Pirate's Cove http://www.thepiratescove.us If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:09:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Pot Smokers Left Tons Of Trash on 4/20 http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/pot-smokers-left-tons-of-trash-on-420/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/pot-smokers-left-tons-of-trash-on-420/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:09:18 +0000 pot smokers descending smoke pot my personal opinion piles of trash it cost the city 10 jammed day and officials estimated the cleanup cost the masses departed and the smoke cleared residents and city leaders while thousands enjoyed sunday celebrated the pot holiday golden gate park http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34921 Is it any surprise that a celebration of smoking pot (4/20), which would involved mostly Lefties, would result in mountains of trash? It seems that most rallies, demonstrations, protests, gatherings, etc, which involve mostly Lefties tends to result in environmental damage.

(SFgate) After the masses departed and the smoke cleared, workers descended Monday on Golden Gate Park to bag up and truck away all that was left behind by those who celebrated the pot holiday of 4/20 – an annual event that again tested the patience of some residents and city leaders.

While thousands enjoyed Sunday’s informal smoke-out, police arrested 11 people around Sharon Meadow, and paramedics tended to four others. Traffic in the area was jammed all day. And officials estimated the cleanup cost would exceed last year’s tab.

“Our goal is to provide clean, fun, safe parks, and there’s a lot about this event that certainly isn’t safe, and it’s certainly not clean,” said Phil Ginsburg, the general manager of the city park department, as he watched employees scoop up piles of trash.

It cost the city $10,000 just to clean up the park last year, and they expect cleanup costs to be higher this year. As one of the commenters notes “What a way to spend Easter Sunday and the beginning of Earth Week!”

Again, I don’t care if people want to smoke pot. My personal opinion is that it should be legalized and regulated. Taxed (though I have no problem with people growing their own for personal consumption). The use in public should be restricted, so that other people are not getting contact highs. And I really don’t have a problem with pot smokers descending upon a park to celebrate. I do have a problem with them leaving a frigging mess, and possibly causing problems with people and families who simply want to enjoy a park.

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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/if-all-you-see-1107/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/if-all-you-see-1107/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:00:48 +0000 george soros political clown parade the wonderful liberals cities feet cover rising hundreds a warmist the blog is a sea a post http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34917 …is a sea that is rising hundreds of feet to cover all the wonderful liberals cities, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Political Clown Parade, with a post on George Soros’ plan to subvert the Constitution.

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Democrat Governor Candidate In Maryland Slurs Veteran Opponent http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/democrat-governor-candidate-in-maryland-slurs-veteran-opponent/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/democrat-governor-candidate-in-maryland-slurs-veteran-opponent/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:43:52 +0000 attorney general doug gansler gansler a disparaging remark service iraq gansler doug gansler maryland lieutenant governor chooses attack an iraq war veteran phrased wbal tv a veterans group gansler the remarks http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34913 It’s not the first time a Democrat has insulted military members and veterans, and it certainly won’t be the last. Democrats, not all of them, mind you, but a goodly chunk show a disdain for the military. What is interesting is that a) this is Blue on Blue, and b) how the attack is phrased

(WBAL-TV) A veterans group is demanding an apology from Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democratic candidate for governor.

The group says Gansler made a disparaging remark about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s service in Iraq.

Gansler said he doesn’t consider what Col. Anthony Brown did in Iraq a “real job.” Gansler made the remarks during a candidates forum Monday in Bethesda before the Tech Council of Maryland, the state’s largest technology and life science trade association.

In reference to Brown, without directly mentioning his name, Gansler said, “You know, I’m running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything. You know his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good but this is a real job.”

Except for the part about being a military veteran, that could have been describing Obama. Obama “never managed anybody, never run anything.” The same could be said of Joe Biden, should he choose to run in 2016. Brown, being a Colonel, was certainly in charge of people, he certainly ran things.

In response, Jon Soltz, an Iraq war veteran and chairman of Vote Vets Political Action Committee, said, “Doug Gansler needs to stop smearing those of us who served in Iraq as not having had a ‘real job.’ It’s a horrible insult to all those men and women who put their lives on the line, and especially those who died, in service to this country. Additionally, Mr. Gansler, if he chooses to attack an Iraq War Veteran, ought to at least admit that the person he is attacking has been serving as Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor. This kind of slime ball politics is what turns people off to our democratic process, so Mr. Gansler is doing no favors for Maryland or our democratic electoral system by playing in the gutter like this.”

A case can certainly be made for incompetence considering the lowly state of the Maryland Obamacare exchange. Yet, how involved was Brown as Md Lieutenant Gov? Regardless, the Lt. Gov. of Maryland does have many, many official duties as described in the Maryland Constitution, along with those delegated by the Governor.

Regardless, this is exactly the type of “slime ball politics” we expect from Democrats, even Blue on Blue. This is what they do.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Happy Earth Day! It’s A Shame Warmists Won’t Sacrifice For Their Beliefs http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/happy-earth-day-its-a-shame-warmists-wont-sacrifice-for-their-beliefs/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/happy-earth-day-its-a-shame-warmists-wont-sacrifice-for-their-beliefs/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:56:44 +0000 cleaned water and air car exhaust emissions warmists linking real environmental issues foul air caused breathing problems big suvs pay higher gas taxes spend sacrifice high consumption lifestyles vehicles fuel efficient light bulbs climate change and global warming that finding reinforces mr ullman lamenting the http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34919 Regardless of the roots of Earth Day, where some proclaim it was a far, far left “holiday” designed to promote communism, the ideals of a healthy environment, clean air, clean water, clean land, saving nature, are worthy goals. Unfortunately, like most real environmental issues, the “climate change” wankers have hijacked the day. But, that’s not what is being lamented in this USA Today article

Tuesday, as we observe another Earth Day, there is broad public support for cleaner air and water, and as a nation we have taken dramatic steps to improve the environment.

The coming challenge is what to do about climate change, which a nearly unanimous collection of scientists says is real and potentially calamitous if we don’t act now to reduce greenhouse gases.

“Climate change” has nothing to do with the environment: there has always been changes within the environment, and the Earth has survived. Things change. Here’s the big point

Yet, the American public – in fact, the global public – seems unmoved by the threats, and some deniers still cling to positions that echo the DAR’s attack on the environmental movement back in 1970.

Indeed, a Gallup Poll in March found that only about a third of the American public worry “a great deal” about climate change and global warming.

That finding reinforces two attitudes that have not changed over the past four decades:

First of all, we aren’t motivated to do anything about environmental problems until they are staring us in the face. Only when our foul air caused breathing problems, and water became too polluted to drink or wade into, did we spend the money for federal, state and local governments to tackle the problems.

Second, the vast majority of us won’t sacrifice our high-consumption lifestyles, put jobs at risk or pay a high price to protect the environment. Give up our big SUVs? Pay higher gas taxes? Spend more time in the dark?

Even “green” consumers who ride bikes are part of the problem if they are always connected to the Internet. Various studies estimate it increases our electricity consumption by 10% to 20% (and it’s dirty coal that generates most electricity). Then there are the pollutants emitted by the giant data storage centers.

Obviously, the solution is for Warmists to practice what they preach, to give up their fossil fuels, make their lives “carbon neutral”, right? Er, no

If we are to save ourselves and our planet from ourselves, the answer now – as back in 1970 – is the same: science and technology. Better purification systems have cleaned our water and air. Car exhaust emissions are down because of catalytic converters and engineering changes that make vehicles more fuel efficient. Light bulbs are more energy-efficient.

Is anyone surprised in the least that Owen Ullman, who was there right at the beginning of Earth Day back in 1970, refuses to recommend that Warmists practice what they preach? What I recommend is that Warmists stop linking real environmental issues to this idiotic political issue of “climate change”. Unless they are will to walk the talk.

I did get a chuckle out of Mr. Ullman lamenting the use of the Internet, considering that the vast majority of people who read the article will do so on the Internet, rather than the dead tree edition.

PS: For any who might think I’m full of it regarding the graphic, no. I do all I can to be environmentally friendly. I’m not perfect, but I do work hard to keep the air, water, and land clean.

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MHP: Democrats Should Tell Those Who Lost Their Plans To “Deal With It” http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/mhp-democrats-should-tell-those-who-lost-their-plans-to-deal-with-it/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/22/mhp-democrats-should-tell-those-who-lost-their-plans-to-deal-with-it/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:25:39 +0000 the obamacare crappy plans washington state plans left “both qualified health plans and health plans offered the pre obamacare crappy plans deal crappy plans alas can’t crappy plans washington insurance commissioner mike kriedler democrats “they’ll redo the wiring structural repairs and plumbing http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34915 I think this is an excellent campaign slogan for Democrats (video available at the DC and Hot Air)

(Daily Caller) Republicans, she argued, “go into a fallen-down, blighted house, slap some granite countertops while ignoring real problems, and declare their work the best thing ever! They have swagger.”

“And then you have the people who will do the more substantial, structural changes,” she continued, referring to Democrats. “They’ll redo the wiring or reinforce the foundation. But they won’t do anything to actively or aggressively court buyers or advertise their work. Try as they might, they can’t make the house look good.”

Harris-Perry’s solution? Get in voters’ faces about your policies — even those viewed as failures, like Obamacare.

“They’re not even owning it,” she lamented. “No confidence, no swagger, no ‘Yeah, you can’t keep your crappy plans. Just deal with that!’”

“President Obama certainly has that swagger,”she added, noting that other Democrats would do well to follow Obama’s lead.

I’d wonder if MHP was still celebrating 4/20, but, then, this is the way she, along with most Democrats on MSNBC, act.

In fact, Democrats, in particular Obama, tried the “you can’t keep your crappy plans” schtick last year, yammering on about “substandard plans”, blaming the insurers, and, then, unilaterally changing the law so that people could keep those “crappy” plans. It all went over like a lead balloon filled with helium.

Meanwhile, Washington state is passing regulations to deal with crappy plans. Alas, these are not the pre-Obamacare crappy plans, but the Obamacare crappy plans

Washington state plans to approve a new rule this week to limit insurers’ ability to create narrow networks as a means of cutting costs, thanks to backlash over the limited health plans available in the wake of Obamacare regulations.

In response to the outcry over narrow networks, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler wants to limit insurers’ ability to narrow their networks, potentially making rising premiums one of the only means of recourse that insurers have left.

“Both qualified health plans and health plans offered outside of the exchange must have networks that at a minimum ensure access to covered services without unreasonable delay and address the specific needs of the populations served,” reads a proposed rule from the office of the insurance commissioner.

Those outside the Exchanges tend to have decent networks. People get what they pay for. Within the Exchanges the networks are narrowed due to cost burdens thanks to Obamacare. As it is, few insurers participate within the Exchanges. This could cause more to abandon the Exchanges as their costs escalate due to Government rules.

More: The Lonely Conservative notes

She started out kind of strong, comparing elections to house flipping. She said Republicans would take a blighted house and put in some granite counter tops, crown molding and new floors to make it look pretty. Democrats, on the other hand, would leave it looking ugly but do structural repairs and plumbing. I would argue that Democrats would overpay union contractors to replace all of the old plumbing with new copper, then leave the doors wide open for copper thieves. But I digress.

And after leaving the doors open, Dems would blame Republicans.

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Excuse #11: Surface Heat Doesn’t Matter http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/excuse-11-surface-heat-doesnt-matter/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/excuse-11-surface-heat-doesnt-matter/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:06:18 +0000 measuring the wrong thing doug mcneall and matthew palmer ocean heat content using the argo array buried the surface heat deep underwater aren’t surface temperatures keeping pace heat released and surface temperatures exeter analysed climate simulations wt the average global surface temperature relax and assume global warming isn’t http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34911  photo clip_image004_zps40929c76.png

Warmists are finally acknowledging what Skeptics have known: there has been no statistically significant warming in over 17 years, closing in on 18 years. They’ve trotted out lots of excuses: this one is a conglomeration of several, with a twist that makes it #11 (doing this from my Droid, so I can’t ‘shop it at the moment) (via Climate Depot)

(UK Guardian) Has global warming come to a halt? For the last decade or so the average global surface temperature has stabilising at around 0.5°C above the long-term average. Can we all relax and assume global warming isn’t going to be so bad after all?
 
Unfortunately not. Instead we appear to be measuring the wrong thing. Doug McNeall and Matthew Palmer, both from the Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter, have analysed climate simulations (WT: and we all know how well the simulations have worked so far) and shown that both ocean heat content and net radiation (at the top of the atmosphere) continue to rise, while surface temperature goes in fits and starts. “In my view net radiation is the most fundamental measure of global warming since it directly represents the accumulation of excess solar energy in the Earth system,” says Palmer, whose findings are published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
 
So why aren’t surface temperatures keeping pace with ocean heat content and net radiation? The answer, according to a recent study in the journal Nature Climate Change, may be some unusually strong trade winds in the Pacific Ocean, which have buried the surface heat deep underwater, reducing the amount of heat flowing back into the atmosphere. Once the trade winds relax again that heat will likely be released and surface temperatures will bounce up again. In the meantime we’d be wise to keep a closer eye on ocean heat content (using the Argo array of ocean profiling floats) and net radiation (using satellites). Like it or not Earth’s future is looking hot.

So, don’t look at the surface temps where life lives, where Warmists have been telling us it’s getting super duper hot, look at it where it’s magically disappearing. But will one day return with a vengeance in The Future. I can’t imagine why Warmists get upset when we say “climate change” is a cult.

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Japan Today Hits Obama For Leaving Michelle Home http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/japan-today-hits-obama-for-leaving-michelle-home/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/japan-today-hits-obama-for-leaving-michelle-home/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 sting image conscious japan it’s the yokosuka tokyo “from an expert point maria cristina gonzalez noguera welcoming official state visits “if a close u s ally and china rival and daughters malia and sasha president barack obama travels abroad action japan today http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34908 Here’s Obama’s “smart power” in action

(Japan Today) When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it’s not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.

But Michelle Obama won’t join her husband when he heads to Asia next week, and her absence is likely to sting, especially in image-conscious Japan. It’s the first of four countries on Obama’s travel schedule and one of two that are welcoming him with official state visits.

“If Mrs Obama could have come, it would have been better. But the most important thing is that President Obama accepted this is a state visit,” said Matake Kamiya, a professor of international relations at the National Defense University in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. “From an expert point of view, it’s sort of worrisome why Mrs Obama isn’t coming.”

The fact that Mrs Obama recently spent a week in China with her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters Malia and Sasha is sure to be noted in Japan, a close U.S. ally and China rival. But the first lady’s communications director, Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera, said it was not expected that Mrs Obama would join the president on a return trip to Asia so soon.

Her taking a big taxpayer funded vacation, er, cultural exchange trip to China then blowing off Japan will surely not sit well as Obama attempt to make some inroads in a region he has laregly ignored during his time in office. I think most can understand the need for her to stay home with the kids, but when people get into politics, and especially run for POTUS, they understand that there are certain duties, and one of them is that spouces should be on big trips like this.

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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/if-all-you-see-1106/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/if-all-you-see-1106/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00:39 +0000 lady liberty 1885 suck evil carbon pollution are wonderful trees helping a warmist the blog the atmosphere a post the day http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34904 …are wonderful trees helping to suck evil carbon pollution from the atmosphere, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Lady Liberty 1885, with a post on cursing for Clay Aiken.

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Warmists Fiona Stanley Says Skepticism Is Like “Child Abuse” http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/warmists-fiona-stanley-says-skepticism-is-like-child-abuse/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/warmists-fiona-stanley-says-skepticism-is-like-child-abuse/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:58:15 +0000 cue professor fiona stanley politicized unfortunately the good doctor stanley up fiona stanley shut up professor stanley befall a good scientist post hoc the telethon kids institute patron the debate because science requires conformity child abuse and neglect http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34868 Via Jo Nova, who notes

It’s another pious scientist. Sigh.

Why do good researchers sometimes throw their professional standards to the wind (or in this case, just blow them right up?)

Fiona Stanley has done great work in the prevention of spina bifida with folic acid, and with indigenous health problems. The new big state funded hospital in WA is named after her, and she’s another Australian of the Year. (Is that award the worst thing that can befall a good scientist? Post hoc, they seem to think the world wants to know their personal feelings on topics they know nothing about.) Cue Professor Fiona Stanley who assumes all fields of science “work” even though she herself says climate science is politicized.

Unfortunately, the good doctor Stanley has gone to Bat Guano Crazy World, which most Warmists visit, and often move to

(The West Australian) Speaking before a special address to doctors and medical students yesterday, the Telethon Kids Institute patron said climate change was the biggest global health issue of this century and she worried that sceptics were taking over the debate.

Because science requires conformity.

“I’m not a climate change expert but I do trust the incredible scientific evidence, although no science is ever perfect,” she said.

Evidence based on flawed models, hyperbole, prognostication, scary stories, and artificially changed data. Science!

“To expect science to be able to predict something as complex as what is going to happen on this planet, given human activity and other things, is extraordinarily challenging and I think it is pathetic of people to criticise the imprecise nature of the science.”

Yet, the Warmist sciencetists are predicting doom and gloom, assuming that it is all so easy, because of Mankind’s CO2 output.

“It’s like child abuse and neglect, we don’t actually know if it’s on the rise but all the risk factors for it are on the rise,” she said. “The way we are living on this planet is unsustainable, and that’s why I’m worried for my children, and my grandchildren and their children.

Good grief. This is plainly silly, but the real point is to say “shut up, skeptics”, much like Leftist cries of racism, sexism, etc. Which dovetails into what else she said

“My frustration is that when these issues become politicised, we need science more than anything, and yet scientists are being denigrated.”

The issue became politicized when Leftists started using the “science” to push their far left political agenda. Interesting that she has no problem denigrating people who do not agree with the science and the scientists, most of whom do not even have degrees in climate science, or even meteorology, to use a Warmist talking point. And, it is meant to tell skeptics to shut up.

Professor Stanley said people could do their bit by eating less meat, driving cars less and using public transport more.

I wonder if she is doing this herself? Jo Nova discusses this all in terms of being a religion, and that bit is like saying Rosaries.

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California Proposes Ban On Judges Linked To Boy Scouts http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/california-proposes-ban-on-judges-linked-to-boy-scouts/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/04/21/california-proposes-ban-on-judges-linked-to-boy-scouts/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:42:03 +0000 proposed classify the boy scouts the pro life group life legal defense foundation said “on the contrary the california supreme court advisory committee camping trips “this proposed amendment the boy scouts lifestyle the bsa stands for unfit the bench the committee states fair gay pedophiles spending lots http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=34902 You know, because tolerance. But, in Liberal World tolerance is a one way street, and you will be made to care. And comply. Free association and free thought are Not Allowed

(Daily Caller) California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned.

In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would end the group’s exemption to anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group.

The committee is, in fact, a government entity, and is essentially determining that the Boy Scouts are a “hate group” for refusing to allow inclusion of gay men, as that lifestyle goes against what the BSA stands for. Furthermore, there is always the concern, fair or not, about gay pedophiles spending lots of time with young boys, especially on camping trips.

“This proposed amendment has as its overtly-stated purpose the branding of the BSA as an organization whose members must be assumed to be biased and thus unfit for the bench. The Committee states that ‘eliminating the exemption… would enhance public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary,’” Catherine Short of the pro-life group Life Legal Defense Foundation said.

“On the contrary, by promoting a hierarchy of politically-favored ‘victim’ status through pointlessly impugning the integrity of members of a venerable American institution, the proposed Amendment will communicate to the public that judges are being told by the California Supreme Court what to think, whom they may associate with, and what are permissible opinions to hold, and that only those who toe the line will be allowed to sit on the bench. The public can hardly expect impartiality from the judiciary in such a climate of intolerance,” Short wrote.

Progressives do not care about free thought, freedom of association, Belief, or anything else if it offends them, if it goes against Progressive ideology. Anything offensive is banned.

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