Uh-Oh, Mideast Petro-Dictators: Israel Has Natural Gas Now
As they say in Alaska, “×”×Ş×™× ×•×§ ×ś×§×“×•×—, ×ś×§×“×•×—” .
TEL AVIV — Two years ago, Ratio Oil Exploration LP, an energy firm here, employed five people and was worth about half a million dollars.
Today it sits at the ...
Breaking News: Harold Ford Jr. Offering Advice to Freshman Lawmakers
For some reason, he didn’t have “DON’T GO TO PARTIES WITH PLAYBOY PLAYMATES” on his list. You’d think that would be numero uno. But, FWIW, here’s the advice from the guy that lost the Tennessee Senate ...
If Global Warming Causes Snow, Do We Still Need to Paint Our Roofs White?
James Taranto responds to this op-ed that claims global warming causes snow:
We were out on the streets of New York last night. The whole place was white! And we haven’t run our air-conditioner since the snow started. But ...
About that Letter to Santa from Senator Menendez
Two days before Christmas, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey sent a bizarre open letter to the North Pole to warn Santa about the “dramatic melting of the Arctic sea ice” due to the effects of carbon ...
Quote of the Day: NYC Councilman Peter Vallone, 'The mayor needs to stop acting like Baghdad Bob and saying everything's okay.'
Bill Farrell turned his orange Chevrolet truck down a side street packed with snow in his quiet corner of Queens.
Five hours later, he was still there, trying to clear enough snow to back his car out of a drift.
Luke, These Are Your Tax Dollars at Work
Darth Vader proclaiming he’s Luke Skywalker’s father, Tony Manero preening in his underwear and an early 20th-century deaf activist speaking in sign language are among the images that will be preserved by the Library of Congress as part ...
March 2000: 'Snowfalls are just a thing of the past."
On March 20, 2000, The Independent, a British newspaper, reported that “Snowfalls are just a thing of the past.” Global warming was simply making the UK too warm for heavy snowfalls. The column quotes Dr. David Viner ...
Gov. Rendell: 'We're becoming a nation of wussies.'
Ed Rendell On Postponed Eagles-Vikings Game: ‘I Think It Is A Joke’
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In Defense of Marriage? Congratulations to Hugh Hefner and his 23-year-old fiancĂ©e
Hugh Hefner rang in the holidays with an engagement ring.
The Playboy founder is engaged to girlfriend Crystal Harris, 24, he announced on Twitter.
“After the movie tonight, Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas ...
EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
The Obama administration announced today it will use the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory power to set limits on carbon dioxide emissions from factories, power plants and refineries, a decision which likely sets the stage for another partisan ...
Blame Corn Ethanol for High Meat Prices
The U.S. corn crop is enormous. But about a third of it doesn’t go to cereal or cows — instead, it helps run your car. To boost our use of renewable fuels, the federal government subsidizes corn-based ethanol.
PolitiFact recently named the phrase “a government takeover of health care” as it’s “lie of the year.” The editors of the WSJ respond:
So the watchdog news outfit called PolitiFact has decided that its “lie of the year” is ...
Polar Bear Not On Brink of Extinction
So, which right-wing nut has decided that the polar bear shouldn’t qualify for listing as an “endangered” species?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Department of the Interior has issued a decision to keep the status of polar bears under the ...
Baltimore Nuns Sell Honus Wagner Baseball Card
HADDONFIELD, N.J., Dec. 23 (UPI) — A New Jersey collector said he bought a rare Honus Wagner baseball card from an order of Baltimore nuns after an auction winner reneged on a $220,000 bid.
Nicholas DePace, 57, a Haddonfield cardiologist who owns one ...
LA Times Food Critic Outed by Restaurateur
I find this piece quite hilarious. Maybe Congress can pass a shield law to protect the anonymity of newspaper food critics?
Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila ducked into Red Medicine, a new Beverly Hills restaurant, for some ...
Explosions Reported at Swiss, Chilean Embassies in Rome
ROME – Police are checking a report of a suspicious package at the Ukrainian Embassy after a pair of package bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies, wounding two people.
Police outside the Ukrainian embassy say they only have ...
Global Warming Strikes Britain, Cont.
But Al Gore promised! New York Times:
LONDON — If there were a contest for the worst weather-related suffering in Britain in the last few days, who would win?
Would it be the drivers who abandoned their cars on the M5 ...
Get Your Geek On: Video of the Lunar Eclipse
Apple Pulls WikiLeaks App
I guess there isn’t an app for everything.
Assange Walks Out of ABC Interview
And calls ABC’s Jim Sciutto a “tabloid schumck.” Enjoy:
Jon Stewart Interviews 'Muppet' Michael Steele
Laugh out loud funny. . .
Re: Electric Cars: 'Not Ready for Prime Time'
France, however, feels differently than Mr. O’Keefe:
Paris introduces self-service electric car scheme
A fleet of blue, eco-friendly electric cars will hit the streets of the French capital next autumn and cost no more than a tube fare ...
Electric Cars: 'Not Ready for Prime Time'
William O’Keefe, CEO of the George C. Marshall Institute, has a report out on the government’s intervention in the electric-car market. His conclusion:
Political forces, not the market place, are pushing PHEVs into the market through large ...
Big Week For German Scientists
Scientists in Berlin have accidentally cured HIV with stem cells as well as possibly cured baldness.
A huge story with implications that arenâ€™t all immediately clear is emerging in Berlin this week: doctors treating an HIV-infected with leukemia believe ...
Cancun's Climate Alarmists Go All Zoo Monkey
It was all fun and games at the big alarmist protest until someone starting thrown feces. The New American:
Global-warming protesters in Cancun for the United Nations COP16 climate summit poured human feces in the streets, threw eggs at police, ...
Rich Lowry: 'The Ethanol Idiocy that Will Not Die'
In case you missed it, Rich writes over on the homepage:
When Al Gore drops an environmental fad, it has truly reached its expiration date.
In his wisdom, the Goracle recently acknowledged what almost all disinterested observers concluded long ago: ...
A Computer Casanova: If you thought Julian Assange was creepy before, wait until you read his online-dating profile.
At this point, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains a bit of a shadowy figure, with many biographical details eluding the public’s view. But we do know this: The now-notorious Internet provocateur is quite libidinous, perhaps criminally so.
So it ...
Terrorism: Dual blasts hit Stockholm allegedly in response to Swedish troops in Afghanistan
Two explosions in Sweden’s capital Stockholm are being investigated as a “crime of terror”, officials say.
A car blew up in a busy shopping area on Saturday afternoon, followed moments later by a second explosion nearby.
Witnesses said a ...
An excerpt from the Telegraph write-up:
The new deal falls short of a global treaty. However it has progressed from Copenhagen by getting all countries, except Bolivia, to sign up to an official UN document.
The Cancun deal commits all ...
Say Hello to My Little Friend: Meet the U.S. Navy's electromagnetically powered railgun.
A theoretical dream for decades, the railgun is unlike any other weapon used in warfare. And it’s quite real too, as the U.S. Navy will prove in a record-setting test today in Dahlgren, VA.
Rather than relying on ...
EPA Delays Job-Killing Emissions Regulations
Sorry, libs, but elections have consequences. New York Times:
The Obama administration is retreating on long-delayed environmental regulations — new rules governing smog and toxic emissions from industrial boilers — as it adjusts to a changed political dynamic in Washington with a ...
If this story sounds familiar, it should. A cruise ship filled with eco-tourists visiting Antarctica ran into trouble, this time attacked by a giant 30-ft-wave. Well, they did pay to see nature up close . . .
No Giant Boom? San Diego home filled with explosives burns down without incident
I Loathe These Guys: Westboro Baptist to Protest Elizabeth Edwards Funeral
According to the Westboro Baptist Church’s Web site, the Kansas church known for its anti-homosexual protests will protest Elizabeth Edwards’s funeral in Raleigh, N.C., near the Edenton Street United Methodist Church on Saturday.
Elizabeth Edwards died Tuesday ...
Global Warming Invades France
And Paris has surrendered:
Heavy snow in Paris brought buses to a halt on Wednesday, suspended flights at Charles de Gaulle airport and prompted the closure of the Eiffel Tower.
The Obama Domestic Energy Plan in Action
New York Times:
Rigs in Gulf Ready to Drill, but There’s Little Work
ABOARD SEAHAWK 2007, Gulf of Mexico — For the 31 workers on this jackup oil rig, the waiting is finally over.
In recent weeks, they have been doing ...
U.N. Update: Some Glaciers Growing, Despite Global Warming
More science not settled. Telegraph:
Glaciers in many parts of the world are increasing, according to a new United Nations report, despite climate change.
Glaciers have grown in western Norway, New Zealand’s South Island, parts of Asia and ...
Aaron Sorkin vs. Sarah Palin
Aaron Sorkin has a temper-tantrum over at the Huffington Post over Palin’s shooting of a caribou during the most recent episode of her show. He writes:
Like 95% of the people I know, I don’t have a visceral (look ...
Major Safety Changes Urged for the Offshore-Drilling Industry
The oil and gas industry needs a “major transformation” in its approach to safety to avoid another big offshore-drilling disaster, a leader of the presidential panel investigating the BP PLC accident plans to tell a gathering of industry officials ...
Bad Science? Not so fast on NASA's announcement of arsenic-based life
On Thursday, Dec. 2, Rosie Redfield sat down to read a new paper called, “A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus.” Despite its innocuous title, the paper had great ambitions. Every living thing that scientists have ever ...
Conan O'Brien Spoofs WikiLeaks
Funny stuff with Ricky Gervais (mild content warning):
The Future of Climate Legislation and Dems
Barbara Boxer says full speed ahead:
The political collapse of cap-and-trade climate legislation won’t dislodge greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the top of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s agenda next year, Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) vowed ...
Sarah Palin Kills Bambi, if Bambi Were Big and Dumb
I’m not a hunter. All I know about hunting I’ve learned from Bambi and Red Dawn, so watching Sarah Palin shoot a caribou last not on Sarah Palin’s Alaska was kind of interesting. Palin eventually shoots the ...
In addition to extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, President Obama has agreed to re-invade Iraq
Kathy Griffin Calls Bristol Palin Fat, Gets Booed by Troops
Regardless of what you think of Sarah Palin, does Griffin even care that Bristol is the sister of one of the very U.S. troops she is supposedly honoring at this USO event? Clueless is an understatement.
Katy Perry Salutes the Troops
Katy Perry loves a man in a uniform.
The pop superstar met dozens of service members while working on the special “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” this weekend near San Diego.
“There was a kid who I met backstage who ...
Journalism 101: Fox News only news network not to break the embargo of President Obama's trip to Afghanistan
. . .Air Force One touched down at Bagram Air Base at 11:05amET. The White House embargo was lifted at 11:07 and Fox News Channelâ€™s Jon Scott reported the news at 11:09amET, making it the only channel to report after the embargo. ...
Science: Mercury Poisoning Makes Birds Act Homosexual
Male birds that eat mercury-contaminated food show “surprising” homosexual behavior, scientists have found.
In a recent experiment in captive white ibises, many of the males exposed to the metal chose other males as mates.
These “male-male pairs did everything that ...
Mahmoud Al-Masri: “As the saying goes: ‘A friend of my friend is my friend, and the enemy of my friend is my enemy.’ Our mother ‘Aisha was the Prophet Muhammad’s most beloved person, so how can I hate somebody ...
Korean War II Watch, Continued. New South Korean Def. Minister vows to bomb North Korea if attacked again.
South Koreaâ€™s next defense chief threatened Friday that jets would bomb the North if it stages another attack like last weekâ€™s deadly shelling as he outlined a tough new military policy toward the rival neighbor.
President Lee Myung-bakâ€™...
Sure, It's Cold in Europe -- But Who Could've Predicted It?
Aside from the Poles and Russians, I mean. From October:
CLEVELAND – If you are planning a trip to Europe this winter, better pack the winter woolies. Several scientists there say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in ...
Richard Cohen of the Washington Post on Michael Vick’s second chance:
A nation of jock-sniffers always looks away when a great athlete does something wrong. Nothing is an important as winning — we all know that — and Vick was and ...
President Obama's Never-Ending Drilling Moratorium
Here’s a good piece from the Houston Chronicle on how the faux lifting of Obama’s drilling moratorium is costing jobs, especially at smaller companies:
When federal officials lifted the ban on deep-water drilling in early October, Houston-based ATP ...
Chris Matthews: Hey, Why Won't Obama Release His Birth Certificate?
I’m more interested in Barack Obama’s college transcripts and an explanation of how he went from Occidental to Columbia.
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Ronald Reagan, Pixar and a series honoring the Chinese “Year of the Rabbit” among others.
2006: '. . .winters are becoming warmer and less snowy.'
Oops, part deux. HauntingTheLibrary.com via Tom Nelson:
“Listen to the climate scientists” – that’s the refrain you always get from the warmists. Their argument is that we simply don’t know enough about “...
Obama Thanks the Eagles for Giving Michel Vick a Second Chance
President Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to commend him for giving Michael Vick the chance to play football again. Peter King of Sports Illustrated Tweeted:
Yes, Obama called Eagle owner Jeffrey Lurie to praise the Eagles for giving ...
It's Over. Joe Miller calls it quits in Alaska and won't block certification of Sen. Murkowski.
JUNEAU, Alaska — Republican Joe Miller said he won’t stand in the way of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski being certified the winner of Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, but he vowed to continue his legal fight over the state’...
Global Warming Is Causing the Snow
I read it on the op-ed page of the New York Times, so it must be true. And this is good news for me, because headlines of mine like “Global Warming Strikes Australia” are now accurate.
Boris Johnson writes in the Telegraph on how the Met Office, which predicted a “mild winter” for England got it so, so wrong. An excerpt:
Actually, they did. Allow me to introduce readers to Piers Corbyn, meteorologist and brother of ...
The EPA's 'Assault' on Jobs, Energy Producers
From the office of Rep. Fred Upton (R., MI), incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee:
“To protect jobs and fortify our energy security, we should be working to bring more power online, not shutting plants down. We ...
Global Warming Strikes Australia
Snow in Australia (where it’s summer.)
Senator Menendez Writes to Santa . . .
Because he’s worried the North Pole will melt and Santa won’t have anyplace to live.
So sad. Republicans are going to kill Santa and nobody will listen to Senator Menendez.
The good news, I guess, is that the ...
Conan O'Brien Spoofs Sarah Palin and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
UPDATE: Anarchists or Eco-Terrorists Suspected
The first explosion, which occurred at midday (11amGMT) seriously injured a caretaker at the Swiss embassy.
The second, which occurred at around 2.30pm (1.30pm GMT), was at the Chilean embassy, also injuring one person.
The Rome prosecutor’s office has ...
About T. Boone's 'Pickens Plan'
Gone with the wind. Robert Bryce writes in today’s WSJ:
After 30 months, countless TV appearances, and $80 million spent on an extravagant PR campaign, T. Boone Pickens has finally admitted the obvious: The wind energy business isn’t a very ...
Sun Celebrates Solstice with Fireworks
So much for the “settled science” of solar storms:
A tempest swirls during the beginning of a large solar eruption, one of the first of the new sunspot cycle, on August 1.
Pictures of a series of eruptions that day—...
Assange Lawyers Angry over Leaked Sex-Crime Documents
LAWYERS for Julian Assange have expressed anger about an alleged smear campaign against the Australian WikiLeaks founder.
Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper that has used him as its source for hundreds of leaked US embassy cables.
The New York Times, Lap Dog of the GOP?
So says Eric Boehlert of Media Matters:
Honest to God, did NYT’s Bill Keller send out a memo banning the use of “obstructionism” when writing about GOP? #lapdogs
Finally! 'A Klingon Christmas Carol'
CHICAGO—Across the country this week, productions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” are warming hearts. In this city, one version poses this question: What if Charles Dickens were a Trekkie?
The answer runs an hour and 20 minutes and ...
Auto-Sales Honesty in the NYT
ICYMI in today’s Web Briefing, this op-ed by Edward Niedermeyer titled, “A Green Detroit? No, a Guzzling One” is a must read. The opener:
WHEN President Obama announced in March 2009 that his administration would guide General Motors and Chrysler ...
Olbermann's Twitter Temper Tantrum
Keith Olbermann announced Thursday that he is suspending his Twitter account in response to sustained and, in his opinion, unwarranted attacks over his handling of the rape allegations surrounding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Assange’s legal troubles have ...
Obama Administration Sues B.P.
ICYMI, Dan posts the news over in The Corner. Unlimited damages? Maybe that’s how they plan to pay for Obamacare:
(Reuters) – The Obama administration sued BP Plc and four other companies tied to the Gulf of Mexico oil ...
You Give White House Appointee a Bad Name
Actor. Poet. Musician. Performer. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi can now add one more title to his impressive resume: White House appointee.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the White House Council for Community Solutions, and Bon ...
A Question for London's Boris Johnson
James Delingpole: You saw through the EU, Boris. When are you going to see through AGW?
Just one small question, Bozza: if you’re capable of being so clear-eyed and honest on the flaws of the European ...
White House to Olbermann: Cut the Nazi References
Over to you, Keith. From yesterday’s press briefing with Robert Gibbs:
Q Thank you, Robert. Thank you, Les. (Laughter.) I have three quick questions. First one, last week during his special comment, Keith Olbermann compared the President’s ...
How the Clinton-Obama Press Conference Happened
If this New York Times account of how it came to be that President Obama and former President Clinton ended up in the briefing room together is to be believed, the idea was a joint effort between Clinton and Obama. ...
Global Warming Strikes Minneapolis
Excess snow has collapsed the roof of the Metrodome. Today’s NFL game between the Vikings and Giants has been rescheduled for Monday — if the global warming melts in time and the roof wasn’t severely damaged. Stay tuned.
Reporting from Cancun: UN 'Credibility in Danger' if Progress Not Made on Climate
Is it all of that hard-won credibility in stopping the rape and mutilation of women in Africa that’s at risk of getting lost? Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has told a high-level session of global talks ...
The latest phony Media Matters–controversy involves a Fox News memo that tells anchors to refrain from using the phrase “public option” when discussing Obamacare. Time points out why Media Matter, Howard Kurtz, and other Fox-bashers are wrong in their ...
EPA head Lisa Jackson tweets:
In Feb, EPA & other federal agencies will host a 2nd nat’l bed bug summit. Steps you can take to prevent bed bugs: http://budurl.com/m79j
How to Fix the Drilling-Permit Problem in the Gulf
ICYMI, Nicolas Loris writes over in The Corner:
Since it’s taking such a long time to issue permits for oil and gas exploration, why not make it law?
Congress is using the continuing resolution (CR) to triple the ...
What Could Go Wrong? San Diego plans to burn down Escondido home filled with explosives; called 'only safe way' to proceed.
Unexpected weather is postponing the burning the North County home, described as a “bomb factory,” until approximately 11 a.m.
Authorities want to make sure winds don’t blow the smoke over nearby homes. People in dozens of nearby residences have ...
