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A Discussion Of Politicized Science Mixed With A Little Philosophy

“People are open-minded about new things as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.” Charles Kettering

“People are open-minded about new things as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.” Charles Kettering

Judith Curry writes on Partisanship and Silencing Science. If you have the time it is worth reading. Like most blogs the comment section is not to be missed. An example:

If a society believes that developing the earth’s resources is morally right and in fact is approved by God (as evidenced by Gen. 1:28; Ps. 8:6-9; 24:1), then people will think of the world as a place of opportunity, where hard work and inventiveness will lead to further discoveries of beneficial uses of the earth’s resources.

By contrast, in some primitive societies, the world is viewed primarily as a place of danger. People are unwilling to take risks because something bad might happen. In these places, economic development is viewed with fear and even moral condemnation, because change is more likely to bring harmful results than helpful ones. ~Grudem and Asmus”

Curry begins the article with this:

A collection of articles from the health science community on the fate of papers and scientists that challenge the consensus.

Christopher Snowden has an article Groupthink attacks on science has a long history (behind paywall; google the title and you can get in). Excerpts:

Take Katherine Flegal, a statistician at the US Centres for Disease Control. Last year, she and her colleagues published a systematic review of 97 studies in The Journal of the American Medical Association and concluded that mild obesity produced no extra mortality risk and being merely overweight resulted in a small reduction in mortality risk.

Despite being supported with a ream of data, the study was savaged by the public health lobby. Walter Willett, one of the world’s most prominent anti-obesity campaigners, said: “This study is really a pile of rubbish and no one should waste their time reading it.”

Other topics like saturated fats research are dealt with as well.

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The New Navy Is Committed To “Fair Treatment For All”

The focus is no longer on keeping the homeland safe from attackers.

Sad.

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Dhimmi Carter: “Principles of Allah” Are Key to Peace

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This is what ISIS has been doing

This is what ISIS has been doing

During a speech at the annual convention for the Islamic Society of North America on Saturday, former President Jimmy Carter said peace between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East is a dream he still prays can be achieved.

“You can’t bring peace to the Middle East without justice and human rights for the Palestinians,” Carter told a packed hall at Cobo Center. “When my prayers are answered and we have peace in that Holy Land then the Israelis and all their neighbors will be blessed to live in peace and prosperity.”

More here

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British Prime Minister Understands The Threat

DAVID CAMERON: This threat [ISIS] can not be solved simply by dealing with the perceived grievances over Western foreign policy. Nor can it be dealt with by addressing poverty, dictatorship, or instability in the region, as important as those are. The root cause of the threat to our security is quite clear. There is a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism that is condemned by all faith and by all faith leaders. It believes in using the most brutal form of terrorism to force people to accept a warped world view and to live in an almost medieval state.”

Our President – not so much:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authority to engage in the acts we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and it will be important for Congress to weigh in, for our consultations with Congress continue to develop so the American people are part of the debate.

But I don’t want to but the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”

The Waffle White House

The Waffle White House

Thanks to the Earl Of Taint for the image.

Truthfully, I am having trouble with the ‘Inept’ characterization of our President. The ‘Waffling’ may be intentional inaction.

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Judicial Watch: “ISIS Is At The Border”

Here it comes. Ciudad Juarez is just across the border from the West Texas town of El Paso, making it equally close to Texas and New Mexico. Interstate 10 runs through there. Going west it takes you to Tucson, Phoenix, and eventually to Los Angeles. Going east it takes you to… well the rest of the United States.

We knew this was coming. It was just a matter of when. One wonders if the open borders fiasco was designed to allow this.

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From Judicial Watch:

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.”

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FBI Domestic Threat Assessment Doesn’t Mention Islam

The sixty-page document, titled, “2013 National Threat Assessment For Domestic Extremism”, was released on August 13. It lists several groups that might be a threat to Americans. Nowhere do they include Muslims or Islamists. The groups they are concerned about include

…anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.”

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It appears that every bureaucracy in Washington has become politicized to the point that they are impotent – except when it comes to assisting Democrats. The FBI is supposed to investigate crimes and help ensure that they don’t happen. Instead they are watching peaceful people and ignoring the violent ones.

Laws are being broken every day by Democrat operatives and officials – even the President. All that is small potatoes. Yep, the real problem is people like Cliven Bundy.

Read more at the Washington Free Beacon

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Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

Who are those terrorists that we are being warned about? Good question.

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Vote here

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Politico: “Will Harry Reid Run?”

If there is any chance that the GOP will take control of the Senate Reid will retire. The timing is such that the 2014 election is two years before he has to run for reelection. Will he step down if he becomes minority leader?

We had this same discussion about Nancy Pelosi when she became minority leader for the House. She didn’t step down.

Reid has been talking about his possible retirement. Not long ago he said that he regrets not watching his pomegranate tree grow and bear fruit.

But being a Senate leader is heady – and lucrative – stuff. It would be hard to give up.

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Questions about the 74-year-old’s health, his recent move to be closer to his children and grandchildren and uncertainty about the Democratic majority in the Senate lead some knowledgeable insiders to speculate that Reid will retire rather than face a challenge in 2016.

“I don’t think he will run again,” said one insider with decades of experience in Nevada and D.C. politics. “He’s not well. His wife isn’t well. He has grandchildren. And he may not be in the majority after November.”

The majority leader’s staff allows no room for equivocation.

“Senator Reid is running for reelection regardless of who his opponent is,” said Reid’s spokeswoman Kristen Orthman. “We fully anticipate the Koch brothers will spend millions of dollars trying to buy the race in Nevada. We also fully anticipate they will be unsuccessful as they have been in previous cycles when Nevadans rejected their anti-middle class, anti-Social Security agenda.”

But what else can she say?”

More at Politico

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Alinsky Lesson Today

This is how it’s done. If someone speaks the truth attack them. Demand an apology. This is how a discussion of the brutality of Islam is prevented from happening. It’s not just discussions of violent Islam that is being subverted. The same tactics are being used to stop any talk of race, religion, the rule of law, and Israel.

Here is the truth:

Here is the attack:

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From Twitchy

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HeyJackass.com Is Up And Running

Great name. You can find it here.

Hey Jackass does a running compilation of the shootings in Chicago. Someone has gone to a great deal of work to break down the statistics. You can have them in just about any form. They tell you not just how many shootings there were but also when they happened, what gender and race the victims were, and where in the body they were shot.

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If you are putting together an argument for defeating Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or getting rid of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy you will find some stuff here that you can use.

Hat tip to Second City Cop.

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LTC McSally Wins GOP Primary In AZ

LTC Martha McSally

LTC Martha McSally

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Martha McSally has won the Republican primary for the House seat once held by Gabrielle Giffords. She will face incumbent Rep. Ron Barber who was appointed to the seat when Giffords stepped down after being shot. McSally faced Barber two years ago and lost to him in a close race.

McSally was an A-10 pilot during her time in the Air Force. She was also the first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron, the 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS) based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. She saw combat while flying her A-10 over Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch.

Read more at Fox News

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Andrew Klavan And The History Of Democrats At War

He has his facts right and he presents them in an entertaining way.

Devastating, really.

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“That First ‘I’ In ISIL Isn’t Really There. It Doesn’t Mean Islamic.”

“And, and, and, they’re not at war with us! Listen to meee!”

What is the right word? ‘Inept’? ‘Stupid’? Nah, let’s just go with paid liar.

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Marie Harf

Thursday at the daily briefing, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf declined to acknowledge ISIS’ declaration of war with the Untied States of America.

When a reporter said,”The reality is ISIS has announced it’s in a war against America,” adding, “Right or wrong that is what they are saying.”

Harf replied, “Well, they can say whatever they’d like, but what I am making clear is that’s not what ISIL represents. And they don’t represent any religion. They are at war with everybody they come into contact with.”

Read more here where they are calling her ‘State Department Barbie.

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CBC Wants Federal Control Of Local Police

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The Congressional Black Caucus wants President Obama to appoint a ‘Police Czar’. They say they want to prevent ‘More Ferguson’s’. That could mean that they want looting stopped but I take that to mean they want a task force to prevent young black men from getting shot by white cops.

Speaking for the CBC, Rep. Elijah Cummings believes that this utopia can be attained if only the federal government is given just a little more control over Americans.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, urging the administration to pursue changes to local law enforcement structure to “prevent more Fergusons,” including a federal czar to oversee local law enforcement.

“The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.”

In addition to the commission, the letter calls for the appointment of a federal czar within the Justice Department to monitor and oversee local police departments that receive federal funding.”

OK. Now I understand. They want this oversight under the control of the Department of Justice whose head is Eric Holder.

Bad idea… as a matter of fact it’s a terrible idea. Holder has shown himself to be uninterested in justice. He is a revolutionary whose focus is on control. That is not American.

Read more at Politico

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Bolton: “Destroy the ‘Islamic State’ “

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Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, writing is National Review Online, outlines the proper response to ISIS. He says the west, especially the United States, should destroy them. As he notes, the Obama administration and most in the media say Americans are war-weary. That may be but he is questioning the truth of that statement:

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America’s basic objective is clear: We must seek to destroy the Islamic State. It is simply not enough to block the group’s threat to the Kurds or other vulnerable minorities in the region. The risks of even a relatively small “state” (or “caliphate,” as they proclaim it) are chilling. Leaving the Islamic State in place and in control only of its current turf in Iraq and Syria (including northern-Iraqi hydrocarbon deposits and associated infrastructure) would make it viable economically and a fearsome refuge for terrorists of all sorts. Just as Afghanistan’s Taliban gave al-Qaeda a base of operations to launch terrorist attacks culminating in 9/11, a similar result could follow if the Islamic State successfully erased and then redrew existing boundaries.

But, many ask, how can the Islamic State be removed from the territory it now holds without U.S. combat forces’ being centrally involved? Aren’t we too “war weary” to do much of anything? Perhaps, but this is surely a debate worth having. And that debate’s central “organizing principle,” as Hillary Clinton might say, is this: The United States must prevent a new terrorist state from emerging in the Middle East. Period.

If there are American political leaders who are truly content to have this embodiment of evil consolidate its current position, let them say so unambiguously. The vast majority of Americans, however, will be profoundly concerned at the likely consequences for America, Europe, Israel, and our Arab friends in the region if we do nothing. After the Holocaust, we said “Never again,” not “Well, maybe a little.”

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Delicious – “We Don’t Want You Here, Jesse”

Jesse Jackson confronted by Ferguson resident.

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Rick Perry Owns It Again

Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a Grand Jury for vetoing funding for a part of the office of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. He had to have a mug shot taken. He turned that to his advantage. Now he is selling a T-shirt on his Rick PAC website with both his mug shot and that of Lehmberg.

He is owning the charges. He is ridiculing those who brought them. Here is an image. The shirt is printed both sides.

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Heh.

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Obama Appoints New ‘Negro Czar’

Obama ‘Trusts’ Sharpton. Why is he a ‘Negro Czar’ and not a ‘Minority Czar’? It’s simple. Sharpton claims to represent minorities but actually only notices things that happen to black people. Has anyone ever seen him support a Native American or an Asian American? How about Latinos? Nope. His focus is laser like on black issues.

‘Black Czar’ or ‘African American Czar’ are clumsy and can be misleading. ‘Negro Czar’ it is – like the United Negro College Fund.

