Payoffs to ideological buddies for something that doesn’t exist.
(CNSNews.com) – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday at a hearing on the Defense Department’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget that President Barack Obama has wasted $120 billion on global warming over the past five years – money that would be better spent on the military.
“I’ve been working on this for quite some time … In the last five years, between 2009 and 2014, the president has spent $120 billion on the environmental agenda, mostly global warming, climate and that type of thing,” said Inhofe. “And in that respect, if you’ll just take the amount that was not authorized by Congress — and I’m talking about the environmental agenda, you could actually buy 1,400 F-35s.”
If you are smart enough to be called a geek then you are smart enough to know Obamacare is a crappy deal.
Via Politico WH Reporter Jennifer Epstein:
More fear mongering from the Senate Dems “talkathon.”
Another bag man for the Democrats caught.
Via DC Crime Stories
D.C. businessman and political donor Jeffrey E. Thompson pleaded guilty Monday in an campaign finance conspiracy to help elect Mayor Vincent Gray and others to office.
Now, his efforts may help derail Gray’s re-election.
Thompson, whose companies received hundreds of millions of dollars in city and federal contracts, is accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to various candidates since 2006.
His role in the shadow campaign has been a critical focus of the ongoing criminal probe for three years.
In court Monday, prosecutors said Thompson asked Gray to call him “Uncle Earl” to hide his identity.
Gray remains uncharged as he battles to stay atop of the polls in the upcoming 2014 mayoral election. Voting starts next week.
The mayor sat down with NBC4′s longtime reporter Tom Sherwood to address the allegations.
“These are lies. These are absolute likes,” Gray told NBC4.
Authorities don’t know what has happened to the plane. They theorize the plane crashed or disintegrated but haven’t found any evidence of that. But if that were true, why were some of the phones still on, at least as of yesterday?
Via Washington Post:
One of the most eerie rumors came after a few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones or find them on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ that indicated that their phones were still somehow online.
A migrant worker in the room said that several other workers from his company were on the plane, including his brother-in-law. Among them, the QQ accounts of three still showed that they were online, he said Sunday afternoon.
Adding to the mystery, other relatives in the room said that when they dialed some passengers’ numbers, they seemed to get ringing tones on the other side even though the calls were not picked up.
The phantom calls triggered a new level of desperation and anger for some. They tried repeatedly Sunday and Monday to ask airline and police officials about the ringing calls and QQ accounts. However unlikely it was, many thought the phones might still be on, and that if authorities just tracked them down, their relatives might be found. But they were largely ignored.
According to Singapore’s Strait Times, a Malaysia Airlines official, Hugh Dunleavy, told families that the company had tried calling mobile phones of crew members as well and that they had also rang. The company turned over those phone numbers to Chinese authorities.
Sorry for the Al Jazeera link, they were the only ones who have this story
Via Al Jazeera:
A student leader was fatally shot in the western university city of San Cristobal after a long day of street clashes in which Venezuelan security forces attacked and dismantled barricades at key intersections, according to the city’s mayor.
Local TV reporter Beatriz Font said there were unconfirmed reports of at least two others wounded by gunfire after dark on Monday in the city of 600,000 people where student-led protests erupted last month and where anti-government unrest has been fiercest.
The human rights group PROVEA tweeted that one student was seriously wounded by a bullet.
National Guardsmen firing tear gas and plastic shotgun pellets had battled protesters all day in residential neighborhoods, Font told the Associated Press news agency.
The slain student leader, Daniel Tinoco, was shot in the chest after dark, San Cristobal Mayor Daniel Ceballos said on Twitter. The opposition politician did not say who might have killed Tinoco, but tweeted that armed paramilitaries allied with the government known as “colectivos” had battled protesters along with the National Guard.
Dingy out-douches himself.
Via The Hill:
Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) are leading the charge and more than 20 other Democrats participated, including members of leadership, in the Senate’s 35th all-night session.
“Climate change deniers still exist,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said at the beginning of the talkathon at 6:30 p.m. Monday. “They exist, I’m sorry to say, in this Congress. … Climate change exists and it’s time to stop denying it.”
Schatz and Whitehouse said Congress could reduce harmful effects of climate change if the United States relied less on fossil fuels.
