Thursday, March 17, 2011
"It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist."
A spokesman for the Yemeni Ministry of Interior said soldiers were attacked by members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The soldiers were in two vehicles at a security check-point in the province of Marib on Thursday when the attack took place.
Other soldiers seized one of the vehicles, killing three of the terrorists. A second vehicle "managed to escape, carrying a number of injured AQAP operatives," a press release from the Yemeni government stated.
Is there a sucker born every minute? Sheen sure hopes so. It wasn’t enough that he was paid over $70 million for eight seasons of “Two and a Half Men.” Now we have to contribute to his cash shortage: hookers, porn stars, parties, a Maybach, a $7 million new home, and two sets of alimony and child support. Someone’s gotta foot that bill!
DENVER - On the verge of seeing his unheralded, 13th-seeded Morehead State program turn into something much more impressive, the coach could have called a play for his NBA-bound center or his guard who couldn't miss.
Instead, he decided to go with a dream.
Executing a play that came to his coach the night before, Morehead State's Demonte Harper dribbled patiently and watched the clock tick down. Then, he stepped up behind the 3-point line and swished the shot with 4.2 seconds left Thursday for a 62-61 victory over No. 4 Louisville and the first big upset of the NCAA tournament.
Hey, Jimmer, the President has been watching.
ESPN’s Andy Katz conducted an interview Tuesday with President Obama, who filled out his NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket in front of network cameras again.
When Obama came to a potential regional semifinal matchup between Brigham Young and Florida, Katz asked the President about Jimmer Fredette, the BYU and former Glens Falls High School star.
“Unbelievable. Best scorer, obviously, in the country,” Obama said. “Great talent, but they’ve lost their inside presence. I think Florida is going to end up winning this one.”
Italy is ready to make its military bases available to enforce a U.N. Security Counci resolution imposing a no-fly zone on Libya, an Italian government source told Reuters on Thursday.
The airbase at Sigonella in Sicily, which provides logistical support for the United States Sixth Fleet, is one of the closest NATO bases to Libya and could be used in any military operation.
As a thank-you to its most famous customer, Amtrak is renaming the train station in Wilmington, Del. after stimulus “sheriff” Vice President Joseph R. Biden — after the project received $20 million in stimulus money, and came in $5.7 million over the initial announced budget.
Spokesmen for Mr. Biden, who said he personally fought for stimulus money for Amtrak, didn’t respond to messages Wednesday or Thursday.
Fresh from defeat in Wisconsin, union leaders are planning a new campaign not just to head off future challenges to their collective bargaining powers but also to make the case that organized labor's benefits and prerogatives -- wages, health care, and pensions that are more generous than those of comparable workers in the private sector -- are the moral equivalent of rights won by black Americans during the civil rights movement.
I am told the first strikes will be unilateral ones by British and French aircraft. They could be in the air within hours. It is likely five Arab air forces will take part. Hillary Clinton has said it will mean bombing Libyan air defences. Nato will step up if asked but could take a while.
The United Nations authorised military action to curb Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday, hours after he threatened to storm the rebel bastion of Benghazi overnight, showing "no mercy, no pity."
Lockerbie. Lockerbie. Lockerbie.
1) On a snow day when they say "non-essential" people should stay home you know who they mean.
2) You get paid twice as much as a private sector person doing the same job but make up the difference by doing half as much work.
3) The worse you do your job, the more your boss avoids you.
4) You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe.
5) You pay more in union dues than you do for your healthcare insurance.
France pressed the U.N. Security Council to vote on Thursday on a resolution that Britain said would authorise all steps in Libya short of a military occupation to protect Libyan civilians.
I would fill the gas tank up TONIGHT.
Libya's defense ministry warned Thursday that any military action against the African nation resulting from a possible U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing airstrikes and other measures will be met with retaliatory strikes on air and sea traffic in the Mediterranean region.
Obama speaking to Democratic donors:
“The first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States,” Obama said. “But we should never take it for granted.”
“I hope that all of you still feel that sense of excitement and that sense of possibility, because we still have so much more to do.”
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is fed up with President Obama and his refusal to back a no-fly zone over Libya, according to an exclusive report in The Daily.
“She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding,” a Clinton insider told the online newspaper. “If you take a look at what’s on her plate as compared with what’s on the plates of previous secretary of states – there’s more going on now at this particular moment, and it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power.”
The tension has even spilled over into her dealings with European diplomats. French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged Clinton to press the White House for more aggressive action in Libya. Clinton replied, “There are difficulties,” according to Foreign Policy magazine.
One diplomat described Obama’s foreign policy shop as “amateur night.”
Rasmussen reports: Just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters say the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest level of confidence found since before President Obama's inauguration in January 2009.
Whistleblower Says Agents Strongly Objected to Risky Strategy
Gen. Antonio Erasto Monsivais holds up a seized .50 caliber Barrett model 99 single-shot rifle in the seized weapons warehouse at the headquarters of the Secretary of Defense in Mexico City. Mexican authorities have repeatedly complained that most of the weapons used by drug cartels there — including Barrett rifles — are coming from the U.S. The ATF’s Fast and Furious probe allowed guns to be trafficked south of the border in an effort to nail high-level cartel operatives Credit: Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press
Florida Governor to Sign Teacher Merit Pay LegislationFlorida public school teachers would lose job security but could make more money if their students do well on standardized tests under a trailblazing bill that went to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday after a party-line vote in the Republican-controlled state House.
FILE: Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces his new budget during a Tea Party event in Eustis, Fla., on Feb. 7.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
On St. Patrick's Day—Thursday, March 17—millions of people will don green and celebrate the Irish with parades, good cheer, and perhaps a pint of beer.
American who runs an orphanage in Haiti is released from jail after being held without charges since October.
Danny Pye, 29, a Christian pastor who runs an orphanage with his wife in the southern city of Jacmel, says the judge who jailed him in October signed his release order. Now free from a cell he shared with 28 other men, Pye is spending a couple of days with the orphans at his mission in southern Haiti, before returning to Bradenton, Florida, where his wife is about to give birth.
Soldiers Told To Be More Like MarinesMarch 17, 2011: The U.S. Army is getting a chilling message these days from its civilian bosses in the Department of Defense. The message is that, for the foreseeable future, the nation will not need a large army, equipped with heavy weapons. Special operations forces and some light infantry is OK, but any plans for lots of armored units slugging it out with similar foes is, well, no longer on the menu. The army thus becomes an expeditionary force, to be sent overseas for emergencies America can't avoid. But not to stay and get involved with another Iraq or Afghanistan.
This means that there will be less (if any) support for new armored vehicles. The army will be under pressure to downsize. Since the army is being told to be more like the marines, the marines will be under pressure to get smaller. The army and the marines will be fighting over the same jobs. It could get ugly.
A posture of weakness in this world is more costly in the long run.
This is nonsense. No serious budget analyst or economist believes that cutting the defense budget will aid economic recovery in the near term—federal spending on defense is just as much a job-producing stimulus as federal spending on infrastructure. Nor, more importantly, do they believe that cutting defense spending will have more than the most marginal effect on reducing the runaway deficits projected for the coming years. The simple fact is, as my Brookings colleague and former budget czar Alice Rivlin recently observed, the scary projections of future deficits are not “caused by rising defense spending,” and even if one assumes that defense spending continues to increase with the rate of inflation, this is “not what’s driving the future spending.” The engine of our growing debt is entitlements.
March 17, 2011: Saudi Arabia recently bought 72 Typhoon jet fighters from Britain. The manufacturer, BAE Systems, is energetically recruiting qualified maintenance personnel to keep these aircraft flying. Few Saudis will be recruited, most of these technicians will come from the West. Why is that?
The unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia is 12 percent, but many of those men are unemployed by choice. Arabs tend to have a very high opinion of themselves, and most jobs available, even to poorly educated young men, do not satisfy. Thus most Saudis prefer a government job, where the work is easy, the pay is good, the title is flattering, and life is boring. In the non-government sector of the economy, 90 percent of the Saudi jobs are taken by foreigners. These foreigners comprise 27 percent of the Saudi population, mostly to staff all the non-government jobs. This means most young Saudi men have few challenges. One might say that many of them are desperate for some test of their worth, and a job in the competitive civilian economy does not do it, nor does the military.
The Saudi employment situation is not unique. The UAE (United Arab Emirates) has foreigners occupying 99 percent of the non-government jobs. The unemployment rate is 23 percent, but only a tenth of those are actually looking for a job. A survey indicated that most of the unemployed are idle by choice. Kuwait is more entrepreneurial, with only 80 percent of the non-government jobs taken by foreigners. The other Gulf Arab states (which have less oil) have a similar situation.
Everyone expects a president to relax or exercise or stage elegant parties. But in the broader context of events nowadays such a blantant pattern of persistent insensitivity comes across as, at best, just plain stupid, or possibly brazenly indifferent. We’re here and you’re not.
Not the best theme heading into a reelection season.
With the impending nuclear meltdown, two wars and everything else going on, however, you’ll be relieved to know that President Obama did complete his NCAA basketball brackets on time. And he made tonight’s Democratic party fundraiser too.
Every now and then I see something on the liberal websites that gives me a great sense that all is not lost, that there is still a common bound of shared values and decency. That democracy is still working well.
LEE STRANAHAN IN THE HUFFINGTON POST: Shame On Big Media For Ignoring Death Threats Against Republicans:
Three questions for you.
1. Do you think of Republicans and the Tea Party as dangerous, violent extremists?
2. Do you think the Wisconsin protests over GOP Governor Scott Walker’s move to strip public sector employees of collective bargaining were peaceful?
3. Do you scoff at the right wing notion that mainstream media like the New York Times, the TV networks and NPR have a liberal media bias against the conservatives?
If you answered ‘yes’ to all three of those questions, then let me ask you one more…
Why isn’t the mainstream media talking about the death threats against Republican politicians in Wisconsin?
Try to set aside whatever biases or preconceptions you might have for a moment and ask yourself why death threats against politicians aren’t considered national news, especially in the wake of the all too fresh shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other bystanders.
ANTI-TEA PARTY ELECTION FRAUD IN MICHIGAN: “Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November’s ballot. . . . Former Oakland County Democratic Chair Mike McGuinness and former Democratic Operations Director Jason Bauer face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.”
DC Republicans Targeted by Shooter
District Republicans often feel like they're metaphorically under fire in a city that's 70 percent Democratic. But what happened last night appears to be unprecedented.
Paul Craney, executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee, says that a shooter took out the windows at the GOP's storefront office, near 13th and K streets NW