shouldn’t have worn that dress

…The political press had a hearty chuckle at the expense of the Palins when it first broke that the former first family of Alaska was involved in an alcohol-fueled brawl. The “thrilla in Wasilla,” some called it. One might, however, have expected the laughter to die down after local police released audio of Bristol Palin who described through hysterical tears how she had been assaulted, dragged through the grass, and robbed. It did not

…Shameless. There’s no other word to describe Monica Lewinsky. Sixteen years after her affair with President Bill Clinton became public knowledge, she’s returned to the limelight with a campaign against cyberbullying — of which she claims to have been “patient zero.”

Ignore the fact that she was patently not the primary victim in the Zippergate affair (poor Hillary Clinton was)…

…I can think of few people in public life who have been as disgracefully hounded as has Palin; and nor, for that matter, can I recall a single figure in the past decade who has been subjected to self-serving double standards by the press and by elite culture writ large….

………Here, progressive hypocrisy has been utterly breathtaking. Day in and day out, the more trigger-happy feminists within America’s media circus are moved to pen extravagant disquisitions on the nature of sexual inequality if and when a man they dislike so much as looks at them askew. Elsewhere, wholly substantive criticisms of Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton are held up as shining examples of deeply embedded sexism within the United States, and of the subtle, sometimes invisible role that “hatred of women” plays within the country’s political culture. To take potshots at clownish figures such as Lena Dunham, we have learned, is to invite indignant death threats. And yet, when a veritable legion of male comedians elects to use foul, carnal, and, yes, “gendered” language to dismiss Palin and her family, our contemporary Boudiceas shrug at best and offer endorsements at worst. Sarah Palin, as the abominable bumper sticker has it, “isn’t a woman, she’s a Republican.”…….

Barbiefied piñata

… Bristol Palin was physically and verbally assaulted by a man, shouldn’t we be up in arms about that, and not about her reaction”? This lattermost wringer is all the more poignant in light of the current focus on domestic violence and sexual assault, and our tendency to regard each and every incident in which a man uses his superior strength for ill as evidence of a broader “war on women” or a “culture of rape.” Who among us can say with a straight face that, if Malia Obama had been attacked at a party……………Likewise, if Chelsea Clinton had been pushed to the floor, dragged across the grass, and robbed…

Partial solar eclipse this evening, max 6:45pm EDT

(What? Nah, if you miss it, won’t be the end of the world. I think that’s just lunar eclipses.)

falsifiable hypothesis falsified

AGW never held water well enough to deserve to be called a theory.
Never was real science, just politics.

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible. Instead, what ‘little evidence’ there is for rising global temperatures points to a ‘natural phenomenon’ within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: “The ocean is not rising significantly.

“The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.

“Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).

“I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.”

Climate expert William Happer, from Princeton University, supported Mr Coleman’s claims. He added: “No chemical compound in the atmosphere has a worse reputation than CO2, thanks to the single-minded demonisation of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control and energy production.

“The incredible list of supposed horrors that increasing carbon dioxide will bring the world is pure belief disguised as science.” [more]

Ahh, good ol’ seminar time. [cues-up PowerPoint]
Phase i:
The original hypothesis was global cooling (see also: nuclear winter). Didn’t catch on.
End the draft! No nukes! Viet Nam war ends. Yada yada yada. The New Left jumps into environmentalism to overthrow “the system”: ecology vs conservation vs anti-pollution, etc. (almost nobody knew what these things even meant back then).
Okay, now some space probes penetrate the atmosphere of Venus. Woo, runaway greenhouse effect in a CO₂-rich atmosphere. Hey, we have CO₂ here on Earth.
(What? CO₂ is plant food? Shaddap!)
(What? No water cycle on Venus? Shaddap!)
(What? No ocean currents on Venus? Shaddap!)
(What? Venus a lot closer to the Sun? Shaddap!)
(What? The Sun’s radiated intensity varies? Shaddap!)
Ignoring all of the above, and knowing that burning fossil fuels generates CO₂ …

Phase II:
Heyyyy, we can uuuuse this! (Well, we need something — all the other good causes are gone, and so is the USSR.)
(What? Yeah, yeah we could.) *snick* *shh* *snick* *ahem* Be cool. [straightens tie]
I, uhm, I mean …
OMG, capitalism and Western Civilization and stuff are causing CO₂ levels to soar, and the Earth will go into uncontrolled thermal runaway due to the greenhouse effect.
We’re all gonna fry or drown or die of malaria, if we don’t control everything!
Add AGW to the list of things justifying global socialist government (file under Environment).
Plot data demonstrating the promised apocalypse.
(What? Rats!) Okay, bend curve to make it look really scary. Make it look really ugly out where there is no possible data, yet. Don’t worry, we’ll have sold this white elephant wayyy before the real data puts us all in jail.
Build “models” that generate the desired curve. No need to establish valid physics to generate that curve, just make the output work. Trust me, it’s easy. We do it with budgets all the time.
Give that curve a cool name that even Progs can remember. How about “hokey schtick?”
(What? Ah, even better. Even Cana… uh, nevermind.)
Write grant requests. Starve.
Scare people! Grants come rolling in.
Gov’t throws even more money at the witch doctors … etc. etc.
Burn a few heretics. Chant “The science is settled!” until you believe it yourself.
(What? Not warming anymore? Crap!)
Did I say Global Warming? I, uh, we meant Climate Change.
Any bad weather is now caused by demons capitalism, white men, and eating meat.
(What? Nah, stop there, otherwise the media won’t be able to sell this nonsense.)

Phase III:
No, the science is not settled. Real science is never settled.
However, pseudo-science can be scraped off your boot.

Cultural ref

Wait, whaaat

Another Biden-quality administration jackass
Has he even heard of supply & demand?

[President] Obama’s Labor Secretary Tom Perez claimed immigration reform which would flood millions of foreign workers into the United States workforce to compete for employment with citizens would in fact put an, “upward pressure on wages.” [story]

Who hires these clowns?
I mean, what list do they choose these mendacious fools from?
Did they mix-up the “recommended” and “not-recommended” lists?

On the other hand, this answers a lot of questions; like, you know …
What was this administration even thinking?

uh, oh

I got a baaad feeling about this.

Dramatic video … shows the chaos as shots are fired inside the Canadian Parliament.

The current situation in Ottawa is ongoing as there are reports of multiple gunman [sic] involved in coordinated shootings that started when a soldier was reportedly shot at the National War Memorial. [story]

Workplace violence or something else?
There’s not enough info to have a comment, yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see how this pans out.
Stay tuned …



“Just You Remember!!!”

where’ve I heard this before…

Social Justice Kittehs

We. are. aaall. gonna. die!

Well, if we were members of some Martian doomsday cult.*

~ vid ~

Look, I’m not sayin’ that we’re not “all gonna die” … we are.

I suspect that there’s a decent chance of a mass-extinctifying asteroid/cometoid/planetoid with our name on it, but the Solar System’s a pretty frikkin’ big place, and almost all of the odd-orbit stuff has already been sucked up by other-planets’ gravity or circularized over the past four-billion or so years, so the chances of it happening in our lifetimes is pretty small (yeah, whatever that means).

Besides, neither the ancients nor the modern seers have given us any specific dates to worry about, just Gloom & Doom™ that would occur well beyond the expiration date of their fellowship grants, book deals, and talk-show runs. Nah, it’s most likely gonna be some unpredictable perturbed body that’ll be a surprise to everybody. — you know, like getting hit by a flying truck tire from an accident on the other side of the highway.

Aaanywayyy … nothin’ we can do about it, so, uhm, nevermind.
* Anybody know of a SciFi story about robot exploration craft developing a suicidal doomsday cult?
I mean, some robot landers actually have the Motherships.

there are lots of words for this

pump up the volume! pump up the volume! pump up the volume! dance! dance!

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Koch Industries, in partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is financing a program to provide scholarships and training for public defenders. The grant will also pay for a review of indigent defense programs to see what works in providing legal representation to those who can’t afford it.

Charles G. Koch, the chairman of Koch Industries, said in a statement that the grant was a way “to make the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of an individual’s right to counsel a reality for all Americans, especially those who are the most disadvantaged in our society.”…

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previously ( HuffPo )…

…One of the largest labor unions in the country is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund over the storied scholarship group’s relationship with the Koch brothers.

Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in a letter to UNCF President Michael Lomax on Thursday that it was “with the deepest regret” that the union would pull out of a scholarship program run jointly by the two groups…

News from back out my way

If you have a nagging feeling that you’ve seen this before …
you have.


Amid ongoing questions about her family’s apparent stimulus benefits, numerous Armed Services Committee hearing absences, and Ebola flip-flops, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) did not show up at the fourth and final debate in the U.S. Senate race Tuesday evening.

With Hagan absent and nothing but an empty chair to face her opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis spent an hour taking questions from two local reporters and voters. [story]

* Rollover ref

If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding, how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat!