"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)
- Name: John
- Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Global Grilling Bakes Easter
Above: The Easter Bunny sweats it out
Weather for Washington, DC Saturday, April 7, 2007: 32°--snow
Ever get the feeling that God is trying to tell us something?
"Yeah!" the pagan environmentalist would frown, "It's that we've made the climate go awry!"
How about that blizzards in early Spring on the very days that Global Grillers marched and Al Gore lectured-- and now snow on Easter weekend below the Mason-Dixon line-- is essentially God drawing us a picture--IN BOLD STROKES-- to illustrate to us knuckleheads that there are LIES afoot?
The blast of cold weather is played down by the Grillers as "Well, it's all part of climate change," as if they weren't surprised, but they never saw that coming.
You can be sure that if we had July weather in March instead of January weather, they would most certainly have exploited that to their advantage.
But anyway, and of course, even entertaining the notion that a transcendent God condescends to intervene in the affairs of men is silly--if not primitive.
So they're just inconvenient coincidences.
The priests we must heed on pain of damnation are the "scientists" at the UN--as ordained by the papal infallibility of world-renowned expert climatologist Bill Clinton of the worldwide and heavily-tithed Church known as "The Clinton Global Initiative."
[Disclaimer: Again, Republicus is not a "head-in-the-sand" Global Warming "Denier" per se, only that it is self-evident that the self-appointed "experts"--and their "peer reviews" (for what that's worth--they're all in the same club)--themselves have a lot more to learn before seeing fit to imperiously boast of possessing "The Facts" and prescribing sweeping, macroeconomic remedies that themselves are, by cornered admission, based on some pretty big "IFS" (i.e. The Precautionary Principle). Case in point: If Republicus had publicly predicted--as recently as last January--that there would be snowfall on Easter weekend (which is after the vernal equinox) he would most assuredly had been jeered by the Global Grillers.]
Friday, April 06, 2007
Results Vs. Rhetoric
Friday, April 6, 2007
(Reuters) The intently awaited March employment report painted a stronger picture of the U.S. job market than anticipated and included a surprising decline in the unemployment rate to 4.4 percent from 4.5 percent in February.
Saturday, May 1, 2004
(John Kerry) "Nearly 3 million Americans have lost their jobs since George Bush took office, and the president's response is to give himself a pat on the back...Even in the so-called 'recovery' after 9/11 and the recession, Bush's jobs record is abysmal. Since the recession ended in November 2001, we have lost 1.3 million private sector jobs...Worst job loss since Great Depression, Bush can't see the problem."
Who's Your Daddy?
WASHINGTON — President Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress where Democrats had derailed Fox's nomination.
Democrats had denounced Fox for his 2004 donation to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The group's TV ads, which claimed that Sen. John Kerry exaggerated his military record in Vietnam, were viewed as a major factor in the Massachusetts Democrat losing the election.
Recognizing Fox did not have the votes to obtain Senate confirmation, Bush withdrew the nomination last month. On Wednesday, with Congress out of town for a spring break, the president used his power to make recess appointments to put Fox in the job without Senate confirmation.
This means Fox can remain ambassador until the end of the next session of Congress, effectively through the end of the Bush presidency.
Kerry, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement critical of the appointment and of Bush.
"It's sad but not surprising that this White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate. This nomination was withdrawn because the Administration realized it would lose in the Foreign Relations Committee," Kerry said.
"Unfortunately, when this White House can't win the game, they just change the rules, and America loses. Our country would be stronger if this Administration spent more time getting body armor for our soldiers in Iraq than it did helping their powerful friends," he added.
Bush also used his recess appointment authority to make Andrew Biggs deputy director of Social Security. The president's earlier nomination of Biggs, an outspoken advocate of partially privatizing the government's retirement program, was rejected by Senate Democrats in February.
In August 2005, Bush riled Democrats — who then were in the minority in Congress — when he used the same power to appoint John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations. That appointment expired late last year. Zalmay Khalilzad, who is exiting as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, is expected to succeed Bolton.
Fox, a 77-year-old St. Louis businessman, gave $50,000 to the Swift Boat group. He is national chairman of the Jewish Republican Coalition and was dubbed a "ranger" by Bush's 2004 campaign for raising at least $200,000. He is founder and chairman of the Clayton, Mo.-based Harbour Group, which specializes in the takeover of manufacturing companies.
Fox has donated millions of dollars to Republican candidates and causes since the 1990s.
In answer to questions about the Swift Boat donation, Fox has said he gives when asked, insisting he did not know how his money would be spent or exactly what message the group was pushing.
In his first six years in office, Bush made 167 recess appointments, 101 of which were to full-time positions, according to a January 2007 report by the Congressional Research Service. In his eight years in office, President Clinton made 139 recess appointments, 95 of where were to full-time positions.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
...THE CRIB'S ON FIRE!!!
SPRING SNOW DUMPS ON UPPER NORTHEAST
April 5, 2007
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A spring storm brought more than a foot of snow to parts of the upper Northeast, closing schools, tangling traffic and knocking out power to more than 180,000 homes and businesses on Thursday.
At least one death was blamed on the wintry weather, which began late Wednesday and was expected to continue through the weekend.
The flakes fell at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour, and by early Thursday, areas of Maine already had nearly a foot and a half of wet, heavy snow, and central New Hampshire saw 16 inches in spots. Up to 13 inches fell in Vermont, and upstate New York had several inches as well.
The spring snow followed a winter that was often unusually warm.
"We had Easter on December 25th. People had crocuses coming out and blooms on bushes. And now we have Christmas, with all this snow," said meteorologist Butch Roberts of the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. "It's a little topsy-turvy sometimes."
Maine baseball fans shared in the misery as the Portland Sea Dogs season opener was postponed for at least a day, but the team made the best of it, dotting the field with 11 snowmen in jerseys and caps - nine players, a batter and an ump. It was the second time since 1994 that opening day was delayed by late snow.
In Manchester, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats canceled Thursday night's home opener but put out the call for fans to help clear the turf for a Friday game. Volunteers who show up with shovels get free tickets.
Snowfall in April is not unusual, but the volume of snow in this storm was relatively rare. Portland's 11.6 inches tied a record for its fifth-biggest April snowfall.
Jon Blanchard, spending his first night back in Portland after a winter in Florida, was awakened Thursday by the sound of tree limbs snapping under the weight of the heavy snow.
He put aside plans of unloading his camper and fired up his snow blower instead.
"I hate it," Blanchard said. "That's why I spent the whole winter in Florida."
The weighed-down trees and limbs also felled power lines. About 100,000 homes and businesses lost power in Maine, in and around Alfred, Brunswick and Portland; another 80,000 customers were in the dark in New Hampshire, and Vermont had about 1,300 outages.
Outages could continue as snow melts and more trees fall, utilities said, and a spokesman in Maine said many customers there would be in the dark into Friday.
The heavy, wet snow clogged roads early Thursday, prompting school officials to cancel or delay classes around the region.
A man was killed in New Hampshire when his car ran off Interstate 93 and hit a tree during the storm Wednesday night on the Canterbury-Concord line, state police said.
A tractor-trailer carrying oxygen bottles skidded and rolled over Wednesday night on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack. Bottles rolled out, and it took crews all night to clear the road, though none of the bottles broke. The driver was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Cars were also reported off the road in Maine, and police said a 17-year-old girl's death Wednesday on a slippery road in Topsham may have been weather-related.
At ski areas, the snow was a welcome lift.
"It's going to help us close the season strong," said Chris Lenois, a spokesman for Vermont's Mount Snow, which ends its season on Sunday.
About 6 inches fell in West Dover.
The Baby's Fever Gets Worse...
MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARIES
NEAR-RECORD COLD IN ALASKA AND ABUNDANT SNOW IN THE SOUTHEAST
Strong and widespread cold described March this year all across Alaska. Temperatures throughout the mainland were more than 8°F below average and the most extreme temperature departures of more than 16°F below average were observed in the central Interior. Areas along the Arctic coast and the southeast panhandle had relative warmth with temperature departures less than 8°F below average. The portions of the state that had extreme cold also received little in the way of precipitation as clear and sunny skies dominated. A location that received more than its fair share of snowfall was Juneau, breaking daily, monthly, and seasonal snowfall records.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Red, White, & Blue Turning Green
Above, top: Hillary kisses Suha Arafat
Below: Pelosi assimilates for a culture that refuses to assimilate for others
After chatting with Syrian president Basher Assad, Pelosi was pleased to report that the Arab hard-liner is willing to engage in peace talks with Israel.
Right, just as Billary was pleased to report that Arafat was on board for the roadmap to Peace...
...before the latter rejected all the concessions that Israel offered (as demanded) and triggered the Infitada of 2000 (which the Bush-haters then blamed the new president Bush for because of the "disengagement" from the hastily arranged and presumptuous "Roadmap" which itself led to the Infitada)