Archive for December 18th, 2009

Patrick Michaels — How to Manufacture a Climate Consensus: The East Anglia emails are just the tip of the iceberg. I should know.

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The result of all this is that our refereed literature has been inestimably damaged, and reputations have been trashed. Mr. Wigley repeatedly tells news reporters not to listen to “skeptics” (or even nonskeptics like me), because they didn’t publish enough in the peer-reviewed literature-even as he and his friends sought to make it difficult or impossible to do so.

Ironically, with the release of the Climategate emails, the Climatic Research Unit, Michael Mann, Phil Jones and Tom Wigley have dramatically weakened the case for emissions reductions. The EPA claimed to rely solely upon compendia of the refereed literature such as the IPCC reports, in order to make its finding of endangerment from carbon dioxide. Now that we know that literature was biased by the heavy-handed tactics of the East Anglia mob, the EPA has lost the basis for its finding.

Mr. Michaels, formerly professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia (1980-2007), is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Standing Up for Liberty: The health care debate is about insurance; it should be about access. — Jim Prevor

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The push to insure everyone is, moreover, a decision to endorse a risk-averse society. There is little question that if every uninsured family in America were offered a cashier’s check in the amount it will cost to provide that family with health insurance–checks that could easily be in excess of $15,000 each year–and simultaneously offered the chance to sign the checks over to purchase health insurance, many, many families would elect to take their chances and do something else with the money. A real question, not addressed in the current debate, is why the Democrats want to avoid giving autonomy to families, who best know their own situation–and why Republicans are not standing athwart the effort to deny families such freedom and yelling, “Stop!”

Tom Coburn — Government guidelines would likely have forbidden the test I used to discover Sheila’s cancer

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The bottom line is that under the Reid bill the majority of America’s patients might be fine. But some will be like Sheila-patients whose lives hang in the balance and require the care of a doctor who understands the science and art of medicine, and can make decisions without government interference.

The American people are opposing this bill in greater numbers every day because the facts of the bill-not any tactic-are cause for serious concern.

Charlie Crist on being pro-stimulus — “I’m proud of it. I’m proud of the fact that at least I, as governor, said I thought it was right to use those dollars to help avoid the cuts. Some of my colleagues weren’t so forthright. You heard a lot of rhetoric. Every Republican governor ended up taking the money. Maybe we have a more honest governor than some.”

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Jim Geraghty on James Traficant 2010: “I don’t know about you, but I missed him”

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Jay Cost — The Democrats’ Health Care Dilemma

Friday, December 18th, 2009

I have frequently heard analysts propose that the Democrats will pass a bill because they must, because the party requires it to retain an appearance of competence (or, at a minimum, to avoid the appearance of incompetence). I would not dispute that this is a vital part of the calculus, but it is not the whole game. The way I view the politics of the health care debate is akin to a potential collective action dilemma. This type of interaction presents several complications to the “they will because they must” argument.

Before we get into those, it’s important to remember two basic points about our system. First, the United States Congress does not represent the interests of the whole country. That’s a fallacy of composition. Instead, it’s the meeting place of all the representatives of the parts of the country. Thus, individual senators and congressmen ultimately rise or fall based not on how they serve the nation, but their local constituents. Second, and relatedly, nobody in Congress is electorally responsible to a national political party.

Dave Helling — Former KCK Mayor and Democrat Carol Marinovich a maybe on 3rd District

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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David Klepper — Tom Wiggans, we hardly knew you

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Kraske — Roberts, Brownback back Schmidt for AG

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Erick Erickson — Charlie Crist will eventually drop out of Senate race

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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AP — Climate talks deadlocked as clashes erupt outside

Friday, December 18th, 2009

COPENHAGEN - The 10-day-old climate talks ran into disputes and paralysis as they entered a critical stage Wednesday, just two days before President Barack Obama and more than 100 other national leaders hope to sign a historic agreement to fight global warming.

Copenhagen summit veering towards farce, warns Ed Miliband, UK climate secretary

Friday, December 18th, 2009

“We have made no progress” said a source close to the talks. “What people don’t realise is that we are now not really ready for the leaders. These talks are now 18 hours late.”

BBC boss: Sorry for online debate on killing gays

Friday, December 18th, 2009

LONDON (AP) - A senior BBC executive has apologized for inviting debate on whether gays should face execution in Uganda.

AP — Scientists watch deep-sea volcano for first time

Friday, December 18th, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO – Scientists have witnessed the eruption of a deep-sea volcano for the first time ever, capturing on video the fiery bubbles of molten lava as they exploded 4,000 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean in what researchers are calling a major geological discovery.

AP — Judge asked to block wild horse roundup in Nevada

Friday, December 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON - An animal protection group asked a federal judge Wednesday to block a plan to round up about 2,500 wild horses to remove them from a Nevada range.

‘Avatar’ poised for a $200-million weekend

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Health-care bill wouldn’t bring real reform — Howard Dean, Wash Post

Friday, December 18th, 2009

If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill. Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform. Real reform would insert competition into insurance markets, force insurers to cut unnecessary administrative expenses and spend health-care dollars caring for people. Real reform would significantly lower costs, improve the delivery of health care and give all Americans a meaningful choice of coverage. The current Senate bill accomplishes none of these.

Karl Rove, WSJ — The President Is No B+; In fact, he’s got the worst ratings of any president at the end of his first year

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Mr. Obama has not governed as the centrist, deficit-fighting, bipartisan consensus builder he promised to be. And his promise to embody a new kind of politics-free of finger-pointing, pettiness and spin-was a mirage. He has cheapened his office with needless attacks on his predecessor.

Consider Mr. Obama’s comment in his interview this past Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that the Bush administration made a mistake in speaking in “a triumphant sense about war.”

Drunk 4-Year-Old Steals Christmas Presents

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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NY Daily News — U.S. to contribute to $100B climate fund to help developing countries: Hillary Clinton

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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