Good News And Bad News On Cap And Trade – Mostly Bad News

It’s official. The Obama administration will not be influenced one iota  by the recent brouhaha caused by the hacked emails of some of the world’s top climate scientists; emails that strongly suggest a conspiracy among said scientists, exaggeration of their data, possibly illegal destruction of inconvenient data,  resistance to disclosure, data manipulation, and private admissions of flaws in their public claims, among other things.

Obama’s Socialist Climate Czar, Carol Browner is not impressed and says the science is settled, so put that in your pipe and smoke it, deniers:

Ms. Browner said the only people who still doubt global warming is happening and that humans are to blame are “a very small group of people who continue to say this isn’t a real problem, that we don’t need to do anything.”

She also said the e-mails are only trickling out, and that the entire set hasn’t been released.

Ms. Browner initially shrugged when asked about the e-mails, saying she didn’t have a reaction. But when a reporter followed up, she said she will stick with the consensus of the 2,500 climate scientists on the International Panel on Climate Change who concluded global warming is happening and is most likely being pushed by human actions.

What about the 30,000 scientists who don’t agree with that consensus? Oh yeah…they’re deniers so they don’t count. The science is settled. The 2,500 said so. See how that works? Peer review means, *only peers who agree with us* when an ambitious  socialist agenda is on the line.

The good news?

“Cap and Trade Is Dead”

…at least according to Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe who yesterday said:

“Ninety-five percent of the nails were in the coffin prior to this week. Now they are all in.”

If any politician might be qualified to offer last rites, it would be Mr. Inhofe. The top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee has spent the past decade in the thick of Washington’s climate fight. He’s seen the back of three cap-and-trade bills, rode herd on an overweening Environmental Protection Agency, and steadfastly insisted that global researchers were “cooking” the science behind man-made global warming.

Bad news:

I hope to God Inhofe is right about this, but one has to keep in mind that cap and trade is a policy very near and dear to Obama’s heart:

Obama began last year promising the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d bankrupt one sector of the economy:

Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

William Teach argues that cap and trade is not dead – not by a long shot.

More bad news:

Obama’s trip to Copenhaen is back on, and

Copenhagen conference will produce an agreement that leads to a treaty that Obama will sign

…Obama has changed his mind again and Copenhagen is back on. He traveled to China last week and apparently has a deal with them that include serious commitments to reduce carbon emissions. And a top UN official has predicted success in Copenhagen, with a formal treaty to follow within six months.  So it seems we have a slight delay but the treaty is still on the table.

On a side note, the new European Union President Herman van Rompuy said last week, “The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step toward the global management of our planet.”  This statement only mirrors what Lord Monckton stated in his warning for America two months ago. But is anybody even listening?

Good news: Thanks to the CRU hacked emails, Americans are waking up to the fact that global warming alarmism is a scam.

Bad news: The socialists driving it don’t care.

Good news?

Johah Goldberg is suggesting a new strategy for Republicans running for office in 2010: Promise to repeal the disastrous bill. He speaks specifically of ObamaCare in this instance, but it should apply to all the Dems’ ruinous policies:

Republicans should promise to repeal “Obamacare” if they get a congressional majority in 2010. As National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru argues, that way moderate Democrats won’t be able to run away from their votes come 2010. They’ll be on notice that this will be the campaign issue of the election. And moderate Republicans will be on notice to resist the temptation to tinker with Obamacare rather than defenestrate it once it’s passed.

Sure, I’d rather see this health-care proposal die stillborn (and that’s still quite possible). But if it passes, the upside is that Americans will finally be given a stark philosophical choice on a fundamental issue. That’s much rarer than you might think (recall that the Iraq War and the bailouts were bipartisan affairs).

Obamacare is a vast, deeply polarizing demonstration project for progressive ideas. It is terrible policy, but because I think it’s terrible policy, it may well result in a beneficial backlash. “Example is the school of mankind,” proclaimed Edmund Burke, “and they will learn at no other.”

