Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lack of Hurricanes Attributed to Luck, Not Global Warming [What about Aliens?]

Front Page ^ | May 16, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield 

Here’s how cynically anti-science the Warmunist lobby is. These people blame every single weather event, from earthquakes to winter storms, on Global Warming.
Al Gore and others tried to claim that Global Warming was causing hurricanes. But the hurricanes weren’t showing up.
Now the Warmunists could have attributed the pause to Global Warming. We’re talking about people who claim the rise of ISIS is caused by Global Warming. They clearly don’t have a problem attributing everything to the Warming Devil.
But what scientific explanation is being credited for the pause? Luck.
In a stroke of luck, no major hurricanes rated Category 3 or higher have struck U.S. soil during the past nine years, a new study finds. This is the country’s longest “hurricane drought” in recorded history, or since 1851, the researchers said. The previous record lull lasted eight years, from 1861 to 1868, they said.
So why not blame Global Warming for this one? Because the narrative only associates Global Warming with negative phenomena.
It’s a propaganda gambit to get people afraid so they’ll give in and let the environmentalists and Wall Street impose rationing and poverty through Carbon Credits. The narrative can’t associate Warming with anything good. The whole thing is an obvious scare tactic.


Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014 | by MICHELLE MOONS 

“Dam [thumbs up]… Train [thumbs down]… Governor, put our water before your train,” reads a billboard message erected by Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau, revealed this week in California’s Central Valley.
“We don’t have a train shortage, we have a water shortage,” Brandau told Breitbart California. His message comes as California is in serious, extended drought, while Governor Jerry Brown has made it his priority to push forward the troubled high-speed rail project.
The “Dam” references the proposed Temperance Flat Dam. In 2014, Californians were sold on passing the Proposition 1 water bond on the premise that funds would be used for water storage, including the construction of Temperance Flat Dam. But funds are slow to flow the way voters believed they would., the website associated with the billboard argues, “On average, more than 450,000 acre/feet of fresh water are released to due to overcapacity at Friant [Dam] every year. That’s enough water for 1.8 million households! Temperance Flat could capture that flood release.”
“It’s all about priorities,” Brandau said, “If you chase two rabbits you won’t catch either.” According to the councilman, the response to the message has been overwhelmingly positive, with 4- or 5-to-1 in support. Within 24 hours of the campaign’s launch, DamTrain’s Facebook page had collected over 1,250 likes.
Governor Brown’s office issued a statement to Fresno ABC News affiliate KFSN in response to the billboard: “This is the definition of a false choice. California is a growing state that must fix its aging transportation and water infrastructure…both are a priority.”
But with only $6 billion in available funds for a near-$70 billion project, and continued lawsuits over property condemnations, the high-speed rail isn’t likely to provide any relief to Californians anytime soon.
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BREAKING: ISIS Promises to Behead Barack Obama – Posts Bloody Photo Online

Gateway Pundit ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jim Hoft 

Following the news today that US elite forces had executed ISIS leader Abu Sayyaf, ISIS supporters threatened to kill President Obama online. Vocativ reported:
Shaken by a daring U.S. military strike deep in ISIS territory, supporters of the extremist organization were vowing revenge for the killing of senior leader Abu Sayyaf or claiming the special operations mission never took place, a Vocativ analysis reveals.
“If they took Abu Sayyaf, we will take Obama,” one ISIS supporter posted in the hours after the raid, which took place near the eastern Syrian city of al-Amr.
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Ted Cruz, the only Republican intelligent enough to be president!

