Friday, February 27, 2015

MEMO TO CLIMATE DENIERS: New Study Provides Direct Evidence That Human Activity Causes Global Warming

Much to the chagrin of climate deniers everywhere scientists, for the first time, have provided direct observational evidence that carbon dioxide is trapping heat in the atmosphere.

All this happened while resident "flat earther" Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) made a fool of himself yesterday when he took to the floor of the Senate with a snowball and announced that it's mere existence disproves global warming. Think I'm kidding...?

 
As Inhofe wielded his lame prop he exclaimed...

"In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, 'You know what this is? It's a snowball, from outside here. So it's very, very cold out. Very unseasonable

Inhofe then said "Catch this," and tossed his evidence to the presiding officer and then proceeded to list the recent cold temperatures across parts of the United States, which included 67 new record lows

This just in Jim... You're a dullard. Despite the record lows you listed the nation overall has been experiencing a warmer than average winter.

So, as if on cue, Nature released a study in which researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California used eleven years of measurements from specialized instruments at sites in Alaska and Oklahoma to analyze the source of energy fluctuations. When the data was compiled it confirmed that it was in fact carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels that is causing warming.
In addition the study shows that it is not water vapor, not changes in the sun or someone tampering with the data to make it look like global warming is worse than it is.

Study author Daniel Feldman of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said...

We see, for the first time in the field, the amplification of the greenhouse effect because there’s more CO2 in the atmosphere to absorb what the Earth emits in response to incoming solar radiation... Numerous studies show rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations, but our study provides the critical link between those concentrations and the addition of energy to the system, or the greenhouse effect.” "The data say what the data say." Feldman then clearly stated that "They are very clear that the rising carbon dioxide is actually contributing to an increased greenhouse effect at those sites."

It’s important to be clear that by no means did the Berkeley researchers need to do this in order to prove that carbon dioxide is trapping heat in the atmosphere: as physicist and climate expert Ken Caldeira explained to the San Francisco Chronicle,...

the underlying physics is robust and was never in question.”

Climate scientist Andrew Dessler told the Associated Press that the work is somewhat similar to using a falling rock to confirm gravity.

So to break it down into one sentence:

Scientists witnessed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the air.

There, is that simple enough for you Senator Inhofe?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10 Times President Obama Declared His Love For His Country And American Exceptionalism

Question: "Do You Think Barack Obama Loves America" broken down by party
For the past week we have seen Rudy Giuliani take to the airwaves a multitude of times to attack President Obama because he did "not believe that the president loves America". In addition to the former Mayor we have seen a whole host of like minded Republicans and conservatives hop on the hate train and publicly denounce POTUS' lack of love for America as well.

In these attacks what always seems to stick out is their criticism that President Obama doesn't ever say the words "I love America", or that he never speaks about "American exceptionalism". They claim that he just doesn't speak about the country the way a "Harry Truman and John Kennedy" used to or that his rhetoric lacks the "wonderful words" about what a great country we are like we used to hear from "Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, or Bill Clinton".

They repeat this meme until they are blue in the face... but it does not make it true.

Here are just a few examples from some of President Obama's speeches about his love of America and his belief in American exceptionalism...


President Barack Obama –  July 27, 2004

I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.  Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy; our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ That is the true genius of America.”

President Barack Obama –  March 18, 2008
 
These people are a part of me. And they are part of America, this country that I love.”

President Barack Obama – August 28, 2008

The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.”

President Barack Obama – June 4, 2009

The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known.”

President Barack Obama – Jan. 24, 2012

Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those 50 stars and those 13 stripes.  No one built this country on their own.  This nation is great because we built it together.  This nation is great because we worked as a team.  This nation is great because we get each other’s backs.  And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard.”

President Barack Obama – Sept. 6, 2012

We keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.”

President Barack Obama – Nov. 7, 2012

I just spoke to Governor Romney and I congratulated him and Congressman Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. We may have battled fiercely, but it is only because we love this country deeply and we care so much about its future….What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth, the belief that our destiny is shared, that this country only works when we except certain obligations to one another and the future generations so that the freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love, and charity, and duty, and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.”

President Barack Obama – Dec. 4, 2013

If we refocus our energies on building an economy that grows for everybody, and gives every child in this country a fair chance at success, then I remain confident that the future still looks brighter than the past, and that the best days for this country we love are still ahead.”

President Barack Obama – May 28, 2014

I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.  But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it is our willingness to affirm them through our actions.”

And contrary to Giuliani’s assertion that Obama said Greece is an exceptional country, what Obama actually said, in response to a question in 2009, was that this is what he suspected Greeks believe:


President Barack Obama - April 4, 2009

I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I’m enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world. If you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that — though imperfect — are exceptional.”

