If All You See…

…is a sea rising from Other People’s use of fossil fuels, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is This ain’t Hell…., with a post on a Deplorable vet attending the SOTU.

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Today’s Story Of Doom: ‘Climate Change’ Could Make Maple Syrup Extinct Or Something

This is rather a recycled type story of doom, as the Cult of Climastrology was saying that maple syrup was doomed years ago, but, hey, like any good talking point, they’ll bring things back

Please, not the syrup. Climate change could extinguish sugar maple growth
Molasses on pancakes of the future? Not on my watch

The recent and distinctly Canadian cold snaps we’ve been saddled with of late may have you more focused on your layering game than global warming concerns (and do continue to swaddle in style). But with 15,000 scientists signing their names to a global warning against global warming, allow it still to steadily beep on your radar and tend to your carbon footprint accordingly.

In fact, whatever your plans this weekend, it may prove fruitful to recycle a bit more aggressively, lower the heat (see layering above), or take public transport instead of the family sedan. You may also want to make time for a Sunday brunch that involves some breakfast comestible you can put maple syrup on — because all these global warming concerns might well spell extinction for a symbolic pillar of our national identity: sugar maples.

New research suggests that the end is nigh for the only vegetation on the planet that has the near mythical ability to produce maple syrup. Science says the singular species will struggle to weather the warmer, dryer climes we’re almost certainly headed for (yes, I’m using puns and alliteration so you focus — this is urgent). A study that sought to examine air pollution, which does us no real favours, as a catalyst to infuse forest soils with fertile traces of nitrogen has found that it just won’t be (as they’d hoped) enough to buttress maple growth.  (snip)

If industry and economy don’t have you girding up your loins to fight the good fight against global warming, there’s wellness to consider. Some evidence supports the stuff’s impressive albeit lesser explored health properties. Aside from being chock full of phenols (long recognized as antiseptics and antioxidants), maple syrup is also nutrient rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and B6. One study showed that phenols in maple syrup even bolstered the benefits of antibiotics to help us fight off treatment-resistant superbugs. Still, even if we could fight off superbugs without maple syrup, why would we want to!?

One has to wonder just how maple trees survived previous Holocene warm periods. Heck, how about when it was warmer prior to the last glacial age? Doesn’t matter, science doesn’t matter to the Cult, it’s all about trying to scare people.

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The Syria Conflict Is Now Trump’s War Or Something

Remember the good old days of Obama’s first term when everything negative was Blamed on George Bush? Heck, even the failure of Obama’s $787 billion Stimulus was blamed on Bush. Now, though, the NY Times Editorial Board decided to spin the wheel of blame and lands on

Syria Is Now Mr. Trump’s War

As a candidate, Donald Trump warned against foreign wars, not least in Syria. A year into his presidency, he is adding Syria to a list of open-ended conflicts that already includes Afghanistan and Iraq.

We know President Trump’s plan not because he asked Congress for authorization and funding for a continuing troop presence in Syria. We know because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained it in a speech on Wednesday at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. “The United States will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring ISIS cannot re-emerge,” he said. “Our military mission in Syria will remain conditions-based.” In other words, without any end date or public benchmarks for success.

As of last month, there were about 2,000 American troops in Syria — up from 500 a year ago — a mix of engineering units and Special Operations units that fight and train with local militias in the battle against the Islamic State. Now that we know they will be there indefinitely, who can say the number won’t go higher and the mission won’t creep more?

So, since Obama kept Afghanistan going, and surged troops, does that make it his war as long as it goes on? Regardless, we can certainly play the blame game, putting a lot on Obama for his red lines pronouncement and failure to follow through, his wishy washyness on ISIS early on, blowing off the Arab Spring, his Secretary of State (Hillary Clinton) calling Asad a “reformer”, his squishiness toward Iran and Russia, and so many other things.

Syria is a complex problem. But this plan seems poorly conceived, too dependent on military action and fueled by wishful thinking.

The United States initiated military action in Syria to confront ISIS, which overran huge areas of Syria and Iraq in 2014. Military operations under President Barack Obama and the Trump administration liberated more than 98 percent of the territory previously controlled by the Islamic State and freed over 7.5 million people from brutal rule.

You don’t defeat groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS through words. You kill them. Period. Even Obama understood that. He wanted no one in detention. He wanted terrorists dead. And good for him on this. He may have been quiet on this, but, the actions he authorized speak loudly. Again, good for him.

Anyhow, the NYTEB goes on and on, proclaiming the way Trump is going on about this won’t work, just like Obama’s method didn’t work when it came to Syria (yes, they wrote that Obama failed). What they do not offer is a better idea. We call that “complaining.”

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Obligatory Government Shutdown Post

There’s obviously a lot of he said/she said as to what occurred that caused the shutdown. Republicans blame Democrats

(Fox News) Republican leaders blamed their Democratic counterparts after the Senate failed to pass a spending bill by midnight Friday to avert a government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP needed 60 votes to pass a measure that would have kept the government running until mid-February, but not enough Democrats went along with the plan. The tally was 50-49, with five Democrats voting in favor of the measure and five Republicans voting against it.

