A peer-reviewed survey of 1077 geoscientists and engineers finds that "only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis," according to James Taylor, writing at Forbes.com. As he points out, if there is a scientific consensus at all, it would have to be skepticism toward anthropogenic global warming. Yet President Obama in his State of the Union speech Tuesday cited the now-discredited notion of such a consensus as the foundation of his green agenda. It is bunk. Headline split by staff
South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar. It happened at 4am this morning and the woman may have been killed after a Valentine´s Day surprise went tragically wrong at his mansion in Pretoria. The dead woman is Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who has been dating the 26-year-old for two months. She was shot in the head, the chest and the arm, police in the country have said,
As an immigrant to the United States, and thus a sideline spectator of the panorama that is American society, (snip) I have been fascinated by the characteristics of the American left as compared to their counterparts in the rest of the world. While on the surface there may appear to be similarities, at least on a so-called philosophical basis, there are, however, virtually none when it comes to the motivation and personality quirks of the American left.
The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to tell them you want a long-term relationship.[Snip] For most men love is just a fourletter word. Ask him if he loves you and the most articulate man on the planet will suddenly take on the speech patterns of an android from Robots From Planet Moron. Ask a man if he loves you and he´ll become so enigmatic he´ll be harder to read than advanced trigonometry. But Valentine´s Day really puts a potential spouse on the spot. It´s make or break time. Better to find out he´s a commitment-phobe now than
Sergeant Carl James Boyd of the 1st Royal Regiment of Fusiliers demonstrates how the Norwegian-designed Black Hornet Nano will be used by troops on the front line in Afghanistan. The tiny handheld surveillance helicopters contains a camera that beams back video and still images to a handheld control terminal, allowing soldiers to see past obstacles to identify potential hidden dangers. The remote-controlled drone measures about 4in by 1in and weighs 0.6oz Sergeant Boyd described the piece of kit as a "lifesaver".
Taylor Swift´s environmentally minded ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy ended up in handcuffs after taking part in a high-profile protest over global warming outside the White House Wednesday. The 18-year-old Kennedy heir, who had enjoyed a brief summer romance with the country singer, was arrested along with his father, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, actress and activist Daryl Hannah and dozens of others. The protesters had attached themselves with zip-ties to the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in an act of civil disobedience meant to draw attention to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The group were demanding that President Obama reject the
A teenager who lost most of her skin and her vision in a horrifying adverse reaction to Children’s Motrin has on Wednesday won $109million from the drug’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson. Samantha Reckis, who was only seven years old when she took the children’s ibuprofen to combat a fever, suffered a rare but potentially fatal side effect that caused her to go blind and 90 percent of her skin to fall off. In total, the Plymouth, Massachusetts Superior Court jury ruled that Ms Reckis and her parents should be awarded at total of $109million by Johnson & Johnson and its
In a hearing last week, Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were happy with their ability last week to suggest that President Obama’s lack of inquiry during the Benghazi attack last September 11 showed how removed he was from an urgent political /military issue. While focusing pro and con on the supposed inability of Mr. Obama to have serious concern over his beleaguered representatives in Libya, the senators, Democrat and Republican alike, missed completely a principal issue in the Secretary of Defense’s testimony. Leon Panetta had tried to explain that time and distance precluded the possibility
I recall Obama talking a lot about “Nation-Building at Home” instead of abroad, but like every other word that comes out of his mouth, that was another lie.While Barack Hussein Obama is firing 20,000 Marines as part of his massive purge of the United States military to “save money”, he’s also fighting to send $700 million to the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority. On Feb 8th, Obama issued yet another waiver for Palestinian Authority aid, claiming that sending money to the corrupt undemocratic terrorist kleptocracy that refuses to negotiate a peaceful solution
Mr. President, perhaps amidst the merriment surrounding the inaugural festivities you misremembered your oath. Sir, you solemnly swore “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” But these few weeks hence, your State of the Union speech essentially disavowed America’s cherished founding charter. Many left-leaning pundits applaud your “bold” vision to radically redefine America. President Obama, you are understandably emboldened by re-election, but you were not made king. Regardless of whether you agree with constitutional precepts, you’re still legally bound; still compelled by the sacred oath you swore.
Actress Ashley Judd’s movement toward a Senate run against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell makes Democrats in Washington, D.C., happy. But back in Kentucky, for many Bluegrass State Democrats, a potential Judd run brings a different feeling: heartburn. “If she runs, I think that it would be a catastrophe for a lot of downballot races in Kentucky,” said Jimmy Cauley, a longtime Kentucky Democratic strategist who doesn’t believe Judd can win a general election. Among Democratic state legislators, he said, “there is significant worry about Ashley being on the ballot.”
We heard many bad and tired ideas during last night’s State of the Union address, and one of them was the promise to raise the minimum wage, to $9 dollar an hour. While on the surface it may seem like a way to increase the standard of living for lower-income Americans, in reality the policy is likely to backfire. For instance, research by economists David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine, William Wascher of the Federal Reserve Board, and Mark Schweitzer of the Cleveland Fed shows that that minimum wages increase poverty and hence poverty reduction
A homicidal maniac blames racism in the Los Angeles Police Department for his killing rampage against cops and civilians and the New York Times responds, “You know, he just may have a point.” On Monday, as fired LAPD cop Christopher Dorner eluded capture for the sixth day after killing a Riverside Police Department officer, the daughter of his departmental defense attorney, and her fiancé, the Times wrapped up three days of observations about racism in the LAPD in response to Dorner’s charge, in a lunatic manifesto, that the department was endemically biased and brutal.