“Climate change it real and climate change is caused by humans and climate change is solvable and we will not stop until Congress acts,” Schatz said.
Dude, wheres the welfare office?
They’ve come from as far away as Australia and Canada, or as close as Oklahoma.
They are of different backgrounds and ages, but they’ve all moved to Colorado for the same thing: medical marijuana to treat their sick children.
“Jordan had her first seizure at 6 months old. I had never seen a seizure before,” says her mother, Paula Lyles. “We took her to the hospital. The doctors said that would probably be the only one she’d have and sent us home.”
But when Jordan was 18 months old, the seizures began in earnest.
But she didn’t receive a diagnosis until she was nearly 11. It was Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy characterized by uncontrolled, continuous seizures. Jordan was put on a combination of three anti-seizure medications.
But “the drugs take her personality away. The side effects of the cure are horrible,” Lyles says. Jordan started having “drop seizures” — which caused her muscles to go limp. The medications took her speech away for two weeks, along with her ability to eat.
“I would rather have her lost to a seizure than watch her stolen away by the side effects of the medicine,” Lyles says.
She’d heard about the healing properties of cannabis, but Lyles lived in Ohio, where medical marijuana is not legal.
Please, Barack, tell us how evil we are.
Via NY Post:
President Obama is coming to Manhattan Tuesday for yet another fund-raiser, hosted by longtime Hillary Clinton friend and bundler Alan Patricof.
While the president is flying in on Air Force One for the intimate “fireside chat” at Patricof’s home in front of just 26 people at the $32,400 per ticket event, private equity and venture capital pioneer Patricof has made it clear the fund-raiser is not to bolster Obama, but to boost the Democratic National Committee ahead of a possible Clinton presidential run.
An e-mail from Patricof to donors reads, “[Wife] Susan and I have been relatively quiet on the political front for the past several years following Hillary’s loss in the primary election for the Presidency in 2008 . . . While we, like all good Democrats, were supportive to President Obama afterwards, we decided early on not to take an active role in any of the campaign activities, including fund-raising.”
But he added in the e-mail obtained by Politico, “The most effective way that we all can be helpful to Hillary, and the Democratic Party in general, is to make sure that the Democratic National Committee is as strong as possible if Hillary should decide to run in 2016.”
From the Senate Dems all-night “talkathon”:
Via Tom Nelson
Whether they are terrorists or not, it’s a little unsettling to see people so easily smuggled onto planes and into Europe.
Via Fox News:
Interpol said Tuesday that the two passengers who used stolen passports to board a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared early Saturday morning were Iranians seeking asylum in Europe.
Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble identified the men as Pouri Nourmohammadi, 19, and Delavar Seyedmohammaderza, 29. Noble said that the two men had traveled to Malaysia from Tehran using Iranian passports, but had secured stolen Italian and Austrian passports in Kuala Lumpur for their journey to Beijing and Amsterdam, for which both had tickets and planned to travel together.
Malaysian authorities said that Nourmohammadi planned to proceed from Amsterdam to Frankfurt, Germany, where his mother lives. The woman contacted authorities when her son failed to arrive as planned. The BBC reported that Seyedmohammaderza’s intended final destination was Copenhagen, Denmark.
Another game of guess the political party
Via FOX News
A broker who says he gave $36,000 to Arkansas’ former treasurer to help her during a rough patch testified at her federal corruption trial Monday that he received around $2.5 million in commissions for business he did for the state.
Bond dealer Steele Stephens said he gave money to then-Treasurer Martha Shoffner as a friend, and her lawyer worked Monday to illustrate that the money was given to her as a friend and not with the intent to bribe her. Stephens said he knew the payments were wrong.
Shoffner faces 14 counts alleging bribery and extortion. She has pleaded not guilty and said during a court hearing last May that she did not steer any extra state business toward Stephens because of his generosity. Stephens had testified Friday that he wanted to help Shoffner years ago after her mother died and she lost an apartment and access to a state vehicle.
They can thank his policies.
Via The Hill:
The election is coming, the election is coming!
That’s the message coming from President Obama as he tries desperately to rouse Democrats out of a midterm election stupor that could cost his party control of the Senate — and bury his agenda once and for all.
Obama has increasingly sounded like the nerdy kid in a bad horror movie constantly warning his friends to stay out of danger as he’s called on the Democratic base to not be complacent in 2014.
“You’ve got to pay attention to the states,” he begged at a recent fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association. Obama lamented that Democrats don’t think state-level races in the 2014 midterms are “sexy enough.”
Raising cash for Senate Democrats in Virginia, Obama said Democrats tend to get “a little sleepy” and “distracted.”
“We’re good at Senate and House elections during presidential years — it’s something about midterms,” Obama said. “I don’t know what it is about us.”
And at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston, Obama said poor turnout could lead the party’s candidates to get “walloped.”
“It’s happened before and it could happen again,” said Obama, who remembers all too well the shellacking his party took in 2010, when it lost control of the House.
Constitutionally-enshrined affirmative action.
Via Campus Reform:
The University of California may be able to consider race, gender, and national origin when selecting students for admission if a state constitutional amendment passes this November.
The proposed amendment, SCA-5, would nullify restrictions imposed by Proposition 209, which restricts admission standards on the basis of “race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.” Proposition 209 was originally approved in 1996 in order to prohibit state institutions from giving preferential treatment to select individuals for public employment, public contracting, or public education.
SCA-5 has to pass the California State Assembly to appear as a referendum on the ballot in November. State Senator Edward Hernandez (D) authored the legislation as a response to the decrease in minority enrollment within the UC system.
The UC Board of Regents will only take a stance on SCA-5 if it makes it to the ballot, Shelly Meron, a spokeswoman for the UC Office of the President, told The Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara’s student-run newspaper.
Additionally, any policy changes would have to go through a long implementation process in the UC system, where it would be have to be reviewed and approved by the by the Board of Regents and Academic Senate, she said.
Originality continues to elude the left.
Via LA Times:
[A]nd all those fabricated Obamacare horror stories wholesaled by Republican and conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act and their aiders and abetters in the right-wing press? Their purpose is to sow doubt about the entire project of healthcare reform; if the aim were to identify specific shortcomings of the act, they’d have to accompany every story with a proposal about how to fix it.
Proctor came to the study of agnotology through his study of the Nazi scientific establishment and subsequently of the tobacco industry’s defensive campaign.
Early in his career, he told me, he asked an advisor if Nazi science was an appropriate topic of research. “Of course,” he was told. “Nonsense is nonsense, but the history of nonsense is scholarship.” As part of his scholarship, Proctor says he ”watches Fox News all the time.” [...]
As Stanton A. Glantz of UC San Francisco documented last year, the tobacco industry was deeply involved in the evolution of the tea party movement, which promoted some of the industry’s cherished aims, such as fighting tobacco taxes and anti-smoking laws.
“The Tea Party of the late 2000s has become the ‘movement’” envisioned by a Reynolds executive 10 years earlier, Glantz concluded, “grounded in patriotic values of ‘freedom’ and ‘choice’ to change how people see the role of ‘government’ and ‘big business’ in their lives.”
Given the torrent of misinformation washing about the public space and the multiplicity of pathways for its distribution, is there any hope for beating back the tide? Agnotologists are divided. “I don’t see any easy out,” says UCLA’s Wise. “All of the forces are on the side of undermining public trust in science.”
Nuclear scientists escaping the Israeli assassins.
The tickets of the two men traveling with fake passports on Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 were purchased by an Iranian man in Tehran, according to a report by The Financial Times on Monday.
The tickets for the flight, which disappeared off the coast of Vietnam on Saturday, were booked by a Mr. Ali through the Thai travel agency Horizon Travel. The agency has stated that Mr. Ali was a businessman who has worked with them for the past three years.
Originally Mr. Ali asked to book both tickets for “friends” on the cheapest flights – two separate flights at the time. However, he did not confirm the purchase and was forced to re-order.
The travel agency said that the second time both tickets were booked on Malaysia Airlines because they were the cheapest flights at the time. The end destination for both passengers was Europe.
According to Malasyian Minister of Defense Hishamuddin Hussein, photographs of both of the men traveling under false identities were been revealed to US officials in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Speculation has been raised as to the possibility of a terror-motivated hijacking, although no supporting evidence has been discovered. The fact that some of the electronic signal evidence shows the plane may have attempted to turn back towards Kuala Lumpur points to a technical problem rather than terrorism.