Former US Ambassador To Iraq: Obama Admin “Warned By Everybody” About ISIS And “Did Almost Nothing”…
Because they were a JV team.
Because they were a JV team.
Why do they expect anyone to take their doom and gloom predictions seriously when they are always wrong?
Two years ago, Camille Parmesan, a professor at Plymouth University and the University of Texas at Austin, became so “professionally depressed” that she questioned abandoning her research in climate change entirely.
Parmesan has a pretty serious stake in the field. In 2007, she shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for her work as a lead author of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2009, The Atlantic named her one of 27 “Brave Thinkers” for her work on the impacts of climate change on species around the globe. Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg were also on the list. [...]
“In the U.S., [climate change] isn’t well-supported by the funding system, and when I give public talks in the U.S., I have to devote the first half of the talk to [the topic] that climate change is really happening,” says Parmesan, now a professor at Plymouth University in England.
Parmesan certainly isn’t the first to experience some sort of climate-change blues. From depression to substance abuse to suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder, growing bodies of research in the relatively new field of psychology of global warming suggest that climate change will take a pretty heavy toll on the human psyche as storms become more destructive and droughts more prolonged. For your everyday environmentalist, the emotional stress suffered by a rapidly changing Earth can result in some pretty substantial anxieties. [...]
“I don’t know of a single scientist that’s not having an emotional reaction to what is being lost,” Parmesan is quoted saying in the National Wildlife Federation’s 2012 report, “The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States: And Why the U.S. Mental Health Care System is Not Adequately Prepared.” “It’s gotten to be so depressing that I’m not sure I’m going to go back to this particular site again,” she says, referring to an ocean reef she has studied since 2002, “because I just know I’m going to see more and more of it dead, and bleached, and covered with brown algae.”
Lise Van Susteren, a forensic psychiatrist based in Washington, D.C. — and co-author of the National Wildlife Federation’s report — calls this emotional reaction “pre-traumatic stress disorder,” a term she coined to describe the mental anguish that results from preparing for the worst, before it actually happens.
HT: Ryan Maue
Revolting to say the least.
Even better, the university already has 10 “gender-neutral bathrooms.”
Via Campus Reform:
Students at San Diego State University (SDSU) hosted a “Sh*t-In” event last Tuesday morning to protest non-gender inclusive bathrooms.
The event’s Facebook page says the goal is “to raise awareness and advocacy for Gender Neutral/ Gender non segregated bathrooms.”
“For trans* and gender nonconforming individuals, gender segregated bathrooms can be spaces where they are met with intimidation, harassment, run-ins with security, and/or violence,” the page description says. “These occurrences happen when people using the restroom police the gender of others based on binary assumptions and expectations of who men and women are and what they look like.”
According to SDSU’s #TuesdayTrivia, there are already more than 10 gender-neutral bathrooms on the campus as part of the university’s “commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
Only in Tingles race-obsessed mind.
ANDREA MITCHELL: Netanyahu has told people in his cabinet that he’s written off Barack Obama. You saw Reince Priebus and others [like Speaker] John Boehner denouncing what was in Jeff Goldberg’s piece, which was, as I say, not denied by anyone at the White House.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: You mean the courageous Reince Priebus.
MITCHELL: No, no, lookl–
MATTHEWS: The guy who spends most of his time repressing the black vote. Anyway, that’s what he does.
Her 15 minutes of fame can’t end quick enough.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who vowed to defy Maine’s voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.
Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on bicycles, followed by state police who were monitoring her movements and public interactions. Police couldn’t detain her without a court order signed by a judge.
Hickox contends there’s no need for quarantine because she’s showing no symptoms. She’s also tested negative for the deadly disease.
State officials were going to court in an effort to detain Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10
It was the second time Hickox broke quarantine. She left her home Wednesday evening briefly to speak to reporters, even shaking a hand that was offered to her.
Update: Post is back up. I must have fat-fingered something and trashed it by accident.
I don’t think that is a gift from God.
Via The Blaze:
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he is gay in an op-ed published Thursday, noting that he considers being a homosexual “among the greatest gifts God has given” to him. [...]
But he said that he recently felt as though his penchant for privacy wasn’t allowing him to help others by openly addressing the fact that he is gay — something he believes the op-ed could profoundly change.
“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he wrote. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”
If confirmed he will be the 16th Australian Muslim who has been killed waging jihad with ISIS.
Via Daily Mail:
In light of reports that Australia’s most senior Islamic State militant Mohammed Ali Baryalei has been killed in the Middle East, details about the terrorist’s past have come to light.
One source told ABC about Baryalei’s love for gambling, women, drugs and painted him as someone who mixed with some questionable characters.
‘He gambled a lot … He once won $8,000 or $9,000 on the pokies, then played it back down … and he loved cocaine.,’ the source told the 7.30 program. [...]
Meantime the Federal government is still scrambling to confirm reports that Baryalei – the most senior Australian militant in the Islamic State terror group – has in fact been killed.
‘We are currently seeking to confirm whether the 16th Australian foreign fighter has indeed been killed in this conflict,’ Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told parliament on Wednesday.
Lindsey not doing much to stop those rumors about him being gay.
Washington (CNN) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is toying with the idea of a presidential bid, joked in a private gathering this month that “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency,” according to an audio recording of his comments provided to CNN.
In the meeting, the Republican also cracked wise about Baptists, saying “they’re the ones who drink and don’t admit it,” a variation of a joke he sometimes tells in public.
Graham’s folksy sense of humor and his shoot-from-the-hip style are part of his political appeal, and well-known to journalists and his colleagues in the Senate. But the behind-closed-doors remarks are a departure from the G-rated jokes he tells in public, and another reminder for politicians in the iPhone era that they are rarely far from a microphone, no matter how private the setting.
The audio snippets were provided to CNN on Wednesday by two separate South Carolina Democrats who received the recordings from a person using an anonymous Gmail address. Graham confirmed the recordings in an interview Wednesday with CNN.
The person didn’t provide details on his background but told the Democrats that Graham was speaking to an “all-male club” in Charleston earlier this month, the Democrats said. Both of the Democrats wished to remain anonymous.
According to the Daily Mail, ISIS used loudspeakers to declare them “apostates” before they were killed.
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official says Islamic State militants lined up 30 Sunni men in a town west of Baghdad and shot them dead.
The slayings took place on a main street in the town of Hit on Wednesday.
Anbar provincial council chairman, Sabah Karhout, says the Sunnis killed were tribal fighters allied with the government and members of the security forces captured when the IS group overran the town, located about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of the Iraqi capital.
Hit fell to the Islamic State group in early October after fierce clashes with government forces backed by the Sunni fighters from the Albu Nimir tribe.
The IS militants have seized large swaths of land in western and northern Iraq in the country’s worst crisis since the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal.
I feel so much safer now.
I am livid. Angry. Filled with rage.
A few minutes ago (as of this posting, a few hours), I lost my favorite belt buckle to the TSA at Los Angeles International Airport, because – they claimed – it was a “replica” of a gun.
What kind of a gun, you might ask?
A 1950s Flash Gordon-style RAYGUN!! A fictional weapon. A child’s toy.
HT: Hot Air
Chalk one up for Mooch.
Via The Blaze:
The Philadelphia Veterans Affairs office announced Wednesday that it would hold a Halloween parade on Friday for children of VA employees, but warned employees not to hand out any candy or sweets to the kids.
Instead, the VA said the day care center in the office has “joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Program,” which means the kids should be given things other than candy.
“Please help us teach our children to make healthy food choices!!” the VA said in an email to employees.
“If you would like to hand out treats during the parade, please give healthy snacks such as pretzels, raisins, granola bars and sliced apples,” it said. “NO CANDY PLEASE!”
“You may want to consider gifts such as pencils, crayons and rings instead of snacks,” it added.
Just the thought of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid makes me smile.
Via Washington Times:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned in a fundraising pitch Wednesday that Republicans could try to impeach and remove President Obama from office if the GOP wins control of the Senate in next week’s elections.
“Frankly, a Republican House and Senate could go beyond shutting down the government — they could waste months of our lives on impeachment,” Mr. Reid said in a fundraising email sent by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which is an outside group whose goal is to bolster liberal Democrats.
The email appeal asks for support for three Democrats in particular: Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska, Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, and Rep. Bruce Braley, Democrats’ nominee in Iowa.
The midterms are going to be a bloodbath for Democrats.
This number jumped out at me from the new Washington Post/ABC News poll: It showed that, among Latinos, 50 percent say it doesn’t matter who wins the Senate come November. And among those who do think it will matter, twice as many say it would be a good thing (30 percent) if the GOP took over as say it would be a bad thing (15 percent).
This is a demographic, we will remind you, that voted 71-27 for President Obama just two years ago. And only 15 percent are concerned about a GOP-controlled Senate.
Why no, there’s nothing shady going on here.
Via Daily Caller:
The Democrat-controlled Senate Select Committee on Ethics said that it never received a complaint pertaining to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and the Obama administration’s efforts to approve visas for certain investors, according to a government watchdog group, despite previously confirming that it received the complaint — and saying that it opened an investigation. [...]
Senate Ethics Committee Chief Counsel and Staff Director John C. Sassaman called Cause of Action to state over the phone that the committee “never received” the complaint, according to Cause of Action executive director Dan Epstein.
But Cause of Action received a signed returned receipt from the Senate mail dated Dec. 20, 2013, according to the organization.
Call me crazy but I think La Raza is encouraging voter fraud.
Via Daily Caller:
The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.
“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic) graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”
Nothing to do with the Koran they read.
Via CNS News:
[K]erry then picked up a theme he raises periodically, linking the allure of jihadist terrorism to a lack of opportunities among frustrated young people.
“We’re also going to win it with better alternatives for a whole bunch of young people who today live in places where they feel oppressed, where they don’t have a lot of opportunity, there’s not enough education, they don’t have jobs,” he said. “But they know what the rest of the world has because they all have smart phones, they all have mobile devices, and they’re all seeing what’s going on and they trade thoughts.”
“And frankly, there have been years and years of anger and frustration building up for a whole lot of different reasons in South Central Asia, Middle East, Horn of Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and different places,” Kerry continued.
“So our challenge is to not make them think that modernity and rule of law and civil society and states that have long existed is somehow the enemy,” he said. “And what we have to do is take our values and our principles out there as never before.”
You just can’t make some stuff up. This is one of those things.
Via Daily Caller:
The Colorado secretary of state is investigating allegations that some Boulder County Republican election judges are actually Democrats in disguise.
Boulder County GOP Chairwoman Ellyn Hilliard initially raised the alarm when visiting polling locations where she didn’t recognize some of the GOP judges who are tasked with comparing voter signatures on mail ballots to protect against vote fraud.
She became alarmed when she noticed some ballots whose signatures clearly didn’t match those on file for the voter being accepted.
Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert began investigating and confirmed to the Daily Camera that she found “some troubling inconsistencies with some election judges.”
“One of them was a Democrat who had changed party affiliation on Oct. 10, so we are concerned that Boulder didn’t follow the list, then resorted to advertising for these positions,” she told the paper.
Shame on you for questioning Dear Leader’s divine rule!
Via Washington Examiner:
A visibly agitated President Obama on Wednesday ripped into critics of the U.S. response to the Ebola virus, insisting that his administration was leading the charge to “snuff out” the deadly disease.
“When I hear people talking about American leadership and then are promoting policies that would avoid leadership … [and have us] hiding under the covers, it makes me a little frustrated,” the president said, joined by healthcare workers who treated the disease in West Africa, including American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly.
With less than a week to the midterms, the president is making public remarks almost daily in an attempt to fend off charges that his administration was caught flat-footed by a virus that has traveled from West Africa to the United States.
Governors implementing Ebola policies that contradict the president’s blueprint, however, are undermining the White House’s message.