As reported the UK Daily Mail, AGW is, as I always knew, a farce. From the man himself, Phil Jones, there has been no warming since '95. Let the IPCC stick that in their pipe and smoke it. Maybe Dr. Pachauri would like to rub it in his face like asbestos talc. There is no anthropogenic global warming. There never has been. I'm going to enjoy watching Algore, the Obama administration, and the Left in general gyrate uncontrollably over this one.
I had the opportunity to listen to the Medina-Beck interview. It sounds worse for Medina than it reads on paper. I've listened to Beck long enough to know when he's being sincere and when he's being sarcastic, and he was being straight with Medina when he asked about her status as a Truther. Her first answer was definitely the response you would expect someone who just got blind-sided, but the second time he asked her response was she "hadn't formed an opinion," and then proceeded on to say that people should question their government. What? You don't have an opinion? Either she IS a truther, and did a really bad job of covering it, or (worse) she doesn't have a concept of the whole Truther movement, which is that the Bush administration had a direct hand in orchestrating 9/11. It's not about questioning the government; it's a particularly distasteful flavor of Bush Derangement Syndrome, especially given the vast bulk of evidence that says fire, not explosives, brought the towers down. The point is, does she live under a rock? Joe Pags, of WOAI in San Antonio, made an excellent point last Friday. We share the longest border in the country with Mexico, which is notoriously porous. Anyone running for governor should have some thoughts on security and terrorism. I agree.
Debra Medina, who up until this evening was my favored candidate for Texas Governor, inserted her foot up to her hip in her mouth on Glenn Beck, opening up some doubt on whether or not she is a Truther. I am exceedingly frustrated with her, but completely hacked off with Beck. The transcript of the interview can be found here. Ms. Medina was giving an excellent interview until Beck dropped the Truther bomb. She could have responded with something to the effect of "The federal government had no involvement in 9/11," and gone on her way to clobber Perry on eminent domain and HPV vaccines, but to her credit, she responded with a rather poorly thought out answer about how people should question their government. Totally consistent with her political philosophy, and on any other topic would have passed without a thought. But this was 9/11, and she opened the door to the belief that she was a Truther, and Beck hammered her on it. Beck shut the door on her, even as she attempted to explain her answer. Question: Medina is a candidate for Texas Governor. How is 9/11, or Truthers, relevant to that office? What point was Beck trying to make? He made no bones about that fact that he likes Perry in the transcipt. I have to ask...did he intentionally torpedo Medina? Why pull the rug out from under a Tea Party candidate? Her polling has skyrocketed, for good reason, in the last 4 weeks. She pulled even with KBH, possibly even pulled ahead of her. Was Perry, the 10-year incumbent, feeling a little heat? I supposed we'll never know the answers. Medina, in full damage-control mode, later released a statement abjectly denying she was a Truther, but it may be too late. Time will tell. I do have this to say; Beck, stay out of Texas business. I will not watch your show, buy your your print media, listen to your radio show, or patronize your advertisers (especially Goldline!), and I will encourage others to do the same.
It's been over a month now since the horrific earthquake in Haiti. Now, from the UK Independent and the Canadian Press, rape and other violence against women is on the rise. Crimes against women have a shady past in Haiti. Rape was only criminalized in 2005, after President Aristide was exiled. Domestic abuse is still a "family matter". Put simply, women are and have long been second-class citizens in Haiti. And yet...where is the MSM? Where is the Obama administration? Recall for a moment the false rumors of rape and anarchy in New Orleans following Katrina and the reporting of it as fact by the MSM. If you believed the MSM reporting, the whole of New Orleans had reverted to some primitive, tribal state, with people plundering and murdering at will. Yet none of it actually happened, and the Bush administration was vilified for it. Fast forward to 2010. A search of the NY Times showed not a single article on the subject. Why? Is this not fit news to print? Why can the international media pick up on this, but not ours? And why not a single word from the Obama administration? Is this not worthy of even a minute of his time and attention?
First, there was the much-hyped, overblown, and ultimately epic failure of the Obamas to secure the Olympics for their crony friends in Chicago. Then, the completely absurd, comical Nobel Peace Prize for doing...absolutely nothing. And now...BO does Dancing with the Morons:
Really? There are men DYING in Afghanistan to defeat the people whose stated goal is to harm this country, and Obama is out dancing with women NOT his wife. This is a spectacle, folks. Bread and circuses.
So it seems that the Obama administration can't even make the most critical of projections correctly. Instead of the already outrageous $7 trillion (with a T) deficit over the next ten years, they got it wrong (again...just like the porkulus, just like health care 'reform', just like cap and tax). Instead, it's actually $9 trillion. So, how much is a trillion dollars? Let's start small. We can all easily picture $1,000, since that's a mortgage or rent payment. $1 million is even better. We know we're doing well if we have $1,000,000. $1 billion is harder to imagine, but not impossible. Bill Gates is an excellent example of a billionaire. But $1 trillion...the brain starts to shut down. To give us some perspective, the federal government collects just over $1 trillion per year in individual income taxes. That's about $3,300 per person. Now, imagine 9 TIMES that....almost $30,000 per person, per year. THAT'S $9 trillion. Crazy, huh?