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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Abuse of Power

A recent gallup poll attempted to look at why the unrest in the nation over the legislative agenda rammed through over the objections of the American people.

"One reason for Republicans' anger may be revealed in a new question asking whether Americans believe the methods Democratic leaders used to secure passage of the bill represented "an abuse of power" or "an appropriate use" of the majority party's power in Congress. Nearly 9 in 10 Republicans see it as abuse of power, whereas a smaller majority of Democrats (70%) call it an appropriate use of power. The majority of independents agree with most Republicans on this question."

Well, what did we expect? Put the Democrat party in charge of the House, the Senate and the Oval Office and they're going to run wild. These folks are always talking of protecting freedom when they are out of power, and then just run right over you the minute they get into power. And they don't ever plan on changing. What's funny...what really cracks me up, is that the ethics of their own supporters is such that they don't care. They can't see that infringing on the freedom of one part of our population, whichever political persuasion, infringes upon the freedom of all.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stace Makes Out Like a Bandit


Robert Stacy McCain, doing the hard work you and I wish we had a chance to do, broke out the old shoe leather,traveling to the Searchlight Rally in support of the bid to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I must say, I appreciate all the hard work Stace does for you and I. Beauty is, we get to tag along with Stace and actually hear from the people there. It's hard work, but this is serious reporting.













































































I gotta say, it looks like we missed a pretty good time out in the desert!

Feds Decide Time to Take Citizens 'Down'



Barbara McQuade, the U.S. attorney leading the prosecution against a Michigan militia group said Tuesday:
"The time had come that we needed to arrest them and take them down," McQuade told The Associated Press in an interview at her office."

Members had been undergoing paramilitary training, including learning how to shoot guns and make bombs, since 2008, according to an indictment. Nevertheless, we are to believe that the critical moment for the Federales to "take them down" arose a couple of days after the passage of the Federal healthcare takeover bill was signed into law. Hmmm.

"The group quotes several Bible passages and declares: "We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. ... Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment."


Those ideas are legal in this country. I might add they are not particularly threatening.

The militia group, which called themselves the HUTAREE, were the holders of a number of curious notions to be sure, and the schemes mentioned in the indictment were pretty crazy.

For insistence, according to the indictment:
"The general concept of operation further provided that once such action was taken HUTAREE members would retreat to one of several rallying points where the HUTAREE would wage war against the government and be prepared to defend in depth…"

Absolutely preposterous. Could anyone seriously believe that a group of nine individuals could attack US law enforcement officers and then fall back to a rallying point where they could wage war (?!) against the government and defend in depth? It sounds like something out of a computer combat sim game, where everything is in the here and now and there is no big picture.

Meanwhile, in southwest Texas,
"The Department of Homeland Security sent out a security alert to all men and women in uniform to be careful and advise their families to take extra precaution. Barrio Azteca gang members say they plan to kill law enforcement officers in the El Paso area as retaliation, the department said.

Last week, the FBI and DEA conducted a sweep of Barrio Azteca members, resulting in the arrest of dozens alleged gang members. The gang has ties with the Juárez drug cartel and is under scrutiny for its possible involvement in the murders in Juárez of three people tied to the U.S. Consulate. FBI officials said the threat is uncorroborated but want to warn officers anyway."

What appears to be a far more serious threat, and a far more restrained response by the Federales. The FBI warned local officers. Why the difference, one wonders.

Politically it all works out very nicely for Janet Napolitano – some might say a little too nicely. The actual threat the Hutaree posed is dwarfed by their political usefulness to the Democrats in power in their ongoing efforts to criminalize opposition to their actions.

Regardless of the schemes hatched in the fevered mind of one David ‘Joe Stonewall’ Stone in a back road double-wide in Michigan, the very real threat to the freedoms guaranteed to the people of our nation are stemming from the expansion in size and reach of the Federal government in Washington DC.

Change you better believe in.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Obamazilla Leaves Path of Destruction


Fresh off forcing the Federal takeover of the US Healthcare industry, one Barrack Hussein Obama has got his eye on the clock and intends to cram as much legislation through this congress as possible before the people kick his Democrat congressional minions to the curb. In this he is abrasive, arrogant and unapologetic. It's as though he has risen, monster like, from the fog and haze of his rhetoric, to terrify and crush the will of the people, and forever change this nation, a nation which he both leads and despises. Passing a massive government increase with one simple up or down vote, when the constitution requires a 60 vote majority, is putting precedent on its ear. Strange it is that President Bush could not get judicial appointments to the Supreme Court without 60 votes in the Senate, yet one sixth of the US economy falls into the hands of this power grubbing, tax and spend bureaucrat without the supermajority vote required in the Senate.

For all its size and screeching howl, Godzilla had nothing on this guy, for the monster, bred from radioactive ooze, only had the power to lay waste to Tokyo, whereas Obamazilla has a much larger footprint.

Presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave voice to his contempt for the opposition party.

“Understanding that what they got out of the health care thing was virtually nothing, I think they may think twice on financial reform. There’s certainly ample evidence that their 'strategery' needs a little reform.”

Oh, I don't know about that. The Republicans got quite a lot out of the healthcare debate. For one, it demonstrated the utter contempt that this administration has for the American people and our democratic process. Parliamentary sleight of hand is not the way one leads a nation, and it will not be forgotten. Democrats have placed the people in the United States as their enemy, and celebrate their victory over them in the healthcare debate. But the debate was not won by the Democrats...it was lost by them. Yet they pushed through their agenda anyway, essentially holding the American people hostage with their lock on the seat of power in the government. To add insult to injury, one day after the Senate has taken its recess, the President has made recess appointments to a number of government positions, including placing union lawyer Craig Becker onto the National Labor Relations Board. All 41 Senate Republicans wrote Obama urging him not to use a recess appointment for Becker, a former lawyer with the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO, whose nomination was rejected by the Senate last month, 52-43. In doing so he displayed the disdain which this president holds for the Republican party. This kind of crassness was also present in his rude interactions with both the representatives of the United Kingdom shortly after taking office, and the recent State visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. These two nations have been our greatest allies in an increasingly hostile world. This man is power crazed and bent on ruining the greatest, freest country the world has ever known. However, try as he might, he will never be greater than the people he was chosen to lead.

We are a free people.

Hyacinth Girl Knocks One Out Of The Park


Everybody's favorite, the Hyacinth Girl, knocked one out of the park yesterday with her thoughtful commentary on the ongoing national discussion on the Federal government takeover of the healthcare industry.
"I’d love to have a safety net, to never have to worry about basic “needs”, but the sacrifice is too great. When we give up responsibility, we also give up our freedom"

Oh yeah, she got all of that.

With that she gets the highly coveted Mark Steyn link, passing Go and collecting her $200.00.

Nicely done, April!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Media, Dems look to Buck Tea Party Movement


Uncomfortable with being displaced and disdained, the media elites and their minions continue to demean the American people and the First Amendment freedoms by mis-reporting and mischaracterizing the people in their typical crotch kick fashion.
"Conservative columnist Andrew Breitbart disputed accounts that tea party activists in Washington shouted racial epithets at black members of Congress amid the health care debate, although he didn't provide any evidence."

And the author of the piece disputed accounts that he is a biased moron windbag, but he didn't provide any evidence. The fact is that Jesse Jackson Jr. videotaped the entire leisurely tour the Congressional liberal Black Caucus took through the citizens they had just got through screwing over. If any racial epitaphs had been used then Jesse would have shared them. That would be deductive evidence. However what the press seem to require is hard evidence that no racial epitaphs were used, which of course cannot be provided. It is sometimes possible to prove that things did happen. It is almost impossible to prove that they did not. It's a typical Pansie move by these dolts from the left, and I am happy to note their popularity and influence decline with each passing day.
"Now a Fox News analyst and potential 2012 presidential candidate, Palin faced criticism after posting a map on her Facebook page that had circles and cross hairs over 20 Democratic districts. She also sent a tweet saying, "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!"

Oh my, that is troubling. Ms. Palin is using sports analogies, linking back to the Dems ealier criticisms of her that she had.. gulp..hunted game (gasp, tears, weeping). Please! What a bunch of twits. Well, Mr. Media, will you also give up the use of sports analogies in your everyday written language? Will we no longer read about "No holds barred" (wrestling), "Piling on"(football), "Gameplan" (basketball), "Endgame" (chess) and so on?

Not likely. Look boys, take a deep breath. No one's going to take away your bathroom pass.


Meanwhile, in the midst of their bashing of corporate greed, the Times reports that owner of the New York Times Arthur 'Pinch' Sulzberger received bonuses and other compensation more than doubling his pay to $2.4 million while corporate president and CEO Janet L. Robinson received a total compensation package valued at $5.58 million in 2008. This at a time when New York Times managers are forcing all employees to take a five percent pay cut, and reporters from Times subsidiary the Boston Globe were warned by Times executives that their paper will be folded if they do not come up with $20 million in pay cuts and layoffs.

Hmmm. Perhaps less time parsing the meaning of phrases on Sarah Palin websites, more time looking at your own accounting practises.

Ice Scatters Across Deck of Titanic

The US economy is the most robust and diverse in the world. Nevertheless mindless meddling on the part of the Federal government is showing signs of cracking the entire enterprise, putting the nation in a degree of instability hitherto only known in banana republics and more recently in out of control socialist democracies like Greece. Not wanting to remain outside the loop, the Obama administration has called for full speed ahead through the ice fields before us, with the US bond market (how the nation finances its debt) showing signs of major distress.
"A long period of stability for the US government bond market showed signs of cracking this week as a lack of investor appetite for new debt sent the benchmark 10-year yield to its highest level since last June."

For the past year and a half economic analysts have warned that record sized debt sales by the US Treasury were going to impact yield rates, which had been holding steady over time, with a 10-year yield sitting comfortably below 4 per cent. This week, the yield on 10-year notes jumped from 3.65 per cent to 3.87 per cent, with no signs that the increasing rate will stop its rise.


"Falling inflation, rising unemployment, the housing market slump, the Federal Reserve’s policies of a near zero overnight borrowing rate and its purchase of up to $1,700bn in bonds have all helped keep Treasury yields near historic lows."

That little bn stands for BILLION, as in 1,700 BILLION dollars in bonds purchased by the Federal Reserve.
But this week the mood shifted as yields for $118bn of new US debt were much higher than forecast, sparking overall selling of Treasuries

Nothing to worry about. Just a touch of ice scattered across the deck. Everything is fine. Carry on with the music and dancing.

Friday, March 26, 2010

I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka!

The raised, tilted chin, the smirk of superiority, this really is too much.

George Jonas had a pretty good piece on the Obamarama we've all been suffering through:
"Obama's domestic policy of emulating various tried-and-failed models of interventionist government, from European-style socialism to regulatory despotism, has conjured up a multi-trillion dollar deficit, unemployment persisting at 10%, infestations of red tape worms and a general lack of confidence. It fits the style of "No Drama Obama" as a cool, calm, collected way of driving a country into the ground."

Nicely said.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WHO?

Oh, no. If there was any doubt that the Federal takeover of the healthcare industry is a bad idea, Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization just stepped in to remove it.
"The people in this country and their leaders are courageous. That (healthcare reform) is an unprecedented achievement," WHO Director General Margaret Chan said.

How so?
She argued that unrestricted market forces were limited as a means of redressing imbalances in global health care.

Uh oh. Imbalances in global health? What did any of this have to do with global health?
Conservatives and other critics argue that it will send the U.S. budget deficit soaring and slow economic recovery, but also that it represents unwarranted federal intrusion into the freedom of individuals to make healthcare choices. Chan has made clear her view that governments and global organizations such as WHO should make a case for market regulation to deliver more equitable health benefits.

"Market forces, all by themselves, will not solve social problems. That is why public health needs to be concerned,"

Holy crap! Market forces will not solve social problems? They are not intended to solve social problems. And while you are at it, can you show where government intrusion solved social problems?

How is it that the legislation passed supposedly to extend healthcare benefits is seen by a bureaucrat like Chan as being an opportunity for social engineering?

