It’s just a guess, but I’d say @JamesDelingpole doesn’t like Green NGOs and their activists

June 25, 2014

Don’t know where I get that idea from:

By rights these activists ought to be treated with tremendous suspicion. As we know, for example, from Greenpeace’s appalling campaigning track record – such as its mendacious smearing of Shell over Brent Spar, and its dishonest representations about the Greenland ice shelf – these environmental groups comprise hard-left political activists entirely unsuited to dispensing unbiased policy advice. Yet, time and again, these misanthropic, Gaia-worshipping Luddites with their Mickey Mouse degrees in sustainability, whale management and polar bear empathy studies and their half-baked, junk-science-fuelled opinions on how to save the world from capitalism and the non-existent problem of “climate change”, are granted seats at the top table in every government environmental decision-making process.

We didn’t vote for these soap-dodging, bunny-hugging loons yet, increasingly, they are ruling all our lives. It’s time we followed India’s example and told them exactly where they can stick their green agenda.

He shouldn’t be so shy with his opinions. It makes it hard to tell where he stands.

PS: I largely agree with him.


(Video) Tired of being a wimp? Time to Putincize!!

June 6, 2014

Oh, this is hilarious:

Hah!  smiley rofl

 

via Bryan Preston


Ice. In Michigan. In June.

June 1, 2014
"We're still here!"

“Think I’ll go visit the Great Lakes.”

Is there nothing global warming can’t do?


(Video) Concerned environmentalists can’t figure out if it’s “global warming” or “global cooling”

May 26, 2014
"We're still here!"

“We’re still here!”

So, PJTV’s Michelle Fields went out among the people in Washington, D.C., to find out what self-described “environmentalists” thought about global warming… or, maybe, global cooling. Or maybe both at the same time. Either way, most were sure government should do something about it. Whatever “it” is.

Just do something!

Actually, I agree with the last person’s mother: they can’t even accurately predict the weather a week out, so why take seriously predictions for a century from now?

But, government should do something!

PS: That 97% consensus among scientists that catastrophic anthropogenic climate change is real that one person mentioned? It’s bunk.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The most ridiculous predictions made on Earth Day, 1970

April 25, 2014
AlGore

The end is nigh!

With modern-day eco-doom cultists predicting catastrophe almost daily unless we DO SOMETHING NOW!!!, my friend Jon Gabriel decided to take a look back at 13 apocalyptic predictions made for the first Earth Day, way back in the Nixon administration. Here are a couple of goodies:

“[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt

Funny, I don’t recall any glaciers showing up in Los Angeles in the last few years…

Read the rest for 11 more amazing predictions of doom and bookmark it for reference for when someone tries to sell you on global warming.


I weep: our foreign policy has been reduced to hashtags

April 25, 2014
Your Obama foreign policy team

Your Obama foreign policy team

Well, I weep and I mock.

For those not familiar with Twitter, “hashtags” are labels preceded by a number sign, as in “#politics.” They were developed to make it easier for people to search for related messages on the system, though people also use them as asides to provide commentary, humor, or snark.

A few weeks ago, the United States Department of State, faced with the slow-motion dismemberment of Ukraine by Russia, apparently decided that hashtags were also effective tools of superpower diplomacy. Thus we saw this from State’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki:

My reaction, you’ll be surprised to learn, was one of dismay and disgust. This is hardly the serious diplomacy one would expect from a department once headed by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John Hay, Dean Acheson, and George Schultz. One would think that, having been roundly mocked here and overseas (You mean you didn’t hear the giggling from Moscow?), the State Department would have given up on managing our foreign affairs like it was a popularity contest, complete with cheerleading. But, no. No, some genius at State decided this was a winning strategy and deployed it again, only this time with an exhortation to Putin:

“Promise of hashtag??” You have got to be kidding me. “Yes, Vlad, be nice to Ukraine. You wouldn’t want to fail the spirit of the hashtag, would you?” Someone last night speculated that an intern forgot to substitute the real hashtag in place of the placeholder word “hashtag,” but that’s immaterial. The whole idea that anyone should think that using catchy social media slogans as a tool of diplomacy would be seen as anything other than self-inflicted humiliation is laughable. That the “strategy” originated at the highest levels of State is infuriating.