Okay? Can we stop this ridiculous embarrassing charade now?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Here Are Giuliani's 10 Most Insane Quotes From His 4 Day "Obama Hates America" Tour

Ever since Wednesday night at a fundraiser in New York for Presidential hopeful Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) Mr. Rudy Giuliani has been on a tear. He has become a hate filled gaffe machine on a runaway train of cringe-worthy quotes. He is unrepentant and shows no sign of letting up. He can't be bargained with. He can't be reasoned with. He doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop...

Ummm, sorry I digressed into "Terminator" speak.

To understand the sheer volume of television appearences and print media interviews old Rudy has amased in just 4 day I feel we should work this list in chronological order starting with the Wednesday night fiasco until the present.

On Wednesday, during the dinner event for Scott Walker, Giuliani said that he didn't think Obama loved the country because of the way he was raised...

"I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country."

The former mayor then appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday to double down on his comments...

"What I'm saying is, in his rhetoric I very rarely hear the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things that I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America. [...] I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it's not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he's more of a critic than he is a supporter." 

On Thursday Giuliani said in an interview with The New York Times .

"Some people thought it was racist -- I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people. This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism,"

On Thursday during an interview on Bloomberg Politics' Giuliani tried to clarify his criticism of the president saying...

"Well actually, if I could express it more clearly, what I mean is he doesn’t express it... With All Due Respect. I shouldn’t say that the president does or does not love anything. I don’t know, I’m not a psychiatrist, and he doesn’t have one and he doesn’t need one."

On Thursday Giuliani told Fox News host Megyn Kelly...

I don’t hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter. Which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are.”

Again on Thursday Giuliani went on the Sean Hannity Show and continued his shark jumping...

And I’m not saying it was out of context, it wasn’t,” Then when Hannity brought up the specter of another 9/11, to which Giuliani asserted, “You know, President Obama didn’t live through September 11, I did. President Obama didn’t almost have a building fall on him, myself and my police commissioner and my fire commissioner did. So excuse me, it’s a little bit emotional for me, but it’s also real... These people are dangerous. I mean, where are they, on Mars?!”

Friday Giuliani explained to the New York Daily News...

Look, this man was brought up basically in a white family, so whatever he learned or didn’t learn, I attribute this more to the influence of communism and socialism. I don’t [see] this president as being particularly a product of African-American society or something like that. He isn’t. Logically, think about his background ... The ideas that are troubling me and are leading to this come from communists with whom he associated when he was 9 years old.”


On Friday In a previous interview with The New York Times, Giuliani said his recent comments aren’t racist, because Obama was brought up by a

"Some people thought it was racist -- I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,"


Still spouting off on Friday Giuliani told the New York Post...

From the time he was 9 years old, he (Obama) was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist... He doesn’t talk about America the way John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did, about America’s greatness and exceptionalism... He was educated by people who were critics of the US. And he has not been able to overcome those influences... Somebody has to raise these issues with the president. Somebody has to have the courage to stand up.”

On Saturday Giuliani spoke over the phone with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who relayed their conversation on Anderson Cooper 360 in which Giuliani said...

"I don't regret making the statement, I believe it. I don't know if he loves America... I don't feel the same enthusiasm from him for America."

 Rudy is now officially the Energizer Bunny Obama bashing. Poor Donald Trump never had a chance.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Remarks By President At The National Prayer Breakfast Have Driven The Right Into A Pieous Pandering Pretentious Pathetic PIle-On

Sometimes the truth can hurt... Even if it is 1000 years old.

Last week President Obama addressed the audience at the annual National Prayer Breakfast. He delivered a thoughtful speech which was well received by the attendees.

End of story... Not on your life.

Not too soon after the contents of the speech was made public all hell broke loose. It appeared that the right wing conservatives had taken offense at a particular portion of the Presidents speech and thus began the outrage and righteous indignation parade!

The specific section the wing-nuts took umbrage at was when President Obama tried to explain the recent violence we have witnessed being committed by the murder-cult know as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL). To do this he simply pointed out the fact that throughout history people have used religions of all kinds to perpetuate unjust deeds...

So how do we, as people of faith, reconcile these realities -- the profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends?
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

All the president was suggesting in these remarks is that, just like Christianity, Islam has the capacity to be exploited by extremists as well.

But, of course... OUTRAGE.

It seems that somewhere in their warped interpretation of the Presidents words they percieved that he was using his time on the dais to defend the horrific acts perpetuated by the Islamic State and denigrate Christianity all in one breath. Though nothing could be further from the truth that did not stop the hoards from taking to the airwaves and social media, with torches and pitchforks firmly in hand, to attack the evil unjustly visited upon them!

Let's have a looksee shall we...

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Jim Gilmore (R) former Virginia governor jumped the shark with this statement...

The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime. He has offended every believing Christian in the United States. This goes further to the point that Mr. Obama does not believe in America or the values we all share.”

Mike Huckabee a former Baptist pastor and Arkansas Governor dropped this bit of hyperbole while on Fox & Friends...

Everything he does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel. The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community.”
 
Bill Donohue of The Catholic League's called it...

"an attempt to deflect guilt from Muslim madmen," and that "Obama's ignorance is astounding and his comparison is pernicious. The Crusades were a defensive Christian reaction against Muslim madmen of the Middle Ages."
  
Michelle Malkin Conservative commentator wrote:

"ISIS chops off heads, incinerates hostages, kills gays, enslaves girls. Obama: Blame the Crusades."

Michael Graham a political consultant and right wing radio personality

"Hey, American Christians-Obama just threw you under the bus in order to defend Islam,"

 Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., called the comments...

"dangerously irresponsible"


E.W. Jackson Christian minister and unsuccessful Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia fumed...

I have a message to the president, with all due respect to him, Mr. President, if you don’t want to give the terrorists a recruit tool, frankly sir, you need to stop talking about closing Guantanamo Bay and close your mouth


Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe claimed Obama's statements at the National Prayer Breakfast were an example of...

"moral equivalency" that was "not okay" He then went on to assert that Obama's statements were "stupid and dumb" and like something "drunk uncles sitting around the tables" would say.


Steve Doocy of Fox & Friends said of Obama's statements  that "essentially" what Obama had said was that...

"Christians were just as bad as ISIS."

Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends agreed with his co-host saying that Obama was...

"making excuses for ISIS' behavior"


Gretchen Carlson of Fox News' The Real Story claimed that Obama...

"wanted to bring Christianity into the fight"

Laura Ingraham, Radio host and Fox contributor argued that Obama isn't content to say

"ISIS is evil," and that he wants to make clear that "the Christians are evil too" because he wants Americans "to do penance" for the past.


Eric Bolling Of Fox News' The Five that Obama

"President Obama and the administration will not say "Muslim extremist." They just will not put those two words together. Yet they'll say "Christianity." He just indicted the whole Christian faith from a thousand years -- it was something that happened a thousand years ago"

Bolling then went on to say on his weekend show that...
Reports say radical Muslim jihadists killed thousands of people in the past few months alone. And yet when you take Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, their combined killings in the name of religion––well, that would be zero.”

Rush Limbaugh said on his radio program that Obama's statements had tried to

"insult [Christians]" and "downplay militant Islam... "Why in the world, when you are going to the National Prayer Breakfast, would your number one focus point be to insult the attendees" of the event "


Erick Erickson a conservative blogger from RedState.com and Fox News contributor wrote that Obama's statements showed that he...

"is not, in any meaningful way, a Christian." Urging the president to discontinue "the charade," and that Obama "might as well come out as the atheist/agnostic that he is" since his speech was "reeking with contempt for faith in general and Christianity in particular."


The Daily Caller accused Obama of "scolding" National Prayer Breakfast attendees "for thinking Islamic terrorism is a problem":
"Here's the Smartest President Ever, scolding the attendees of the National Prayer Breakfast this morning for thinking Islamic terrorism is a problem"
[...]
"Never mind, then. What are a few atrocities among friends? Let's just call it even.
Whew. I'm sure that when all those insurgents, militants, and freedom fighters get the translation of Obama's words today, they'll knock it off already. Glad that's over with"

Allen West, A Fox Contributor responded to Obama's statements at the National Prayer Breakfast by tweeting that "the Islamapologist-in-Chief" had tried to



Gregg Jarrett of Fox News made the wholly delusional statement that...

It struck some people in an odd way that the President was justifying ISIS

Todd Starnes Fox News radio host Todd Starnes tweeted that Obama used his speech to "defend Islam":




Mike Gallagher, a conservative radio host lamented that Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast were proof that the president

"had a mental breakdown" and that President Obama "sure acts like"... a "secret Muslim!"

Russell Moore, a evangelical preacher who attended the event, seemed unaware of the heinous crimes President Obama a had committed tweeted the following to thank Obama for his remarks about Saeed Abedini, a pastor who has been detained in Iran since 2012...



Realizing he might have missed his opportunity to get in on some slam the President action Moore quickly called Obama's comments about Christianity...

"an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison... The evil actions that he mentioned were clearly outside the moral parameters of Christianity itself and were met with overwhelming moral opposition from Christians."