MIAMI — A manhunt is under way for a prisoner convicted in two violent sexual assaults who stabbed one of two police escorts and escaped in the Dallas area as he was being transferred from Florida to Nevada, police said Tuesday. Alberto Morales, 42, somehow obtained a sharp object and stabbed one of the officers once in the neck and three times in the back Monday night outside a Walmart in Grapevine, police said. Miami-Dade Police Detective Jaime Pardinas, a 54-year-old who has been on the force for 28 years, is in serious but stable condition.
Nothing bristles dedicated conservatives like the word ´amnesty´ tossed around while Congress debates immigration reform. While Hispanics like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz try to explain why our immigration laws don´t work, the Democrats count on conservative pundits to point out that amnesty is letting millions of immigrants break laws that legal immigrants had to obey on the path to citizenship. They revel in the division among the Republicans who are too stupid to recognize the trap being set for them. As the Captain said in Cool Hand Luke, "What we got here is a failure to communicate."
Jennifer Kirkland says she caught her 6-year-old son Ethan just staring at a school bus the other day. He was mesmerized, his eyes locked on the yellow vehicle. He didn´t say a thing, and she didn´t know what to say to him. The last time he was on a bus, he was sitting just behind the driver -- as he always did -- waiting for his stop so he could go home. But the "bad man" got on, and killed the driver, his buddy Mr. Poland. Appearing on the "Dr. Phil" show, Kirkland told Phil McGraw
The instant Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement, the American media went into politics mode — and got even that wrong. And not just the horse-race angle about who might succeed the German-born Josef Ratzinger, 85, a fierce defender of Catholic theology known around the Vatican as God’s Rottweiler. No, the focus instead was on whether the church — despite centuries of fidelity to a well-defined set of moral precepts — will take this opportunity to “expand its appeal” by compromising its teachings on birth control, homosexuality and divorce.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.) broke one of the cardinal rules of public officials using Twitter: be sure to direct-message groupies. Cohen was caught off guard during the State of the Union last night when he tweeted game to Victoria Brink, a graduate of Texas State University, by shouting out “ilu” as reported by the Hill. Ilu is short for “I love/like you” and we can’t blame Cohen for feeling that way about Brink. Brink first hollered at Cohen, saying she saw the Tennessee lawmaker on the television.
He volunteered for duty in a combat zone and badgered his superiors for assignment to the front. He dove for cover during enemy air raids, and glossed over the danger in his letters home. He ached for the love of his life. He inveigled like Milo Minderbinder. And he made a killing at cards. "You asked how much of the $675 was from poker," Dick Nixon wrote his wife, Pat, in July 1944. "All of it! In fact I´ve won over a thousand to date. More about that later." A cache of previously unseen correspondence from the young Navy officer,
President Obama will make his first presidential visit to Israel in March, and Secretary of State Kerry will make his own trip even sooner. The White House is trying to dampen the inevitable speculation about a possible breakthrough to peace negotiations, and its spokesman has said the president’s trip is “not focused on specific Middle East peace process proposals.” Let’s hope so. But given the itinerary—Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman—the so-called peace process will be near the top of the agenda at every meeting Kerry and Obama have. The trip itself is a good thing: Israel is a close ally,
There isn’t much left of the CNN brand, but there is still a little room to sink deeper–and today, CNN did. Compare and contrast: CNN’s panel is excited about Chris Dorner. They can understand why lots of people think he is a “superhero.” They think his deeds were “exciting,” like a “Denzel Washington movie,” and agree that Dorner shed valuable light on the critical issue of police brutality. Their panel is more or less a Chris Dorner fan club, with one lonely exception who thinks the most salient fact is that he was a murderer:
Crews helped paint a redesigned mural of President Obama in Midtown on Wednesday evening, weeks after the mural was defaced by vandals for a second time. Houston artist Reginald Adams and The Breakfast Klub restaurant invited the public to help paint the image. The event began with tracing the image onto a wall across the street from the popular restaurant at Alabama and Travis. The mural was defaced in the early hours of Jan. 28 for the second time in recent months. The original mural, created during the presidential election campaign in 2008,
After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today announced he is prepared to hold John Brennan´s nomination to be CIA director, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wouldn´t honor the hold. Paul said he´s willing to hold Brennan´s nomination until he receives sufficient answers to two letters of inquiry he sent to Brennan regarding the use of drones. "I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered," Paul said.
It’s clear from President Obama’s State of the Union address that gun control is a major goal for his second term. Senators—senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because these police chiefs, they’re tired of seeing their guys and gals being outgunned. (Snip)Obama benefits from the confusion created by media and anti-rights politicians who intentionally mislabel modern semi-automatic sporting rifles. “Weapons of war” were severely limited
LOS ANGELES -- He styled himself as a Rambo-like guerrilla, someone trained to outwit and outshoot the police at every turn, and while Christopher Dorner left no doubt he could be unforgivingly violent, when it came to keeping ahead of the law during his deadly rampage, he made one gaffe after another. The last one - letting one of two people he tied up get loose and call police as he made off in their purple car - tipped authorities he was coming. The angry ex-cop, who authorities say boasted that police agencies had no chance of capturing him
Complaints about long lines marred the November election for some. So at the State of the Union, President Obama announced a new bipartisan commission to try and make voting easier. He cited the case of a Florida voter, 102-year-old Desiline Victor, whom Obama said waited in line for hours. "They can´t wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot," the president declared. "We are betraying our ideals." But while Florida was considered the worst state for waiting times, with one study estimating that 200,000 people gave up because of the wait, another study questions