We're screwed.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

'Bring It On'



Taking a defiant posture over their most recent expansion of Federal powers, the White House assured the people of the nation that efforts to question their takeover of the U.S. healthcare industry will fail. Fourteen states have filed Federal lawsuits in opposition to the bill on constitutional grounds, eliciting the following response:

“To that I say, ’Bring it on,’” said White House domestic policy chief Melody Barnes.

The last time we heard this kind of talk from the White House it was President Bush letting America's enemies know that we were ready and willing to fight them. This President has it in his head that the major conflict his administration faces is against the American people he was elected to lead.

What an ass.

A Republic, If You Can Keep It.


So said Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. He had been asked what government had been formed, and as he emerged from the convention a certain Mrs. Powell called out:

`Well, Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?'

`A republic, if you can keep it,' responded Franklin.

His response sheds light on the very real understanding Mr. Franklin had of the difficulty of keeping power in the hands of the people and away from those who would seek to rule over them.

US Representative Ron Paul had some valuable things to say regarding our government, which he shared in an address to the US House in January of 2000:
"The Republic made a strict limitation of government power. Those powers permitted would be precisely defined and delegated by the people with all public officials being bound by their oath of office to uphold the Constitution."

and
"The Revolution and subsequent Constitution settled the question as to which authority should rule man's action, the individual or the state. The authors of the Constitution clearly understood that man has free will to make personal choices and be responsible for the consequences of his own actions. Man, they knew, was not simply to be a cog in a wheel or a single cell of an organism or a branch of a tree but an individual with free will and responsibility for his eternal soul as well as his life on earth. If God could permit spiritual freedom, government certainly ought to permit the political freedom that allows one to pursue life's dreams and assume one's responsibilities."

Well said, sir.

It is a very great tragedy that our nation does not endeavor to teach our history and the very rich tradition we have of freedom, and the moral superiority of its necessary precondition, limited government.

Hey

Hey, did any of you guys catch what this was all about? I took a look, but I never saw where Darrell was linked. Why did she want someone to say her name?! Was it Darrell she was talking to specifically, or just anyone? I don't want to ask over there because... those two are just too fast.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthcare Industry becomes latest victim


I have to say, I have been taken aback by the devestation of the determined left leaning politicos. Pondering the events of the past few weeks I am stunned by the absolute outrageousness of it all.

It is an Alice In Wonderland experience. We have descended down the rabbit hole. Yet the local daily The Oregonian touts the number of uninsured that will benefit and what a great achievement it all was. If power grabbing and national self-destruction can be considered achievements, then yes, the President has succeeded to a remarkable degee. Soon we shall all be subject to some burecratic blowhard, and "Off with their heads!" wont be too far behind.

'I Know Where I'm Going!' Open Thread



I reached the point of thinking there were no more masterpieces to discover, until I saw "I Know Where I'm Going!"

Martin Scorsese

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pelosi ready to subvert government

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is now ready to pass the largest and most encompassing piece of legislation ever to pass through the halls of Congress, and she intends to do so without having the Congress vote on it.

"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."

That's a nice trick. Our representatives in Congress will forever change our lives and the nations healthcare, and they wont even have to vote. What the hell?!!
"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."

They shall "deem" the law to have passed. Can I do that? Just deem things to be as I wish them to be? No, huh?
"she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure."

That is why we put them in office..to represent us. That is why we call them 'representatives'. That is why this is called a "Representative Republic". The people are represented in the halls of congress by people we have chosen to represent us. Now Ms. Pelosi wants to pass the government sanctioned takeover of the US healthcare industry, and she doesn't want the representatives to have to vote?!!
"It's more insider and process-oriented than most people want"

You can say that again. Didn't this country use to have leaders that believed in the freedoms and fundamental principles that this nation was founded upon? If any of them could speak today, what might they say?

"...we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Pennsylvania

Amen.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

'The Razor's Edge' Open Thread










What are your thoughts?

Hanks misses mark



Tom Hanks recently made an ass of himself by attempting a political generalization that showed remarkably poor understanding of the world as it was in 1941, and how it is today. Mr. Hanks:




"Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?"

Tom Hanks' comments were not all that surprising.. a simplistic view tailored to fit our current times. His comments are not primarily directed to disparage our efforts against the Japanese. His actual point is for the here and now, and he is attempting to chide us, dismissing our nation's efforts to protect itself in its efforts abroad and here stateside against what Hanks is thinking of as an ill-considered distrust and hatred of the unknown.

The operative sentence in the quote is:

"Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?"

No, Tom, it doesn't. In fact, it doesn't sound anything like yesterday either. It is one thing to look back at the war in the Pacific with the certain knowledge that the war ended with the unconditional surrender of the Japanese, and another thing entirely to have actually lived through those events with the uncertainty of the future, the deep ache in the gut with the news that our Pacific fleet was utterly destroyed as it lay at anchor in Pearl Harbor, our young men burned and drown to death before many could even get topside and dressed, the staggering blow of the first six months of the war when the news was of defeat after defeat to an enemy that we had hardly taken seriously prior to the outset of hostilites. Wake Island..the Philipines...the surrender in the Bataan Peninsula..the Bataan death march... the harsh reality of the news of loved ones lost in far off places fighting against a brutal, fanatical enemy that would rape and kill the local women, behead your captured military personnel and send their soldiers off on suicide missions for a cause that was totally empty and devoid of any good.

Well, okay Tom, there are some similarities amongst the type of people we fight against, but it has to do with their ideas and they way they intend to go about treating people. It matters not what they look like. Heck we fought a civil war against people that looked just like us. In fact, not infrequently our family members were fighting on the other side. What was all the killing about then? No, it doesn't have to do with what people look like.

The question for us today is will we respond to todays threat with the clarity of purpose, political unity and willingness to sacrifice that will be necessary to win the struggle ahead. Based on the way you are thinking about what is at stake here, the answer would be perhaps not.

Good news is, there are lots of us who have been paying attention, and we have not given up.

Thank you sir, but you do not speak for me. As far as insightful political commentary, I think Gary Bussey would generate a more grounded insight into our political realities and personal motivations, both for today and for days gone by.

Obama Administration to wreck democracy, healthcare

The Federal takeover of the US healthcare system clearly is not wanted by the American people. Despite this, President Obama pushes on, twisting arms, changing rules, violating everything about our Democracy.


After a healthcare summit failed to either win people to his side or effectively paint the Republicans as obstructionists, Mr. Obama and his goons have taken to simply ignoring Senate rules and intend to pass healthcare on a strict up and down vote.

Big changes need big majorities. That is the way the Senate has been set up. The so-called Byrd Rule was put in place for budgetary changes only, and it is so stated in the rule. Now the President claims he simply wants an up or down vote.

I am sorry Mr. President, it simply does not work that way. Stop what you are doing.

Set my people free!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

- 'Splendor in the Grass' Open Thread































Join us for the rest of the shows at Movie Club.

Haim lost to us


Corey Haim collapsed in his home and passed away in the night from what were termed 'unknown causes'. Corey struggled with drug use, and they undoubtedly played a role in his demise at 38 years of age.

The trouble with 'innocent' drug use for fun is that for many it ends up spinning out of control to become the person's dominant coping mechanism, and ultimately a heartless, unforgiving slave master. None of this would I want for anyone, least of all Corey Haim, whom I enjoyed immensely in Lucas and License to Drive. Seemed like a sweet kid.

Hollywood is a throw away culture. You have your useful time and then as far as the studio executives are concerned, you're done. Trouble is, once you taste the intoxicating spotlight of fame like Corey did, it is hard to then just lead a normal life. It takes an unusual person to stay grounded through all that.

Of course, Corey was never a throw away. None of us are.

God bless, Corey. Thanks for the fun and humanity you shared with us all. You will be missed.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sandra Bullock garners Oscar



Well, this is a feel good story for me. What a genuinely likable actress Sandra Bullock is. From her early performances in pieces like The Thing Called Love (which featured an excellent performance by River Phoenix - his last) to a fun show like While You Were Sleeping, to her most recent works like The Proposal, she has great comedic timing and an honest quality that is very refreshing.

Congratulations, Sandra Bullock.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

White coats applaud destruction of US Healthcare System





Well, there they are.

Each the absolute picture of health.

