Steve Israel…doesn’t get it

In response to his party’s caucus shrinking to its lowest number in over 80 year, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY, outgoing Congressional Campaign Chair) revealed a tone-deafness that, if shared by the rest of his caucus, could lead to even further shrinking.

Israel parroted the usual line we hear on the left these days – that the winning Republicans should “come into the middle” and work with Democrats (NROThe Corner), never mind that if voters had wanted Congress to be more amenable to Democrats’ wishes, they would have elected more actual Democrats.

Where Israel really goes off the rails is his insistence that the lame-duck Congress short-circuit the election (which at least in Louisiana is still ongoing) on “immigration reform” (same link):

Israel brought up corporate tax changes and, pointedly, immigration reform as issues on which the two parties can compromise.

“There really shouldn’t be any paralysis on this,” he said, noting that a Senate immigration bill has passed. “Let’s just pass it in the House,” he urged.

Let’s unpack this ass-hattery slowly.

First of all, there are good reasons why someone on either side of the argument on illegal immigration would have serious problems with the Senate’s immigration bill, chief among them the horrendous economic assumptions that “justify” it.  More to the point, a lame-duck session of Congress passing that bill would be a complete insult to the voters.

Lest we forget, John Boehner’s refusal to bring up the Senate immigration bill for a vote was one of the chief complaints thrown at him by the president, Senate Democrats, and just about everyone to the left of center in America. They hoped voters would send Boehner a message. Instead, voters sent him reinforcements.

Mitch McConnell was one of the 32 Senators who opposed the bill. Voters sent him reinforcements, too – eight so far, with perhaps one more coming in Louisiana.

Finally, of the 68 Senators who voted in favor of S.744, 5 Democrats lost their seats to Republicans (with one more, Mary Landrieu, likely to suffer the same fate), 4 have retired (3 of them Democrats to be replaced by Republicans), and one – Marco Rubio – has repudiated his vote. Even assuming no one else would vote differently (highly unlikely, especially given that McConnell will be more accommodating of amendments as Majority Leader), the bill could easily fail a cloture vote in the 2015 Senate. Whatever the voters of 2014 wanted, it sure wasn’t the Senate’s immigration bill.

Then again, Israel is trying to close his eyes to the voters anyway (same link again):

“In this election, one-third of voters chose a Democrat or Republican,” Israel said. “The other two-thirds just want us to get things done.”

Um…with all due respect, Steve, you don’t know what the other two-thirds want because they didn’t bother to vote.

If Israel (and the president) are any indication, the Democrats have decided that the non-voter is their perfect blank slate, upon which they can force any assumption and in whose they can put whatever words they like. That is a surefire recipe for a Republican president the next time actual voters get their say.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

New Global Warming Alarmist Problem: “Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

So, now, those of us who don’t buy global warming alarmism are to be blamed for alarmists’ stress.

Andrew Stuttaford (The Corner) has the details

 Just when you think that the misery that climate change is bringing in its wake can get no worse, there is this.

Grist reports:

…From depression to substance abuse to suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder, growing bodies of research in the relatively new field of psychology of global warming suggest that climate change will take a pretty heavy toll on the human psyche as storms become more destructive and droughts more prolonged. For your everyday environmentalist, the emotional stress suffered by a rapidly changing Earth can result in some pretty substantial anxieties….

Lise Van Susteren, a forensic psychiatrist based in Washington, D.C. — and co-author of the National Wildlife Federation’s report — calls this emotional reaction “pre-traumatic stress disorder,” a term she coined to describe the mental anguish that results from preparing for the worst, before it actually happens.

There is, in my view, a perfectly reasonable case to be made that man may be contributing to the way that our ever-changing climate changes. That’s one thing, but how some choose to express their belief in that proposition can be something altogether, well let’s just say, less reasonable.

…and here I thought it would be about alarmists trying to process the sixteen-year pause and all their data problems.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Which Woman Would You Want To Be?

This one?

– OR –

This one?

Tell Democrats to stop turning women into victims.

Yes.  It is that simple.


HAT TIP: Hot Air’s Allahpundit.

Carbon Credits – The Great Scam

Carbon Credits have been sold as Anthropomorphic Global Warming (AGW) insurance policies.  The problem is that this description is so dishonest it makes Bernie Madoff’s hustles look positively upright.   Seriously, think of an auto insurance policy whose premiums are are pricier than paying the for the vehicle outright, AND, the price of the other guy’s car as well and the medical liability.  Would you buy such an auto policy?  To top it off, the policy does not pay anything back if the disaster happens.  This is the true nature of carbon credits – especially when they are foisted upon a public by their elected officials, as was done down under in Australia.

The Global Warming Mafia is insisting that human activity will cause global temps to rise 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the next century.  Not arguing the veracity of this forecast, let’s focus instead on the Carbon-Credits/Cap-N-Trade schemes that are environmentalist’s solution to this possible problem.  Australia’s elites decided to cut C02 emissions,  and did so by 1.5% to %5, depending on the source.  The cost was billions, the tax on carbon was over $22 per tonne.

The end result was an increased dependency on coal, with the added costs of energy being passed on to the consumer, harming the middle class and poor for as such the tax is highly regressive.  It cost their economy,  Australia was in the middle of a huge mining boom, exporting raw materials as fast as they could be found.  Their economy nearly went into a recession.  In the end, all this near term pain and suffering will reduce the temperature, according to the formulas used by the AGW forecasters, by a whopping 1/20,000th of a degree Celsius.  At least Mother Gaea is pleased.

If such measures were instituted throughout the industrialized word, we would see a global loss of GDP or near 80% or 3.2 quadrillion dollars or $3,200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.00, to stop a one degree rise in global temperatures.  The cost of dealing with the predicted rise in global temperatures, is an expenditure of 1.5% of Global GDP.  The environmentalist’s cure is 50 times worse than ignoring the disease.

alGoreFirePerhaps a different cure?  Perhaps we re-examine the science behind the forecast of a 3 degree global temperature increase?  Science without skepticism is not science. The global warming trend stopped 17 years ago.  The models used by the AGW community are all out of sync with reality. The Arctic and Antarctic Polar caps have expanded since their lows in the 1990’s.  This approach to temperature reduction has been branded a “waste” by a UBS report.  In short, the science is far from settled.  We all were supposed to be dead 5 years ago according to the worst of the predictions.  Perhaps we should investigate who is benefiting from the AGW narrative?  The great scam is not the idea of AGW but, “Who wants to profit by it?

What Scandal?

The most transparent administration in history has some serious problems with this thing called integrity.  The real scandal is how ill informed the voting public has become.  Ask people about the Louis Lerner and they do not have a clue.  Ask them about Fast and Furious and they think you are talking about a car movie.  Thomas Jefferson said:

An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people

Well, given the typical responses you get from the man on the street regarding what is in the constitution, the nature of economics etc … the results of the past six presidential election cycles becomes more understandable.

The following laundry list of wrong doings would have undone any other president in American History.

Bob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?,
Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean inviting illegal immigrants to cross the border and refusing to deport them”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean deleting hard drives at the IRS?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama saying the avg family would save $2,500 on their premiums?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing businesses to violate their religious beliefs by paying for drugs that abort the unborn?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Violating the rights and sanctity of our Churches?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Spending $634 million on a website that doesn’t work?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama calling for an increase in our debt when he lambasted Bush for the very same thing?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 Billion Phone Calls in One Month?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Saddling our kids with $17 trillion in debt of which they can
never get out of and will not have as good a life as we have?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during the sequester?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Blocking veterans who secured our freedoms from their monuments
but giving the green light for Illegals to use Monument Mall?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying school kids the ability to tour the White House but still spending lavishly on his parties?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our insurance and doctors if we wanted to?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”
Bob: “No the other one:.
Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying Arizona the right to protect its borders?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels many of whom apparently are Al Queda”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a
budget no later than the first Monday in February?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”
Bob: “No, the other one”
Jim: “You mean Fast & Furious?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
“I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million
low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from
taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt
administration in American history?”

Obama: The Talk Remains the Same

The Bumbler in Chief drones on, and on and on.  I was wondering if it always sound the same because after six years of this community activist, I am hitting limit.  Nope.  He really does not have anything new to say.

He never takes responsibility for anything bad, and is first in line for anything good.  My three year old displays the same behavior.  The difference is that I am going to teach my three year old better.  The Bumbler missed his chance to grow up.  Now it is like watching Peter Pan goes to Washington.  The difference is that unlike Mr. Smith,  Bumbles does not have any principles he is willing to go to the mat for.  He has never gone up to the house to discuss with the opposition leadership how to make a compromise.  Reagan faced a 240+ Democrat majority throughout his presidency and won the cold war, and created over 96 straight months of growth right into his successors term.

The former governor of CA cum President got a lot of legislation passed by demonstrating something that bumbles has yet to demonstrate, after six year of misrule … leadership.  He also new how to meet people in the middle, and he did not stab them in the back.

The community organizer has not stopped campaigning in six years.  He has also played 180 rounds of golf.  Reagan was trusted by our allies, and feared by our enemies.  Our allies do not trust Bumbles, and our enemies laugh at him.

We were told by Bumbles would heal the wounds and not represent a blue or red America.  He would represent all Americans.  From the looks of it, the man does not represent anyone but himself.

Recount Update: Are Democrat Voters Truly Morons?

The recount in the Attorney General race is nearing its conclusion. Democrat Mark Herring has picked up several hundred votes and now leads by approximately 800 as of early morning on Wed., Dec. 18th.

How has he picked up so many votes? Well, apparently those “geniuses” who vote for Democrats can’t distinguish between the oval you are supposed to color in on the optical scan cards and the letter “D” for Democrat after Herring’s name. We’ve been receiving reports of this being the case from Tidewater to Stafford. Since the ovals were not filled in, the scanner did not pick up those votes because these truly moronic people colored in the letter “D”.

What other words begin with the letter “D” to describe these voters?


Okay, I could go on and on, but it would be pointless since such people are obviously incapable of understanding anything other than monosyllabic words.

These, my friends, are the people deciding who are elected leaders are.

Haymarket Building Glass Houses For Sanctimonious Hypocrite Politicians

If you thought there were problems at the county level of government in Prince William County, look at what happens when you drill down even further into local government.

Potomac Local and the Gainesville Times have covered somewhat extensively  the actions involving some Town of Haymarket officials in Prince William County.  In censuring Councilman Jay Tobias, these few sanctimonious hypocrites on the Town Council asserted at various times that the censure and fine was the result of a long history of unspecified bad behavior, not simply a single “reprehensible” alcohol-related event on Haymarket Day, while at other times stating that it was because of his alcohol consumption in relation to that one event.

Why do I say that these individuals are sanctimonious hypocrites?  You know what they say about people who live in glass houses or more accurately in today’s day and age, people who have Facebook pages.   Just look at what one can find on the pages belonging to a town councilwoman and the mayor’s wife.

In the “3 drunks in a tub” photograph below, the middle individual is Councilwoman Katherine Harnest and the one on the right is Councilwoman Mary Lou Scarbrough, the two who made the most dramatic statements in open session about behavior.

3 drunks in a tub

Council member Mary Lou Scarbrough, who joined Aitken, Leake and council member Katherine Harnest in the majority on the censure votes, added, “We should all be accountable for our actions.”Gainesville Times

INDEED!  I believe the term you are looking for right now is, “BUSTED!”

The photo below speaks for itself, although I would note that the woman on the right is Haymarket Mayor David Leake’s wife who reportedly started this whole chain of events with an alleged public incident back in August.


This doesn’t even touch on the FOIA request and open meeting violations admitted by the fourth hypocrite, Councilman Steven Aitken that are openly discussed in the Gainesville Times article.

It certainly appears that the home building industry is experiencing a boom in the construction of glass houses in western Prince William these days.

More wonderful news from the EUtopia

The single currency has become such a strait-jacket for Greece that it’s encouraging the one thing “ever closer union” was supposed to prevent: a rise in violent fascism (The Corner):

So what’s the state of the opinion polls in Greece, a few days after the arrest of a large slice of the leadership of the neo-Nazi (or thereabouts) Golden Dawn?

Macropolis has some details:

“Two new opinion polls were made public late on Monday night. Both put New Democracy narrowly ahead of SYRIZA and had Golden Dawn as Greece’s third biggest party, reaffirming the figures that have been seen in the past few days from other surveys. The GPO poll indicated New Democracy was on 21 percent, against SYRIZA’s 20.5. Golden Dawn was at 7.8 percent, still surprisingly high but lower then that 10.1 percent that it had polled in May in another GPO survey.”

Here’s a hint as to how bad things are in Greece these days: SYRIZA, the party so far to the left it outflanks the Communists, is very close to becoming the second left-wing endorsement ever from yours truly (if they were willing to exit the eurozone, my endorsement would be a done deal).

Yes, it’s that bad in EUtopia.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Remember when the EU was supposed to bring Europe closer together?

It appears Spain didn’t get the memo. As the Spaniards suffer under policies designed not to bring them prosperity but to keep them trapped in the single-currency eurozone, their feckless leader has embarked on a typical distraction campaign aimed at…fellow EU member Britain (Telegraph), replete with new art celebrating a potential invasion of Gibraltar and mass slaughtering of Britons there (Telegraph).

I don’t remember the Brusselian Empire predicting such strife as a consequence of “ever closer union,” but then again, Britain still refuses to join the single currency, so perhaps that makes Spain’s bloodthirsty jingoism OK.

In any event, the fact that Madrid feels strong enough to lay into London but weak enough to kowtow to Brussels tells us all we need to know about the state of the EU…and it’s not good.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Microsoft Bets Big On Dinosaur Deal

Microsoft has announced that it will buy Nokia’s mobile phone business for $7.2 billion.

Nokia phones already run the Windows 8 operating system through a business partnership between the two companies, so this isn’t about to expand the universe of phones running it.

All this means is that phones almost no one wants will be running the operating system almost no one uses or develops apps to run on indefinitely instead of subject to an agreement that could be terminated.  Brilliant!

Let’s see how long it takes Microsoft to recoup their $7.2 billion by earning $40 per phone instead of $10 per phone the way they do now.

Microsoft has never been an innovator.  Windows was a copycat of the early Apple operating system.  Office was a copycat of other programs that came before it.  What they once were good at was marketing their inferior products so the general public would buy them up.  That is no longer the case.  They waited too long to copy the smart phone / tablet market and all the marketing in the world can’t compensate for software and hardware products that don’t work as well as their competitors now that people have gotten a taste of the rest.

If Microsoft was smart, they would look at what they do best and concentrate on those areas:  Microsoft Office and XBox.  Instead, they make a $7.2 billion mistake that only succeeds in merging two tech dinosaurs as they sink in a tar pit.  Good luck on trying to get out of it…

L.A. Times Doesn’t Know Much About Civil Rights History…

The L.A. Times gets a big fat “F” in 20th century American Civil Rights history for this ignorant statement:

Since Democrats led the passage of civil rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963, Republicans have struggled to recover with black voters, leaving a stark racial divide in American politics.

Fortunately, Larry Elders sets them straight:

Only 64 percent of Democrats in Congress voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act (153 for, 91 against in the House; and 46 for, 21 against in the Senate). But 80 percent of Republicans (136 for, 35 against in the House; and 27 for, 6 against in the Senate) voted for the 1964 Act.

So, exactly which party led the passage of the legislation in Congress?  Last time I checked my math, 80% was greater than 64%.  That would indicate to me that it was the Republicans leading the way.  Without their overwhelming support, despite Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, this legislation would not have passed since Democrats were far, far short of the 218 they needed in the House (65 votes to be precise) and four votes short of 50 in the Senate despite commanding 67 seats.

Obama’s refusal to topple Assad may have toppled David Cameron

I have already commented on Syria earlier this morning, but to summarize: whatever military action we may (or may not) take is not as important as what our goal should be – namely, the downfall of the Assad regime and its replacement with a government not tied to al Qaeda. That will take a lot more than a few cruise missiles fired for the purpose of ensuring we are “not to be mocked” (Los Angeles Times via Hot Air):

One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

The moment the Administration made clear it did not want to oust Assad, this was the inevitable landing point. In fact, merely using the phrase “just muscular enough not to get mocked” ensures that mockery is exactly what will follow.

The irony (easily visible and painfully obvious, but it’s irony nonetheless) is that had Washington been funding and arming the non-Wahhabist rebels from the start, he wouldn’t have needed to conduct any military action at present. The world would know he is trying to remove Assad, and this would be just one more piece of evidence that he was doing the right thing. Instead, he may end up being pushed into doing it by Congress (Washington Times).

Meanwhile, Obama may have already knocked over one government – in Great Britain (Telegraph, UK):

David Cameron tonight suffered one of his biggest setbacks as Prime Minister after MPs refused to support Government plans to participate in military strikes against Syria.

Up to 50 Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs sided with Labour to defeat a Government motion by a majority of 13.

Within minutes of the embarrassing defeat, the Prime Minister said that he understood that there was not support for British action against Syria and indicated he would abandon any such plans.

“I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons,” Mr Cameron said.

“It is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly”

There were shouts of “resign” from the Labour benches as the results were read out by John Bercow, the Commons Speaker.

What Hath The One Wrought?

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Boyd Marcus Endorses McAuliffe, Threatens To Advise Him

GOP consultant / big crybaby Boyd Marcus has announced he is endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor and will advise his campaign.

T-Mac would be wise to say “thanks, but no thanks” given Marcus’ recent track record — Bill Bolling 2013 and George Allen 2012 just to name a few.

If Marcus thinks he’ll earn some quick bucks off this race, he very well might, but he’ll never work in the VA GOP again.  We’ll make sure that any candidate who hires him going forward will be tarred and feathered for doing so.  He will be so radioactive that no one will want to touch him.

John Mellencamp’s Kids Accused Of Beating Someone Up While Suckin’ On A Chili Dog Outside The Tastee Freeze…

Here’s a little ditty, about Hud and Speck

Two arrogant kids growin’ up with a famous dad

Speck stepped on the porch of a Bloomington man

And punched him in the face

Believin’ he’d been hit by him earlier that evenin’

Court documents say the brothers and another 19-year-old man

“Punched, kicked and stomped” the man who suffered facial injuries

19-year-old Hud was released on bond

After being booked early Monday on the felony battery charges

18-year-old Speck bonded out of jail on those charges Friday

Oh yeah life goes on

Long after the thrill of beatin’ is gone

Oh yeah life goes on

Long after the thrill of beatin’ is gone, they walk on…

About those tree rings…

Michael Mann made his mark in global warming alarmism with the use of dendrochronological data (a.k.a. tree-ring data) as a proxy for temperatures going back over 1000 years. He has clung to it despite its obvious ignorance of the Medieval Warm Period (to say nothing of how it deviated from recent history so much he had to truncate it from his analysis – hence the term “Mike’s Nature Trick”).

Well, as it turns out, the tree-ring data his a problematic bias (WUWT):

Basically, older trees grow slower, and that mimics the temperature signal paleo researchers like Mann look for. Unless you correct for this issue, you end up with a false temperature signal, like a hockey stick in modern times. Separating a valid temperature signal from the natural growth pattern of the tree becomes a larger challenge with this correction.

Trees that grow slower create lower temperature proxies, and thus can mask higher temperatures in periods like the MWP.

Yet another nail in alarmism’s coffin.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

About that global warming “consensus”…it doesn’t exist

Organization Studies has released a peer-reviewed survey of geoscientists and engineers (Forbes, via WUWT) and found the global warming alarmists’ claims of a “consensus” to be way off the mark.

Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.

I’ll leave it to the reader to define “strong”, but 51% of those surveyed either believed Nature is the dominant controller of climate (24%) or refused to say the matter is settled one way or another (27%). All of them (plus an additional 5%) have no use for the alarmists’ insistence that disaster awaits without massive carbon regulation.

Cross-posted to RWL

Terry McAuliffe Can’t Count To Four…

Dem nominee for VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plans for improving transportation include widening a four-lane road to . . . four-lanes? EPIC FAIL.

No wonder McAuliffe campaign worker Evan Feinman said:

When he becomes Governor, Terry and his team will review all proposed transportation projects and evaluate them according to metrics related to economic development, congestion relief, safety, the needs of related communities, and smarter growth plans . . . Terry believes that, as he’s campaigning, it would become counterproductive to start picking and choosing projects to support or oppose for the most part. Terry is someone who says what he means, and in the debate he was simply stating that he wants to see Virginia’s exports grow from our world class airport and seaport, and will support well crafted policies that further that goal.

Translation: McAuliffe can’t be specific because he doesn’t have a clue about Virginia or solutions for its transportation problems

National Climatic Data Center caught “adjusting” past climate data

Joseph D’Aleo provides the details at WUWT (emphasis added):

[The National Climatic Data Center’s] adjustments made the dust bowl period cooler, while post 1995 had no adjustments applied. This results in a temperature trend that is steeper because the past is cooler than the present. The only problem is that it isn’t what the data actually recorded then.

I think maybe we need to coin a new term for NOAA NCDC – ‘dust bowl deniers’.  Yes it appears there is man made warming underway but the men are in Asheville, North Carolina at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

The particular victim in this case was New York City, which suddenly had a cooler 1930s than any survivor of that decade would remember.

For those who are keeping track (admittedly not easy given the numbers), we have now reached forty-five examples of data manipulationerrorsand other shenanigans from global warming alarmistsand that’s just from what I’ve been able to blog on this subject since Climategate broke in November of 2009just under three and a half years agoand they just keep on coming.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

New PWC Logo Was Chosen Nearly 5 Months Ago

Here’s an interesting tidbit about Prince William County’s grotesque new logo.  It was selected nearly 5 MONTHS AGO according to its designers at David Castlegrant & Associates of Brighton, Mich.!  This begs the questions — who knew, when did they know it, and why weren’t more people told about it?

Logo Designed for Prince William County, Virginia

Posted on January 3, 2013 by in Design Updates

We are excited to announce that the logo DCA developed for the Prince William County Department of Economic Development in Virginia has been accepted and will be implemented in the coming months.

About the PWC:

Prince William County’s is located in Northern Virginia. The County’s borders encompass 360 square miles. It is a destination for families and businesses looking to locate near Washington, DC without the high cost of real estate and taxes. We are located south and west of Washington, DC and are bordered on the east by the Potomac River.

Within Prince William’s boundaries are the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Federal land accounts for approximately 18% (41,600 acres) of the total area and includes: Quantico Marine Corps Base, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Prince William Forest Park, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge.

UPDATE: How does a little-known design firm in Michigan, one that only has 27 likes on its Facebook page as of 5/28/13 and only a handful of tweets in the last year, land such a big deal designing the logo for Virginia’s second largest county and one of the nation’s wealthiest when their past experience has been limited to mousepads, businesscards and the web site for Mr. Sponge?  There has to be a connection to someone in county government here.  Otherwise, how would anyone in the county know this company even exists???

UPDATE 2:  Definitely has a link to county personnel.  Three of the employees at this firm are listed on Linked In as 3rd degree connections for me through one of the supervisors I’m connected to on there.  He is connected to someone who is connected to them.

UPDATE 3: And here’s our first look at the location of the design firm.

UPDATE 4: And this just in from a trusted source who is well-versed in this field:

Either someone called them and asked them to design one design, or they paid way more than that. Couldn’t get it at that rate if they rfped it. Responding to bid, or making revisions would have put it up to $5k

More defectors from the “consensus”

Remember when I noted that three scientists who were part of a paper decreeing a “consensus” on global warming told Watts Up With That that their positions had been misrepresented?

Well, Andrew at Popular Technology found four more who took issue with their classifications. Ironically, the one most sympathetic to AGW theory (Dr. Richard Tol) was the nastiest to one of the “consensus” paper’s authors (Dana Nuccitelli), telling Nuccitelli, “I think your data are a load of crap.”

For those who are keeping track (admittedly not easy given the numbers), we have now reached forty-four examples of data manipulationerrorsand other shenanigans from global warming alarmistsand that’s just from what I’ve been able to blog on this subject since Climategate broke in November of 2009just under three and a half years ago…and they just keep on coming.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Whoops! Scientists ask out of the global warming “consensus”

The latest attempt of the global warming alarmists to silence debate – by screaming, “Consensus!” – has hilariously come a-cropper.

As usual, the good folks at Watts Up With That have the details, from three paper authors who take great issue with the characterization of their papers as endorsing global warming.

For those who are keeping track (admittedly not easy given the numbers), we have now reached forty-four examples of data manipulationerrorsand other shenanigans from global warming alarmistsand that’s just from what I’ve been able to blog on this subject since Climategate broke in November of 2009just under three and a half years ago.

More to the point, they don’t seem capable of stopping.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal