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calendar   Tuesday - June 30, 2009

And like that, it’s over

Republican Party Now Officially Redundant



Minnesota high court declares Franken winner of Senate seat



Ending an eight-month legal battle, Republican Norm Coleman conceded Tuesday to Democrat Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race after the state’s high court ruled that Franken should be certified as the winner.

Though Coleman could have tried to take the case to the federal Supreme Court, he told reporters outside his home in St. Paul that continuing to drag out his challenge would hurt his state.

“I just had a conversation with Al Franken congratulating him on his victory,” Coleman said. “The Supreme Court of Minnesota has spoken. I respect its decision and I will abide by its result. ...We have reached the point where further litigation damages the unity of our state.”

Coleman, though, said he had no “regrets” about his prolonged legal challenge to this point—which has kept the Democratic Party one seat short of a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority for months.

Democrats applauded the state Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday afternoon and welcomed the former “Saturday Night Live” comedian to the halls of Congress.

President Obama, in a written statement released moments after Coleman conceded, said he looks forward to working with Franken to “build a new foundation for growth and prosperity by lowering health care costs and investing in the kind of clean energy jobs and industries that will help America lead in the 21st century.”



Wonderful. That means the Democrats now have a 60-40 advantage in the Senate, making them filibuster proof. Thank God that they don’t have another 7 seats, which would give them the 2/3 majority needed to invoke cloture and stifle any discussion at any time. Wait, that’s wrong. These days they only need 60% for that, and they’ve got it now, as long as everybody shows up. Democrats also have a 259-176 advantage in the House, which does not have filibusters (yet), so they are beyond unstoppable there. And, of course, President Obama, the COTUS, in the White House.

So it’s pretty much over for the GOP at the federal level. You think you’ve seen Change in the past six months? Hell no baby, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Now the left is unstoppable.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/30/2009 at 07:51 PM   
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Try Again Later

Running around doing chores and whatnot today. I’ve got a window job tomorrow. I did a window job for one of the ladies in the condos here the other day. I hear she is ultra happy with the results, and is recommending me to everyone. Cool. Word of mouth is the best advertising.

I’ve been messing about with an RCBS Lube-a-Matic 2 bullet lubricator. It’s a fussy beast. I have to go pick up another bag of free bullets and lube and start processing them. Free ammo is a lot of work!

Bowling tonight. I didn’t get in any practice this week, but we did watch The Big Lebowski last night. So we’ll see. My team has been loosing left and right lately.

.. and, oh great, it’s pouring out. Damn, and I have to go out. Well, we had 3 whole days in a row without much more than a couple of sprinkles. That’s the longest dry spell since May.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/30/2009 at 06:31 PM   
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calendar   Monday - June 29, 2009

bloggy stuff

I think I’m going to have to figure out how to set up a rule that rejects new member applications automatically if they use a either a .ru, or a .gmail email address. Almost every single one of them is false, and it just clogs up my record space. So I threw them all out today, not just the old ones. And they don’t even use imaginative fake names. “Alwercpoi3”. Yeah, sure, you spent half an hour figuring out that unique handle. Sure you did. Did you get Prince to help you pronounce it?

Small changes elsewhere here at BMEWS as well ...
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Christina V puts down her backpack and says hello


and I’m keeping an eye on space usage again. I hope I don’t have to snip any old posts again.



In other exciting news, we haven’t had more than a sprinkle of rain per day for three solid days!!

I’ve got some mid-week work, doing the windows on a house that the homeowners don’t want to do themselves. Outside, upstairs. A whole day up on the ladder. For a cut rate. But hey, it’s still some money coming in, and I should be able to do it in less than a full day. Of course, it will probably be raining again, as that’s what still predicted here for the next solid week.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2009 at 07:45 PM   
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Parade of Pride for The Grotesque!  Yeah.  Queers in the news again. When are they ever out of it?

I thought I should start with a few comments from the paper’s readers rather then anything from me.  They say it better.
This just shows, doesn’t it, how bad things have become.
AND byw ... The Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown, has announced she will take part in the London edition of this stupid self serving parade of pride for the grotesque!

