About That Case Against Blackwater
New York Times:
Judge Drops Charges From Blackwater Deaths in Iraq
Claiming prosecutorial misconduct, a federal judge Thursday threw out all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide guards accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians in downtown Baghdad in 2007, a bloody event that ...
Keep checking RushLimbaugh.com for updates. Here’s the latest:
DR. WALTER E. WILLIAMS: Well, first of all, folks, I should say that Rush continues to rest very comfortably in the hospital in Honolulu this afternoon. Actually, it’s morning ...
This Is the Best Money-Saving Idea the Feds Could Dream Up?
Earlier this year, President Obama created the “SAVE Award,” given to the Federal employee who comes up with the best idea to save money. This year’s winner:
The winning idea:
Nancy Fichtner from Colorado thinks that veterans leaving VA ...
Did Obama spread a little disinformation when he addressed the public on Monday? Emphasis mine:
First, I directed that we take immediate steps to ensure the safety of the traveling public. We made sure that all flights still in the ...
Last week Senator Schumer called a flight attendant a b**** for doing her job. Yesterday President Obama called the flight attendants of Northwest Flight 253 heroes for doing their jobs. The I Own the World blog has more.
Yesterday President Obama called the Christmas bomber an “isolated extremist.” Except for his few hundred friends, of course.
Yemen has said it is not getting enough support from the West to tackle al-Qaeda, as details emerge of the suspected ...
The Democratic Recovery Plan
They have the presidency and huge margins in Congress, but they are in need of a “recovery plan?”
I was struck by this concluding sentence in this editorial in today’s Washington Post:
The administration has worried excessively that open U.S. support might damage the Green Movement. Now President Obama has publicly taken sides, and the battle ...
From today’s WSJ:
Robert Watson and Mohamed El-Ashry
This month’s Copenhagen talks focused on the leading climate change culprit: carbon dioxide. But reversing global temperature increases by reducing carbon emissions will take many decades, if not centuries. Even ...
Hey, how about re-thinking the Obama Energy Tax in an election year? Times of London:
Less than ten days after claiming a breakthrough on climate change in Copenhagen President Obama is facing a mutiny from senior Democrats who are imploring ...
Why Can't I Just Eat My Pineapple?
ABC News reports:
Obama “Likely” to Speak About Flight 253
White House sources tell ABC News the President will “likely” speak publicly about the alleged attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253 in the next few days. The President is on vacation in ...
When is the Center for American Progress Going to Demand Obama Return to D.C.?
A walk down memory lane in the New York Times today on the optics of presidential vacations:
Critics savaged him. The Center for American Progress, a liberal research organization, posted this headline on its Web site in 2006: “Careless in Crawford: ...
. . . because the BTUs aren’t even close. The new “hot” Christmas gift: carbon-reduction certificates.
New York Times: Loan Program May Stir Nuclear Industry
WASHINGTON — When experts on power grid reliability asked themselves recently how a cleaner energy future would look, seven of eight regional councils imagined how their systems would work with 10 ...
FAA Union Lawyers Going After Journalists
Mark Hemingway has the details over at the Washington Examiner.
Let’s see what the Obama cheerleaders on MSDNC have to say about this:
WASHINGTON – Massachusetts lawmakers, over the fierce objections of the White House, have succeeded in reviving a costly plan to build a jet fighter engine at General ...
You have to watch the video, but the summary is that, from this video, it looks like HP’s new facial recognition feature can’t see black people:
HP is investigating:
HP acknowledged the problem in a blog posted to ...
Wall Street Journal: Time for a Climate Change Plan B
Forbes: What Scientists Really Think About Global Warming
Financial Times: Africa must exploit all energy sources
Forbes: The Green Movement’s People Problem
Financial Times: Lessons of a memorably chaotic ...
Not the Best and Brightest
Reader W.N. sends in this little tidbit about the LED traffic lights that were supposed to be so much better than those wasteful old incandescents:
EXETER – Jay Perkins has some advice for winter drivers who approach an intersection and ...
