If All You See…

…is an area flooded by carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Maggie’s Farm, with a post on why American universities are such hotbeds of oppression.

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The Removal Of The EPA’s ‘Climate Change’ Website Is A Declaration Of War!!!!!!

Remember how Democrats were saying we all needed to tone down the rhetoric right after the attempted assassination of Congressional Republicans practicing for a baseball game? Well, that didn’t last long, and they continue to ramp up their unhingedness. Here’s uber-Warmist Jason Samenow in the Washington Post

I worked on the EPA’s climate change website. Its removal is a declaration of war.

This spring, political officials at the Environmental Protection Agency removed the agency’s climate change website, one of the world’s top resources for information on the science and effects of climate change.

To me, a scientist who managed this website for more than five years, its removal signifies a declaration of war on climate science by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. There can be no other interpretation. I draw this conclusion as a meteorologist with a specialization in climate science and as an independent voter who strives to keep my political and scientific views separate. I concede that this specific issue is personal for me, given the countless hours I spent working on the site. But it should be obvious to anyone how this senseless action runs counter to principles of good governance and scientific integrity.

It’s irresponsible and unhinged, but, then, what do we expect from Leftists?

The EPA’s official line is that it is “updating” the climate change website to reflect its new “priorities” under Pruitt and Trump. It has archived the old site but put nothing in its place nor announced a timetable for “updating” it.

Oh, wait, so it still exists, it’s just archived? Huh.

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Elderly Socialist Is Worried About Trump’s Authoritarianism Or Something

Bernie should probably worry more about the fraud investigation against his wife, but, hey, whatever floats his boat

‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the United States has been slipping toward authoritarianism under President Trump and that citizens have an “enormous obligation” to protect American freedom.

The runner-up for the Democratic presidential nomination last year delivered his scathing critique of the administration in a speech Thursday morning discussing the threat of authoritarianism in both the U.S. and other countries.

“Under President Trump, our country is moving in an authoritarian direction and the very nature of American democracy is under attack,” Sanders said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Can you explain that, Bernie

In Sanders’ assessment, no other president in U.S. history has told as many “outrageous and blatant lies” as Donald Trump has — to delegitimize the country’s electoral system.

Hmm, that’s not authoritarianism. If it was, than Obama would be part of it, because he lied a lot.

According to Sanders, Trump’s rhetoric also preemptively casts doubt on the results of any future election he might lose — delegitimizing any president who succeeds him. He also reminded listeners that Trump was the principal spokesman for the so-called birther movement based on the “vicious and racist lie” that former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and therefore not eligible to be president.

Neither of which are related to authoritarianism. Plus, if you want to discuss casting doubt on an election, you should see what Hillary and the rest of the Democrats have been doing since November 9, 2016.

Sanders took issue with Trump’s mischaracterization of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s response to a recent terrorist attack to promote his controversial travel ban and his routine vilification of journalists as “scum,” “horrible” and “lying, disgusting people.”

“When Trump claims that all of mainstream media is ‘fake news,’ not to be believed, what does that say to the average American?” Sanders said.

It says that the MSM are a bunch of activists for the Democratic Party. Not authoritarianism.

Sanders said that this mindset that only the president can be trusted for the truth suggests something very dark for the future of democracy, and that the Founding Fathers protected the press in the Bill of Rights because a “well-informed citizenry is necessary for democracy to function correctly.”

Suddenly, Bernie is worried about freedom of the press? Perhaps he should talk to his buddy Obama, who had news outlets and reporters investigated by federal authorities.

From Sanders’ perspective, this drift toward authoritarianism and a resurgence of resentment and bigotry is not limited to the United States — it’s happening throughout the world.

“Our duty is to respect our Constitution and to strengthen our democracy, not to undermine it,” Sanders said.

So, nothing but random ramblings from a confused Socialist (he does realize that Socialism in practice is rather authoritarian, right? He does realize his own campaign website was rather authoritarian, such as the part about “bringing climate deniers to justice” for Wrongthink?).

I wonder if Bernie will respect the entire Constitution, such as the requirement that the federal government stop the flow of illegals and uphold the 2nd Amendment. Oh, and free speech, which is under assault on college campuses and other liberal dominated areas. Meh. You know leftists pick and choose what they like.

As far as authoritarianism, Trump couldn’t be further from it. Has he been strengthening the federal government’s control over the nation? Has he been concentrating power in the federal government, and, more specifically, the Executive Branch? All at the expense of personal freedom? You know, all the things Obama did, and the Democratic Party supports?

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House To Vote On Illegal Immigration Laws Next Week

You can expect these to pass on strict party lines, as Democrats are not interested in holding illegal aliens who’ve committed crimes accountable

(Politico) House Republicans are preparing to take up a pair of bills next week that crack down on illegal immigration, according to leadership sources, in a bid to carry out President Donald Trump’s promise of tougher enforcement.

One of the bills to see a floor vote, dubbed Kate’s Law, boosts penalties for immigrants who try to re-enter the United States after being deported. It is named after Kate Steinle, a young woman who was shot and killed in San Francisco by an immigrant who had been deported repeatedly yet returned. Trump frequently discussed the killing on the campaign trail last year.

The family of Kate Steinle is still waiting for a phone call from Mr. Obama, who was great at calling atheletes who declared they were gay, not so much at Americans murdered by illegal aliens with criminal records who had been deported multiple times.

The second is legislation that goes after so-called sanctuary cities — localities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, including by refusing to hold an immigrant in jail longer just so federal officials can pick him or her up to be deported. Sanctuary cities, usually liberal jurisdictions such as New York, have also been a major Trump target.

The “No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act” would toughen penalties for sanctuary cities in multiple ways. For example, it would require that cities and counties comply with orders from federal immigration officials, such as “detainers” that keep immigrants in jail so they can be picked up for deportation. It would also bar Homeland Security and Justice Department grants from sanctuary cities that don’t comply.

When they’re talking about “longer”, the time period is 48 hours. When ICE issues a detainer, that is the how long it is good for and ICE needs to pick the illegal alien up in that time. The majority of those ICE issues detainers on have committed serious crimes. Rape, arson, burglary, robbery, murder, sexual assault, among others.

If sanctuary jurisdictions have problems with ICE doing the job of dealing with foreign invasion, as the Constitution dictates the Federal government deal with, then shouldn’t expect federal money for their bad behavior.

It is too bad the bill doesn’t create a method for ICE to quickly obtain warrants from a judge for this, but, then, why do Democratic Party run jurisdictions have a problem holding a criminal illegal alien, who, say, raped a child, for 48 hours, and instead prefer to release them into the U.S.A.?

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Good, Thick, Strong Arctic Ice Is Totally In-line With ‘Climate Change’ Or Something

This sounds like a bit of excuse-making, much like we’ve seen with the Great Pause, the lack of landfalling hurricanes, lack of strong hurricanes, winter weather, and so on. Set the BS Meter to stun

How Sea Ice Can Still Be Thick in Places in a Warming Arctic

It might seem to you that unusually thick local sea ice contradicts scientists’ predictions of declining Arctic sea ice cover, but that would be an overly simplistic and incorrect assumption. That misconception of both climate science and the behavior of sea ice has surfaced in the past when polar research vessels encountered difficulties with sea ice, and this time is (sadly) no exception.

What it really proves is that Warmists are part of a cult that bares no resemblance to scientific endevours, but, please, continue

These stories may assume (either implicitly or explicitly) that sea ice conditions are tied directly and simply to global temperature.

Um, that’s what we’ve been told for 25+ years by the Cultists. Is Desmog, as in from Desmog Blog, telling us that the Cultists have been full of mule fritters this whole time?

However, the conditions in any specific location are actually a function of many factors. Trends in polar atmosphere and ocean temperatures do drive long-term changes in sea ice cover (as shown in the video below), but short-term natural variability is very important, just as weather is naturally variable.

Additionally, sea ice is transported around by winds and ocean currents — controlled by persistent regional patterns as well as temporary effects like storms. (See, for example, this recent satellite imagery.)

That sounds dangerously like Desmog is telling us this is all about natural variability. And if NV can make these changes, why can’t it be the primary cause for any Arctic melting? Oh, right, you just have to take it on Faith that it’s mankind driving in fossil fueled vehicles that’s causing the warming, while, when things happen that disagree with the Cultists positions, it’s natural variability and totally is utterly in line with their prognostications AND WHY ARE YOU ASKING SO MANY QUESTIONS! LISTEN TO YOUR BETTERS! DON’T QUESTION OUR DOGMA, ER, SCIENCE!

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If All You See…

…is a world run wild due to climate change, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Legal Insurrection, with a post noting that Liberals do not approve of free speech for pro-life people.

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Leftist LBGT Protesters Look To Eat Their Own

It’s highly amusing when the grievance monster victimhooders start whacking each other

At pride events, protests claim prejudice, exclusion

Gay pride marches in New York City, San Francisco and in between this weekend will have plenty of participants – and also protests directed at them from other members of the LGBT community, speaking out against what they see as increasingly corporate pride celebrations that prioritize the experiences of gay white men and ignore the issues continuing to face black and brown LGBT people. (snip)

In Minneapolis, organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade planned for this Sunday asked the police department to limit participation following the acquittal of police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the death of Castile. The openly gay police chief said the decision was divisive and hurtful to LGBT officers, which the organizers acknowledged. But Twin Cities Pride Board Chairwoman Darcie Baumann said the decision was made to be sensitive to those grieving after the verdict “and seeing those uniforms brings angst and tension and the feeling of unrest.”

The cops should bow out completely, but, then, that would just allow the violent lefties to run roughshod over each other and other people.

The recent flare-up of racial tensions comes as no surprise to Isaiah Wilson, director of external affairs for the National Black Justice Coalition, one of the few national groups focused specially on black LGBT rights.

He said the broader LGBT-rights movement “has been whitewashed” – dominated to a large extent by white gay men.

“Black queer and trans folks have always been there, but our contributions have been devalued,” Wilson said.

Victimhood Society being victims

“The real test will be, can the LGBT movement own up to its historic legacy of racism and evolve to be more accountable and inclusive of people of color?” Minter, a transgender man, wondered. “If not, then it will cease to be a major political movement.”

They can’t help themselves. They have to be victims and throw out racial grievance mongering even amongst themselves. Get the popcorn.

New York City spokesman James Fallarino said if there are any disruptions or protests during the event, “We’re going to make sure we do everything in our power to respect the people who are disrupting or protesting and to respect their message.”

That sounds like NYC will stand back and allow the same type of violence and vandalism we’ve seen during many other Leftist protests. Have fun, Democratic Party run cities!

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Bummer: EPA Told That ‘Climate Change’ Would Be De-Emphasized

Perhaps now the EPA could spend its time dealing with real environmental issues

(Business Insider) Members of a key Environmental Protection Agency advisory committee were told in a conference call on Wednesday that the Trump administration wants a “de-emphasis” on climate change across the agency, according to two people who were on the call.

Speaking to members of the Board of Scientific Counselors , EPA officials from the Office of Research Development said that “climate change will be de-emphasized by the administration,” according to Peter Meyer, who resigned from one of BOSC’s five subcommittees in May.

The 30-minute conference call — led by Robert Kavlock, acting assistant administrator of the ORD — largely focused on praising members of the key scientific review board and encouraging non-renewed members to reapply for their seats, according to Meyer and Elena Craft, a member of one of BOSC’s five subcommittees. Both were on the call.

Well, that’s strange, an administration not wanting to spend time on a fake issue.

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NY Times: The GOP Healthcare Bill’s Real Aim Is Tax Cuts For The Rich Or Something

I’ve made my position clear: I do not like this Senate version of Paul Ryan’s healthcare bill. It’s not repeal and replace. It doesn’t accomplish what we were promised.

The NY Times Editorial Board, though, finds itself trotting out tired old talking points, because they have little else

The Unaffordable Care Act

It would be a big mistake to call the legislation Senate Republicans released on Thursday a health care bill. It is, plain and simple, a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy by destroying critical federal programs that help provide health care to tens of millions of people.

By this measure, the NYTEB is saying that Obamacare was not a health care bill, it was a “tax the hell out of everyone, including the rich, bill,” because what the GOP bill does is rescind all the taxes embeded in Ocare. The Internet front page and Opinion page subhead reads “The bill’s real aim is to cut taxes for the rich.” The EB makes zero attempt to actually explain the first paragraph nor subhead in the follow six paragraphs.

Interestingly, the repeal of all those taxes will help quite a few, if not all, of the very rich people who serve on the NYTEB, and the NY Times itself, especially if they offer the so-called Cadillac plans to their employees.

They do mention the taxes in paragraph two to a tiny degree.

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and other Republicans have pitched the bill as a fix for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. But their true ambition is not to reform Obamacare, which, whatever its shortcomings, has given 20 million Americans access to health insurance. If passed in its current form, the Senate bill would greatly weaken Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides insurance to nearly 69 million people, more than any other government or private program. It would do this by gradually but inexorably shifting more of the financial burden of Medicaid to states, in effect, forcing them to cover fewer people and to provide fewer services. Over all, the Senate would reduce federal spending by about $1 trillion over 10 years and use almost that much to cut taxes for rich families and health care companies.

This is dog whistle talk to their unhinged base, which says it hates the rich (but relies on the rich to keep the Democratic Party running). Democrats love dividing people. But, how this would help “The Rich” is never explained.

Would it help the rich? Sure. So many of the taxes are meant to penalize people for doing well, and what Democrats consider “The Rich” are singles making $200,000 a year and couples making $250,000 a year. Rolling back the OCare taxes will help them. It’s also significantly help small business owners, young people who do not want health insurance (a bad choice to not have insurance, but, I thought Democrats liked choice?). Taxes on health insurers gets passed on to consumers. Taxes on tanning. Taxes certain medical devices. Taxes on flexible spending accounts (which can hurt special needs kids).

All the NYTEB does is a typical knee-jerk freakout. But, what they really told us is that Obamacare was a tax everyone bill.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Oops: Washington Post Notes Problems With Solar As Part Of TDS

One would think that a Warmist outlet like the Washington Post would approve of solar power on Trump’s wall, if the wall has to be built. Alas, Trump Derangement Syndrome

WaPo Points Out Flaws With Solar Power After Trump Suggests Putting Panels On The Border Wall

The Washington Post is very skeptical of President Donald Trump’s proposal to cover the U.S.-Mexico border wall he’s promised to build with solar panels.

The paper was quick to point to past reporting on the pitfalls of using solar panels to help pay for a border wall. It’s a big turn from WaPo’s usually positive stance on solar panels as a way to fight global warming.

They’re super supportive, but not to the point of putting solar panels on its own office building and trying to rely solely on it

WaPo’s Dino Grandoni wrote that “experts who have taken the solar-paneled border wall proposal seriously say such a structure would have significant issues.”

“Vertically fixed panels could lead to an efficiency loss of around 50 percent,” Grandoni wrote, referring to a Financial Times article from February.

Grandoni also pointed to a past WaPo report by Sophie Yeo, which noted that “solar panels degrade over time” and the “requirements dictated by the security aspects of the border wall — bricks and spray paint, for example — could further reduce efficiency.”

You know, if Trump would spend lots of time talking about how much he supports solar and wind power you could bet that all of a sudden the Cult of Climastrology would find reasons to be against solar and wind. Heck, if he stated that the Paris Climate Agreement was awesome, all the supporters of the PCA would come out against it.

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