Would they be paid to attend some event put on by the church??
- Tim, Liverpool UK,

Well that just about says all from this loony lefty commie society we live in, no wonder British people want the BNP to gain control and the Muslims want Sharia law.
- Jon, Teesside,

Why are they being paid at all to go on this march? If they want to take part then fine, they can do it in their own time, and not in uniform. Since when is the ambulance service there to be a political organisation?
- Argonaut, Manchester


Paramedics paid extra to go on gay queer pride march… regardless of their sexuality

By Ryan Kisiel

Ambulance staff are being offered overtime to take part in a gay homosexual march - regardless of their sexuality.
Dozens of paramedics, the majority of whom are heterosexual, are being encouraged to walk along Brighton’s seafront in their uniform at this year’s Pride festival.
They will be provided with refreshments and driven to and from the resort, all adding to the bill for the taxpayer

A paramedic who contacted the Daily Mail said South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust had decided to pay its workers £40 each to take part in their own time because it was feared that not enough would volunteer for the event.
The money is the equivalent of two hours’ overtime pay, although paramedics say the trust has recently stopped paying overtime while they are actually on duty, blaming financial pressure.

The trust, which covers parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey, has put up posters around its headquarters advertising the August 1 march with an ambulance covered in rainbow-coloured balloons and offering staff free transport to Brighton.
One paramedic said: ‘People from the trust went last year but they all attended as volunteers. I heard that the turnout wasn’t very high and they wanted to get more people there.

‘They’ve had to bribe people with the overtime cash because the overwhelming majority of staff are straight and not totally comfortable about giving up their free time to go on a gay march.’

Tory MP Ann Widdecombe said: ‘It is unacceptable to use taxpayers’ money in this way, especially as it’s a political movement.
‘The fact that the ambulance service is having to bribe paramedics to go is even worse. It would be much better to let them take a day off so they can get refreshed before they have to start their vital work saving lives.

MORE AND PHOTOS HERE

NOW THEN IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH FOR THESE PROFESSIONAL VICTIMS, WHO BRING SCORN ON THEMSELVES AND BLAME EVERYONE ELSE, THE PM’s WIFE IS NOW GETTING IN ON THE ACT. 


Sarah Brown is ‘to march in really odd Pride parade’

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:37 PM on 29th June 2009

Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown is planning to take part in the London Gay Pride parade, Downing Street has confirmed.

She will show her support for the gay and lesbian community by joining the 5,000-strong march on Saturday.

For security reasons Gordon Brown himself cannot take part, although he is planning to hold a reception at No.10 beforehand for Pride organisers and other gay and lesbian representatives. 

Mrs Brown, known as a PR wizard who can even make her husband look good, was last seen at the Glastonbury music festival promoting the White Ribbon Alliance - a campaign to make births in developing countries safer.

And now she hopes to join the two-week Pride festival featuring theatre, music, debate, art and entertainment to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender people around the world. 

A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘Sarah wanted to show her continued solidarity for the gay deviant community by taking part. 

‘But because of security considerations, the Prime Minister will not be able to march himself. 

‘Mr Brown will be showing his support at the reception on the morning of Pride.’

It is believed that this will be the first time a PM’s other half has taken part in Gay Pride, but it is not the first time Mr and Mrs Brown have expressed their support for gaydeviant equality. 

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/29/2009 at 06:38 PM   
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Phew!

Thank God

And Justices Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Chief Justice Roberts



SCOTUS overturns Ricci v. DeStefano, aka Firefighters

Sotomayor wrong, again




Case was not remanded. Instead it was a 5-4 decision. Crap.

The U.S. Supreme Court sided Monday with white firefighters in a workplace discrimination lawsuit, a divisive case over the role race should play in job advancement.
The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling backs firefighters in a reverse discirmination case.  In the split 5-4 vote, a majority of the justices ruled that the city of New Haven, Connecticut, improperly threw out the results of promotional exams that officials said left too few minorities qualified.