Joss Garman, the co-founder of the polar-bears-falling-from-the-sky group Plane Stupid, writes in the Independent:
Copenhagen — Historic failure that will live in infamy
The most progressive US president in a generation comes to the most important international meeting since the Second ...
Great Moments in Journalism
Around the world, news outlets have been reporting on a new study in BMJ, the U.K.’s leading medical journal. In the article, titled “Santa Claus: A Public Health Pariah?,” Australian epidemiologist Nathan Grills meticulously lays out the ...
Here Come the EU's Greenshirts
Gordon Brown is drawing up plans for the European Union to become a global warming “policeman”, monitoring individual countries’ compliance with carbon-cutting targets.
The plan emerged from the chaotic Copenhagen conference on climate change, which ended in acrimony and ...
Global Warming Shuts Down the Federal Government
Washington Post (emphasis mine at the end):
Federal government offices in the Washington region will be closed on Monday. Nonessential government workers will be granted excused absences.
Emergency employees are expected to report for work on time, and some employees ...
Via Hot Air, Sudan weighs in on the Nopenhagen Accord:
An acrimonious session long past midnight hit a low point when a Sudanese delegate said the plan in Africa would be like the Holocaust by causing more deadly floods, droughts, ...
Air Force One at Andrews AFB as the president returns from the global-warming summit:
The WWF Reacts to Nopenhagen
The panda people, not Hulk Hogan:
The UN climate talks in Copenhagen were inches away from total failure and ended with an outcome far too weak to tackle dangerous climate change, WWF said today.
“Copenhagen was at the brink of ...
Obama kills whales! An open letter from the executive director of Greenpeace International:
Dear friends,Like tens of millions of people around the world who have been working so long and so hard for a fair, ambitious and legally binding (...
The Copenhagen Post:
Thom Yorke curses world leaders for indecision on tackling global warming but is buoyed by the attention on the issue
Front man Thom Yorke from Radiohead has crashed the UN climate change conference because he wanted ‘to ...
’Kyoto was legally binding and everyone fell short anyway’ Inspiring words from @BarackObama LIVE: http://bit.ly/6ZVHcg #cop15
You’d think he harpooned a whale or something.
Telegraph: Copenhagen climate summit: Gordon Brown ‘has Plan B’ to beat US and China deadlock
The Prime Minister spoke as the Copenhagen climate conference teetered on the brink of collapse amid a row between China and the US.
After almost ...
With President Obama meeting in secret with China’s President Wen Jiabao, this Saturday Night Live skit from a few weeks ago is worth posting again:
Climate-Change Organizers Finally Get One Right
The next meeting, COP 16, will be in Mexico. In July. Even the Al Gore Effect© can’t make it snow then — but I do expect lower than normal temperatures.
Times of London:
1730 (From Sam Coates) UK diplomatic sources confirmed there had been a major setback after China took huge offence at remarks by President Obama over the need to independently monitor every country carbon emissions.
In his speech President ...
The future of news and it’s name is Twitter. Times of London:
1639 Ed Miliband has Tweeted some breaking news from inside the conference centre. “Rumour runs round that the talks have broken up . . . it’s true — but only so ...
Don Imus and Chris Wallace Discuss Chuck Schumer
Imus: “He’s a schmuck.” And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand “flat-out lied.”
Looks Like They'll Sign Something
Times of London:
1548 Right, key points from the new Copenhagen Accord:
Worldwide emission cuts of 50 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050
Developed world emission cuts of 80 per cent by 2050. Individual country targets to be confirmed in an appendix. The aggregate cut ...
D.C. Under a Winter-Storm Warning
Won’t it be hilarious if all the D.C. foks in Copenhagen can’t get home from their global-warming party because Dulles is snowed in?
Via the Times of London. Some that stand out:
1341 ActionAid are next in line to criticise Mr Obama. Tom Sharman, the organisation’s climate justice coordinator, said: “Obama has said nothing to save the Copenhagen conference from failure.
1321 Mr Chavez ...
Michael Mann Defends His Work
The scientist, not the producer of Miami Vice.
Kyopenhagen in a Nutshell
Hugo Chavez gets a standing ovation for his anti-capitalism speech. How ever will President Obama top that?
Arnold Schwarzenegger Calls for 'Planetary Transformation'
Not sure if he’s serious or pimping his first post-gubernatorial movie, Terminator vs. the Decepticons.
Lord Monckton Knocked Out by Copenhagen Cop
Classy. A Danish cop pushed Lord Monckton when his back was turned. From the SPPI blog:
Today the gloves came off and the true purpose of the “global warming” scare became nakedly visible. Ugo Chavez, the Socialist president of Venezuela, ...
Buying China's Support in Copenhagen
Stay classy, Denmark:
Human rights groups across the globe have slammed Denmark’s government this week for announcing it supports China’s authority over Tibet — a move political analysts believe was aimed at securing Chinese involvement in a climate agreement ...
AP Throws Cold Water On Obama's Denmark Trip
Analysis: Obama won’t break new ground at summit. An excerpt:
WASHINGTON — A warning to delegates in Copenhagen: If you’re looking for President Barack Obama to cave to pressure and deepen U.S. efforts to curb greenhouse gases, don’...
Wall Street Journal: Cap and Trade in Practice — How to get paid for laying off workers.
Howard Bloom: Climate Change Is Nature’s Way — It’s our good luck one of Earth’s many ice ages ended 12,000 years ago.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner writes:
In the coming days, the United States is expected to reach its debt limit of $12.1 trillion. House Democratic leaders have said at least an additional $200 billion in credit is needed for the U.S. Treasury to ...
People of Connecticut: What have u done 2 this country? We hold u responsible. Start recall of Lieberman 2day or we’ll boycott your state.
Inhofe: Copenhagen Has Failed
Sen. James Inhofe’s remarks in Copenhagen:
Copenhagen attendees, I want to turn back the clock to December 2003, when the United Nations convened the “9th Conference of the Parties” in Milan, Italy, to discuss implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. At ...
He Was for Cap-and-Trade Right Before He Was Against It
Sen. John Kerry wavered Wednesday on whether Congress will accept a cap-and-trade system for controlling carbon emissions.
Kerry (D-Mass.) told reporters at the climate change summit in Copenhagen that he isn’t sure what system Congress will endorse ...
Chuck Schumer Stays Classy
What kind of jerk calls a flight attendant a b**** when asked to turn of his cell phone on an airplane?Politico:
Sen. Chuck Schumer loves the sound of his own voice, but it carried a bit farther than he ...
So say the American people. Rasmussen:
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.
A new Rasmussen ...
Don't Let a Little Bombing Threat Keep You Out of Our World-Famous Nightclubs
The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has issued the following “Notice to Americans” with a terror warning from the governor of Bali (emphasis mine):
U.S. Embassy JakartaU.S. Consulate General SurabayaU.S. Consulate Medan
Warden Message: Bali Warning
December 31, 2009
If Only TSA Would Pursue Terrorists This Efficiently
WASHINGTON – As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers who ...
How the U.S. Drone War is Playing in Yemen
Big Government has the must watch video from al-Jazeera.
Nike: The choice of role models the world over, from Tiger Woods to the underwear bomber:
The Limits of Social Media
Will Heaven from the Telegraph:
Iran’s brutal regime won’t be toppled by Twitter and the niceties of social media
USA Today reports that “green” energy is the popular new field at universities around the country:
Nationwide, more than 100 majors, minors or certificates were created this year in energy and sustainability-focused programs at colleges … Students want the courses, ...
Global Warming Hits States in the Pocketbook
Snow-Removal Bills Leave States Scrambling — Paying for Future Storms Worries Officials After Blizzards Squeeze Cash-Strapped Budgets in Midwest, East
Is President Obama kidding with this?
The investigation’s ongoing. And I spoke again this morning with Attorney General Eric Holder, the secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, and my counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, John Brennan. I asked them ...
Two Editorials of Note from Today's Washington Times
Greenbacks for green tech: Government should not be trying to build new industries
And . . .
