"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)

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Open Wide And Swallow

Here's Bill Clinton in Ames, Iowa the other day explaining why his loving, devoted wife Hillary didn't "dump him" to pursue her own political career:

"I thought she was the most gifted person of our generation," said Clinton, who said he told her, "You know, you really should dump me and go back home to Chicago or go to New York and take one of those offers you've got and run for office. I thought it would be wrong for me to rob her of the chance to be what I thought she should be." he said. "She laughed and said, 'First I love you and, second, I'm not going to run for anything, I'm too hardheaded.'"

That's funny. In 1992, Hillary said:

"I'm not some Tammy Wynette standing by my man. I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life."

Granted, a distinction can be drawn between her pursuing a legal career versus a political one to thus resemble consistency, but the real distinction is in her earlier "independent woman" remarks versus the portrait of a doting and dutiful wife that Bill is trying to triangulate her into for the sake of the middle-American, cookie-baking sensibilities that she had earlier sneered about.

Such sneering cost the Clinton's political goodwill from the get-go, and Hillary spent much of her time as First Lady doing damage control, harping endlessly about "The Children" and even having her supposedly very own cookie recipes published, along with an equally-saccharine book supposedly authored by Socks the cat in an over-compensating stab at cute and cuddliness (but managing only to rise to the level of a cloying corniness).

Socks, it should be added, was apparently not cute and cuddly enough to avoid being unloaded on White House secretary Betty Curry when the Clinton's bailed from the White House.


How Much Do Human Activities Contribute to Global Warming?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

By Brit Hume

Climate scientists from three American universities have published peer-reviewed research indicating global warming cannot be affected or modified by controlling the emission of greenhouse gases — and that current greenhouse computer models saying otherwise are wrong. The report in the International Journal of Climatology of the Royal Meteorological Society was written by professors from the universities of Rochester, Alabama and Virginia.

Lead author David Douglass of Rochester writes — "The inescapable conclusion is that the human contribution is not significant and that observed increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases make only a negligible contribution to climate warming."

The report says satellite data indicates greenhouse computer models ignore the mitigating effects of clouds and water vapor on the warming properties of carbon dioxide. It says climate change is most likely caused by variations in solar winds and associated magnetic fields.

A senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress tells Cybercast News the study is "radically out of step with the complete scientific consensus."

Note by Republicus: lol Of course.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


In Oslo, Norway, Al Gore received his Nobel Peace Prize and urged the United States and China to make bold moves on Global Warming, or "stand accountable before history for their failure to act."

He said humanity risks sliding down a path of "mutually assured destruction."

"We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency - a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential even as we gather here," a tuxedoed Gore said at the gala.

Meanwhile, a mid-western ice-storm blacked out more than 600,000 homes and busineses, with at least 18 deaths reported in Oklahoma and Missouri blamed on the weather.

"This is a big one. We've got a massive situation here and it's probably going to be a week to 10 days before we get power on to everybody," said Ed Bettinger, a spokesman for Public Service Company. "It looks like a war zone."