I don't understand the cartoon. It makes no sense.posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:02
The KXL bipartisan bill will provide hundreds of high paying union construction jobs. The jobs are temporary but few construction jobs are permanent. These will be jobs for middle class workers, welders, heavy equipment operators, truck drivers, survivors, laborers. The KXL will also provide jobs for middle class communities though which the pipeline passes. The lower fuel prices will reduce the cost of food both in planting, harvesting and getting food to market which will aid the middle class. The lower prices for crude will lower the profits of big oil. Many Republicans hope the President will veto this popular project and Democrats would be wise to override the veto otherwise the Republicans will use this to pummel Democrats in 2016.
True, a lot has to do with the wording of the question and to whom the question was directed. A lot also has to do with how the media reports the story and whether it fits a politically correct template. They fail to determine the source and the accuracy of the story. I mentioned the 97 percent consensus fabrication story about CAGW sent out by blogger John Cook. This story was carried by the media without so much as a second glance and some still cling to it today. But yet they are quick to discredit a robust peer reviewed body of research that was published in January in the prestigious Science Bulletin which called into questions the IPCC's research. Many are stumbling all over themselves to discredit the research, the peers and are attempting to assassinate the character and reputations of the scientists and researchers.
Where does the media get this drivel? At first they rushed to publish John Cook's fabricated story about a 97% scientific consensus on CAGW. The announcement was debunked by three scholarly sources including many of the scientist Cook mentioned. Yet, some still cling to this lie. Now we have this:
"• 37-percentage point gap over whether climate change is mostly caused by human activity – 87% of AAAS scientists say it is, while 50% of the public does."
What proof is there that the individuals in the AAAS are really scientists who's membership is open to all, in addition if you subscribe to Science Magazine, you are a member. For years the editors and journalist of this publication support the CAGW theory. This is a self selected group. Then we learn that rather than take a random sample of those in the AAAS, we learn the Pew Researchers were guided to selected individuals:
"A simple random sample of AAAS members was selected for participation by the staff of AAAS."
The poorly worded question, "Do you think climate change is mostly due to human activity," was mailed to 19,983 AAAS members but only 3,748 were returned, a total of 18.8 percent. The majority of those who responded work in the field of Bio-Medical research, followed by chemistry. Only 270 work in the field of Earth Science, 328 respondents work in the field of physics and astrometry. Shouldn't we could those who did not respond as a NO?
No wonder there is such a disconnect between the public and Science.posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:30
Ticket cameras are a revenue producer. Many scholarly studies have proven the cameras serve no purpose other than to raise revenue. In many cases they make the roads more dangerous. North Carolina is a good example. They installed intersection and speed cameras for Safety. Their lawmakers stood up on hind legs and loudly proclaimed the safety benefits of ticket cameras. A private vendor installed the cameras then issued the tickets and split the profits with the various jurisdictions. Then someone noticed a pesky state law which required all traffic fines to go to public schools. The fines could not be split with the jurisdiction and the camera vender. The cameras were removed...quickly. Suddenly, safety was not the issue. Cities in MO and FL have violated state laws by illegally installing these things. If this intersection is dangerous, fix it with engineering or assign a traffic officer there in the morning and afternoon to assist and escort children. After all, isn't safety their prime responsibility?posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:51
Indeed, a FL state representative is already on record as saying the new classification of illegal workers will be a great boon for their hotel and hospitality industry. One fly in the ointment which may be an X-Factor on both legal and illegal Employmment is robotics. An Americsn company is now building manufacturing robots for $25,000 each and they learn from repetitive action rather than complecated computer programing. I also read a report that some considering robot bartenders. Robots may really impact employment in the near future.