This is from Politico Magazine:

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I’ve known Al since he was 12 years old, and he’s arrived at the level he always wanted to arrive at, which is gratifying,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a colleague and sometimes rival, told me. “He’s the man who’s the liaison to the White House, he’s the one who’s talking to the Justice Department.”

Sharpton has a history. Even the Politico writer relates it:

During the 1991 Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, Sharpton stoked black rage after a Hasidic Jewish driver killed a young boy with his car. At the child’s funeral, Sharpton railed against Jewish “diamond merchants” who bought their wares from apartheid South Africa, then ran down black kids in Brooklyn. There was his much-mocked stint as an FBI informer in the 1980s.”

Sharpton does not have the best interests of the country nor the black community close to his heart. That must be why Barack Obama is so close with him.

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Leftists Outraged Over ‘Racist’ Plasma TV Cartoon in Missouri Newspaper

I think this was taken from a photo.

The cry of ‘Racism’ is meant to shut people up, not to cure a problem.

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Liberals have their panties in a bunch over a Missouri Newspaper cartoon that depicts the protest and looters in #Ferguson.”

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More at Gateway Pundit

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14,646 duplicate voters flagged in Virginia, Maryland

ACORN may have been broken up but this is their legacy and it lives on. Remember when ACORN was paying people to register voters? Those people registered the same voter many times – as many as 72 times has been documented. Allk those registrations are still on the books. It’s no wonder the Obama administration is opposed to requiring photo ID to vote. That step could undo the fraud.

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An election-watch group says 14,646 people hold voter registrations in Maryland and in Fairfax County, Va.

An election-integrity group is challenging the status of nearly 15,000 voters reportedly registered in both Fairfax County and Maryland.

Virginia Voters Alliance on Wednesday urged Fairfax’s electoral board to do what state officials have so far not done across the commonwealth: Purge those duplicate voters.

VVA President Reagan George complained the state Department of Elections is classifying all duplicate registrations as “inactive voters.”

That means 43,896 voters alleged to be registered in both Virginia and Maryland would stay in Virginia’s statewide database — and remain eligible to vote — until 2019.”

Read more at Watchdog.org

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It’s Not ‘The Gulf War’. It’s ‘The Golf War’

Obama doesn’t care about the optics of his perpetual golfing but everyone else does. Even his supporters. Here is the cover of the New York Daily News:

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And here is a ‘killer’ cartoon suggestion. Will it work?

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Be Careful What You Ask For

This is from Instapundit.

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No Fair. Bill Whittle Uses Facts.

He says there is an epidemic of racism in America. He then, Spock-like, shows us the numbers.

And more.

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Ominous: “Holder: ‘Change is coming’ after Ferguson police shooting”

What does this lizard mean? “Change is coming”?

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Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest fueled by the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular.

The attorney general described how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of speeding. Police searched his car, going through the trunk and looking under the seats.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder said during a meeting with about 50 community leaders at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College.”

From the Sun-Times

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Investor’s Business Daily: “Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Indictment The Work Of Soros-Funded Minions”

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Now that the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is coming up as the mother of all nothingburgers, and even Democrats are steering clear, it’s time to look at those behind this scam: George Soros-funded front groups.

Friday’s news erupted with a Texas-sized gusher of political mud — Gov. Perry indicted on two felony counts of corruption and abuse of office! And it was all over his decision to defund a “public integrity office” run by a convicted drunk whose failure to resign left an office unable to straighten itself out.

With the news breaking late at week’s end, the governor’s efforts to defend his actions found relatively few immediate listeners. But as facts came out about the utter meritlessness of the case, it turned out to be just a game:

Drape corruption charges around the neck of a successful governor and, however false, let them dangle there until the case gets dismissed, as it surely will. And the aim? To derail his plans to run for president.

It’s a trick so old and practiced by the group that brought the complaint to the district attorney last year, Texans For Public Justice, that it took all of a minute to find the sordid template on a Google search.”

From Investor’s Business Daily

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