve states have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus: Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Utah. Four — Colorado, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa — have confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68.

At a news briefing Monday, the CDC confirmed that samples it tested from children who had been hospitalized in Illinois and in Kansas City, Missouri, did show signs of the EV-D68 virus, meaning there is a possible regional outbreak.

News Story Two: Illegal Immigrant Children Sent to Schools Nationwide

Since October 2013, 50,303 “unaccompanied children” from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have crossed America’s porous Southern border to claim green cards via the immigration courts.

The Obama administration has sent none of these children home. Instead, federal officials have chosen to set aside normal immigration practices and to allow this wave of young illegal immigrants to apply for green cards via asylum applications and to disperse across the country. (RELATED: Obama Hides Steady Inflow Of Central American Migrants)

With school now in session, these kids have enrolled in public schools nationwide.

In the event that any of these thousands of Central American children are carrying communicable diseases, experts claim, any subsequent health crisis will likely first manifest itself within a public school environment.

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It is going to be a long, long, long slog

Here is Obama…

“This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

For 13 years we have conducted airstrikes and drone hits in Yemen and Somalia. For 13 years, special operations teams have moved in and out of Yemen and Somalia. For 13 years we have been “degrading and destroying” in Yemen and Somalia. Today, Yemen and Somalia are still thick with radical Islamists.

In fact, the Islamist threat has not been degraded or destroyed in those countries. It has grown over the last 13 years.

This is Obama’s strategy for taking out the much greater ISIS threat. I expect America to be “degrading and destroying” a growing ISIS when I am a very old man indeed.

Obama is using a counter-terrorism strategy to fight a major insurgency. That’s like digging a ditch with a teaspoon.

In other words, get ready for a slog.

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