If All You See…

…are penguins that have all been driven from Antarctica due to climate change, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Powers That Be, with a post on what happens when a Democrats gets asked a hard question by supposedly friendly media.

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‘Climate Change’ Made Lobsters Awesome, But Will Kill Them In The Future Or Something

It’s always some sort of doom with these people

Climate Change Brought a Lobster Boom. Now It Could Cause a Bust.

At 3:30 in the morning on a Friday in late May, the lobstermen ate breakfast. Outside, their boats bobbed in the labradorite water, lit only by the dull yellow of streetlamps across the bay. It was windy, too windy for fishing, but one by one the island’s fishermen showed up at the Surfside cafe anyway. Over pancakes and eggs, they grumbled about the season’s catch to date.

Some of the lobstermen said it was just too early in the season. Others feared that it was a sign of things to come. Since the early 1980s, climate change had warmed the Gulf of Maine’s cool waters to the ideal temperature for lobsters, which has helped grow Maine’s fishery fivefold to a half-billion-dollar industry, among the most valuable in the United States. But last year the state’s lobster landings dropped by 22 million pounds, to 111 million.

Now, scientists and some fishermen are worried that the waters might eventually warm too much for the lobsters, and are asking how much longer the boom can last.

“Climate change really helped us for the last 20 years,” said Dave Cousens, who stepped down as president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association in March. But, he added, “Climate change is going to kill us, in probably the next 30.”

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NJ Governor Pushes To Increase Cost Of Gun Ownership

Remember, one of the talking points from the gun grabbers is that they don’t want to interfere with the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens to own a firearm, they just want to keep them out of the hands of criminals. Where does this one fit in?

Phil Murphy wants to make it a lot more expensive to buy a gun in N.J.

Gov. Phil Murphy is proposing to significantly hike fees for buying and selling firearms in New Jersey, a move that would raise the cost of gun permits and licenses for the first time in half a century and likely trigger a legal challenge from Second Amendment advocates.

Murphy, a Democrat who has already signed half a dozen gun control bills in his first few months in office, has publicly called for raising such fees.

“It’s hard to believe it’s actually cheaper to get a permit to purchase a handgun, which is $2, than it is to get a dog license in practically any town in our state,” Murphy said at a June 13 bill signing.

Draft legislation obtained by NJ Advance Media shows Murphy wants to raise fees and licenses far beyond the rate of inflation. The proposal, which Murphy’s office shared with legislative leaders as part of the budget process, has not been formally introduced in the state Legislature. (snip)

The plan would raise the cost for handgun purchase permits from $2 to $50; firearms identification cards from $5 to $100; handgun carry permits from $50 to $400; retail gun dealer licenses from $50 to $500; and wholesaler/manufacturer licenses from $150 to $1,500, among other hikes.

That’s a serious jump in cost, wouldn’t you say? And who gets burdened? The law abiding. The purchase permit is only good for 90 days, and would have to be renewed. As I quickly wrote in the the comments

As a lawful gun owner, I’m not against reasonable fees, but, the $2 is simply for a purchase permit, which is good for 90 days (we pay $5 in NC, good for 5 years. But only good for one handgun purchase). You also have to pay $5 for a purchaser ID card. Plus $62.50 for the fingerprints. And a permit to possess and carry a firearm is another $20 $50, and has to be renewed every 2 years.

I pay zero in NC to possess and open carry. Concealed carry is $80, renews every 5 years, and $75 per renewal.

The purchaser ID card is required for any purchase, possession, and carrying of a long gun. So, hunters would pay quite a bit more. The handgun permit has to be renewed every two years, so law abiding citizens would be paying that $400 every two years. None of this would effect criminals, just the law abiding.

But the governor’s public budget plan anticipates $1.4 million in additional revenue from the sale of firearms, and gun control activists continued to press the matter Thursday after learning the idea had not been picked up by Democratic leaders in the state Assembly and Senate.

And that was the other thing I mentioned in the comments: “What Phil is attempting to do isn’t even anti-gun so much as trying to steal more money from taxpayers.” It’s what Democrats do. Raise taxes and fees because they’re not particularly good at being responsible with the money they forcibly take from citizens, and always want more.

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Fake News: Child On Cover Of Time Magazine Was Not, Get This, Separated

Think they would have done this while Obama was POTUS?

Well, we’re the same country we were when Obama was president. It’s just that the “news” media declined to cover the separation of kids. But, see, there’s a problem

From the Daily Mail

The father of the Honduran girl who became the face of the family separation crisis has revealed that he still has not been in touch with his wife or daughter but was happy to learn they are safe.

Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife Sandra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw the image of them being apprehended in Texas.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife and child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are together and are doing ‘fine.’

‘You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,’ he said.

Denis said his wife and daughter were never separated by border control agents and remain together.

Never separated. The child was put down for a brief moment while mom was searched. That’s it. That’s why the Credentialed Media should do research and verify exactly what they are publishing. One has to wonder how often, though, are the layers and layers of fact checkers fail vs how often they do not care because they want to Get Trump.

He revealed that his wife had previously mentioned her wish to go to the United States for a ‘better future’ but did not tell him nor any of their family members that she was planning to make the trek.

‘I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day.’

He said that Sandra had always wanted to experience ‘the American dream’ and hoped to find a good job in the States.

Denis, who works as a captain at a port on the coast of Puerto Cortes, explained that things back home were fine but not great, and that his wife was seeking political asylum.

Just because things are so-so at home doesn’t mean you get to just show up at our border and claim asylum. Want to fix this problem? Pass a law that anyone seeking asylum can only do it at a US embassy or other facility, and we’ll look at their claim. But, not at our border. Illegals who are crossing at non-entry points or entry points, and have even been caught well within the US, know what talking points to use. And they all seem to be claiming some sort of asylum.

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Someone Please Explain Why People Have To Blow Off Stop Signs

Dana caught a tweet from me a few months back asking people to please stop running stop signs. And there was this at NJ.com

Drivers no longer know what ‘stop’ means

I was under the impression that when vehicles approached stop signs and red traffic lights, they were supposed to stop.

I have seen more and more vehicles go through intersections with red traffic signals. Many cars never come to a full stop when approaching a stop sign. These drivers put others at risk, and can cause accidents.

What’s their excuse? Are they in a hurry to get somewhere? As long as they can get away with running stop signs and driving through red traffic lights, bad drivers will continue to disobey traffic laws.

The running red lights, mostly as they are just about to go red, has been going on for a while. Over the last few months, I’ve noticed a serious increase in the amount of people blowing stop signs. Maybe I just never noticed. It seems to be happening everywhere lately, And these aren’t slow and goes. No. People get near the stop sign, and just go. They do not get down to a mile or two an hour. And they are flying up to stop signs, and slamming on the brakes when they realize a vehicle is coming. It is worrisome, and damned dangerous. They really often do not have time to look both ways properly to see if a vehicle, a jogger, a kid on a bike, etc, is coming.

I just don’t get it. If they do not care about other people, you’d think they would care about themselves and their property which costs tens of thousands of dollars.  It’s such a simple thing that only costs a few extra seconds. I’ve been hit by a dumbass blowing a red light (they were going right on red, and weren’t paying attention to the my turn signal, but, still never stopped). I don’t feel like getting hit because some other dumbass couldn’t wait a few seconds.

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Good News: Chocolate/Vanilla Ice Cream Causes Massive Case Of Offendinitis

Have you ever had Blue Bell ice cream? Delicious. It’s my preferred brand now. It’s real, tastes great, and you get a lot for your money. I like the Neapolitan the most, but, there’s another I’ve purchased when my WalMart is out. This type. Which apparently is raaaaacist and linked to the Civil War, and has caused Offendinitis

Mixed-Race Family Asks Blue Bell To Change ‘The Great Divide’ Flavor Name

In an open letter on Love What MattersTraci Schmidley, a mother of six children and a foster mom to more, is asking Blue Bell Ice Cream to change the name of their chocolate and vanilla flavor, which is currently named “The Great Divide.”

According to Schmidley, the family was sitting down to celebrate the end of a long week with some ice cream when her 10-year-old son saw the name on the carton and decided to make a joke calling it “The Civil War flavor.”

“The line down the middle of the carton reminded him of the Mason Dixon line, and the name reminded him of a time in history when our nation appeared to be irrevocably divided. He looked at our table and saw a mixture of both black and white people, not divided on one side or another like in the ice cream but gathered around the table together.”

Schmidley says her son wasn’t complaining that the name of the ice cream was racist, but rather that it wasn’t “the best name for something as wonderfully unifying as Blue Bell ice cream.” The children came up with a name that they think better represents the flavor, calling it “Better Together.” They wrote a letter to the company that Schmidley shared on her Facebook page.

OK, perhaps he wasn’t complaining that it was racist (I doubt that), but, it sure is a case of Mega-Offendinitis. Seriously, this is ice cream. There’s always been this light-hearted debate about chocolate or vanilla being the best. The Great Divide! This is the kind of insanity that permates today’s society, where someone takes Offense because they’ve utterly misread something in their own minds. But, remember, it’s not about race

Last week we had an ice cream party and we had the flavor the Great Divide. It’s a good flavor for parties because we can add a lot of unique toppings to it. But, we began to talk about the name and we think some people might misunderstand the name and think the name the Great Divide is about people and the division that exists in our world because of different skin colors.

That’s from the Facebook post to Blue Bell, embedded in the above link. On the bright side, it wasn’t Demanding and unhinged like what you see from most SJWs.

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If All You See…

…is horrible heat snow from Other People’s carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is A View From The Beach, with a post on one of the lunatics attacking the Homeland Security secretary.

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Surprise: Excitable Bill McKibben Says ‘Climate Change’ (scam) Not An Environmental Issue

Ever so slowly, the high mucky mucks in the Cult of Climastrology are revealing what this who thing is about

Catastrophic Climate Change Is Not an ‘Environmental’ Issue: Bill McKibben

It’s the most crucial security question that humans have ever faced: catastrophic climate change. Bill McKibben says it’s too late to halt global warming, but we still have a chance to curb it in ways that ultimately avoid “civilizational destruction.”

What follows at The Nation is a podcast which describes what McKibben seems to be saying in his The Nation article

Climate Change Is Our Most Critical National-Security Challenge

Progressive American politicians must embrace the necessity of dramatic action on climate change as a touchstone. So far, Senator Bernie Sanders has done it the most persuasively, campaigning on addressing climate change, health care, racial justice, and economic inequality as his unvaried quartet of issues, invoked in every speech and backed up with serious legislation that shows a willingness to move with real speed. Other party leaders will back him on one bill or another, and scientists and engineers are now running for office. Seriousness on climate change needs to be a qualification, not an afterthought, for anyone who wants to run for president. Because it’s not an environmental issue; it’s the most crucial security question that humans have ever faced.

And what Bill recommends to solve this is, I know you’ll be surprised, more and more Big Government control and more taxes and fees.

So if and when the United States emerges from the Trump era, and if and when progressive politicians really embrace climate change as a core issue in tandem with race, gender, immigration, and inequality, we will have a chance for something new: an activist government whose task, alongside those of China and Europe, will be to help lead in a very different direction the planet that we’ve done the most to pollute. If there’s any reason for a superpower, it’s got everything to do with… power.

So, ‘climate change’ is pretty much a stand-in for every other far left notion, which always seem to increase the size and power of centralized government. Which is what is being proposed through this very, very long and roundabout The Nation article by Alyssa Battistoni, which seems to be pushing authoritarian, even dictatorial, government in order to solve the “climate crisis.”

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UN Report On Poverty Blasting Trump Has One Big Problem

Much like so many reports of kids fenced in at illegal alien detention centers….oh, look, here’s a new one, saying they were handcuffed and beaten….that seem to have occurred during the time of the previous White House occupant, Trump gets blamed for things that he didn’t do. He wasn’t POTUS at the time. Here’s another

(Fox News) A recent United Nations report blasting President Trump and America in general for harboring “contempt” and “hatred for the poor” is based on highly inaccurate data that can’t easily be used to compare the U.S. to other nations.

The U.N. report’s main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party: America has 40 million poor people, including 18.5 million who live in extreme poverty; U.S. policies regarding the poor are “cruel and inhuman;” the Trump tax cuts aren’t working and will worsen inequality; and the U.S. needs to spend less on defense of our nation and more on social programs.

But, wait a minute: the U.N. report’s main contentions are based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure data for 2016 – the last full year of President Obama’s second term. So it would be absurd to say that private citizen Donald Trump had any responsibility for the many shortcomings of the Obama administration or any other administration in power before he became president.

The U.N. might as well blame Trump for causing the Great Depression – before he was born.

An even bigger problem with the report, especially given that the organization attacking American policy is the U.N., is that the Census Bureau data for 2016 isn’t accurate and can’t be used to compare U.S. anti-poverty programs with programs in other developed nations.

Wouldn’t this be what was referred to as an “inherited problem” from the day Obama took office in 2009 to at least his re-election in 2012? The media at the time the report was released at the beginning of June were hot to trot to Blame Trump, with headlines like

The Washington Post had an honest (mostly) article on the report, noting that the safety net programs were failing before Trump was elected. Regardless, so many others were blasting Trump policies for data from the Obama era.

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Trump Signs EO To (Mostly) End Illegal Alien Separation, Democrats Shift Goal Posts

Democrats say it’s about the kids. It’s not about the kids

(Daily Caller) Members of the media and Democrats are unsatisfied with President Trump’s executive order temporarily ending family separations at the border and are now urging him to end his zero tolerance policy on prosecuting people who cross the border illegally.

President Trump announced Wednesday that he would allow families to be detained together while they wait to be prosecuted for illegal border crossings. Immigration law currently requires children to be sheltered separately as their parents await trial.

However, despite spending weeks complaining about the separation of families and even comparing the detention centers to concentration camps, the media and the Democrats are still railing against the president.

Because the Trump administration prosecutes illegal border crossers at a 100 percent rate, leftists are now complaining that families will be detained at all — even if they’re detained together. The implicit assertion is that people who cross the border illegally shouldn’t be detained, even though those people often fail to show up for their court hearings.

Well, of course they are. Because this is about open borders. They didn’t care about when it was happening under Obama (nor do they seem to care that Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is doing the same)

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt questioned what would “happen next,” noting, “this executive order does not end the zero tolerance policy — everyone will continue to be prosecuted which puts a serious strain on resources.”

Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin complained on CNN that “it does not reverse his zero tolerance policy and so we’re still going to have some really critical issues to deal with relating to … families with young children.”

And so many others

And, if you’ve lost pro-amnesty Marco Rubio

According to some data Gabriel Malor has found, 39% of illegals did not appear in court for fiscal year 2016.

And here’s Trump trolling Dems

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