PJ Media's Spengler ^ | May 16, 2015 | David P. Goldman 

Ted Cruz is intellectually arrogant, like Ronald Reagan. The difference is that Reagan masked his arrogance with self-deprecating humor. Sen. Cruz does a Reagan impression that would do a nightclub comedian proud, but he doesn’t have Reagan’s easy and spontaneous humor.
One doesn’t think of Reagan as arrogant, but he was in fact the most arrogant leader we have had since Lincoln. He ignored the whole of the foreign policy establishment in his conviction that America stood to win the Cold War and bring down Communism. Then as now, the foreign policy establishment resembled Jonathan Swift’s scientists on the floating island of Laputa, treading perilously close to the edge with noses in the air.
Sen. Cruz is authentically bright, sufficiently so for the liberal Alan Dershowitz to declare that he was the best student he had ever had at Harvard’s Law School. The conservative legal theorist Robert P. George, who taught Cruz at Princeton, says the same thing. He’s so smart that he is not the least impressed by the conservative foreign policy establishment.
That’s what qualifies Ted Cruz for the presidency. Among the Republican candidates, Cruz is the only one to state plainly that we stayed too long in Iraq and erred in trying to turn it into Switzerland. (I exclude Rand Paul, who is a dumb rube isolationist of the old school and unqualified for national office). Contrast this to Jeb Bush, who thinks we didn’t stay long enough. Cruz still has some things to learn, to be sure. Sending arms to Ukraine, as he proposes, is pointless. Russian leader Vladimir Putin wants to keep Ukraine in civil war indefinitely, and will match whatever we send in order to do so. Putin wants revenge for the West’s effort to break Ukraine out of the Russian sphere, and leaving the West with a bloody, bankrupt, ungovernable mess on its doorstep is his best move. As Prof. Angelo Codevilla told a Claremont Institute gathering last October, the way to frustrate Putin is to let him keep the Russian-majority Eastern Ukraine, a rust-bucket and money pit of no value to the West; the Western part of Ukraine would then be Catholic and pro-Western.
Sixteen years of George W. Bush and Barack Obama will leave the next president with a different world: a new Sino-Russian entente directed against theUS, and chaos in most of the Middle East. Both are the consequence of foreign policy utopianism. We destroyed the century-long balance of power in Iraq and Syria by forcing majority rule in Iraq, and stood godfather to a perpetual Sunni-Shi’ite civil war. We tried to flip Ukraine to the West, and Putin allied with China. We have scored nothing but own-goals. We are spending a trillion and a half dollar on the Edsel of the air, the F-35, and have allowed China to narrow the technology gap that once made the United States the dominant superpower.
The foreign policy establishment of both parties agrees that it is America’s mission to remake the world in its own image, although the liberal Wilsonian and the neo-conservative Republican versions of this utopia have minor differences. We need a president arrogant enough to ignore the whole pack of them, just like Reagan did. That requires arrogance more than any other quality.
Things looked bad when Ronald Reagan came into office. Most of the intellectual elite in Europe as well as the US thought that Russia would win the Cold War. Of course, Reagan had one gigantic advantage: the US was the only venue in the world where an entrepreneur could raise money for disruptive new technologies. The talent of the world came to America, while Russia and China remained paralyzed by Communism and Europe remained moribund. That’s not true today: China and other Asian countries are innovating, in some cases faster than we are. If you don’t believe me, visit the Science Park in Shenzhen where Tencent and other Chinese computer firms have facilities. The next president will have a much tougher mission. Sen. Cruz is the only candidate I who is tough, smart and arrogant enough to do the job.
Marco Rubio is a bright and personable young man with an attractive message, but he is callow enough to think that Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer are foreign policy sages. Rubio speaks eloquently of his support for Israel, but a great deal of what he proposes will damage Israeli interests. For the past ten years, Russia has told us that it would hurt us in Iran in retaliation for Western efforts to get control of Ukraine. Russia is threatening to give Iran sophisticated air-defense systems; if it wants to, Russia can create a huge amount of trouble for us in Iran. America’s stupidity in Ukraine turns Israel into collateral damage; every Israeli I know thinks that American policy toward Ukraine is crazy.
Scott Walker is a terrific governor and an attractive candidate, but he has no foreign policy experience–unlike Reagan, who did a weekly foreign policy radio broadcast for a decade, and did his own research. Walker could persuade me that he knows what he’s doing, but I haven’t heard much from him yet. Foreign policy is too important for the next administration for us to elect a president who needs on-the-job training.

Steve Miller Band: 'Mercury Blues' - 1976

Been into Steve Miller ever since the very first time I heard
'The Joker' on my Philco made-in-Japan pocket transistor radio in Summer of '73... even if I was too young to understand exactly what he was singing about.

But it was 1976's Fly Like an Eagle that really put the Steve Miller Band on the map. Although lyrical themes range from redistribution to anarchy, Miller's slick, understated slide-guitar sound and hook-laden songwriting have rendered me a lifelong fan. Besides the eponymous single, two others came from this fine album- 'Rock n' Me' and 'Take the Money and Run'... as the LP itself went on to sell forever, now quadruple-Multi-Platinum-- and that's a lot or records.

Didja ever have a tune you just can never get sick of hearing as long as you live? Steve Miller's lesser-known cover of Blues legend K.C. Douglas' 'Mercury Blues' is just that sort for me... been listening to it since I was 15:

Had my money
I tell you - what I'd do 
I would go downtown 
Buy me a Mercury or two 

Cause I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury 
Cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 
I'm goin' to buy me a Mercury 
And I'll cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 

You know that gal I love 
I stole her from a friend 
Fool got lucky stole her back again 
Because she knowed he had a Mercury 
Cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 
Well, she knowed he had a Mercury 
And she cruise up and down this road   

Hey now mama 
Where'd you stay last night 
Your hair's all down 
Your clothes don't fit you right 
Had my money 
I tell you what I'd do 
Go downtown and buy a Mercury or two 
Cause I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury 
And I'll cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 

I'm going to buy me a Mercury 
And I'll cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 


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