Spenders, Snubs, & Shakespeare

As you’ve read in the previous few posts, this was a busy week. Next week will be even busier. Thank God it’s Friday. (No that was not an ad). Tomorrow I am taking the boys over to Sweetwater Creek State Park to do some birdwatching. Who knows what we’ll see.

For now, let’s see what else happened this week that I forgot to talk about.

Thought #1

The current debt ceiling is $12.1 trillion. Democrats want to raise that ceiling 14.87% this year alone.

In a bold but risky year-end strategy, Democrats are preparing to raise the federal debt ceiling by as much as $1.8 trillion before New Year’s rather than have to face the issue again prior to the 2010 elections.

“We’ve incurred this debt. We have to pay our bills,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told POLITICO Wednesday. And the Maryland Democrat confirmed that the anticipated increase could be as high as $1.8 trillion — nearly twice what had been assumed in last spring’s budget resolution for the 2010 fiscal year.

I don’t know about you, but my bank doesn’t increase my credit line 14.87% everytime I get close to reaching my limit. It’s time to stop this b.s., isn’t it?

Thought #2

Wow. It’s one thing to change protocol at the White House and attempt to change things at every level of government here in the United States, but isn’t it a bit arrogant to cancel out on the events that Norway plans for all Nobel Peace Prize winners?

Barack Obama’s trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.

Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.

The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children’s event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.

He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.

Oh that’s right, President Obama isn’t like most of the other Nobel Peace Prize winners. They actually had to earn theirs. I found this following line the funniest of them all in the article.

The Norwegian Nobel committee, which awards the peace prize, dismissed the criticism. “We always knew that there were too many events in the programme. Obama has to govern the US and we were told early on that he could not commit to all of them,” said Geir Lundestad, secretary of the committee.

President Obama is far too busy governing the United States so it’s understandable that he cannot find the time to attend all of these events. I suppose the Nobel committee forgot all about his trip to Copenhagen to lobby for the 2016 games for the city of Chicago.

The Obama administration said at the time that the President could ‘multitask’ so there was no problem with him traveling to Copenhagen to lobby the Olympic Committee.

So what’s the problem with Oslo and the King of Norway? No kickbacks? No incentive to attend? Come on, tell the truth for once.

Thought #3

Al Gore doesn’t know how to read

. It must be all those carbon credit fumes clouding his mind.

Q: How damaging to your argument was the disclosure of e-mails from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University?

A: To paraphrase Shakespeare, it’s sound and fury signifying nothing. I haven’t read all the e-mails, but the most recent one is more than 10 years old. These private exchanges between these scientists do not in any way cause any question about the scientific consensus.

Yet, the East Anglia emails are dated from March 7,1996 through November 12, 2009. Wow. First we have global warming now we have time warping. Ten years have passed since November 12th? Someone get me a few thousand global second credits, this is going to be painful.

Souls, Sellouts, Scratches, & Storms

I had another busy day today.

Normally, I am quite organized. Everything on my desk is arranged just where I need it, so when I go looking for something I can find it quickly. After busting my butt all day today, do you think I could find my glasses? Nope. They were nowhere to be found. Until I looked in the mirror. Yes, it was a long day.

Thought #1

If you are Harry Reid, how do you get things done in Washington? You make back room deals and hide the truth as long as you can.

Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation. No further details were immediately available.

In order for there to be details, there had to be someone willing to admit how much it took to sell their soul to the devil. You don’t really expect them to admit that, do you?

Thought #2

In light of recent exposure, I bet you thought federal funding for ACORN was dead, didn’t you?

Last night, defying the will of a bipartisan majority of the House and Senate, Democrats voted to allow the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to receive federal taxpayer dollars.

Last night, Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) offered an amendment during deliberations on the Democrats’ massive year-end appropriations bill to clarify the prohibition on federal funds going to ACORN or its subsidiaries. That amendment was shot down on a 5-9 party line vote as Republicans sided with taxpayers while Democrats stood with ACORN.

This is “the most open and ethical Congress in the history of the United States”, remember?

Thought #3

For the past few weeks, Harry Reid has made sure that the senate conducts business on Saturdays. I’m sure this interfered with more than a few Senator’s plans. I wonder what would happen if Harry Reid had plans and wanted the weekend off?

Senators and staffers watched CSPAN breathlessly from their offices Wednesday evening as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated they might not have to work this weekend.

The Senate has been working at a breakneck pace (for the Senate) on the health reform legislation. Lawmakers worked all last weekend on Democrats’ health reform bill and they worked the Saturday before Thanksgiving and all signs indicated they would work this coming weekend too.

But Reid, who wants to get a healthcare bill finished by Christmas, urged Republicans on the Senate floor to forego a debate on several conference reports this weekend in order to give Senators and staffers the weekend off.

Why on Earth would Scary Harry need the weekend off? What on Earth could be more important on Harry’s ‘to-do’ list, than health care? Oh that’s right, it’s payback time. Do you remember his “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” deal?

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will host a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in New Orleans next month, an event that comes on the heels of Reid’s assistance getting Louisiana a windfall of Medicaid money in the health care reform bill.

It’s all about priorities, right?

Thought #4

Global Warming!!!

A massive storm buried much of the central United States in dangerous ice and snow Wednesday, stranding scores of motorists with massive drifts that shut down major roads and defeated plows.

Strong winds created drifts as high as 15 feet (4.6 meters) as the storm dropped as much as four feet of snow (1.2 meters) in some areas, said Pat Slattery, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

Oh, sorry. I had a ‘Goraphobic’ moment there. I’ll recover in time for spring.

Numbers, Numbing, & Numbnuts

Today was supposed to be a fun day. We were planning on attending a camera club field trip, but all three boys were up late into the night excited about the pending snowfall. The snow began to fall around 2am, lightly. Very lightly. Tiny, almost microscopic snow flurries were drifting down onto our deck.

We woke in the morning, to no snow. None. Nada. Zilch. So there we were with three boys who all had less than 5 hours sleep. The heck if I was going to try to take them anywhere.

We’re waiting now for the annual Christmas parade in our small town. The boys love seeing all the different police cars and fire trucks, as well as all of the floats from the different civic and church organizations. I’m planning to take video of the entire parade, which usually lasts about 10 minutes or so.

Here are some thoughts to get you through until tomorrow, when you’ll be able to see my awesome small town Christmas parade video.

Thought #1

The numbers just don’t add up.

President Obama told us that unemployment would peak at 7.9% if the stimulus was passed. The stimulus passed and now unemployment is sitting at 10%.

More than 2.3 million people have stopped looking for work because of the economy, because more than 2.6 million jobs have been lost since the stimulus was passed.

Want to see more numbers? Check it out.

Thought #2

The Obama administration is sticking their heads in the sand again.

The U.N.’s decision this week to investigate whether some of its climate change research had been manipulated constitutes a “direct rebuke” of the Obama administration, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Friday.

The White House’s unwillingness to open a similar inquiry could now only be characterized as “a sad abdication of their responsibility to ensure that U.S. policies are not driven by corrupted science and data,” the congressman added.

We have evidence that climate data has been tampered with. Raw data has been destroyed, so we have no evidence that man-made global warming even exists. Wouldn’t it be prudent to investigate the events that led up to the deception and the fraud, to find out (a) who is responsible and why, (b) if man is actually having any effect on the Earth’s climate, and (c) what we can do in the future so a handful of over-zealous scientists don’t control all of the raw data that is used to support their own falsified scientific theories?

Thought #3

Would Comcast stoop so low as to blatantly pander the President and Congress to win approval of the Comcast/NBC deal?

Now Comcast is a big company, with about 100,000 employees. I’m sure health care costs have a big impact on their bottom line. But the bottom line impact on Roberts’ personal net worth will be much greater if the federal government, with a big say-so from the US Senate, approves the $13 billion deal.

So Roberts’ heartfelt letter to the president in support of the Democrats’ singular policy issue was the first action he took in what is expected to be a twelve-month regulatory review process. This is an action with absolutely no relevance to the vast intricacies of the merger, but a move that sets a new standard for blatant pandering aimed at a group of people for whom pandering is the new coin of the realm.

Heck, I’ve seen politicians supporting the socialist agenda and American citizens actually supporting that agenda, I’ve seen the women Tiger Woods was with when he allegedly cheated on his wife, none of which are hotter than his wife, and I’ve seen family members show their true colors and take it out on my children, so nothing, and I mean nothing that happens now will ever really surprise me.

Thought #4

What is NASA hiding?

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said NASA has refused for two years to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act that would show how the agency has shaped its climate data and would explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data going as far back as the 1930s.

“I assume that what is there is highly damaging,” Mr. Horner said. “These guys are quite clearly bound and determined not to reveal their internal discussions about this.”

The numbers matter. Under pressure in 2007, NASA recalculated its data and found that 1934, not 1998, was the hottest year in its records for the contiguous 48 states. NASA later changed that data again, and now 1998 and 2006 are tied for first, with 1934 slightly cooler.

Something tells me, now that the Climategate scandal has broken, we’re going to see another recalculation or two.

The Road To Nopenhagen

Climategate. If you rely solely on the mainstream media, chances are you’ve never heard of it. Then again, if you relied solely on the mainstream media for your information, you wouldn’t be reading this right now, would you?

It seems the release of all those emails was just the tip of the iceberg and now all hell is breaking loose.

  • The Australian Senate has rejected their equivalent of Cap and Trade.

    Speaking today as the debate came to a close, Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said the Government would not give up on the ETS and accused the Coalition of trying to spook voters.

    “When you cannot fight the argument you run a scare campaign,” she said.

    That didn’t take long.

  • The director of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit, Phil Jones, announced he is stepping down while the university, and everyone else around the world, investigate the Climategate incident.

    A scientist who is one of the central figures in the controversy over hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit announced Tuesday that he is stepping down while the university investigates the incident.

    East Anglia’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton said he had “accepted Professor Jones’s offer to stand aside during this period. It is an important step to ensure that CRU can continue to operate normally and the independent review can conduct its work into the allegations.”

    Action added the university will disclose details of the probe, including who will head it and how long it will last “within days.”

    That is, of course, if the information collected is not destroyed or discarded (like the raw climate data) before they can release it to the public.

  • The exaggerated, fabricated, or completely falsified data isn’t limited to the CRU. Penn State plans to investigate one of their professors and his connection to Climategate.

    Climate change opponents say the E-mails indicate that climate change researchers—including Penn State Prof. Michael Mann—exaggerated or fabricated global warming data. And, according to the report, some E-mails indicate that the director of the research unit in question may have contacted researchers and asked them to “delete certain E-mails.”

    Oops. He asked people to delete email records? What on Earth could he have been trying to hide? That was a rhetorical question, so stop thinking.

  • And last but not least…

    Al Gore, the Goracle of Global Warming, has cancelled his personal appearance at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

    Berlingkse Media, a Danish group coordinating ticket sales and publicity for the event, said that “great annoyance” was a factor in the cancellation, along with unforeseen changes in Mr. Gore’s program for the climate summit. The decision affected 3,000 ticket holders.

    “We have had a clear-cut agreement, and it is unusual with great disappointment that we have to announce that Al Gore cancels. We had a huge expectation for the event. . . . We do not yet know the detailed reasons for the cancellation,” said Lisbeth Knudsen, CEO of Berlingske Media, in a statement posted by the company.

    I wonder what the underlying reason for Mr. Gore’s cancellation could be? I bet there aren’t enough carbon credits in the world to cover the hot air that was being expelled when he realized the secret was out.

There is a lot more going on too. The more we learn, the more we learn that the climate change summit in Copenhagen is nothing but a fool’s convention.

The mainstream media can only ignore this for so long.

Three Thoughts. Three Failures. One President.

Today was a fun day. I had to take two of the boys to the doctor to confirm they have poison ivy again. It seems the dog decided to play in the wooded area and then came into the house and hugged on the boys. Fun schtuff I tell you. Okay, not really, but once the Prednisone kicks in they should be fine.

Thought #1

Many months ago Gen. Stanley McChrystal requested 40,000 troops for the war in Afghanistan. Six days ago, a source at the Pentagon was sure that the President would be sending 34,000 troops.

According to several sources, the number of troops is now just 30,000. who knows what the number will be tomorrow, but it’s clear that President Obama’s own delay is cutting more than 660 troops per day.

Thought #2

Is the Obama administration thinking of allowing our soldiers to be prosecuted for war crimes?

Team Obama may allow US soldiers to be tried in the Hague for war crimes. The Wall Street Journal reported, via Jihad Watch:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “great regret” in August that the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This has fueled speculation that the Obama administration may reverse another Bush policy and sign up for what could lead to the trial of Americans for war crimes in The Hague.

Another failed policy from the The Failed One®.

Thought #3

Global warming (aka climate change) is a serious issue. This past week, the data which served as the very foundation for the entire man-made climate change argument was debunked.

Do we have an impact on climate change? We can’t be sure now, because those who were responsible for the research tossed the raw data. That’s right. The very scientists who were arguing that man-made global warming exists simply destroyed the data which, if they were telling the truth, would have supported their argument.

In light of these events, you would think people might start waking up, but that simply is not the case.

There is “virtually no possibility” of a few scientists biasing the advice given to governments by the UN’s top global warming body, its chair said today.

Even Carol Browner, the White House “Climate Change Czar” doesn’t seem to care that these scientists were fudging numbers and lying to the entire world.

Ms. Browner initially shrugged when asked about the e-mails, saying she didn’t have a reaction. But when a reporter followed up, she said she will stick with the consensus of the 2,500 climate scientists on the International Panel on Climate Change who concluded global warming is happening and is most likely being pushed by human actions.

It looks like it’s going to take a lot more than evidence and the truth to convince anyone in the White House that they have been duped. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated,

“There’s no real scientific basis for the dispute of this (climate change)”

There is no real scientific basis supporting global warming either. Not any more. The scientists threw away the data, and even if they hadn’t, it appears that the data simply did not support their argument anyway (which is probably the reason they tossed the data in the first place).