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WaPo: Hey, You Know What’s Wrong With Global Warming Fanatics? They’re Not Alarmist Enough…

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Yeah, no.

Climate scientists aren’t too alarmist. They’re too conservative – Washington Post

On Nov. 2, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release its “Synthesis Report,” the final stage in a yearlong document dump that, collectively, presents the current expert consensus about climate change and its consequences. This synthesis report (which has already been leaked and reported on — like it always is) pulls together the conclusions of three prior reports of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, and will “provide the roadmap by which policymakers will hopefully find their way to a global agreement to finally reverse course on climate change,” according to the IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri.

There’s just one problem. According to a number of scientific critics, the scientific consensus represented by the IPCC is a very conservative consensus. IPCC’s reports, they say, often underestimate the severity of global warming, in a way that may actually confuse policymakers (or worse). The IPCC, one scientific group charged last year, has a tendency to “err on the side of least drama.” And now, in a new study just out in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, another group of researchers echoes that point. In scientific parlance, they charge that the IPCC is focused on avoiding what are called “type 1″ errors — claiming something is happening when it really is not (a “false positive”) — rather than on avoiding “type 2″ errors — not claiming something is happening when it really is (a “false negative”). [...]

So in summary, by 2100, sea level rise could be plenty worse than the IPCC suggests — and realizing this might lead policymakers around the world to view global warming very differently. So then why are its scientific assessments like this? There are surely many reasons, but the authors of the new Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society paper suggest one of them is how much the IPCC has been blasted — especially over past errors, such as an incorrect prediction that the Himalayan glaciers would vanish by 2035. Because of such flubs, the IPCC has been repeatedly attacked by outside critics — one of whose favorite epithets is calling the panel “alarmist.”

Pakistani Province Rewriting School Books To Teach Students About Jihad…

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Ensuring another generation of self-detonating Muslims.

(Reuters) – A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said on Thursday.

The public tussle over the changes mirrors a struggle for power at the heart of Pakistan’s young democracy. Secular, liberal parties are vying with conservative, religious parties for influence in the nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people.

That struggle often plays out in the classroom. Professors or teachers accused of blasphemy have been attacked, jailed or killed. School books commissioned by provincial governments have been frequently rewritten.

The latest changes in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cover chemistry, physics, English, history and geography text books.

Education official Bashir Hussain Shah told Reuters that the changes include reintroducing religious verses on jihad, a word that means holy struggle but is also often used by insurgents. That had been removed from the curriculum for 13 and 14 year olds, he said, but was being restored.

NAACP Files Civil Rights Complaint Into Rehiring Of SC HS Coach Of Team That Celebrated A Victory By Smashing And Eating A Watermelon

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Watermelon has been added to the protected food list and will require a 72 hours cooling off period after purchase. Update to this story.

Via WISTV

Civil rights group, The National Action Network, announced Thursday, they are calling for an investigation into the firing and rehiring of Academic Magnet High School football coach Bud Walpole, and what they call a lack of diversity at the school.

The group was joined by the Charleston Branch NAACP, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and others in a 10 a.m. presser in front of the Charleston County School District headquarters on Calhoun Street.

Representatives with the National Action Network announced they have filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Justice Department, and are asking the Office of Civil Rights to investigate the lack of diversity at Academic Magnet, as well as the handling of Walpole’s firing, and subsequent rehiring. [...]

According to the NAACP, “the overwhelmingly white parents of the football student team galvanized a significant amount of support around re-instating Coach Walpole and demanded the firing of Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley.”

NAACP officials said firing McGinley would send the wrong message, and instead blamed the school board for the handling of the situation, demanding they release records of their investigation into the conduct of Academic Magnet High School football team, coaches and staff.

They went on to blame the Charleston County School Board for not supporting diversity in their schools.

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Obama: “I Do Like Campaigning, It’s Fun”…

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Now that he mentions it…

Via TWS:

President Obama hasn’t spent that much time on the campaign trail this election season. But that’s not because he doesn’t like it — indeed, he does.

Speaking at an event in Maine for the Democratic candidate for governor, Mike Michaud, he talked longingly of his time on the trail. “I’m not on the ballot this time and this is the last election cycle in which I’m involved as President. And I know the hardest — look, it makes you a little wistful. You kind of,” said Obama to laughter, “because I do like campaigning. It’s fun. And I know as I reflect back on the thing that I love so much about campaigning is that it reminds me about the American people. Because you get to meet everybody, of all walks of life. You get to meet young moms who are just valiantly working on behalf of making sure their kids have a better life. You get to meet business owners who take pride in making something here in America and providing their workers a decent wage, and showing what’s possible for some young worker who comes in and can move up the ranks. You have a chance to meet veterans who just render extraordinary service to our country and then come back and suddenly are critical parts of their community and — giving back as first responders or Little League coaches.”

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Poll Finds Huge Drop In Israelis’ View Of Obama After “Chickenshit” Comment…

Which I’m guessing Obama sees as good news.

Via JPost:

Only 16 percent of Israelis believe US President Barack Obama’s administration is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, according to a Smith Research poll taken Wednesday night, exclusively for The Jerusalem Post.

The poll of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult Israeli Jewish population was taken following a report in The Atlantic in which officials close to Obama were quoted sharply criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calling him “chickenshit.”

The report resulted in a major backlash among Israelis and in criticism of Obama across the political spectrum. Smith Research has asked Israelis in 11 Jerusalem Post polls throughout Obama’s tenure whether his administration is more pro-Israel, more pro-Palestinian, or neutral, which is seen as the bellwether question of whether Israelis believe a US president is on their side.

The new poll found that 53% consider the administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel, 20% called it neutral, and 11% did not express an opinion. The margin of error of the poll was 4.5 percentage points.

By contrast, the last Smith Research poll that asked the question, following Obama’s March 2013 visit to Israel, found that 27% considered his administration more pro-Israel, 16% said more pro-Palestinian, 39% neutral and 18% did not express an opinion. Since then, Obama’s administration has gone from an 11% majority calling it more pro-Israel, to a majority of 37% deeming it more pro-Palestinian.

Kerry: “Worst Stereotypes” Of American Behavior Abroad “Have Brought Us To The Difficulties We’re Living With Today”…

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Yeah, Lurch, that’s exactly what it is…

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry argued Thursday that the United States cannot push its weight around in a changing and “complicated” world, and implied that the previous administration having done so had led to today’s security crisis in Iraq.

In an appearance at the Washington Ideas Forum, Kerry said that although the Obama administration wanted to see a less sectarian government in Iraq – a prerequisite for tackling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) threat – it could not have simply demanded that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki be replaced.

“The United States couldn’t just crash in and say, ‘Hey, you’re out. Here are the guys that are in.’ That’s not our – it would be playing into all of the worst stereotypes that have brought us to the difficulties we’re living with today.”

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US-Backed Palestinian Government Calls For War Against Israel In Jerusalem – Update: Obama Sides With The Palestinians, Tells Israel To Reopen Temple Mount…

I wonder how the Obama regime would react if this was Israel calling for its citizens to attack Palestinians?

Via Free Beacon:

The Palestinian government has called on its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that will include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has sparked fears that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.

Israeli authorities shut down access to Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque late Wednesday following the shooting of a Jewish citizen by Palestinian terrorists.

Israel’s call to block access to the Temple Mount area of Jerusalem’s Old City—the first such closure since 1967—led the Palestinian government to call for armed resistance and accuse Israel of declaring war.

“Fatah calls to its fighters and to the masses of the Palestinian people to aid the Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem,” the Palestinians’ main political party said in a statement published Thursday and translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

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Update: Shocker.

(Times of Israel) – Washington called for Israeli authorities to reopen the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers Thursday, while also condemning the shooting of a US-born activist who lobbied for Jewish rights on the holy site.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he was “extremely concerned” by spiraling tensions in the capital, after Israeli authorities closed the site, known as Haram al-Sharif to Muslims, in an effort to staunch possible violence following the Wednesday night shooting of Rabbi Yehudah Glick.

“It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount – in word and in practice,” Kerry said in a statement.

“The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount must be re-opened to Muslim worshipers and I support the long-standing practices regarding non-Muslim visitors to the site,” he said.

Palestinians said the full closure of the site, considered holy to both Muslims and Jews, was provocative and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the closure, possibly for the first time since 1967, a “declaration of war,” according to a spokesperson.

MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch Scams Broker Out Of $1.2 Million During Real Estate Sale…

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Fits right in with the rest of the scam artists at that network.

Via NYPOST:

MSNBC host and former ad exec Donny Deutsch scammed a real estate broker out of a $1.2 million commission in the sale of Deutsch’s $30 million Hamptons home, a Manhattan judge seethes in new court papers.

Justice Charles Ramos says Deutsch’s lawyer was acting on his client’s behalf when Sotheby’s broker Edward Petrie was schemed out of his 4 percent commission, The Post’s Julia Marsh reports.

Petrie had brought a potential buyer, LA hedge funder Howard Marks, by Deutsch’s Tyson Lane home in 2010.

After Deutsch realized he knew Marks, he went behind Petrie’s back and brokered the sale privately to avoid the fee, Petrie claimed.

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FBI And DOJ Hold Secret House Meeting With Plans Of Getting Access To Your iPhone…

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Via National Journal:

The Obama administration is ramping up its campaign to force technology companies to help the government spy on their users.

FBI and Justice Department officials met with House staffers this week for a classified briefing on how encryption is hurting police investigations, according to staffers familiar with the meeting.

The briefing included Democratic and Republican aides for the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the staffers said. The meeting was held in a classified room, and aides are forbidden from revealing what was discussed.

It’s unclear whether the FBI is planning a similar briefing for Senate aides.

Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey gave a speech arguing that the “post-Snowden pendulum has swung too far,” and that police are often now unable to obtain the information they need for an investigation—even after getting a warrant. As a result, child predators, terrorists, and other criminals could go free, he warned.

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WSJ Poll: 82% Of New Yorkers Support Mandatory 21-Day Ebola Quarantines…

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Anti-science!

Poll: New Yorkers Support Mandatory Ebola Quarantines – WSJ

New Yorkers overwhelmingly support a 21-day quarantine for individuals who have come into contact with an Ebola patient, regardless of whether they are symptomatic, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist College poll.

Eighty-two percent said they support such a quarantine, according to the poll, responding to a question that didn’t distinguish between people traveling from Ebola-stricken countries and individuals in New York—for example, hospital workers—who may have come into contact with the disease.

The survey represents some of the freshest evidence that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was reflective of public sentiment on Ebola last week when he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced mandatory quarantines for health-care workers and others traveling from African nations stricken by the disease.

MSNBC Lib Totally Cool With Racial Fear Tactics — If That What Takes For Dems To Win…

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Of course.

Via Newsbusters:

Could this be the most cynical statement of the campaign season? The woman whose recent wedding President Obama attended is okay with stoking the racial fears of black Americans—if that’s what it takes to drive them to the polls and secure Dem victories. Alex Wagner devoted a segment of her MSNBC show today to the naked appeals to the racial fears of black Americans that Democrats are making in campaign ads. Wagner discussed Dem ads that seek to stoke black fear toward Republicans by invoking Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

You might think Wagner would have condemned these ugly tactics, explicitly aimed at driving Americans apart based on their race. Think again. To the contrary, Wagner concluded the segment by saying that it shouldn’t have to be the kind of threats contained in these ads that get people to vote, “but if it does, so much stronger the party is for it.”

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Idiot Husband Of Dem Candidate Caught Stealing GOP Signs In Delaware…

Smooth move, buddy…

Via Truth Revolt:

Police in Delaware have issued a warrant for the husband of State Senator Bethany Hall-Long after he was caught on camera stealing GOP campaign signs.

On Wednesday, Republican campaign volunteers staked out a location with a camera in Middletown, Delaware where vandals or vandal had been stealing GOP signs, hoping to catch the perpetrator.

When the vandal arrived the camera caught the man red-handed it turned out to be Dana Armon Long. When confronted the campaign volunteers telling him, “We got you, brother! We got the license plate, your face, and everything.”

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What’s The Difference Between Obama And Clinton Democrats? Bill Clinton Can’t Even Tell You…

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Impeccable dodge there, Slick Willie.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

Bill Clinton refused to answer a question about the differences between “Clinton Democrats” and “Obama Democrats” after speaking at a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday.

WHAS-ABC reporter Joe Arnold asked the former president the key question but Slick Willie, skilled politician as he is, said he didn’t want to get into “all that politics.”

“It’s about people, it’s about what kind of future Kentucky wants,” Clinton said. “You gotta start voting for the people that’ll help you and not be distracted.”

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BREAKING – Police: Suspected Cop Killer Eric Frein Captured

Updated photo via BB of Frein in custody. He looks clean for playing Rambo in the woods for 40 plus days.

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Thanks to Blueburb for the breaking news.

Via 6ABC

Pennsylvania State Police confirm they have captured Eric Frein, the man accused of killing a trooper last month.

“I can confirm that we have taken Eric Frein into custody. Further information will be released at a later time,” Tfc. Connie Devens, Pennsylvania State Police Community Services Officer, said in a statement.

Sources tell Action News, Frein was captured in a hangar after law enforcement closed in on him Thursday afternoon.

A law enforcement source called Frein a “coward.”

Insane: 92% Of Marine Casualties In Afghan War Occurred Under Obama…

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Remember when every evening newscast started with casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq when Bush was in office? Good times.

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) — As U.S. Marines withdraw from Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan war), CNSNews.com’s database on casualties shows that 418 Marines have given their lives in the conflict and that 92% of those casualties, 385 deaths, have occurred since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.

“U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces,” reported the Department of Defense on Oct. 27.

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Mitch McConnell Willing To Kill Obamacare With Just 51 Votes…

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We’ll see…

Via Washington Examiner:

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he would be willing to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority if he takes over as majority leader in January, his spokesman told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.

The announcement comes just days before Tuesday’s midterm congressional election, in which Republicans have a strong chance of seizing the upper chamber from the Democrats and putting the Kentucky senator in charge.

“Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he’ll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs. He knows it won’t be easy, but he also believes that if Republicans are fortunate enough to take back the majority we’ll owe it to the American people to try through votes on full repeal, the bill’s most onerous provisions, and reconciliation,” McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire wrote in an emailed statement.

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Video: Hillary Clinton Event Full Of Empty Seats…

The prospects of a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign isn’t exactly setting the world on fire.

Tingles Compares Mitch McConnell To Saddam Hussein…

Get a grip, Tingles.

Via Newsbusters

Dems: “Accept Defeat – We Are Completely Out Of Ideas”…

The DCCC has an odd way of trying to rally their base for next week’s midterms.

From: Democrats (DCCC)
Subject: Accept Defeat
Date: October 30, 2014 3:28:24 PM EDT

We are completely out of ideas.

After Hillary Clinton emailed you this morning to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a better place.

But we aren’t. The Koch Brothers are pummeling us spending millions against us. Republicans are spending $26 MILLION against us this week alone — the most of the entire election. So big — it doesn’t even look like Hillary Clinton’s email can dig us out of this hole.

There is still time, though. Things are rough, but we’re not ready to accept defeat. If we can bring in 35,OOO donations before tomorrow’s fundraising deadline, we can get back on track before Tuesday’s election.