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Obama’s Thankless Thanksgiving

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:46 am by HL

Obama’s Thankless Thanksgiving
So in vogue are attacks on the president that even his proclamation calling the nation to a day of Thanksgiving has become the focus of criticism. READ THE WHOLE ITEM By E.J. Dionne

So in vogue are attacks on the president that even his proclamation calling the nation to a day of Thanksgiving has become the focus of criticism.

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Paul Rieckhoff: This Thanksgiving, Hear What New Veterans Are Grateful For

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:45 am by HL

Paul Rieckhoff: This Thanksgiving, Hear What New Veterans Are Grateful For
Despite some obstacles, our men and women in uniform continue to soldier on. And this year, they have more than a few things to give thanks for.

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Antonio Villaraigosa: Giving Thanks By Giving Back
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Hannity’s not even close on 2009 temperatures

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:44 am by HL

Hannity’s not even close on 2009 temperatures

In three separate instances over two weeks, Sean Hannity has baselessly asserted that “this is one of the coldest years on record” to claim that climate change is a “hoax” or not “real.” In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), and Britain’s Met Office have stated that to date, 2009 is among the warmest years on record. 

Hannity repeatedly asserted, “This is one of the coldest years on record”

November 10: “This is one of the coldest years on record, ladies and gentlemen.” Hannity stated during the November 10 edition of his Fox News program, “Here’s what I don’t understand. This is one of the coldest years on record, ladies and gentlemen. There is no — I don’t believe climate change is real. I think this is global warming hysteria and alarmism.”

November 18: “Senator, this is the coldest year on record … or one of them.” Hannity stated during a November 18 radio interview with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), “[W]hat I’m afraid of is I think you’re going to be used by the Democrats. ‘Well, even Lindsey Graham agrees that global warming is real.’ We’re — Senator, this is the coldest year on record … or one of them.”

November 24: “You can also look it up, this is one of the coldest years in history, this past year.” During the November 24 edition of his radio show, Hannity told a caller who said he “can’t wait” to confront “a liberal aunt and uncle” with “some facts” on global warming: “I tell you what, I have a special bit of information for you. At the top of the next hour, we’re going to expose the global warming hoax and how they have purposefully been misguiding people on this issue of man-made global warming. You can also look it up, this is one of the coldest years in history, this past year.”

In fact, major climate data centers indicate that thus far, 2009 is among the warmest years on record

NOAA: 2009 year-to-date global temperatures tied “as fifth warmest January-through-October period.” NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center stated in its October Global Analysis that “[f]or the year to date, the global combined land and ocean surface temperature of 14.7 °C (58.4 °F) tied with 2007 as the fifth-warmest January-through-October period on record.” From the analysis:

NOAA explains that “[t]he term ‘temperature anomaly’ means a departure from a reference value or long-term average. A positive anomaly indicates that the observed temperature was warmer than the reference value, while a negative anomaly indicates that the observed temperature was cooler than the reference value.”

GISS: 2009 year-to-date global surface temperature ranks fifth warmest out of 130 years. The following “Comparison of 2009 Temperature to the Two Years with the Warmest Annual Means” was posted on the Surface Temperature Analysis of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, last modified on November 16:

 

Met Office: 2009 will be one of top five warmest years globally. The BBC reported on November 24 that “[t]his year will be one of the top five warmest years globally since records began 150 years ago, according to figures compiled by the Met Office.” The BBC further reported that “[o]ther sources say it could even be the third warmest.”

Monthly U.S. temps not representative of global climate

NOAA: United States saw “third coolest October on record.” NOAA stated in its October “National Overview” that “[t]he average October temperature of 50.8°F was 4.0°F below the 20th Century average” and that “[f]or the nation as a whole, it was the third coolest October on record.” Hannity may be mistaking the U.S. national October temperature for the global annual temperature. Globally, October was “the sixth warmest October on record,” according to NOAA. And data for the year thus far, rather than for one month, indicate that 2009 is among the warmest years on record for the planet.


Ethics Probers Still Haven’t Talked To Hampton On Ensign Matter

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:43 am by HL

Ethics Probers Still Haven’t Talked To Hampton On Ensign Matter
Among the revelations from Doug Hampton’s Nightline interview about Sen. John Ensign’s affair is that Hampton still hasn’t been contacted by investigators. The Senate Ethics committee announced in early October its probing the matter.


‘Disappointed’ Siegelman: Obama Justice Dept. Virtually The Same As Bush DOJ
“There’s really been no substantial change in the heart of the Department of Justice from the Bush-Rove Department of Justice,” former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman tells TPMmuckraker, responding to an Obama DOJ filing against his Supreme Court appeal.


America’s Thanksgiving Nightmare

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

America’s Thanksgiving Nightmare


Copenhagen Is On; Obama to Lead U.S. Delegation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Copenhagen Is On; Obama to Lead U.S. Delegation
Patience, people, patience.

Why I Want to Turn Religious People Into Atheists
Atheism isn’t an attack on diversity, it’s a defense of reality.

The Battle of Durban II: New Film Brings Dose of Sanity to Debate Over Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
It’s a great feat to bring an even view to international politics. The Battle of Durbin II does just that.

Is Obama Following in the Footsteps of Bill Clinton?
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White House’s Ties to Health Care Industry Deeper Than Visitor Records Show
The White House released records cataloguing 575 visits by health care industry heavyweights since Jan. 20. The ties run deep.


Goucher College Bans Speakers It Deems Anti-Israel –Also, How Joe Lieberman Became A Rightwing Crank

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Goucher College Bans Speakers It Deems Anti-Israel –Also, How Joe Lieberman Became A Rightwing Crank
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ThinkFast: November 25, 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

ThinkFast: November 25, 2009
The latest USA Today/Gallup poll has found that public confidence in President Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan has plummeted. The poll finds that 55% disapprove of the way he is handling Afghanistan, and only 35% approve, a sharp reversal from his 56% approval rating four months ago. The USA Today/Gallup poll also finds 42% […]

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The latest USA Today/Gallup poll has found that public confidence in President Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan has plummeted. The poll finds that 55% disapprove of the way he is handling Afghanistan, and only 35% approve, a sharp reversal from his 56% approval rating four months ago.

The USA Today/Gallup poll also finds 42% of Americans are opposed to the passage of a health reform bill this year, while only 35% support it. Similarly, a recent CBS News poll reports only 40% approve of the proposed health care plans, while 45% disapprove.

The percentage of Americans who believe global warming is happening has dipped from 80 to 72 percent in the past year,” but “a majority still support a national cap on greenhouse gas emissions.” The increase in climate skepticism “is driven largely by a shift within the GOP.”

Senior Fed officials “expect the unemployment rate to remain in the 6.8 to 7.5 percent range at the end of 2012 and said it could take ‘about five or six years’ from now for economic activity to return to normal.”

Phillip Carter, the Defense Department official in charge of closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, “has resigned after only seven months in the job.” Carter resigned last Friday for “personal reasons.”

The White House is considering launching a bipartisan commission to analyze and propose solutions for the country’s deficit. White House officials met with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) to discuss such a proposal yesterday.

Although Lou Dobbs has said he may be open to a presidential run, his spokesman is now saying the New Jersey Senate race is more likely. “I think Lou is realistically saying, that’s a long way off, but if he did run for office there’d have to be an intermediary step, such as the Menendez seat,” said his spokesman, referring to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “kept the door open Tuesday to a proposal by several senior House Democrats to impose a graduated surtax on American taxpayers to finance the war in Afghanistan.” She cited “serious unrest in our Caucus” about the cost of the war.

President Obama sent a letter to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Sunday “reiterating the American position on Iran’s nuclear program, a day before Iran’s president made his first state visit to Brazil.” Obama didn’t “explicitly criticize” Lula for hosting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but expressed hope that the occasion would be used to support “the international effort to forge a compromise on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

And finally: Spotted: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) shopping in the lingerie department at Filene’s Basement in downtown D.C. According to Roll Call, “the sex-scandal-scarred Louisiana Republican looked ‘a bit lost’ amid the ladies’ unmentionables.”

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Surprise ‘Housewives’ dinner guests not invited, White House says

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Surprise ‘Housewives’ dinner guests not invited, White House says
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Huffington Post’s Misogyny

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 26th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Huffington Post’s Misogyny
Mary Katharine Ham, Weekly Standard
Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post thinks Mark Halperin's “Something About Mary”-style Photoshop of Mary Landrieu is inappropriate. I agree. I'm a sucker for pop-culture references, but there's a sexual connotation (even if it is more juvenile than degrading), and it shouldn't be used to diminish a United States senator at Time Magazine. (So nobody gets caught up in calling me out for not calling out right-wingers, Beck and Limbaugh were inappropriate on Landrieu, too.)I'm not here to quarrel with the substance of Linkins' criticism, however, but with…

Holder’s Decision is Embarrassing & Offensive
Michael Gerson, Wash Post
Two weeks ago, in the Friday news black hole with President Obama safely on the way to Asia, Attorney General Eric Holder announced his decision to award five Sept. 11 conspirators, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the full rights of American citizens at a federal trial. Holder perhaps hoped the tides of the cable cycle would wash the news away. They haven't, for a number of reasons. First, Holder's Senate testimony on the trials added to public concerns instead of allaying them. He was unprepared for obvious questions. What would happen if the terrorists were acquitted?…

Health Care Mandate is Consitutional
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Obama: The First ‘Pacific President’?
George Will, Newsweek
Inflation is not only a monetary matter.Please fill in the following information and we'll email this link.Separate multiple addresses with commasBarack Obama's irresistible, or at least unresisted, propensity for self-aggrandizement bubbled up yet again during his recent trip to the Far East when he proclaimed himself “America's first Pacific president.” Hearing this, Asians may have muttered about inscrutable Occidentals. Obama's exercise in rhetorical grandiosity, while hardly his first, was exquisitely meaningless. (Click here to follow George F. Will).Yes,…