One Latino and no African-American firefighters qualified for promotion based on the exam; the city subsequently decided not to certify the results and issued no promotions. A group of 20 mostly white firefighters sued, claiming reverse discrimination.

All the news pages have the story, but you’ll do just as well going over to SCOTUSblog for the facts and for informed opinion.

The Court has released the opinion in Ricci, et al. v. DeStefano, et al. (07-1428 and 08-328), holding for the plaintiff firefighters that the City of New Haven cannot be sued for disparate liability. The decision below is reversed and remanded in a 5-4 opinion by Justice Kennedy. Justice Scalia filed a concurring opinion. Justice Alito filed a concurring opinion, in which Justices Scalia and Thomas joined. Justice Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Stevens, Souter, and Breyer joined.  The opinion is available here.

How about that? White folks can be discriminated against! Next thing you know, people will start believing that racism doesn’t just apply to them Caucasians!!

WaPo has coverage too.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2009 at 04:55 PM   
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Builders ‘forced to work on £100 million gipsy camps’. All aboard for the freekin merry-go-roun

I was too tired and too disgusted and too PO’d to post this yesterday. I’m not too tired today and disgust has taken a break. For now.

This may be maddening to me personally and perhaps those folks lurking or passing through who are located here. But it is no less interesting.
My views and solutions on the subject are by now well known.  No need to repeat em here again.  That said however, while I say things I really mean at the time I say em, they are said also in extreme anger and frustration.  Perhaps even more frustration when I see the authorities caving in and appeasing ppl I think of as criminals and vandals.  Make no mistake though please.  I haven’t entirely backed off my opinion on the subject.  But some cooler heads (like LyndonB and Drew) have written things in such a way that I got to wondering just where my solutions might end.  See, the problem is that I can’t claim to have it all completely right.
I just want to hit out and be done with it and let the chips fall wherever.  Well, some of those chips could just as easily fall on me as well as on those whose breathing I think is a waste.  I think it’s called, the law of unintended consequences.  Anger will do that to people.  Is it all the fault of the people called Travelers?
Nope. Mostly it’s the fault of the sluggish and overly accommodating politically correct system in place and run by total idiots.  Politically Correct should be replaced by a new term.
May I suggest ... Politically Stupid, in its place.


Ministers have been accused of using underhand tactics to force through the construction of new gipsy camps at a cost to taxpayers of £100 million.

By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent

Councils have been told by the Government to develop the permanent traveller sites, but officials fear that construction firms will avoid bidding for the work for fear of becoming the target of protests.

Now a guidance note sent to town halls by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recommends that in cases where no bids are received, the gipsy projects should be made part of a larger package of less controversial building work.

Firms which wanted to take on the bigger contracts would have no choice but to work on the gipsy sites.

The Conservatives last night accused ministers of “bullying” construction firms, while campaigners opposing plans for gipsy camps in their neighbourhoods said it was another example of the authorities using unfair methods to force the plans through.

Latest government figures show that the number of gipsy and traveller caravans in England has increased by more than 1,200 in the last two years to 17,900, a rise of eight per cent.

The DCLG guidance note to councils, headed “Risk register for delivery of work on gypsy and traveller site”, lists a series of problems which may arise in building the camps, and suggests a solution to each problem.

One of the problems is state as: “Difficulties in securing tenders for works from contractors”. The proposed solution is: “Package works with other projects”.

Kurt Calder of the National Federation of Builders criticised the plans to “bundle” contracts.

He said: “I think it is an attempt to force the hand of construction firms. It would be unfortunate if a contractor – at a very difficult time for the industry – has to take on a contract that they wouldn’t usually have wanted to take on, because that is not a good basis for an efficient and fair relationship. It needs openness and clarity.”

The gipsy site plans had “potential for conflict”, he said, and raised the prospect that contractors would find themselves the subject of protests and intimidation from angry locals protesting against the development of the camps.

He added that many builders would think twice before bidding to develop a gipsy site, because of strained relations between construction firms and some groups of travellers.

One builder from north-west England, who did not wish to be named, said that he would not consider bidding for work on gipsy camps because his firm had last year lost up to £30,000 in supplies and equipment in a theft attributed to travellers.

The Government has allocated £100 million over three years to house 25,000 gipsies and travellers on new and upgraded sites, with ministers saying the programme will reduce the disturbance caused by illegal camps.

The first 43 locations which have already been handed nearly £30 million in grants were revealed by The Sunday Telegraph in January.

New sites developed under the DCLG plans will be supervised by wardens.

Each gipsy family will be given a “pitch” including space for three caravans, a brick-built bungalow with a day room, kitchen and bathroom, and parking for additional vehicles.

Bob Neill, the shadow local government minister, said: “Irrespective of local opinion, the Government is imposing new traveller camps on local communities, exploiting compulsory purchase powers and disregarding Green Belt protection.

THE REST OF THE ARTICLE IS HERE

Please,Please read the rest of this at the link above.

Drew and LyndonB had the following to add in emails and it is an example of cooler heads then the only one I own.
I have edited only slightly.  For American readers, High Street here is the main street in cities and towns.  Hope I have that right.

Drew’s take on my original posts on the Traveler subject.

What was once a minor annoyance has become a national plague, and the government there goes out of their way to encourage it. They won’t deport them, they won’t support the rights of the actual property owners, it’s rare when they even prosecute the criminals within that group - and there are many! - and those convicted are soon out on the street again. Soapbox has failed. The ballot box has failed. The jury box is rarely used, but it’s power is severely diminished by the “reform” rules in effect. That leaves the cartridge box.

England needs a revolution. They need to purge themselves of bad ideas, bad laws, bad practices. And bad people. It would be best if such could be done in a proper British way, but I have my doubts. And that means people will be hurt.

Ethnic cleansing - genocide - is the last step. It’s an aspect of civil war. It’s an idea of last desperate resort. I don’t know that England is at that utter last step yet; let them try razing first. Villagers with torches. Of course, if the people had the right and ability to defend themselves and their property, you might get the same effect as genocide if a large part of the rural crime is caused by the gypsies. Think of them as a street gang with RVs, like Bloods on Wheels. You want that in your neighborhood?

LyndonB wrote the following:

The UK finances are shocking and there are going to have to be some painful actions taken to get public spending under control. If nothing happens I think you will see a resurgence of the far right. Already in Italy they have started finger printing gypsies from Romania. Technically I suspect this contravenes EU law but the Italians have had enough and the people support them. I can see people in the UK being not that far behind. Already the gypsies in Northern Ireland have been moved on after the people took it into their own hands despite all the BBC hand wringing. Hopefully this will be a wake up call. If not then we could be back into a situation in Germany in the 1930’s which does not bode well.

And Lyndon wrote this also. My thanks to both. 

As for the genocide as much as I despise the criminals I would not countenance having them put in gas chambers. The answer in my view is to cut them off from the welfare teat and start actually doing something about the criminality. There is a difference here though. The majority of “travellers” in the past were relatively settled. They were low level criminals but didn’t push their luck. A lot of them worked on local farms doing seasonal work which they supplement with benefit fraud. Where you are seeing problems now is more likely due to Irish Travellers The Irish government has clamped down on welfare so the shed dragging bastards took off to somewhere easier (England) more recently there have been tens of thousands of “Roma” from Eastern Europe. The UK Travellers/Gypsies are descended from the same stock but have intermingled with the natives over the centuries. The East Europeans are much more inbred and generally have a swarthy dark appearance. They originally came from India centuries ago. Of course now we have open borders these people are coming into Britain by the coach load every day. As you will have seen from the situation in Northern Ireland they are not very popular. This is primarily because they are well known to be involved in pick pocketing, begging and “distraction burglary” Romanians and Bulgarians can’t work in Britain without a work permit but UK immigration is not allowed to stop them coming in as they are EU citizens. If you spot someone of swarthy appearance in your local High Street selling the Big Issue or begging then chances are they are gypsies.

As I say the real answer is to make welfare a lot harder to get and put time limits on it and make it unavailable for EU nationals but I don’t think anyone has the balls to do this. So what I predict will happen is more violence against Travellers and a drift to parties like the BNP who will do something about it. By that time though they will probably have even more problems with our friends from “the religion of peace” Happy days!


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/29/2009 at 04:17 PM   
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SCRATCH ONE GREMLIN …. HE WON’T BE MISSED … BUT IT TOOK TOO LONG.

Hey, New Zealand cops put an end to some very unnecessary breathing some hours ago.  Good.  Score one for our side. BUT ...
why the heck did they have to wait so long.  And what’s with this pc negotiate crap?  Hey come on. Man has gun. Ppl wounded. Kill the bastard and be done with it.  What? Are the coppers on an hourly wage?  Maybe he was looking for suicide by cop. ??  So? What’s the problem?  Accommodate the guy.  After all, cops are supposed to be public servants, no?  Guy wants to die, let him. 
Chances are it’s mostly just dumb luck nobody innocent was killed. Or someones pet.


Wheelchair-Bound Gunman Killed By Cops

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SKY NEWS

A wheelchair-bound man who armed himself with a shotgun and rifle and opened fire more than 100 times wounding two people has been shot dead by police.

Police killed muscular dystrophy patient Shayne Sime in his Burnside home in a suburb of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island on Sunday night.

According to the Christchurch Press newspaper, the 42-year-old was a member of a gun club which made its own ammunition.

Detective Superintendent Brett Kane told reporters police were called after neighbours heard a volley of shots being fired from a shotgun and high-powered rifle at about 7.45pm.

“We’re talking of a large number of shots fired indiscriminately over a period of time,” Det. Supt. Kane said.

Using bulletproof shields, authorities evacuated about 25 nearby residents from the cul-de-sac to a nearby high school as the rampage continued.

Two people were hit by shotgun pellets - a male neighbour received injuries from shoulder to groin while an Armed Offenders Squad officer was hit in the head.

“Shots were fired from the front and rear of the property and Mr Sime showed some agility,” Kane said.

A police negotiating team tried to resolve the standoff with Sime, who was believed to have been drinking and had earlier contacted family members saying he was suicidal.

Sime had been a licenced gun holder since 2006 and was shot dead after a two-hour standoff - police later found numerous spent ammunition rounds at his home.

“This was a very dangerous situation and there was extensive damage to a neighbouring house and there is large amount of wadding on the lawn,” Kane said.

The gunman’s body was removed from the front of the house around 18 hours after being shot and forensic investigators were still completing their searches.

Neighbours said that Sime, who is believed to have lived alone, had been involved in at least one previous incident in the suburban street but police later clarified the claim.

“In February this year a neighbour reported shots, this was investigated and Mr Sime was found to be firing his son’s bb gun at a cardboard box - no offence was established,” Kane said.

An independent police investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the shooting, with the area cordoned off and 40 residents banned from returning home.

“These situations are always very difficult and in this case we just have to extend our sincere condolences to the family,” Superintendent Dave Cliff added.

“Unfortunately, the situation we dealt with unraveled.”

Well, I do feel sorry that the guy had MD.  It’s an awful disease and no doubt he wanted to end it all. But if that’s so, then why didn’t he turn his gun on himself?
Why hurt innocent people? 
That’s why I’m so hard nosed on the issue.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/29/2009 at 02:57 PM   
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Cuba Condemns Honduran Coup…

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Cuba condemns Honduras coup as “criminal, brutal”
Sun Jun 28, 2009 6:48pm EDT

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba on Sunday condemned the military coup in Honduras as “criminal, brutal” and demanded the immediate return to office of deposed leftist President Manuel Zelaya.
The Honduran army ousted Zelaya and exiled him on Sunday in Central America’s first military coup since the Cold War, after he upset the military by proposing an extension of his four-year term in office.

“I denounce the criminal, brutal character of this coup,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told a news conference in Havana.

Zelaya is viewed by Cuba’s communist leadership as a leftist ally and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had expressed backing for his efforts to hold an unofficial public vote on Sunday to gauge support for his plan to hold a November referendum on allowing presidential re-election.

“This coup has removed a legitimate and constitutional government simply for wanting to carry out a consultation ... in Honduras there is only one constitutional government, one constitutional president who should return immediately without conditions to the palace,” Rodriguez said.

The Cuban foreign minister also denounced what he called the violent treatment by Honduran troops of several foreign ambassadors in Tegucigalpa, specifically those of Cuba and Venezuela.

Earlier, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Honduran soldiers took away the Cuban ambassador and left the Venezuelan ambassador on the side of a road after beating him during the coup. The Cuban ambassador was later released.

Rodriguez said the Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan ambassadors in Tegucigalpa had been seeking to give diplomatic shelter to Zelaya’s Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas when a band of Honduran soldiers, their faces hooded, had tried to take her away. He said he was extremely concerned for her safety.

Chavez on Sunday put troops on alert over the coup in Honduras and said he would respond militarily if his envoy to the Central American country was kidnapped or killed.

Rodriguez said there were 84 people, including diplomats, women and children, at the Cuban embassy in Tegucigalpa and said Cuba was “ready to defend the integrity of our embassy”.

(Reporting by Marc Frank, Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Philip Barbara)

I’m sorry but Cuba has and the Castro’s have lost the ability to judge anything as criminal and Brutal.. everything points that while military rule may be bad, considering the currently ousted Honduran President was aligned with Chavez and Castro, anything is better then him staying in power.....


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Posted by Infinity   United States  on 06/29/2009 at 12:11 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - June 28, 2009

One of these is not like the others…

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/28/2009 at 09:30 PM   
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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/28/2009 at 08:58 PM   
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The argument is over re. gorebal warming? Is when nobody wants to listen or debate.

I can hear that collective gasp of disbelief from BMEWS regulars.
Nah ... they wouldn’t bar the guy just because he has another POV.  Noooooooo.

I,ve been reading this guy and posting his comments on a fairly regular basis.  He isn’t well received of course among the tree huggers. Another reason to appreciate him.  But this one wins a prize of some kind.

Here ... catch this.

Mitchell Taylor, who has studied the animals for 30 years, was told his views ‘are extremely unhelpful’ , reveals Christopher Booker.

Christopher Booker
Sunday Telegraph

Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in Copenhagen. Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.

This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN’s major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week’s meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.

Dr Mitchell Taylor has been researching the status and management of polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, as both an academic and a government employee. More than once since 2006 he has made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19 different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined.

Dr Taylor agrees that the Arctic has been warming over the last 30 years. But he ascribes this not to rising levels of CO2 – as is dictated by the computer models of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and believed by his PBSG colleagues – but to currents bringing warm water into the Arctic from the Pacific and the effect of winds blowing in from the Bering Sea.

He has also observed, however, how the melting of Arctic ice, supposedly threatening the survival of the bears, has rocketed to the top of the warmists’ agenda as their most iconic single cause. The famous photograph of two bears standing forlornly on a melting iceberg was produced thousands of times by Al Gore, the WWF and others as an emblem of how the bears faced extinction – until last year the photographer, Amanda Byrd, revealed that the bears, just off the Alaska coast, were in no danger. Her picture had nothing to do with global warming and was only taken because the wind-sculpted ice they were standing on made such a striking image.
Dr Taylor had obtained funding to attend this week’s meeting of the PBSG, but this was voted down by its members because of his views on global warming.

So in other words, the question is settled and not open to debate.  Another case of, don’t fill my head with facts, my mind is already made up.

The chairman, Dr Andy Derocher, a former university pupil of Dr Taylor’s, frankly explained in an email (which I was not sent by Dr Taylor) that his rejection had nothing to do with his undoubted expertise on polar bears: “it was the position you’ve taken on global warming that brought opposition”.

Dr Taylor was told that his views running “counter to human-induced climate change are extremely unhelpful”. His signing of the Manhattan Declaration – a statement by 500 scientists that the causes of climate change are not CO2 but natural, such as changes in the radiation of the sun and ocean currents – was “inconsistent with the position taken by the PBSG”.

So, as the great Copenhagen bandwagon rolls on, stand by this week for reports along the lines of “scientists say polar bears are threatened with extinction by vanishing Arctic ice”. But also check out Anthony Watt’s Watts Up With That website for the latest news of what is actually happening in the Arctic. The average temperature at midsummer is still below zero, the latest date that this has happened in 50 years of record-keeping. After last year’s recovery from its September 2007 low, this year’s ice melt is likely to be substantially less than for some time. The bears are doing fine.

And the USA is finally signing on to this crap, as I understand it.
Well, they’ll love ya in Europe.  For awhile.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH



[Drew sticks his nose in, sniffs around, and adds a little to this post:]
What, you mean this “vanishing” sea ice? Allowing for a little seasonal variation, it looks to me like things are perfectly normal up there. Perfectly. Normal.
More data at good old Cryosphere Today.
Yes, it really does appear that “the seas began to heal” the moment we elected Obama. Damn!

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You know what impresses me most about these graphs? Look at those 2 anomalous melting spikes in May. Now notice how the ice froze right up again afterwards. In May. Late Spring. And the ice re-froze. Twice.

Also, don’t draw conclusions that some of the ice packs are at a lower level right this second than average, when compared to the base 1979-2000 data. It’s summer time, remember?


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Posted by peiper   United States  on 06/28/2009 at 04:25 PM   
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Ring Around a Rosie, A Pocket full of Posies, Ashes,Ashes, ALL FALL DOWN!

And fall down it did.

Chinese didn’t get this one right.
Never seen a building collapse quite this way.  There are five other photos ...HERE

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/28/2009 at 04:11 PM   
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A figment of socialist imagination and invention.

This appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, letters, and just begs to be posted here.  Especially in light of posts by Drew and Christopher.
The letter struck a chord in this house and so I am sharing it without any comment. What could I possibly add anyway?
This fellow has said a lot in very few words.

What prompted his letter are comments by the party in power here. Left leaning Labour, who have brought ‘class’ into the political arena. Again.

BRITAIN.  A BANANA REPUBLIC?

Class is largely a figment of socialist imagination and invention. Yet so large is the chip on their collective shoulder that socialists are quick to blame their own shortcomings on any privilege enjoyed by others and remain convinced that centrist control is superior to individual liberty.

Socialists claim to be fighting class wars for the betterment of the masses, yet from the French and Russian revolutions in the 18th and early 20th centuries through to the present day, it is the masses who have suffered most from the imposition of socialist policies.

The sad truth is that socialist activists are invariably in pursuit of power for power’s sake and the rich trappings of power.  They promise the earth to gain a popular mandate, but they aren’t interested in the welfare of their supporters and deliver little.

Their policies are usually profligate, wasteful and don’t work.

As a result of hardline socialism masquerading as moderate, caring New Labour, voters have been fooled three times in the last 12 years. Britain is now virtually bankrupt, swamped by immigration, dominated by the EU, our Armed Forces are overstretched and under-resourced, education and health are choked with bureaucracy, the police are too often running amok and Parliament, gripped by greed has lost control and is despised by the general public.

Britain has become a banana republic without bananas and we should hang our heads in shame until we can rid ourselves of those still clinging to power who have betrayed their country and their origins.

John Gouriet
Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/28/2009 at 03:31 PM   
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While minding my own business…

While minding my own business on FreeRepublic.com, I came across this video embedded in a comment.

To be honest, I could nit-pick some of the points, but overall, I agree. Which means I’m a threat to… somebody.

“You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.” - Charles A. Beard

I wouldn’t normally post this sort of thing, but these are not normal times. We are now being governed ruled by a foreign-born African-Colonialist. This is a Constitutional crisis. We need to ‘pressure’ our so-called elected leaders rulers.

I may have to re-read Thomas Paine. I lost my early infatuation with him when I found out that he supported the French Revolution. That was a human atrocity comparable to Hitler. Maybe he recanted at some point…

BTW Drew, in these times I’m thinking that the category ‘Freedom’ needs to be added.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/28/2009 at 03:07 PM   
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