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Late, Late Night FDL: Pumped Up Kicks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Pumped Up Kicks
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

Foster the People is a brand new band out of LA, they just released a new album entitled: ‘Torches’…! I hope ya’ll enjoy ‘em…!

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Not as newsworthy as snow in December
Greenhouse gas emissions skyrocketing faster than shots of peoples privates on Yfrog and good luck doing anything about it.

One of our media’s great obsessions…other than tweeted dick pictures of course…is to look for any snowstorms that occur during any meeting concerning climate change and blurt our “What Global Warming?”

While the village obsesses over the porn-possibilities of the internet (Peggy Noonan must be fainting like a Santorum supporter) somehow this will get scant mention.

BAD news awaits delegates from about 180 countries at the start of two weeks of climate talks beginning on Monday to debate a new global warming accord.

Greenhouse gas emissions are going up instead of down despite 20 years of effort, hitting record highs, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The meeting is in Bonn, Germany, where it is not snowing so…back to the dick pics.



Obamanomics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Obamanomics

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John Edwards Reportedly Knew About Payments To Rielle Hunter

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

John Edwards Reportedly Knew About Payments To Rielle Hunter
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Conservative Media Establish Climate Science Denial Litmus Test

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Conservative Media Establish Climate Science Denial Litmus Test

Conservative media outlets are reprimanding three prominent Republicans who recently acknowledged what scientists have been saying for years — that human activities are contributing to global climate change.

Romney, Huntsman, Christie Acknowledge Climate Change Problem

Mitt Romney: “I Believe The World Is Getting Warmer, And I Believe That Humans Have Contributed to That.” From a June 3 Reuters report:

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change.

“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that,” he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.” [Reuters, 6/3/11]

Chris Christie: “It’s Time To Defer To The Experts.” From Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) May 26 statement announcing New Jersey’s withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative;

In the past I’ve always said that climate change is real and it’s impacting our state. There’s undeniable data that CO2 levels and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere are increasing. This decade average temperatures have been rising, temperature changes are affecting weather patterns and our climate. In order to best deal with climate change we have to understand its causes. That was the root of the question that I was asking at the time of my town hall meetings and it’s gotten a lot of attention. So in the last number of months since that time I’ve taken some time to develop a better understanding of the role that humans play in global warming and what impact human activity has on our climate. The last few months I’ve sat down with experts both inside the government and outside the administration in academia and other places, to discuss the issue in depth. I’ve also done some reading on my own on the topic as well. I’m certainly not a scientist which is the first problem.

So, I can’t claim to fully understand all of this. Certainly not after just a few months of study. But when you have over 90% of the world’s scientists who have studied this stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role it’s time to defer to the experts. Climate science is complex though and we’re just beginning to have a fuller understanding of humans’ role in all of this. But we know enough to know that we are at least a part of the problem. So looking forward, we need to work to put policies in place that act at reducing those contributing factors. [New Jersey Office of the Governor, 5/26/11

Jon Huntsman: “All I Know Is 90 Percent Of The Scientists Say Climate Change Is Occurring.” From a May 16 Time interview with Jon Huntsman, Ambassador to China and former governor of Utah:

You also believe in climate change, right?

This is an issue that ought to be answered by the scientific community; I’m not a meteorologist. All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer we’d listen to them. I respect science and the professionals behind the science so I tend to think it’s better left to the science community – though we can debate what that means for the energy and transportation sectors. [Time5/16/11]

Conservative Media Respond Derisively

Steve Milloy: “Christie Revealed A Serious Lapse In Political Instinct And Judgment.” In a June 3 Washington Times op-ed, Steve Milloy, publisher of JunkScience.com, criticized Christie and asserted, “Is global warming science a litmus test? In 2012 America, yes.” He added:

What would Al Gore do? Could that really be New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s thought process? The GOP’s darling and “please-run-for-president-now” governor earned national attention last week for pulling New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the cap-and-trade program set up by Northeast states.

But in doing so, Mr. Christie revealed a serious lapse in political instinct and judgment that should cause Republicans to ask whether he and others like him are ready for the White House.

In his announcement, Mr. Christie also stated, “I’m certainly not a scientist, which is the first problem. So I can’t claim to fully understand all of this, certainly not after just a few months of study. But when you have over 90 percent of the world’s scientists who have studied this stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role, it’s time to defer to the experts.”

Here’s the problem: While it’s no unpardonable sin to be underinformed about the global warming controversy – although it does make one wonder where Mr. Christie has been all these years as even the average grade-schooler has been well-immersed in the controversy – Mr. Christie’s instinct was to buy into Mr. Gore’s bogus mantra that a consensus of scientists says humans are giving the planet a fever via carbon-dioxide emissions.

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If the next president is not onboard with the real (versus the Al Gore-type) science of climate change, then it’s not likely he will be able to force through the sorts of changes at the EPA that reality warrants and that America desperately needs. [Washington Times6/2/11]

Milloy: Romney’s Comments “Raise Serious Questions About His Candidacy.” From a June 3 JunkScience.com post:

In a 2008 GOP presidential debate, Romney was critical of unilateral/local emissions cuts, noting it was called “global warming” not “California warming.” But today’s comments raise serious questions about his candidacy.

Note to GOP presidential candidates: If you embrace climate alarmism to appease the alarmists, then don’t because they won’t vote for you anyway and non-alarmists will vote for another Republican candidate. [JunkScience.com, 6/3/11]

Heartland Institute’s James Taylor: Christie Is “Carrying Water For Liberal Propaganda.” From a June 1 op-ed on Forbes.com by James M. Taylor, senior fellow at the libertarian Heartland Institute:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delighted conservatives last week when he pledged to withdraw his state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) of Northeastern states. Conservative delight, however, quickly turned to frustration as Christie emphasized he was merely taking issue with the political and economic mechanisms of RGGI, but did not disagree with the notion that humans are causing a global warming problem that needs to be addressed.

By apparently carrying water for liberal propaganda regarding one of the most important issues in current political discourse, Christie has shot himself in the foot regarding a key component of his Republican political base.  [Forbes.com, 6/1/11]

Hot Air Warns Against “Find[ing] Out The Hard Way” If Huntsman Will Support Government Intervention To Address Climate Change. From a May 17 Hot Air post by Ed Morrissey:

Jon Huntsman  gave a relatively brief interview to Time, but it’s likely to create longer term problems for his rumored presidential run in the GOP.  Huntsman says he opposes cap-and-trade proposals because “this isn’t the moment,” but he buys the climate change argument because “90% of the scientists” say it’s happening.  If 90% of oncologists identified a carcinogen, Huntsman says, he’d believe them too. 

[…]

At least Huntsman says he opposes cap-and-trade … for now.  When the economy recovers, will Huntsman decide to support government intervention in energy production and consumption in response to bad science?  Do we want to find out the hard way? [HotAir.com, 5/17/11]

Chris Horner on Christie: “This Is Not A Move To Position Himself For Higher Office.” In a blog post on the site of The American Spectator, Chris Horner of the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute responded to Christie’s reported statement that his previous doubts about global warming were due to not having a “fully formed opinion” by writing:

Yes, yes, I know, running for president brings out the Pander Bear in all of them. But Christie’s entire shtick is that he’s the guy speaking truth to all of these entrenched powers, industries, political sacred cows et al.

So, particularly before we know what his ‘fully formed opinion’ is, I cannot interpret what is behind this. But if it is as seems most likely, we know it this is not a move to position himself for higher office. Yes, it would gain him some McCain-style (that is, conditional and temporary) media love — in the form of proclaiming proof that global warming is real and most Americans are extremists and wrong! — soon to turn to ever-more demanding fury. [Spectator.org, 5/16/11]

Doug Powers: “If Mitt Romney Is The GOP Nominee, The Big Winner Might Be Al Gore.” In a June 4 post on MichelleMalkin.com, Doug Powers wrote:

Scooch over, Newt and Nancy, and make some room on the global warming love seat!

If Mitt Romney is the GOP nominee, the big winner might be Al Gore, because no matter who comes out on top in the general election, Gore could come out smelling like a carbon-neutral rose. [MichelleMalkin.com, 6/4/11]

Climate Depot’s Morano: “The Image Of Christie As A Potential GOP Savior Has Officially Gone Up In Smoke.” From an article by Kevin Mooney of NetRight Daily:

Marc Morano of Climate Depot and a former staffer to Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading skeptic, has written Gov. Christie off as a potential GOP savior.

“Gov. Christie has proven clueless when it comes to man-made global warming. His straight-shooting image has been shattered by his recent calculated and really bad climate claims. He did not respond to multiple meeting offerings from top scientists in New Jersey, but meets with a collection of alarmists scientists. He is following in the misguided footsteps of George W. Bush on climate. Christie is attempting to pursue the discredited strategy of accepting the alleged science of anthropogenic AGW while rejecting so called solutions.”

Morano continued, “Christie’s absurd claim that more than 90% of scientists agree is the verbal equivalent of sitting on a love seat with Nancy Pelosi. The image of Christie as a potential GOP Savior has officially gone up in smoke with his revelations that he and Al Gore share the same level of scientific comprehension.” [NetRight Daily, 5/31/11]

Climate Depot On Romney: “Another Big Govt Republican Sniffs The AGW [anthropogenic global warming] Glue.” The following headlines were posted on Morano’s website, ClimateDepot.com:

Climate Depot headlines

climate depot headlines


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

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DOJ Settles With Sheriff Joe Arpaio After He Gives Up Docs For Discrimination Probe
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has reached a settlement with the Justice Department requiring him to turn over documents in a discrimination probe.


Should Dems let an impeachable offense slide?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Should Dems let an impeachable offense slide?
President Obama’s propensity for inept bungling has delivered a no-win choice of profound importance to the Democratic Party’s doorstep. After delivering a rebuke to Obama on Friday for his aggressive policy towards Libya, the Democrats can either take it to the next logical level by impeaching Obama or they can ignore the President’s failure […]


Obama Sinks on Poor Economic News

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Obama Sinks on Poor Economic News
“The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans’ disapproval of how he is handling the nation’s economy and the deficit has reached new highs,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

“By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak.”

Obama leading five of six potential Republican presidential rivals tested but he is in a dead heat with Mitt Romney at 47% each.

Emails Show Edwards Knew About Payments
“Prosecutors have obtained emails between John Edwards and a former aide to use as evidence at trial that he knew about payments to his pregnant mistress even while he was publicly denying it,” the AP reports.

“Dozens of emails were exchanged between Edwards and his former speechwriter Wendy Button as they worked on a never-released draft statement to acknowledge paternity of his child, according to people who have seen the messages and requested anonymity because they have not been made public yet.”

Majority Would Never Vote for Palin
The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll finds almost two-thirds of all Americans say they “definitely would not” vote for Sarah Palin for president — including 42% of Republicans.

In head-to-head matchups with President Obama, Palin trails by 17 points, the worst of the six possible GOP candidates tested.


How the Tea Party Gave New Life and a Path to Power for Xenophobic Ultra-Right Extremists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:34 am by HL

How the Tea Party Gave New Life and a Path to Power for Xenophobic Ultra-Right Extremists
A good chunk of the Tea Party Movement’s High Command is made up of former leaders and active members of border vigilante groups.


Bernie Sanders Tries Some Clear Thinking on Prescription Drugs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:33 am by HL

Bernie Sanders Tries Some Clear Thinking on Prescription Drugs
Drugs are cheap. There are few drugs that would sell for more than $5-$10 a prescription in a free market. However, many drugs in the United States sell for hundreds of dollars per prescription and, sometimes, several thousand dollars…

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The Morning CheckUp: June 7, 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2011 4:32 am by HL

The Morning CheckUp: June 7, 2011
Welcome to The Morning CheckUp, ThinkProgress Health’s 7:00 AM round-up of the latest in health policy and politics. Here is what we’re reading, what are you? Employers to drop coverage: one survey of employers finds that while “only 7% of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs, at least 30% of companies say […]

Welcome to The Morning CheckUp, ThinkProgress Health’s 7:00 AM round-up of the latest in health policy and politics. Here is what we’re reading, what are you?

Employers to drop coverage: one survey of employers finds that while “only 7% of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs, at least 30% of companies say they will ‘definitely or probably’ stop offering employer-sponsored coverage” once a new ACA provision requiring businesses with workers receiving subsidies in the exchanges to pay a fee or offer coverage, kicks in. [Market Watch]

Banning abortion in Louisiana: the Louisiana state legislature is “considering a bill that would make performing an abortion a criminal offense, including in cases of rape and incest, and that would force a woman to pay out of pocket for an abortion that is necessary to save her life.” [Huffington Post]

Ohio is also trying to limit the procedure: “abortions in Ohio would be banned at most publicly funded hospitals, clinics and other facilities under a proposal Senate Republicans are considering putting in the state budget.” [NECN]

Medicare is the obstacle to reaching a debt ceiling deal: that’s what Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a conference call with reporters yesterday and called on Republicans to take Medicare cuts off the table. A group of Senate Democrats have also sent a letter to Vice President Biden urging him to say that a deal won’t be reached if the GOP’s Medicare cuts are still under consideration. [The Hill]

Aetna is reducing premiums in Connecticut: in order to avoid paying out rebates under the new medical loss ratio regulations in the Affordable Care Act. [Kaiser Health News]

High out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients: a new study finds that out-of-pocket, cancer-related costs averaged $712 a month. “Some 30% of respondents said their expenses were a ‘significant burden’ and 11% called them a ‘catastrophic problem.’” [WSJ]

Slight decrease in ER use in Massachusetts: “while overall emergency room visits increased about 4.1 percent between 2006 and 2008, visits among patients who are poor or uninsured using the emergency room for “low-severity” issues fell slightly, by about 1.8 percent.” [Boston Globe]