The gal second from the left is a nurse, whom the White House dressed for the occaison in a physician consultant's jacket. False advertising? Sure, but wait till they enact the bill to 'improve' our healthcare system.


It was the finest in the world. People would come from all over to find the best care available. And if this team of bozos have their way, it will all be a distant memory. Yes, the Obamanation of the US healthcare system has reached its terminal phase. All that is needed now is for the Democrats in Congress to ignore Senate rules (and more importantly the will of the people) and vote the damn thing in. We will immediately begin to realize the benefit of the higher tax rates. The medical care promised will all start a little later... after the next presidential election.

What is with these guys? Spend the money, then skip town before the bill comes due.

There ought to be law!

Enough with the white coats already


U.S. President Barrack 'Bad Bill' Obama has decreed the will of the people to be no concern of his.

The guy is a shameless poser.

"Onward, lemmings" he cried as he whooped and hollered his rag-tag group of soon to be former Democrat congressmen over the edge of political insanity.

After holding a special healthcare summit meeting to gain the ideas of both sides, the big balooney thrower tossed aside Republican calls to throw out the broad bills passed by the House of Representatives and Senate last year and begin again with a more step-by-step approach.
"Given these honest and substantial differences between the parties ... I do not see how another year of negotiations would help," Obama said.

Yes, well, especially when you have no intention of listening to anyone other than your own liberal buddies. Not the Republicans. Not the American people. Senate rules forbid the reconcilation process to be used for anything other than budget reconcilation. It was a Democrat, Senator Byrd, that wrote the rule in, The Byrd Rule, but these are DEMOCRATS we’re talking about here.

“Senate rules? We don’t need no stinkin Senate rules.”

"Now is the time to make a decision about how to finally reform health care so that it works, not just for the insurance companies, but for America's families and businesses," Obama said.

That's right. It's really unfair now because it is all set to favor certain ill intentioned groups like insurance companies, at the cost of everyone else. Unlike Obamacare, which would raise taxes on everyone and share the burden equally... except for union members...and government employees ...oh yeah, and all the people living in the state of Nebraska (?!).

What a twit. Of all things this nation needs to concern itself with, the most important thing on his mind is the government takeover of the healthcare industry.

Putz.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Journalists consider culpability


Apparently, 'How to report climate change after Climategate?' has been a question troubling our media elites for some time now, and the whole idea was kicked around at a discussion meeting at Oxford University on 26th February 2010.

The question and answer format featured environmental correspondents Richard Black of the BBC, Fiona Harvey (FT), David Adam of the Guardian and Ben Jackson of the Sun, and was chaired by Fiona Fox, director of the Science Media Centre.

Those in the know have been thinking about how best to spin the news. Look at these questions, and let's start with the opener:

"Has the press done a disservice to the public in reporting Climategate? Has media a responsibility to make the public “think the right way”?"

What the hell is that? Are they are asking each other if they did the "right thing" in reporting the news about the document dump from Hadley CRU, the same document dump that released all kinds of materials that had been repeatedly requested to be released through FOI requests (the file was titled FOIA2009.zip, i.e. Freedom of Information Act 2009.zip file), and which had been stone walled by that assclown Professor Jones?

"How to report uncertainty in, for example, Met Office forecasts? What will persuade sceptics and deniers?"

How is it that this panel of journalists view themselves as being in the business of persuading people? What about reporting? What about truth finding? Why would persuading be a goal of the media? This is outrageous.

DA: We can no longer call people deniers. We need a new term. Some people have suggested “climate creationists”.


FH: Sceptics were clever in choosing their name. We do need a new name, denier won’t work because of Holocaust associations.

They are looking for a term to discredit those that are questioning the science and its conclusions, and they are seeking one that will be readily accepted by the public, while at the same time clearly indicating that those people are ideologically driven and don't really know what they are talking about.

How about 'Journalists'?

Stacy schools the Right


Stacy is in the right of it often enough, but you can't top this.


"Remember that on Sept. 24, 2008 — the day Crazy Cousin John announced he would suspend his campaign and fly to D.C. to push for the bailout — my initial reaction was “Holy Crap! . . . This is insane.” "


When he calls it, he calls it.