Biased reporting on Climategate: Associated Press coverage raises eyebrows
Did the System Really Work Like 'Clockwork?'
DHS Chief Janet Napolitano from this morning:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told me this morning on “This Week” that “everything went according to clockwork” in how passengers, crew and the government reacted to the attempted bombing of Flight 253.
What Did President Obama Know and When Did He Know It?
According to the Detroit News, Northwest Flight 253 landed in Detroit at 11:53 a.m.., 6:53 a.m. in Hawaii, where the president is on holiday. So, why did it take over two hours to let the president know what happened?
“The president ...
The Coming Crisis in U.S. Refining Capacity
In a few years, when Democrats accuse the refining industry of gouging Americans at the pump, please direct them to this New York Times article on the economics of the refining industry:
Only a few years ago, a cry went ...
Hey, You Think Anyone Will Actually Buy These Things?
A little late to be asking the question on electric cars. Washington Post:
But overshadowing prospects for the transition of the vast U.S. auto fleet to electric — and the billions of dollars the automakers have invested in the switch — ...
Image-Rehab Advice for Tiger Woods
Join Eliot Spitzer as a columnist for Slate.
MSDNC’s Dylan Ratigan has apologized for losing his temper with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Smart move: The First Commandment at MSDNC is “Thou shall not anger a Democrat.”
Diane Feinstein: Planetary Traitor
Why does she hate the environment so? New York Times:
AMBOY, Calif. — Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in Congress on Monday to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in California by scuttling some 13 big solar plants and wind ...
Just to add to Steve’s post below, Der Spiegel makes his point explicitly: dump the U.N. and embrace the process set in place by George W. Bush:
The United Nations has always maintained that climate protection can only ...
More Criticism of the Planet Healer
Huffington Post: For Obama, No Opportunity Too Big to Blow
O’Reilly (red) vs. Olbermann (blue) vs. Brown (green) vs. Grace (orange):
A reader writes in regarding this post on the D.C. shutdown:
Actually, the administration that was notorious for calling a shut down after employees had left for work was the Clinton administration. Remember back in January 2000, when Clinton’s ...
From today’s Financial Times:
Global energy businesses are disappointed and confused by the climate deal agreed in Copenhagen, saying it does not provide enough certainty to justify the huge investments needed to cut carbon emissions.
The deal — agreed by ...
Global Warming Wreaks Havoc on Chunnel Trains
LONDON — Four passenger trains broke down in the Channel Tunnel between France and Britain, stranding more than 2,000 passengers for hours Saturday, many without heating, light or water.
Eurostar executives suspended service, blaming the breakdowns in the trains from Paris ...
Obama the Climate Criminal
So says Greenpeace:
PLS RT! Our activists in jail, real #climate criminals flew home for xmas. Rally at jail 1715hr in #Copenhagen! Vigerslev Allé 1D, 2450.
My Favorite Alarmist Reacts to Nopenhagen
Via the Huffington Post.
Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org:
“This is a declaration that small and poor countries don’t matter, that international civil society doesn’t matter, and that serious limits on carbon don’t matter. The ...
In Other, Non-Copenhagen News
Senator Robert Byrd is making waves in his home state of West Virginia for seemingly taking on the coal industry. The editors of The State Journal write:
Lots of people are still wondering where Sen. Robert Byrd stands after his ...
James Delingpole: An utter waste of everyone’s time, energy, and money with a carbon footprint the size of Texas.
'Rich Countries Cannot See Beyond the Survival of Business as Usual.'
From the Guardian’s live blog of Copenhagen:
10.04pm: Tim Jones, climate policy officer at the World Development Movement said:
“This summit has been in complete disarray from start to finish, culminating in a shameful and monumental failure that has ...
Due to weather complications #Obama leaves #Copenhagen before #cop15 concludes. Oh – the irony. http://bit.ly/CutTheCrap
Sustainable, If Not Sustaining
Food at Kyopenhagen, from the AP’s “Climate Pool” Facebook page:
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez nailed it when he exhorted delegates to keep their bellies full.The last two days in Copenhagen have been a beehive of activity, with meetings, ...
Meet the George W. Bush/Joe Lieberman of COP15:
Canada wins Colossal Fossil award for worst behaviour in negotiations
Breaking News from Copenhagen
David Corn Tweets:
Hot dog seller at #COP15 sold 1,100 dogs yesterday. #Copenhagen
I hope they were made from locally sourced soy.
Sen. Inhofe Responds to Obama's Copenhagen Speech
From the Bill Bennett radio show:
"Boycott Connecticut!" Continued
Michael Moore lists the Connecticut companies to boycott:
Click Here to Cancel Your Aetna Insurance PolicyAetna gives Lieberman money… don’t give them yoursClick Here to Cancel Your Policy with The HartfordIf we can’t have real health care reform,...
Another Day of Copenhagen?
Times of London:
1625 Hang on a minute, we’re now hearing that delegations have been asked to stay the night if needed. Perhaps the Danish hosts, who are desperate to see the Copenhagen Accord come to life, have made the ...
This is What Happens When Nobody Reads the Bills
Well, at least Al Gore is happy to finally have a real “lock box”:
Harry Houdini made a career escaping from locked boxes. So did David Copperfield and Doug Henning.
And now, add to that list Amtrak passengers packing heat ...
Kyopenhagen in a Nutshell, Part II
Copenhagen climate change conference: Gordon Brown dines with Robert Mugabe
It takes all kinds to save the planet.
Delingpole Sums Up Copenhagen
Worth reading in its entirety, but here’s the meat of it:
Copenhagen never really had anything to do with “Climate Change.” Rather it was a trough-fest at which all the world’s greediest pigs gathered to gobble up as ...
Good Thing Bush Isn't President, Messing Things Up
Hillary is going to have to find a “reset button” in Mandarin:
COPENHAGEN — President Obama arrived here on Friday morning bent on applying a combination of muscle and personal charm to secure a climate change agreement involving nearly 200 countries.
Geologist stands trial for triggering earthquakes in Switzerland
A geologist has gone on trial in Switzerland for allegedly causing earthquakes while drilling for hot rocks to produce clean energy.
A Fitting End to Copenhagen
Copenhagen climate conference: Leaked UN document shows deal could still lead to catastrophic global warming
Well, that was a waste of two weeks.
Sarah Palin Answers Eguene Robinson
Thursday, December 17, 2009I’d like to thank Eugene Robinson for highlighting Alaska’s achievements on climate change [“Palin’s own ‘Climate- gate,’” op-ed, Dec. 15] and for noting that I’ve “treated the issue as serious, complex, and worthy ...
Even the Artists in Copenhagen Lie About Global Warming
An artist put flashing red lights all around Copenhagen to measure how high up the water would rise if all the ice in Greenland melted away. Except, that wasn’t good enough:
The idea was to illustrate a prospective water ...
Weather Report: Copenhagen
The Gore Effect© strikes again. Copenhagen Post:
More snow could be on the way tomorrow as temperatures are set to drop even further
Bitter cold and steady snowfall has paralyzed the country’s roads and public transport since yesterday, and ...
Only 24 hours left until the farce that is Kyopenhagen is over. Can even Jack Bauer save the day for the alarmists? Doubtful.
Keith Olbermann can no longer support the Senate health-care bill. He blames everyone for its current state, including President Obama.
Conan Interviews 'The Situation' and 'Snooki'
If you read Jonah’s column from yesterday and had no idea what he was talking about, here’s a great clip of Conan O’Brien interviewing two of the stars of MTV’s Jersey Shore. Enjoy?
Dennis Miller from last night’s O’Reilly Factor:
BILL O’REILLY, HOST: In the “Miller Time” segment tonight: The sage of Southern California is paying close attention to the Copenhagen climate chaos, and he joins us now from Los ...
What Planet Are You Living On?
Our satellites have picked up a transmission from HuffPo: Copenhagen Climate Summit Already a Success
AP's Athlete of the Decade