Democrats insist they’re pushing for health-care reform against a political headwind because “history” compels them to. Republicans are standing athwart “history” yelling, “Stop!”

Politically, one side will be proved right, and the side proved wrong will pay a staggering price. Everyone’s all in.

No more reaching across the aisle….stand firm, and hold the line, Republicans. America’s survival depends on you


Good news?

RS McCain thinks that Cap and Trade is a goner.

This is kind of obvious, isn’t it? Once the fraudulent “science” behind the global warming scare was exposed, Al Gore became the Piltdown Man of American politics and that whole Kyoto-style agenda was as obsolete as the mullet and parachute pants.

Bad news…

I wish I could be that optimistic.

But  we are dealing with really determined people. Look what happened to ACORN’s federal funding ban.

Good news?

Andrew Breitbart (via Twitter) thinks Global warming is down and has other targets in mind:

GlobalWarming down. ACORN down-ish. Lets take on SEIU, political correctness (cultural Marxism) & totalitarianism in Hollywood next. Game?



Happy Thanksgiving

Here’s what I’ve created for Thanksgiving (which will be at my sister’s) so far.

Sadly, my pumpkin muffins all got eaten. My son, just home from college for the holiday had some friends over last night…I should have hid them like I hid the chex mix.

I’ll also be making cole slaw, the veggie tray, and meh-be truffles, if I get ambitious later tonight.

Actually, the turkeys are something my nine year old, and I made together. She already gave one away to her teacher. The other two will be given away, tomorrow:

I’d give you directions, but boy…it’s pretty self explanatory isn’t it? We used the miniature pots because that’s what we had on hand, and we glued fun foam feathers on the back, (you could use real feathers, too), fun foam for the head, too…we would have used googly eyes, but didn’t have any, so we made ours out of paper. You can make some feet out of fun foam, too…it looks like Maggie’s fell off, whoops. We filled some tissue paper with holiday M&M’s and wrapped it up with curly ribbon, and voila. Easy peasy lemon squeazy.

This chex mix is special. It’s a damn sight better than the garden variety chex mix you buy at the store. I’ve had the recipe for over 20 years, and I always use it at holiday time. Here’s the recipe:

1 pkg Rice Chex                                                                                             4 T BBQ sauce

1/2 pkg Wheat Chex                                                                                    4 T Worchester

1/3 pkg Cheerios                                                                                           2 t celery salt

1/2 pkg stick pretzels                                                                                  3t onion salt

1 can of mixed nuts                                                                                      2 t garlic salt

1/2 can cashews                                                                                            1 cup salad oil

1/2 can of almonds                                                                                      1 cup butter

(I don’t use quite as much seasoning as the recipe calls for myself…I don’t like it that salty…play around with it).

Heat oil and butter. Dissolve seasonings in oil. Spoon over nuts and cereal mixure. Mix well. Put in shallow pans and heat at 200° for 2 hours.

I’ve started making my own cranberry sauce from scratch. It’s so much better than the canned stuff:


12 oz bag fresh cranberries

3/4 cup orange juice

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

Optional: 2 oz gold rum


Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium-high for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced – stirring occasional. You’ll hear the cranberries popping – don’t worry, that’s what you want them to do. Remove from heat and serve.  Cranberry sauce can be made days ahead and brought to room temperature or slightly heated before serving.

Cross posted at the Cotillion’s Carnival of the Turkeys.

Video: Weather Channel Founder Suing ManBearPig For Fraud

John Coleman, founder of the weather channel says he and 30,000 other scientists can’t get on the air to debunk global warming. Al Gore won’t have a debate because “the debate is over”. He is suing Gore to settle the issue.

Here is his appearance on Red Eye:

See also Coleman’s: The Amazing Story Behind the Global Warming Scam from January 28, 2009.


Oscar/Grammy/Nobel Peace Prize winning, scary smart, former Vice President Al Gore managed to attract “a few hundred people” to his book signing in Chicago for his timely new book, “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.”  (Meanwhile…*cough* Sarah Palin.…*cough*)…

I was actually searching Youtube for the following exchange when I came upon the above clip. Please tell me  someone has a recording of this:

Al Gore chit-chatted as he signed books.

One young fan asked him which was cheaper, power from wind or from water?

“Wind or water?” Gore asked.

“Which is cheaper?” the young man wanted to know.

“Water is presently the cheaper,” Gore explained, “because it’s hard to get new hydro-sources.  So wind is cheaper for the new…  Thanks for coming.”

I think I understand why Al Gore doesn’t want to have a debate, now.

“Hide The Decline”, The Movie

Oh my…swiped this from Purple Avenger at AoSHQ. He’s right…it’s harsh:

Can someone explain the dude with the blue mask and the big mouth to me? I …didn’t get that.


But of course!

Mr. Right informs me that it’s a douche.

Okay, so what’s with the cat?

Video, courtesy of Minnesotans For Global Warming

The Left’s Universe Of Lies

That was Rush’s theme today on his radio show – focusing mainly on the global warming scam, and it’s a theme I’ve been mulling over for the past few days: The left’s universe of lies. The false narratives they create with the help of their allies in the media to pass their leftist agenda.

In just the past few weeks, the left’s strange universe of lies has been made plain to anyone with eyes to see, most notably in the area of climate science, (see Doug Ross for an excellent summery of “Climategate”) but in other areas, as well.

Take the Fort Hood shooting, for instance. The truth of what had happened was made obvious when the name of the perp, (Nidal Malik Hasan), and the words he uttered during his murderous rampage, (allahu akbar!) came out. Within hours of the shooting,  more incriminating information about the shooter’s background, (red flags, if you will) was discovered on the internet. Within days, even more – everything from the letters on his calling card, SOA (soldier of Allah), to his “unexplained connections”, his Islamic harangues at Walter Reed,  to his strange poverty despite his good salary, were brought out. Unnamed sources said things like:everybody felt that if you were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, you would not want Nidal Hasan in your foxhole.”

Yet we were asked to “not jump to conclusions. Leftists tried to peddle the patently ridiculous theory ( read: lie) that he was suffering from “secondary post traumatic stress syndrome”, based on his experiences as a psychologist treating soldiers at Walter Reed. That canard was effectively shot down  by Charles Krauthammer, who was a psychologist by trade, before he became a political columnist.

So why the ruse? Because one of the crucial planks in the left’s poisonous worldview is  “diversity”; that “diversity” is in and of itself  a great thing, which must be protected at all costs, even if it kills.

The truth? “Diversity” is a difficulty to be overcome, not an advantage to be sought. Yes, I said it, but Ann Coulter said it first. Diversity  isn’t a bad thing, but it can and does lead to conflicts, which is why the left loves it so.  That’s their whole strategy, as in: Cloward-Piven.

The left’s universe of lies has led to the desired outcome: Nidal Hasan will likely plead not guilty by reason of insanity, with radical Islam in America taking a backseat to poor Hasan’s mental health issues.

Has anyone yet heard a coherent justification for the terror trials in New York City? No? That’s because there are none, unless you think that impugning the previous administration and weakening America is justification. The left does…but it can’t say so out loud, so they blather on with their high minded rhetoric about “the rule of law”, and “our American values”. We know it’s b.s. They know it’s b.s.

The sad reality:

Obama gets to claim the moral high ground as he tries the Bush Administration by proxy, all the while, with plausible deniability, disavowing that that was his intention. At the same time, he will have the opportunity to play the no lose game of taking credit for convictions and credibly casting blame on Bush if he fails to get them.

It is the perfect leftist paradigm. Expose the United States to criticism and ridicule and cast it as a positive evil in the world. Make the political calculation that you can, at once, discredit your political opponents and take credit for trying to elevate the national reputation in the eyes of the world.
The national interest be damned. What is important is its denigration and the political advantage to be gained by the ideology that has tried so long and, until now, so unsuccessfully, to weaken the last, best hope of man on earth.

ACORN: Has there ever been a more damaging organization to this country than these miscreants? Have  ACORN not been proven to be so thoroughly corrupt that even most Dems are loath to come to their defense, these days. Their spokespersons lie profusely, effortlessly, shamelessly…it’s what they do to to keep their heads above water. That’s the Alinsky way,  as the NEA will tell you: Ends justify the means. Yet, the danger remains that the spigot of government funds will be turned back on, so they can continue with their nefarious activities, and thus far Attorney General, Eric Holder has been as anxious to investigate ACORN’s illegalities as he was to investigate the The New Black Panthers voter intimidation case; which is to say, not at all. As many blows as ACORN has had to suffer to its reputation this year thanks largely to Andrew Breitbart, Hannah Giles, and James O’Keefe, it may still survive. ACORN has friends in high places.

Back to Global Warming. Wouldn’t you think that the hacked emails showing a conspiracy of deception among the climate scientists who are leading the charge of disastrous man made global warming, would be the top story in all media?

Look what is on the front page of  the ABC News website, today:

Global Warming Report Finds Time Running Out

26 Scientists Say Assessment Gives World Leaders Solid Data for Climate Summit

There’s even less time for humanity to try to curb global warming than recently thought, according to a new in-depth scientific assessment by 26 scientists from eight countries.

A universe of lies. They’re wallowing in it.


Doug Ross got a huge kick out of this headline in the Boston Globe:

Boston faces deep risk from sea level rise

Brace yourself Boston: Sea level rise from climate change could jeopardize Hub assets worth $463 billion.

Courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund, of all things. Yeah, them.

The good news is, Boston Globe readers are having none of it. Their comments are a crack up.

MORE on Climategate:

The CRU Climate Scam In 90 Seconds

It’s gratifying to know that Michael Mann and Phil Jones are now laughingstocks, but I think it’s safe to say, as with ACORN, the climate change shysters are not going to go away quietly.


Another example from the left’s universe of lies, and I see Mike at Cold Fury is on the same wavelength as me:

Michelle asks a silly question: “When will the Left retract the Kentucky census worker case smear?” I’d say the likely response is that they don’t know what you’re talking about, it never happened, and it was three other guys anyway. Alternatively, it could be the day they grow an honest bone in their bodies, when they discover integrity for the first time, when their cognitive dissonance allows them to recognize their own hypocrisy, when they truly do become a reality-based community, and the day the devil straps on ice skates. Not necessarily in that order either, because that last is way likelier than any of the others.

Update! The good Professor Jacobson has a partial — and only partial, mind — list of people who are now indebted to the tune of scarfing down one (1) big, fat, heaping helping of crow and offering up one (1) big, fat, humble apology for their vile douchebaggery. And who, you can be sure, will never, ever trouble themselves to pay up.

Which, y’know, is why we oughtn’t be holding our breath for any contrite acknowledgment from some of the same people over the global warming scam, either. Being a liberal idiot means never having to etc etc.


How much will we surrender for peace?

Inspired by this “V” poster

The Anchoress:

If America cuts a deal with the Taliban, giving them control over regions in exchange for their keeping Al Qaeda in check, she instantly confers credibility upon them – at least for as long as America’s credibility remains. Can they be trusted? If the Taliban can be trusted -and recall, Democrats have used the example of these human-rights-oppressing religious fanatics to characterize Republicans, so their sudden trustworthiness is both convenient and suspect- can they, in a theater as large as Afghanistan, actually disallow and prevent Al Qaeda from using that vast land-of-caves as their planning and training base?

I suggest the Taliban will not be able to keep its end of this face-saving bargain, and that the whole tactic is simply a way to blow smoke in front of our faces.


See Darleen Click for another Surrender photoshop.


Remember this?

Ugh…don’t get me started.