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As the Conservative Progresses

The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. 

Stop the presses.  The end of days is surely upon us.

There is no reason now to be a skeptic about steadily increasing temperatures, Muller wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages, a place friendly to skeptics. 

But beyond that is the thing he now says he is wrong about – this is practically the foundation of all things ‘conservative’: Climate Change!  Of course, there’s only so long that you can keep decrying the evidence before your legacy is that you were an idiot.  Eventually, even the most anti-progressive, evidence-ignoring conservatives among us finally conceded that maybe the Earth isn’t flat, after all.

Nothing makes a conservative happier than to say that Climate Change is just a bunch of hype.  Denying Climate Change is a core belief of the conservative.  You find a Republican and they can’t wait to talk about how Climate Change and Global Warming are totally fictitious inventions of the progressive mind.

Every time it gets cold my Republican friends can’t wait to be first to point out that Global Warming is a myth.  In the early portion of this year, we got snow.  What I heard that day: So much for Global Warming; Are these liberals gonna tell me about Global Warming now?; Yeah, Climate Change is real…whatever.  I can look outside and see that Global Warming is bullshit.  This is because it snowed….in the WINTER.  As unfathomable as that sounds, it snowed between December and March.

There is a large percentage who literally have no distinction between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’.  And will argue with you about it.  And their Hannity-inspired understanding of Climate Change is that it means there will never be another cold day on Earth.

So back to the story – another great part about it is that study was funded in large part by the neo-con Koch brothers:

One-quarter of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups and the tea party.

The Koch brothers, Charles and David, run a large privately held company involved in oil and other industries, producing sizable greenhouse gas emissions.

When I was a child, I remember learning about the Scopes monkey trial, and how the progressives ‘modernists’ of 1925 helped bring the conservative ‘fundamentalists’ into the modern era by illustrating scientific evidence, while keeping religious beliefs out of school.  Maybe they will re-learn that lesson next. Or maybe they’ll re-learn about the heliocentric system. Stay tuned for part 2 of the “As the Conservative Progresses”.

Hopefully between things like this combined with the completely ludicrous Conservative candidates for 2012, the USA can move forward again.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/richard-muller-global-warming_n_1066029.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl12|sec1_lnk2|108718

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October 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Remember When…

September 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm 1 comment

The Response to The Response

On Jay Leno’s show, Bill Maher said of Rick Perry:
“Here’s a guy who has a terrible drought in his state, and literally asked people to pray for rain….and now the state’s on fire“.

I’m guessing that a massive fire wasn’t “the response” Rick was hoping for when he held The Response last month.  But I guess it’s an answer!
More from Maher:

“We have a plane, the F-22, has already cost over $100 billion.  We’ve never used it.  We’ve got 3 wars going….we have never used this plane.  Phil Spector has killed more people than this plane.”

“If you were reading about some country where they were having some sort of disaster and the leader asked for the gods to fix it, you’d think they were talking about a tribal chieftan with a bone in his nose.”

“They will never like [Obama].  He’s the wrong age, the wrong party, the wrong color…and he will never pry their fear from their cold-dead-mind.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/10/bill-maher-has-advice-for-obama_n_956894.html
https://twitter.com/#!/billmaher
http://www.facebook.com/Maher

September 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

YEAH!! Senate kills Tea Party debt plan

It’s a dangerous period with time winding down quickly – and the entire economy hanging by a thread… now is NOT the time for amending the Constitution.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/22/senate-kills-tea-party-debt-bill_n_906724.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl4|sec3_lnk1|80303

Everyone who is (A) planning to live past 67 and (B) Has less than $4 million, should be against cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.

But the point is that a Constitutional Amendment is not something you rush through at the last hour. I’m not saying that we should not consider a balanced budget law (though I’m not sure a Constitutional amendment isn’t a bit extreme). I’m saying that it is a significant proposal that needs to be thoroughly examined and studied before it’s implemented so that it doesn’t blow up in our faces in 10 years.

When you have a gun to your head, you don’t start examining how to build bullet-proof headgear. Tea Partiers need to quit playing around and get a deal done, instead of trying to get their name in a history book.

How scary is the debt-ceiling debate? The consequences of a default are pretty scary. Predictions are difficult to agree on, but none of them are good. It’s well explained here:
U.S. Default Would Likely Cause Stocks, Bonds, Dollar To Collapse
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/17/us-default-markets-consequences_n_901070.html

So cut whatever – anything but Social Security and Medicare.
– Legalize it. “Legalize what”, you say? Whatever. Legalize marijuana. Legalize prostitution. Whatever. Only legalize it for 1 year. I bet we can cut the deficit in half in 12 months! Kidding? More or less. Some say marijuana is less dangerous than booze. We forego tons of tax revenue and instead spend tons of tax dollars hunting and prosecuting the traffic.
– Raise the taxes on smokes and booze.
– Increase fines and decrease jail time. Decreases costs while increases revenue.
– Increase penalties for companies hiring illegal aliens.
– Declare a date and give illegals who have proof of being here by July 22nd a subset of Social Security numbers that allows them to work and pay into Social Security, but not withdraw benefits.
– Stop fighting on foreign soil for a few years. The cost of buying and transporting gas to power generators that provide AC in battle areas is larger than NASA’s budget. Blackhawks, tanks, and armored transports get less than 1 mile per gallon. I’m thrilled we got Bin Laden – and my hat is off to Obama for getting it done after 1 1/2 years in office. Now, pack everything up and head home. We can’t police every country forever.

I’d rather see a Constitutional Amendment on term limitations for Congress. I don’t think we need to rotate everyone every few years – but I don’t think we need to have the same lawmakers for 40 years, either.

July 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

Shocking!

BREAKING: Reports say the president just offered to cut Social Security benefits, if Republicans agree not to let the U.S. default on its debts.1
It’s his offering to the out-of-control Republicans, who are threatening to crash the economy in order to ram through savage cuts to crucial government programs.
 
It’s sickening to think that millions of seniors would have to sacrifice in order to appease Republican hostage-takers. 
 
Especially because every poll shows overwhelming majority of Americans support raising taxes on the rich and protecting Social Security and Medicare.2
 
But there’s still time to stop this “bargain” in its tracks. Whatever deal the president offers Republicans will need Democratic votes to pass Congress. So we need Democrats in Congress to stand strong and oppose any benefit cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
 
Can you sign our emergency petition to Democrats in Congress and tell them to stand up and tell the President they will not vote for Social Security and Medicare benefits cuts?
 
Add your name here.
 
President Obama is making a huge mistake that will cost our country dearly.
 
This is one of those moments where we either stand up and demand that the Democrats in Congress show a real spine. Or we sit back and watch the Republicans destroy decades’ worth of progress.
 
Will you help send a message demanding that Democrats draw a clear line in the sand: no cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits? 
Click here to add your name:
http://pol.moveon.org/bad_debt_deal/
 
Thanks for all you do.

–Daniel, Wes, Elena, Julia, and the rest of the team

Source: 

1. “In Debt Talks, Obama Offers Social Security Cuts,” The Washington Post, July 6, 2011  
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=210871&id=28665-17654405-lAYvFTx&t=5

2. “Poll: To Reduce Deficit, Most Americans say Tax the Rich More,” CBS News, January 3, 2011 
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20027036-503544.html

July 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Republicans Pro-Pollution in 2011

Republicans have vowed to fight the EPA’s attempts to set limits on pollution and is introducing bills to bar the government from using environmental law to fight pollution.

Climate change doesn’t exist – just step outside…see how cold it is today?

Pollution is healthy.

Brawndo helps plants grow – “It’s got electrolytes!!”

“Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is expected to unveil draft legislation Wednesday that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/07/republicans-climate-change
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/08/AR2011010800448_2.html

These same people who support pollution, who create laws to fight conservation…they are in church. How they can fight to protect polluters and still maintain straight A’s on their Christianity report card is appalling.

May 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Another Conservative Attack

As documented:
– A Conservative man in Tennessee crashed his car into another car that had a child inside – because it had an Obama bumper sticker.
– A man intercepted before shooting members of the ACLU in order to ‘start a revolution’ was in a shootout with the California highway patrol.
– Conservative Christians were arrested in March attempting to kill 2 police officers and then bomb the funeral held to honor them. 
– Republicans show up at Democratic gatherings brandishing guns (legally, but clearly with the intent to intimidate and threaten).
– A Christian Conservative attacked and killed a doctor – during mass, shooting in church with women and children nearby.  
– A man went into a liberal church (one that “allows” gay people to worship God) and started shooting during a childrens performance
– Over the past year, multiple people and groups nationwide have been destroying offices of elected officials, making threats on officials’ homes (not just their workplace, but where their families are. This is an attempt at terror), and even threatening their lives. 
– Conservative pastors lead their churches in prayer for the death of President Obama and other Democrats. 
– Conservative preachers teach that voting for a Democrat should repent or leave the church, some going as far as saying Democrats will be sent to hell. (Great message to teach kids in church. Probably similar to what conservative Islamic clerics teach about their opponents).

And today, they’ve opened fire on Democrat congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords, shooting her in the head.  In the attack, the gunman also killed a nine-year-old child, an aide, and a federal judge who were attending her event.  But to terrorists, that’s just part of the plan – collateral damage is irrelevant, even necessary.  And of course, this occurred in where else…but good ole ArizonaWhat a shithole of a state.

Cheered on by rabid fear-mongers like Beck, Hannity, and Limbaugh, conservatives continue to threaten Americans.  Their gutless and ignorant attitude of “If you don’t agree with my viewpoint, you are my enemy, and I will harm you” is not entirely different from the attitude of the conservative muslim groups.  Were these people living in the middle of a dessert in the Middle East, I would expect I would see them talking about jihad and where to attack innocent poeple to carry out their political agenda.

Gabrielle Giffords recently married Navy Commander Mark Kelly.  Giffords was recently elected to her 3rd term and served in the Arizona House and Senate before going to Washington.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing a 9-year-old boy and a federal judge and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.

Giffords was among at least 10 people wounded, and the hospital said her outlook was “optimistic” and that she was responding to commands from doctors. The hospital said a 9-year-old child was among the killed, and a U.S. Marshal said a federal judge was also fatally shot in the attack.

Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin said an unspecified number of her staff members were injured in the shooting. Congressional officials said an aide to the Democrat was killed, but few details were released about the staff members.

A San Francisco man upset with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s support of health care reform pleaded guilty to threatening the Democratic congresswoman and her family, calling her directly on March 25 and threatening to destroy her Northern California home if she voted for health care reform.

In July, a California man known for his anger over left-leaning politics engaged in a shootout with highway patrol officers after planning an attack on the ACLU and another nonprofit group. The man said he wanted to “start a revolution” by killing people at the ACLU and the Tides Foundation.

Giffords herself has drawn the ire of the right, especially for her support of the health care bill from politicians like Sarah Palin.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_congresswoman_shot
http://news.yahoo.com/video/politics-15749652/23780557

January 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

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