I drew the conclusion from the President's statements to party leaders. So far as the kids are concerned,this is a family matter between the parents and their children. The parents who brought their kids here illegally should resolve their family situation and make arrange,ends to go back home with their kids.. Drivers licenses conform to the RealID Act. When a citizen obtains a drivers license we must provide documentation to prove residency. Illegal foreign nationals are not held to this higher standard. States are giving drivers license to foreign nationals who do not even have a valid green cars. With the drivers license the illegal can legally establish residency and register to vote. I have no idea what the Penn Congressman was talking about, perhaps this was a misquotation or was a gaff. Clearly the intent of the President (who is a very political animal) was to gain a new group of registered Democrst voters.
I see nothing 'humane' when thousands of young people who fell off trains and trucks in response to the Presidents DreamAct announcement and the fact the Border Patrol were not turning border jumpers back. There nothing humane about the number who died in the wastelands trying to get here in response to the President's announcements. The bodies of 250 dead were found in one Texas county.
The fact that they didn't vote this past election is huge. This causes me to wonder why undocumented illegal immigration is still so strongly supported. the scheme to get them to vote failed.
You can try and rationalize the defeat this past election but it was a trouncing. The illegals have obtained an excellent education here, They have reserved health care and other benefits, now they can go back to their home countries and fix the problems there. Sounds like a plan.posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 13:19
Oh c'mon Patrick, stop being naive. The prime reason for allowing foreign nationals into the USA was to gain a new Democrat voting block. That's why it was critical to provide them with state drivers license (comply with the RealID Act) that's why the need to provide them with legal SS numbers. Our President is on record In a number of speeches before top party leaders that The DreamAct was the only hope for Democrats in the future. This is why we so strongly oppose any attempt to require a person to show ID at the poll. Registering is easy at many sights (Acorn) but proving who you are at the polling place could be catastrophic. Attempts have been made to keep polls open in St. Louis and Chicago and there are many schemes to allow mail ballots (Colorado) and even computer voting. South Texas allows a week of open polls. It's all politics Patrick.
Why? Why does this administration still support those foreign nationals living In this country illegally? What is the purpose? We thought these people would be grateful and vote Democrat but that theory was proven wrong. Even though we made it very easy for them to vote, even thought registration rules were relaxed and voting times extended, these illegal foreign nationals did not vote, they too stayed home and Democrats lost more seats in the House and lost the Senate. It's time to send these ungrateful persons back home.posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 08:34
Many people invested a lot of money with Madoff. Now they have none. ;-(
Many people resort to emotion rather than relying on hard data. Wouldn't you think though that after all these years, the failed models and the predictions that did not hold true and with the passage of 18 years without any global warming that nobody would still cling to this debunked theory? In some ways I guess I can't blame them, they were fed the CAGW theory for years and it's hard to believe that the people they trusted have lied. Then again, I guess some people would invest with Bernard Madoff if he was released from jail today.
@melquiades: No I didn't miss that and it was expected because there was a strong belief that NOAA and NASA were straining to adjust readings upward a few thousands of a degree to fit the template of warming. You likely missed that after intense question by the Daily Mail the NOAA researchers (?) quickly walked back their announcement stating they were only 35 percent positive of the accuracy of their research. In others words, 65 percent off their data is wrong.
Then the UK Met office issues a report that 2014 was not significantly different as from years past, because of the uncertainty of the data;
“The HadCRUT4 dataset (compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit) shows last year was 0.56C (±0.1C) above the long-term (1961-1990) average. Nominally this ranks 2014 as the joint warmest year in the record, tied with 2010, but the uncertainty ranges mean it’s not possible to definitively say which of several recent years was the warmest.”
Tim Hall believes that 2014 was one of the coldest years in the last 10,000. Many climate researchers are sadden that 2014 appears to be the most dishonest year in climate science. I still have that nice bridge in San Francisco for sale if you'd like to purchase it.
@swimdawg68: So true, it's interesting that even the Chines Communist we're forced to resort to capitalism to save their failed system. Government can do a lot to help and hinder wealth. The Feds. policy of QE or money printing caused the Dow to be on a sugar high and soon all will pay the price in rapid inflation and high taxes. Excessive regulation, taxes (federal, state and local) will cause damage to the working class. The only hope is the low energy prices which may be short lived. It makes no difference to me if a person earns $500 or $50,000 a month.posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:25
We democrats love to demonize the rich. What we really have a hard time understanding is that for the past 6 years the wealthy in the USA have gotten richer while the middle class has shrunk and have lost a percentage of their take-home pay. We have a record number of Americans are receiving food assistance.posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 09:16
Good, this would clearly negatively Impact middle class working Americans who have established these accounts for their kid's higher education. Now we must scrap his other tax, tax, tax plan which would trickle down and be paid for by middle class working Americans. The Presidents plan could be paid for by clamping down on the billions of government wasteful spending.posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 09:09
The climate has changed since the Earth was formed and is caused by global and geological events over which humans have little or no control. You are correct that the weather models error in their predictions for weather events a few days out. Climate models (based on limited data, assumptions and supposition) have failed time and time again yet folks get their shorts in a knot when outlandish predictions are made 30, 50 or 100 years away. There has been no global warming for over 18 years 3 months.
As recent as Feb. 7, 2014 the New York Times Sunday Review published a story by Porter Fox predicting the end of snow. He cited skiers and snowboarders not being able to enjoy their sports and the Olympics may cancel winter sports events. Of course, he was trying to beat the dead horse of global warming down the road. While this winter Nor'easter is only weather event it does mock the predictions.posted @ Monday, January 26, 2015 - 18:35
This is nothing. back in the day we had to walk 6 miles to school with snow up to our necks in a howling wind, up hill both ways.posted @ Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 19:29
The President wants to tax, tax tax. The tax on banks will trickle down to the middle class in the form of increased fees. Remember what MIT Professor Gruber said, you are stupid on financial matters. Wise up and reject this tax scam. We don't need to raise taxes so the middle class can pay less taxes, we need to stop government waste.
$72 billion in improper payments for Medicare fraud, disability, etc.
$ 92 billion in corporate welfare.
$25 billion maintaining unused federal buildings.
$123 billions on programs that have no measurable benefit on the populations they serve. That is just a start. If we plug this wasteful spending we will not need to raise any taxes.
Just think how many young people we can send to trade school or college or how much federal debt we can pay off.
Thank you for this great post. Good ol' Sgt. Schultz, how we miss him. Yet, he did leave a huge legacy which we see in politics and now football. :-)posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 19:19
I thought it was interesting that the Patriots coach and Quarterback employed the Obama Defense concerning this subject. They just learned about it on TV. Then they used the Sgt. Schultz defense saying they knew Noooothing, noooothing! It worked for the President in response to all the Washington scandals. It was very humorous on the TV show Hogans Heroes. Will this defense work for the Patriots? Stay tuned folks.posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 09:48
Incompetent criminal investigations are still alive today. We get so focused on a suspect we fail to consider others, hide or discount evidence which may exonerate a suspect. Evidence can also be 'planted'. There is a growing problem also with false confessions. Politicians place a great burden on investigators to solve the crime. They 'system' is geared to make it easy to be guilty. We are no longer 'innocent until proven guilty' because the system now believes that you are guilty if you are charged with a crime. Judges in many jurisdictions receive financial benefit in the form of Court Costs if people are found guilty. The deck is stacked against the people.posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 09:36
Some are very easily offended. If you differ in the slightest way to their post they respond with hateful name calling rather then resort to a logical, sound and factual rebuttal. The media is constitutionally protected and the founders envisioned 'the press' as being the, "Watch Dog on Government." The press is supposed to be a burr under the blanket of government and not be in bed with it. Perhaps Fox is doing this which gets liberal's shorts in a knot. I just don't like the way they do it with all the yelling, and confrontation.
My Gawd, don't let the EPA get word of this or they will propose another tax on CO2 . Everything going wrong in the world is because of CO2 and it's our fault in their eyes.posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 19:58
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