And so I couldn’t resist commenting:

And then I offered examples of the promise of hashtag and its power in US foreign affairs:

Others pointed out that the promise of hashtag was global. For example:

Indeed, Lincoln ended the Civil War with it:

But this one, I think, summed up the depth and gravity of State’s strategic thinking in this crisis:

While this baby speaks for me:

But I did offer Ms. Psaki and her co-workers a friendly and much-needed hint:

No, they do not, and it’s in part because people who think they do are in charge of our foreign policy that the world has become a much more dangerous place. It’s a common joke that both sides make to wish for the day “when the adults will be in charge, again,” but, in this case, it’s no longer a joke.  We’re facing foes around the globe who operate via the calculus of power, will, and national interest, while we are represented by community organizers who treat serious matters of state as occasions for virtual rallies.

Argh.

RELATED: More at Twitchy here and here. Jonah Goldberg on Obama’s foreign policy.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Over two-thirds of the continental USA covered with snow

February 7, 2014

Phineas Fahrquar:

If only we had listened to Al Gore and signed Kyoto, we wouldn’t be suffering this horrid warming! Wait…

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Readers may recall our story from Dec 15th, 2013: Over half the USA covered in snow, the most in 11 years

Now, it’s even more. See the map and the 3D image:

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(Video) The 12 Banned Items of Christmas

December 26, 2013
I said, no fun allowed!

No guacamole on the flight!

So, okay, it’s now the day after Christmas, but there’s still a lot of traveling going on, so ReasonTV has created this video guide to those things the TSA will and will not let you take along on a flight.

(Slightly R-rated)

There, that clears things up, doesn’t it? And it’s so nice to know the TSA has thought this list through so carefully.

Happy flying!


Perspective: Building the #Obamacare web site vs winning WWII

November 9, 2013
D-day history

And yet Obama can’t build a working web site.

Via Twitchy, FOX’s Bret Baier read an email from a viewer on his show and then posted it to his web site. Obama and his fans liked to compare him to FDR. I wonder how they’ll like it now:

“Putting things in perspective: March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days.  December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day.  What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage.  Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks,  planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa,  Invading Italy, D-Day,  Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!!  And in that amount of time – this administration can’t build a working webpage.”

Boom.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Well, that made my day

August 18, 2013

Last night on Twitter, some Lefty posted a humorous message with the hashtag (1) #RepublicanOlympicEvents. And, indeed, it was mildly funny. Naturally, I decided I couldn’t let #P2 (2) have all the fun, so I posted a few with the hashtag #DemocratOlympicEvents. Here’s an example:

After two or three, I’d had my fun and signed off for the night. When I awoke this morning and logged on to the Public Secrets Official Laptop, my bleary eyes beheld this reply on Twitter:

Not just trending, but, as of this morning, number one in the USA, baby:

Trending

And, for the cherry on the sundae, it made Twitchy. You can read some of the best from other Twitterers (Twitterites? Twitterians?) there.

Yeah, it’s a small thing, but it made my Sunday morning. smiley cool hey babe

Footnotes:
(1) Hashtags are a quick way of searching for posts on a topic. If a user thinks his “tweet” is relevant, he includes the hashtag. The hashtag is a live hyperlink, and clicking on it will return a list of all posts that include it. As I understand it, they started as a way to track tweets related to a forest fire, but now people uses them for everything, including commentary and satire.
2) #P2 is a hashtag associated with liberals and leftists on Twitter, a mirror-image of the way #tcot is used for conservatives and #tlot for libertarians.


#Obamacare: If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan. Maybe.

July 19, 2013

Gee, remember when the Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the (Social) Democrats swore on a stack of Bibles Rules for Radicals that, under Obamacare, if you liked your doctor and liked your health plan, you could keep both?

Eh… not so much:

Among the questions that HHS recently added to the website: Can I keep my own doctor?:

“Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor.”  The bottom line is that Obamacare guarantees neither. Doctors may be only available through certain networks, just as in the current system.  And only plans that existed in their current form on March 23, 2010, are even eligible to be “kept.” The vast majority of plans will be new, subject to a raft of new regulations, requirements, and restrictions.

And remember those people who believed the promises made by Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the (Social) Democrats?

Suckers.

satire candy suckers


My heart bleeds for Big Labor. Really, it does.

July 15, 2013

It’s just that you can’t see that through all my laughing and pointing:

Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.

Now this vision has come back to haunt us.

Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.

Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios:

First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.

That’s an excerpt from an open letter written by the heads of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE unions, whining that Obamacare will hurt their members and that it’s unfair that businesses got a delay in implementation, but the loyal unionistas didn’t. Do read the whole thing and see if you can get through it without saying “We tried to warn you, you corrupt dummies!” several times.

I found it impossible.

I was going to go into a long diatribe about the unions reaping what they sowed, but Ed Morrissey (hat tip) kindly did it for me:

Maybe if they’d listened to Tea Party activists instead of shouting them down, the union leaders might have figured this out in 2009.  Opponents of the bill argued all along that the incentives presented by ObamaCare would kill employer-based coverage, either by depressing hiring or by depressing hours.  We’ve gotten both since the bill’s passage, just as critics predicted.

(…)

[RE: Obamacare's treatment of union group medical plans] Excuse me, but this was even more obvious than the employment consequences.  Subsidies are only available to consumers in the individual insurance exchanges.  Union health plans are group plans (and partly employer coverage, as the letter points out).  They’re no more eligible for subsidies than consumers in employer plans, and they’ll get taxed just like all other “Cadillac” group plans.  This is only news to those who manned the barricades rather than reading the fine print, or really any print at all.

Ed’s right, the union bosses should resign in disgrace for selling out their membership. But, they won’t. Mob bosses never go quietly. Meanwhile, I’m going to relax and enjoy the sweet scent of schadenfreude.

PS: If you’ve forgotten why I feel a special disdain and contempt for Jimmy Hoffa, jr., the Teamsters boss, let me remind you.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Al Gore: “Forget war and rumors of war! What about Gaea???”

April 30, 2013
The Goracle, Chief Priest of the Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming

“Thou blaspheme by omission!”

President Obama had a press conference yesterday (which is a story of its own) in which he talked about war, the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and gay NBA players, but the High Priest of the Church of Global Warming, the Goracle himself, was not amused:

Tisk, tisk. Obama failed to acknowledge the grave threat from the hideous Demon of Man-Caused Climate Change, and so suffered a proper rebuke.

Kind of amusing, really. A narcissistic, supremely cynical, unqualified-for-the-job president being called on the carpet by a narcissistic, hypocritical con-artist who’s desperately fighting his own increasing irrelevance by demanding solutions to a problem that does not exist, but which is more important than all the many real problems facing the world. (1)

Locking these two in a room with each other might make for a good reality series.

via Bridget Johnson

Footnote:
(1) Except for gay NBA players, of course.

PS: Actually, it’s more like Pope Al is criticizing the journalists, but I’m sure he’s miffed at Obama for not bringing it up himself, as he did Jason Collins.


Genius: Maryland legislator proposes “Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act”

March 10, 2013
"Watch out! He's got a Pop-tart!!"

Protecting the right to keep and bear Pop-tarts

Proof once again that mockery is a wonderful weapon. In the wake of little Josh Welch getting in trouble with school officials for the horrible crime of biting his Pop-tart into the shape of a gun and playing with it, a Maryland lawmaker has introduced a bill to… Well, to tell school officials to stop being a bunch of idiots:

A Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or talking about things, or eating things — that represent guns, but aren’t actually anything like real guns.

Sen. J. B. Jennings, a Republican who represents Baltimore Harford Counties, introduced “The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013? on Thursday, reports The Star Democrat.

Presumably the provisions of this bill would also protect the infamous toddler-terrorist in Pennsylvania who gave delicate school officials the vapors with her dreaded pink bubble-gun. Perhaps she should consider asking for asylum, if this bill goes through.

My favorite part of the legislation, however, is this:

The bill also includes a section mandating counseling for school officials who fail to distinguish between guns and things that resemble guns. School officials who fail to make such a distinction more than once would face discipline themselves.

Now I call that a useful law!  It’s a shame our education professionals seem to need it.

RELATED: More insane anti-gun hysteria from Dan Mitchell and Eric Owens.

via Sissy Willis and Iowahawk

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) Friday Funnies: “So God made a liberal”

February 8, 2013

You may have seen the Chrysler commercial during the Super Bowl that featured images of farmers while the voice-over was Paul Harvey reading his famous “So God made a farmer” essay. It was nice work.

But Sooper Mexican couldn’t resist having a little fun with it, so he created this: “So God made a liberal.”

And on the seventh day, He said: “What have I done?” smiley rofl

via Gateway Pundit

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


#GunControl : Photo of the Day

January 16, 2013

In honor of the Biden commission’s “report” and the President’s signing of 23 executive orders in front of his human shields a group of children:

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You’ll find many more at the PJM Tatler.

By the way, these children couldn’t attend, nor were they even mentioned.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) Obamacare in one long sentence

September 10, 2012

This is pretty funny. Dr. Barbara Bellar, a candidate for the Illinois State Senate, takes a deep breath and summarizes Obamacare in one sentence:

Mockery, the best weapon against the other side.

Via Andrew Malcolm, who writes:

It’s by Dr. Barbara Bellar, a motor-scooter-riding animal lover, Army veteran and Republican attorney who’s taking on a massive challenge of the Chicago political machine for a state Senate seat to combat the fiscal insanity in Barack Obama’s adopted home state, which isn’t an easy job, as you might imagine,…

Good thing she has a sense of humor.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


New Obama campaign poster!

September 7, 2012

I don’t know who the created this, but h/t to UriBlago:

Just call it the “Thelma and Louise economy.”

PS: How about that latest jobs report, eh?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) The Most Arrogant Man In The World — UPDATED

June 22, 2012

Right Change has some fun with the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In The World” commercials:

“Stay ignorant, my friends.”

UPDATE: And here I thought it was just satire. Instead of wedding gifts, tell your guests to donate to Obama.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Shell probably wishes the ice were vanishing

June 3, 2012

According to the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming, one of the signs of the coming eco-apocalypse is the disappearance of sea ice from the North Pole. Lots has been written on this, all meant to scare people into “doing something NOW!!!” about a problem that does not exist — dangerous man-caused climate change. Lots has been written about the vanishing ice. For example:

  • Time Magazine: “Farewell to the Arctic — As We Know It”
  • Mail & Guardian: “Vanishing Arctic Ice Shows No Sign of Returning”
  • CNN: “Arctic Ice to Vanish in Summer, Report Says”

There are hundreds more like these going back years.

All of which makes the following item from the Miami Herald quite amusing:

The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade could postpone the start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August, a delay of up to two weeks, Shell Alaska officials said.

Unveiling a newly refurbished ice-class rig that is poised to begin drilling two exploratory wells this summer in the Beaufort Sea, Shell executives said Friday that the unusually robust sea ice would further narrow what already is a tight window for operations. The company’s $4-billion program is designed to measure the extent of what could be the United States’ most important new inventory of oil and gas.

(…)

“We’re seeing multiyear ice that they’ve not seen in such large quantities in over a decade, and it could impact our ability to start the well,” Slaiby said. Of particular concern, he said, is the region of the Chukchi Sea around the company’s Berger Prospect – potentially the crown jewel of the company’s offshore oil inventory – which in normal years would be accessible by mid-July. This year, it may be unreachable until late July or early August.

(h/t Steven Hayward)

Of course, in the fair’s-fair department, the article does mention thinning ice in Canada — so the ice is melting somewhere! (While growing somewhere else…) And, as any good Warmist will tell you, this could only be a temporary upsurge in a long, scary declining trend. So… Quick! Sign Kyoto!

More likely, though, is that polar ice goes through natural cycles of forming and melting, perhaps influenced by winds, among other non-anthropogenic causes. (But those winds do carry the evil CO2. Hmmm…) In fact, there’s strong evidence that the North Pole has frozen and cleared several times in the past. (For example)

Of course, climate alarmists won’t let little things like facts get in the way of a good theory. They have computer models, after all!

So be it. Meanwhile, we can sit back and laugh while Nature shoves another grapefruit in their face.

RELATED: One of the loudest alarmist voices, the UK’s Guardian newspaper, apparently doesn’t read its own articles.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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