“Most of the stuff we agree on. One reason we ended up here, the shoehorning of illegal immigration into this debate,” McConnell said after the vote failed, adding that the Senate would resume talks later Saturday to prevent a prolonged shutdown.

At the center of the soured negotiations was the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which has protected some young immigrants from deportation.

After the Senate adjourned for the evening, McConnell underscored that the shutdown was “avoidable,” while calling the Democrats’ decision to filibuster “irresponsible.”

And that’s it in a nutshell. Democrats were taking a hardline stance in putting people who came to the United States illegally over American citizens. They were demanding amnesty for them, and, they would want amnesty for the parents who committed the “sin” of bringing them. As someone noted in a reply to the Disney World CEO, if security caught parents and their kids who snuck into Disney, would they let them stay and get everything, all the rides, food, accommodations, for free? Or kick them all out?

A CNN poll had this to say

Overall, about half of Americans say they would blame either Trump (21%) or his Republican counterparts in Congress (26%) should Congress fail to fund the government by the midnight Friday deadline. About a third, 31%, say they would hold the Democrats in Congress responsible, and another 10% say they’d blame all three groups. Among Republicans, 62% would blame the Democrats in Congress, while 43% of Democrats would blame Republicans on Capitol Hill and 29% would blame Trump.

Still, 56% overall say approving a budget agreement to avoid a shutdown is more important than continuing the DACA program, while just 34% choose DACA over a shutdown. Democrats break narrowly in favor of DACA — 49% say it’s more important vs. 42% who say avoiding a shutdown is the priority — while majorities of both Republicans (75%) and independents (57%) say avoiding a shutdown is more important.

If this isn’t resolved quickly, Democrats should expect different language than they’ve seen in the past, what with Trump in office. He won’t sit around and take the blame, and he will be quick to make sure to blame Democrats. Many in the GOP will follow suit, rather than being meek like in the past.

Anyhow, remember the Barrycades Obama put up during his shutdown? What say we put some around Planned Parenthood? And, hey, how about the General Assembly building in Sacramento, California? If any elected Democrats want to fly home, let them pay for the ticket themselves.

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Global Warming Is Totally Part Of Southern Freezing Or Something

The Cult of Climastrology just keeps trying

Deep freeze in the deep South | Why global warming is part of the conversation

This year started off cold. Very cold. And for the past couple of days, metro Atlanta and North Georgia have been covered in snow and ice with temperatures in the teens.

This winter has been an average of 13 degrees colder than last winter. Last season we only saw a trace of snow at the Atlanta airport where we keep the official records. According to our 11Alive StormTrackers, Atlanta has picked up 4.6” of snow so far this season.

Even though we had an early snow in December, the month averaged 1.5 degrees above average. So far in January, we are 7.6 degrees below average.

At times during this snow storm, Atlanta was colder than Anchorage, Alaska. These are extreme temperatures for the South. When we posted that information on the 11Alive Facebook page, many comments were about global warming.

Here we go

But it’s those extreme temperatures that point to the reality of climate change. That’s the better term according to the director of the atmospheric science program at the University of Georgia Dr. Marshall Shepherd.

He said “climate change is a better term because it illustrates all of the changes that are happening, perhaps more intense hurricanes, even greater heat waves, more intense rain storms that lead to flooding. Those are all symptomatic of climate change, global warming is just one aspect of climate change in the same way that running a fever is one aspect of the flu, and that’s how we have to try to convey this.”

There’s a reason I call it Hotcoldwetdry and them the Cult of Climastrology.

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If All You See…

…is a horrible, evil, meat covered carbon spewing pizza, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Political Clown Parade, with a post on a surveillance abuses memo.

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New Study Refutes Total Doom From ‘Climate Change’

Investors Business Daily says that Doomsday just got cancelled. Mother Jones says it’s more accurate, less terrible. And the Washington Times says

Landmark study debunks UN’s worst-case global-warming scenarios

A groundbreaking British study throws cold water on the U.N.’s most extreme climate-change scenarios, finding little chance that the planet will heat up by 4 to 5 degrees over the next century.

The UN International Panel on Climate Change has predicted for 25 years that global temperatures are likely to increase between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius by 2100, but the latest research narrows the range to 2.2-3.4 degrees Celsius.

“Our study all but rules out very low and very high climate sensitivities, so we now know much better what we need to,” said University of Exeter professor Peter M. Cox, the lead author of the study, in a press release.

Of course, on the flip side, they are prognosticating a higher low end range, based on doubling of CO2 levels, which in itself is controversial, due to the greenhouse gas potential of CO2 being not as powerful as Warmists maintain when doubled. Furthermore, they are, of course, blaming this all on Mankind.

The research also has implications for the climate-change movement, said University of Colorado Boulder professor Roger A. Pielke Jr.

“If your climate advocacy is grounded in ‘[it’s] gonna be bad, really bad’ arguments, then new science (‘not as bad’) puts you in an awkward position,” he said on Twitter. “No doubt some catastrophists will today feel a need to diss the new study lest they give evil deniers due.”

Based on some of the other articles on this, the study authors are still saying that Government needs to Do Something to limit CO2 output. Too bad most of us won’t be around in 2100 to say “I told you this was all mule fritters!”

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NY Times Blames Democrats On One Hand, Republicans On Other For Any Shutdown

The NY Times seems a bit confused. Here’s how the Editorial Board puts it

Here’s Another Fine Mess They’ve Gotten Us Into

One could almost — but not really — feel sorry for Republicans. This is a mess President Trump created, and Republicans are tiptoeing around him trying to fashion a temporary fix that he won’t demolish with a tantrum or a tweet.

In September Mr. Trump abruptly decided he’d be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to this nation as children from deportation. The president has lately been demanding billions of dollars for a wasteful wall along the Mexican border — you know, the one Mexico was supposed to pay for — as a price for a measure that allows these young people, known as Dreamers, to remain here.

See? It’s Trump’s fault for ending an un-Constitutional program (hey, Obama called it that), causing Democrats to refuse to vote for any short term funding in their support for illegals.

Then you have this under the bigger story of the House passing a bill for short term funding, mostly along party lines (6 Dems said yes to it, 11 Republicans said no)

Senate Democrats Appear Ready to Block the Measure

The House approved a stopgap spending bill on Thursday night to keep the government open past Friday, but Senate Democrats — angered by President Trump’s vulgar aspersions and a lack of progress on a broader budget and immigration deal — appeared ready to block the measure. (snip)

In the Senate, at least about a dozen Democratic votes would be needed to approve the measure, and there was little chance that those would materialize. Democrats are intent on securing concessions that would, among other things, protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, increase domestic spending, aid Puerto Rico and bolster the government’s response to the opioid crisis.

All of those could be done in separate spending bills, but, really, the only thing Democrats care about is the illegal alien Dreamers, and they’re willing to shut the government down, potentially harming American citizens.

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California Promises To Prosecute Employers Who Work With Illegal Alien Sweeps

On Capital Hill, Democrats are promising to shut the government down over illegal alien Dreamers. In California, they’re going to prosecute citizens who follow federal law

(Sacramento Bee) The state’s top cop issued a warning to California employers Thursday that businesses face legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if they assist federal immigration authorities with a potential widespread immigration crackdown.

“It’s important, given these rumors that are out there, to let people know – more specifically today, employers – that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference. “We will prosecute those who violate the law.”

Becerra’s warning comes as fears spread of mass workplace raids following reports that immigration agents plan to target Northern California communities for deportations due in part to the state’s “sanctuary” law, which seeks to restrict local law enforcement agencies’ ability to cooperate with immigration authorities.

It’s amazing what lengths Democrats will go to protect illegal aliens. The (Illegal) Immigrant Worker Protection Act requires that employers demand a warrant from immigration officials before granting access to any worksite. No one can voluntarily share information on employees without a subpoena. Requires employers to notify their workers before a federal audit of employee records. And several other measures, all meant to protect illegal aliens.

Perhaps it’s time for federal officials to arrest politicians who are obstructing justice and protecting illegal aliens.

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Newsweek: Trumps Hair Loss Meds May Possibly Sorta We’re Not Sure Giving Him ED

Twenty years ago yesterday, the Drudge report stated that Newsweek was sitting on the Monica Lewinsky story. Today, Newsweek has no problem with ruminating on a subject they really have no facts on (via John Sexton)

TRUMP HEALTH EXAM: PRESIDENT STILL TAKING HAIR LOSS DRUG EVEN AFTER RESEARCH REVEALED LINK TO ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION AND DEPRESSION

President Trump’s heavily scrutinized recent health exam revealed that he’s continued to take the hair-loss drug finasteride, even after a succession of new studies showed that it is linked to side effects including chronic erectile dysfunction and depression.

We have to get all the way to the end where we see

Psychiatric medications required by past presidents have had to be prescribed in secret, according to POLITICObut it’s not unusual for presidents to take various medications for various health conditions that aren’t stigmatized. Bill Clinton, for example, also took a drug to manage his cholesterol levels, according to the Times. As with most medication side effects, their manifestation and severity differs from person to person. There’s no guarantee that Trump is or isn’t experiencing finasteride’s side effects; just that they’re a possibility.

Yeah, pure and utter speculation. As Sexton writes

Let’s face it. The only reason to write this story is to get Trump’s name and “erectile dysfunction” in the same headline. This is the kind of material that used to be reserved for 2nd-rate progressive bloggers looking to amuse their readers. Now it’s being published at Newsweek as news.

But, things like and intern giving oral sex to a president needed to be sat on.

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