Whew Russell Moore... That was close!


Now that that is over let's take a look at the facts behind the statements that has everybody so riled up...

  • The Crusades occurred then Pope Urban II urged Christians to recapture the Holy Land from Muslim rule. Those who fought were promised were promised absolution from sin and eternal glory. It lasted almost 200 years, from 1095 to 1291 and there were more than 5,000 victims.

  • "The Inquisition" refers to a set of institutions charged with prosecuting heresy from  the mid-13th century until the 19th century in which historians estimate that 150,000 people were put on trial by the Inquisition, with 3,000 executed.

  • Slavery and Jim Crow were argued away by many through the "Slaves, obey your masters," the New Testament says -- three times. They also looked to the "Curse of Ham," from the story of Noah, and the notion that God had separated the races on different continents. The effects were world-historic in scope: Nearly 12 million people were forced on the "Middle Passage" from Africa to the Americas.

Like I said the truth hurts.


Employers Added 257,000 Jobs In January!

Best Stretch of Hiring Since 1997!... Click For Large Version

The Labor Department released last month’s employment figures and the report shows U.S. employers picked up the pace of hiring last month with an increase in wages, supporting the views that the labor market and the broader economy are moving closer to full health.

Here are the highlights from the report...

  • January was the 52nd straight month of employment gains in the U.S., and the 12th straight month of job additions above 200,000. 

  • Hourly wages advanced 2.2%, posting the largest gain since August and edging past the 2% average since the expansion began in mid-2009. 

  •  The Fed is less worried these days. Economic activity “has been expanding at a solid pace” and job market conditions have “improved further,” leading the Fed to expect continued moderate growth and a possible rate rise sometime this year

  • The U.S. labor market added 257,000 jobs in January, surpassing economists’ estimates of 228,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg data. 
     
  • The unemployment rate ticked up to 5.7% from 5.6% in December. Its rise is a good sign, suggesting more Americans are searching for jobs, swelling the labor force. It’s a sign of growing confidence among job seekers.
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  • Employers added almost 3 million workers last year, the most since 1999! 
 
  • Some of the biggest job gains last month went to the retail and construction sectors, which added 46,000 and 39,000 jobs, respectively

To make this good news even better the job gains for November and December were revised up!!!

November non-farm payrolls increased to 423,000 from 353,000, and December gains increased to 329,000 from 252,000 jobs. November’s reading of 423,000 job additions represents the strongest month of private-sector job gains since 1997.

Here's one final chart from The Bureau of Labor Statistics to drive the point home that our economy may have finally turned the corner...

That's some good news people!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

House Votes Against Obamacare... FOR THE 56th TIME!

 Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein
 
The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted for the 56th time to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act.

The bill, which would give Congress six months to pass a hypothetical replacement, passed 239 to 186. Reps. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) and John Katko (R-N.Y.) were the only three Republicans to oppose the Obamacare repeal. No Democrats voted for it.

The vote was a complete waste of time and taxpayers dollars because the measure is unlikely to pass the Senate and even if it did President Obama would veto it.

Nevertheless Republicans insisted on the vote, casting it as a chance to send a message and let new GOP members have a chance to vote against a law that would of course "destroy jobs, freedom and the Constitution,"

Rep. Steve King from Iowa and resident congressional lunatic said...

We have been bringing the full repeal of Obamacare here to the floor over and over again to give everybody an opportunity, even those that didn't have an opportunity to get involved in this debate... Every Republican up to this point has voted to repeal Obamacare. Every member of the House, with exception of those that were sworn in for the first time for this Congress, has had that chance. Now we give everyone that chance, and we will send a full repeal over to the Senate so the nine freshman Republicans over there can clearly also go on record.”

Democrats saw the entire exercise as a nonsensical waste of time.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of the pointless exercise...

We have the Republicans continuing to bay at the moon. They're baying at the moon. Instead of proposing any -- which we'd be welcome to hear -- good suggestions they may have to improve the Affordable Care Act, they're baying at the moon.”

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) mocked the futile vote by explaining...

Today's exercise in time-wasting gamesmanship marks the 56th time that we have been down this well-traveled road. Fifty-six. Let's see, that's two score and 16. It's four and a half dozen. But no matter how you add it up, it has to be some sort of world record in political futility.” 

Numerous Democrats pointed reams of statistics showing the law's positive impact, including some 10 million newly insured Americans, the slowest inflation of health costs and premiums since the 1960s and a strengthened Medicare system, all while the economy in 2014 showed the best jobs growth since 1999.

It unfortunately fell on deaf Republican ears... Again