NPR Snags Interview with President Obama to Discuss Tax-Rate Compromise
He should be on MSDNC with Lawrence O’Donnell, not NPR. But, I have to assume this White House knows what it’s doing, right?
More Wednesday Stupid: Berkeley City Council wants to honor the soldier who sent classified material to WikiLeaks
The Berkeley City Council will consider a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and call for his release.
The council plans a vote Tuesday on the resolution in support of ...
View from the Far Left at Cancun
Peasants demand concrete agreements in Cancun
Thousands of peasants led by the international movement, Via Campesina, protested on Tuesday in Cancun, Quintana Roo, demanding “concrete agreements” at the 16th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP16), ...
Worst-Case Scenario for Sea-Level Rise Magically Halved
The Met Office has halved its “worst case” prediction for rising sea levels, in the latest instance of scientists being caught out for overstating the possible consequences of global warming.
Previously scientists had said oceans could rise by up ...
The Gore Effect Strikes Cancun
If there’s a global-warming summit, organizers should know to alert participants to pack warmly. As if on cue, record lows hit Cancun.
Wednesday Morning Stupid: Assange's accuser is tainted because she has ties to Cuban dissidents
The bizarre saga of WikiLeaks yielded an arrest and yet another unexpected wrinkle on Tuesday: One of the Swedish women who has accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sex crimes was revealed to be a supporter of Cuban dissidents.
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Global Warming Strikes Florida
Fort Lauderdale hit 40 degrees today, the coldest temperature in 169 years. More CO2, please.
Former Playboy Playmate Feels Overexposed by TSA Full-Body Scan
A former “Baywatch” beauty is feeling overexposed after going through what she says was a humiliating body scan by Transportation Security Administration agents at Los Angeles International Airport.
Donna D’Errico, who was the Playboy Playmate in September 1995, says she ...
Official says Muslims can go to Mecca or London if they don't like the World Cup coming to Qatar.
Qatar last week pulled off one of the most surprising coups in modern sport by winning the right to host the 2022 football World Cup. The island has a local population of no more than 300,000 and has never made it to ...
Attack of the Clones: China now manufacturing "cloned" Russian fighter jets
A year after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a cash-strapped Kremlin began selling China a chunk of its vast military arsenal, including the pride of the Russian air force, the Sukhoi-27 fighter jet.
For the next 15 years, Russia was ...
Monday Morning Stupid: Man 'Marries' Dog
Dog is more than man’s best friend for one Australian.
Joseph Guiso, a seemingly normal 20-year-old from the city Toowoomba, married Honey, his 5-year old yellow Labrador, in an elaborate wedding ceremony in a local park.
Thirty or so ...
Calling All C.S. Lewis Fans: Liam Neeson thinks Aslan the lion could be the prophet Mohammed or Buddha
The actor who voices the lion in the film adaptations of the books has angered some fans of the stories, who claim he is distorting Lewisâ€™s intentions to be â€śpolitically correctâ€ť.
Aslan the lion features in all seven Narnia ...
Not Settled Science: New study suggests there are three times as many stars in the Universe as first thought.
WASHINGTON — The universe may glitter with far more stars than even Carl Sagan imagined when he rhapsodized about billions upon billions. A new study suggests there are a mind-blowing 300 sextillion of them, or three times as many as scientists previously ...
The New York Times’ “Lens” blog has a powerful slide-show up of Times photographer Joao Silva’s last photos in Afghanistan before he stepped on a mine and lost both of his legs. He’s currently recuperating at Walter Reade.
'Time to Shut Down the FCC'
Andy Kessler, former hedge fund manger and author on entrepreneurship, writes in today’s WSJ:
It’s time to close the Federal Communications Commission. This week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a speech outlining his push for net neutrality, the ...
Chuck Norris, Honorary Texas Ranger
From the land of cowboy hats, BBQ, and Kevin Williamson, we have this:
Actor Chuck Norris for years played a Texas Ranger on television. Now he’s going to become one in real life.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled ...