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Friends Don’t Let Friends Bomb Iran

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Friends Don’t Let Friends Bomb Iran

Whatever their private discussions, the governing administrations of the United States and Israel are engaged in a public back and forth that ought to give one pause. It all started when Vice President Biden said “Israel can determine for itself” whether to bomb Iran.

“I think he said things that are very logical,” responded Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister and extremist in chief. “Israel is a sovereign state and at the end of the day, the government of Israel has sole responsibility for its security and future, not anybody else.”

Sure, but what about the $2.4 billion in annual military aid the U.S. sends Israel’s way?

AP via Google:

The White House said Biden’s remarks did not signal a shift in U.S. policy. In an interview published by the New York Times on Monday, President Barak Obama indicated the diplomatic option was still viable. “We have offered a pathway for Iran to rejoining the international community,” he was quoted as saying.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s response to Biden’s comments was relatively measured. “I think he said things that are very logical,” he said. “Israel is a sovereign state and at the end of the day, the government of Israel has sole responsibility for its security and future, not anybody else.”

“Sometimes there are disputes between friends, but at the end of the day the decision is ours,” he said.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

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Steyn cites discredited Carlin paper to allege “no global warming this century”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Steyn cites discredited Carlin paper to allege “no global warming this century”

In a July 6 Washington Times column, Mark Steyn cited a discredited report by EPA research analyst Alan Carlin as purported evidence that “[i]f you’re graduating high school, there has been no global warming since you entered first grade. There has been no global warming this century. None.” In fact, as Media Matters for America has noted, annual global average temperatures have both risen and fallen over the past 11 years, and while there have been some relatively cooler years during that period — including a decline in each of the past three years relative to the year before — climate scientists reject the idea that those temperatures are any indication that global warming is slowing or does not exist. Scientists have identified a long-term warming trend spanning several decades that is independent from the normal climate variability — which includes relatively short-term changes in climate due to events like El Niño and La Niña — to which they attribute the recent relatively cooler temperatures.

Steyn referred to Carlin’s paper as “a report for the Environmental Protection Racket — whoops, Environmental Protection Agency — that the agency attempted to suppress.” However, the EPA reportedly said in a statement that Carlin “is not a scientist and was not part of the working group dealing with this issue.” Moreover, according to a Foxnews.com report, an EPA official said that Carlin acted “on his own,” and not at the behest of the EPA. FoxNews.com reported:

An EPA official told FOXNews.com on Monday that Carlin, who is an economist — not a scientist — included “no original research” in his report. The official said that Carlin “has not been muzzled in the agency at all,” but stressed that his report was entirely “unsolicited.”

“It was something that he did on his own,” the official said. “Though he was not qualified, his manager indulged him and allowed him on agency time to draft up … a set of comments.”

As Media Matters noted, in a February 11 Guardian op-ed, Vicky Pope, the head of climate change advice at the U.K. Met Office Hadley Centre, wrote that claims about the pace of global warming based only on developments in the past 10 years or in the 1990s are not valid, “since natural variations always occur on this timescale.” She continued, “1998 was a record-breaking warm year as long-term man-made warming combined with a naturally occurring strong El Niño. In contrast, 2008 was slightly cooler than previous years partly because of a La Niña. Despite this, it was still the 10th warmest on record.” According to the Met Office, “Over the last ten years, global temperatures have warmed more slowly than the long-term trend. But this does not mean that global warming has slowed down or even stopped. It is entirely consistent with our understanding of natural fluctuations of the climate within a trend of continued long-term warming.” This long-term trend can be seen in this graph of annual global average temperatures from the U.K. Met Office Hadley Centre:

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Gavin Schmidt, a climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote in a June 26 RealClimate.org post that in reading Carlin’s internal EPA document, “[o]ne can see a number of basic flaws [in its main points]; the complete lack of appreciation of the importance of natural variability on short time scales, the common but erroneous belief that any attribution of past climate change to solar or other forcing means that CO2 has no radiative effect, and a hopeless lack of familiarity of the basic science of detection and attribution.”

From Steyn’s July 6 Washington Times column:

I don’t know how [New York Times columnist Tom] Friedman defines “young,” but let’s be generous: If you’re 29, there has been no global warming for your entire adult life. If you’re graduating high school, there has been no global warming since you entered first grade. There has been no global warming this century. None.

Admittedly, the 21st century is only one century out of the many centuries of planetary existence, but it happens to be the one you’re stuck living in. Alan Carlin, in a report for the Environmental Protection Racket — whoops, Environmental Protection Agency — that the agency attempted to suppress, says:

“Fossil fuel and cement emissions increased by 3.3 percent per year during 2000-2006, compared to 1.3 percent per year in the 1990s. Similarly, atmospheric C02 concentrations increased by 1.93 parts per million per year during 2000-2006, compared to 1.58 ppm in the 1990s. And yet, despite accelerating emission rates and concentrations, there’s been no net warming in the 21st century, and more accurately, a decline.”

The Obama administration is getting into the global-warming beads and kaftan just as everyone else is beginning to toss ’em into the recycling bin. Same with government automobiles: Been there, drove that — from Eastern Europe to Northern Ireland.


Did Ensign Hire Doug Hampton To Stop Himself From Having An Affair?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

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Palin Calls Ethics Probes “Paralyzing”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Palin Calls Ethics Probes “Paralyzing”
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), “three days after abruptly announcing she would resign as governor, said that she did it because ethics complaints and politically ambitious state legislators would have been paralyzing,” the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Said Palin: “Especially when all these lawmakers are lining up for office. Their desire would be to clobber the administration left and right so that they can position themselves for office. I’m not going to put Alaskans through that.”

Asked whether she planned to run for president, Palin “squinted and shook her head, but then indicated she might.”

Palin’s lawyer told CNN there’s no scandal coming: “There is no bombshell. There is no shoe to drop. There are no investigations of any type that I’m aware of — no IRS audit, no federal investigation, no state investigation. There is no legal reason in terms of a legal problem that compelled the governor to resign.”


We Are Only a Few Senators Away from Having Much Better Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

We Are Only a Few Senators Away from Having Much Better Health Care
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Max Blumenthal On The Scandal That Sunk Palin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

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Huckabee: Obama Needs To Stop Blaming Bush Because Bush Didn?t Complain About Inheriting Clinton?s Economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Huckabee: Obama Needs To Stop Blaming Bush Because Bush Didn?t Complain About Inheriting Clinton?s Economy
On Fox and Friends this morning, host Gretchen Carlson asked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) about Vice President Biden’s comment that the Obama administration “misread the economy” when they made predictions about the impact of the stimulus earlier this year. “Here goes Biden again and he says something that is really in this case […]

On Fox and Friends this morning, host Gretchen Carlson asked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) about Vice President Biden’s comment that the Obama administration “misread the economy” when they made predictions about the impact of the stimulus earlier this year. “Here goes Biden again and he says something that is really in this case true,” said Huckabee. “They didn’t realize how bad things were.”

Huckabee claimed that “there’s one thing though that Biden and President Obama have got to get under control. And that is quit blaming George Bush.” He then made the common conservative claim that Bush inherited a recession from Bill Clinton, but didn’t complain about it:

HUCKABEE: There’s one thing though that Biden and President Obama have got to get under control. And that is quit blaming George Bush. George Bush inherited an economy when he became president back in 2001 that was already beginning to show real signs of the stress from the breaking of the technology bubble. George Bush didn’t go out whining and complaining every day, he stood up like the president of the United States and he worked on trying to get it fixed.

Then 2001, 9/11 came, things really went tough, but he worked on the economy and it was in much better shape for most of his presidency. Then the recession started, wasn’t totally his fault for sure and all you hear from Joe Biden and President Obama is how, how terrible it was, what they inherited, how it wasn’t their fault. No, look, you own it now. You got elected, you wanted the job. Stand up and take it and get this thing rolling. But quit spending money.

Watch it:

As ThinkProgress has pointed out, it’s false to say that Bush and his colleagues refrained from “whining and complaining” about the economy they inherited. In fact, Bush complained about it right up until he left office:

When I took office, our economy was beginning a recession.” — Bush, 8/7/02

The president inherited a Clinton recession and turned it into the early stages of Bush prosperity.” — Secretary of Commerce Don Evans, 9/2/04

“In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession.” — Bush, 1/12/09

As Media Matters noted in their comprehensive report on the backdating of the 2001 recession, which actually began in March 2001 according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bush OMB Director Mitch Daniels once used the inherited a recession talking point in three separate interviews on the same day.

Transcript:

HUCKABEE: There’s one thing though that Biden and President Obama have got to get under control. And that is quit blaming George Bush. George Bush inherited an economy when he became president back in 2001 that was already beginning to show real signs of the stress from the breaking of the technology bubble. George Bush didn’t go out whining and complaining every day, he stood up like the president of the United States and he worked on trying to get it fixed. Then 2001, 9/11 came, things really went tough, but he worked on the economy and it was in much better shape for most of his presidency. Then the recession started, wasn’t totally his fault for sure and all you hear from Joe Biden and President Obama is how, how terrible it was, what they inherited, how it wasn’t their fault. No, look, you own it now. You got elected, you wanted the job. Stand up and take it and get this thing rolling. But quit spending money.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 7th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

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