When George W Bush declared war on an abstract noun--"Terror"--he was widely and inevitably mocked by the left for his foolishness. Not to be outdone, Barack Obama has used his second inaugural address to declare war on an even more nebulous threat to the security of the world: reality, itself.[Snip]The first sentence is a blatant untruth. Concerted global action so far to deal with the threat of climate change has resulted in: higher energy prices; more deaths from fuel poverty; more intrusive regulation; the destruction of rainforests and the squandering of agricultural land on biofuels; higher food prices;
We´re now spending an incredible $80 billion a year on food stamps and the overwhelming majority of those people are able bodied enough to do some work. In Obama´s alternative universe,this is a sign of government success,not a disgrace to the jobless situation in this country as we free wheel ourselves towards national bankruptcy.
the idea of working is becoming obsolete except if you can land a cushy government job.
The post office is a microcosm of all that´s wrong in government administration but according to Obama we can´t turn back to the failures of the recent past.
You have branches of the gov´t being ordered by Obama to cook the books on the real unemployment rate. Isn´t it just amazing that the 7.8% figure matches exactly the rate as when Obama took over. Never mind that there´s millions less in the workforce.
This is all very simple to understand, Mr. Delingpole.
The “threat of climate change” is being used by anthrophobic environmentalists to punish consumption and curtail human activity.
It is being used by grant-seeking academics for job security.
It is being used by politicians to extract campaign contributions from “green” industries that require subsidies to operate, bribes from businesses that would be adversely affected by a tangled web of costly regulations, and kickbacks from operators of carbon credit exchanges that were created out of thin air.
It is being used by the U.N. to extract wealth from rich nations to bribe the leaders of poor nations to remain underdeveloped.
And it is being used by China, Russia, and India to gain advantage over the West.
There is no consensus describing an ideal global climate, no ceiling on what climate change alarmists are willing to spend in an attempt to preserve today’s climate, and no serious consideration of whether it makes more moral and economic sense to simply adapt to warmer or cooler global climates.
Climate change alarmism is simply the greatest scientific, political and economic scam ever perpetrated in history.
Yes #6 made it very simple to understand. Thanks for the run-down on the climate change scam. We should all memorize those points and be prepared to repeat over and over until this farce is finally put to bed.
When Bush declared war on "Terror", he wasn´t only derided by liberals. Anyone with a brain knew what that meant no matter which side of the aisle you were on...as long as you could keep redefining "Terror", you could keep a "War" going that would profit a few at the expense of the rest of us.
It took us 3-1/2 years to defeat the Japanese and the Nazis. It´s now 10 years later and things aren´tany better...Where´s that darned ol´ "Terror" hiding out? We oughta go get him!! We are all so totally scr***d.
Great list, #6, to which I would add only: It is being used by self-righteous, hypocritical "environmentalists" like DiCaprio (and like my brother and sister-in-law)to make the rest of us SUV-driving schlubs feel guilty and make themselves appear superior.
´´Still, for all that, I applaud the President´s chutzpah and ingenuity.´´ I think that´s one hand clapping, but that´s lovely using a Jewish word to describe that man´s ´´war.´´
The article concludes, ´´Obama´s glorious war on reality will be a war without end. Bad luck, America.´´ There I have to disagree. It´s not luck; it´s reaping the whirlwind. After all the blessings this nation has been given, the people turned away from the loving Father who had bestowed them. No luck involved there. It´s a direct consequence that people who deal in reality could predict. Neither is it without end. Read the back of The Book.
Oprah Winfrey has been notably distancing herself from President Obama and First Lady Michelle and apparently her latest slight came against Obamacare. The media icon was asked to attend a meeting at the White House along with other celebrities to see how they could help create some positive publicity for the Affordable Care Act.[Snip] ´All of Oprah’s top people thought she would go, because when the president invites you to the White House, most people automatically say yes, but Oprah said she didn’t have the time or inclination to go. It wasn’t like she had to think it over. It
In the 1980s, the Judge Dredd strip in 2000AD ran a series of stories about the League of Fatties--people so grotesquely obese that they could only waddle around with the help of a trundle wheel supporting their enormous bellies. Back then, in our innocence, we thought it was dystopian satire… If you haven´t yet read Max Pemberton´s Spectator cover story Obesity Is Not A Disease I urge you to do so. It describes a social problem of quite grotesque, wobble-jowled, saggy-bottomed enormousness: the vast sums of money--£5 billion a year--being funnelled from our pockets in order to pay for the
Agatha Christie will compete with the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler in a quest to identify the greatest crime novel ever written. The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has asked its 600 members, all authors, to pick what they consider to be the finest example of the genre, with the winner to be revealed as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. Among the whodunits on the shortlist are two works by Christie--her 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, published in 1926. The competition will be stiff, however, as the American writer
Cambridge City Council has covered an historic city pathway with ultraviolet particles which turn blue when the sun sets, in what could be the future of street lighting. The technology, called ´Starpath´, absorbs light during the day before emitting the artificial glow in the evening. It is thought technology could one day replace streetlamps as a cheaper and more energy efficient form of lighting. The technology is currently being trialed at Christ´s Pieces in Cambridge and now the council have revealed they could adopt the path elsewhere in the city. Cllr Andrea Reiner, the executive councillor for public places, said:
Don’t worry: this is not yet another superfluous biography of Winston Churchill. It is a book about his health, by a doctor--a retired New Zealand orthopaedic surgeon, to be precise. [Snip] In the third decade (1894-1904), for example, he suffered a knee injury steeple-chasing, a dislocated right shoulder after grabbing a ring on the wall of Bombay Harbour when landing in India for the first time, a thumb laceration when hit by a splinter from a rifle range in Bangalore, and claustrophobia and panic attacks when hiding in a mine in South Africa for three days after escaping his Boer
State news agency Sana said Syrian rebels had driven a truck laden with over a tonne of explosives into a government checkpoint on a busy road. The explosion appears to have set ablaze a nearby petrol tanker, increasing the damage and casualties. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front carried out the attack. "A man detonated a truck laden with explosives at a checkpoint near an agricultural vehicles company on the road linking Hama to Salamiya," the Observatory said. It said the attack had targeted government soldiers, but that most of the dead were civilians.
The Obamacare website--HealthCare.gov--has largely been dysfunctional since launching on October 1. Technology experts are now explaining why the website isn´t working, and they largely blame the site´s manufacturers. Lev Lesokin advises 250 businesses around the world on website efficiency and told CBS News that the problem with the Obamacare website is ´largely structural´. ´What we´re seeing is way more burdensome than what you would expect with a typical consumer facing e-commerce website,´ Mr Lesokin said. He says that the website is transmitting 10 times more code than necessary severely slowing things down. The Obama Administration may be partially to blame.
In the aftermath of the crisis in Washington--or more aptly, in the lull between crises--there is a danger that a few smug assumptions will solidify into received opinion on this side of the Atlantic. In the hope of dispelling some dangerous misconceptions, I will attempt to counter three myths that manage to be both alarmist and complacent at the same time. The first is that the American democratic system is now so damaged that the country’s ability to govern itself effectively is in unprecedented peril. [Snip] It is state governments that run the affairs that govern most civic and economic
The US has agreed a deal with Romania to use an air base there as a transit point for American forces leaving Afghanistan, officials have said. The agreement was reached at bilateral talks at the Pentagon. The move will allow the US to switch its flight operations to Romania from Kyrgyzstan´s Manas air base, when the US lease there expires in July 2014. Washington plans to withdraw most of its 52,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The US wants to keep a smaller force in the country after the deadline, but is still negotiating key details with the government in Kabul.
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said the GOP’s deep divisions won’t heal until the 2016 presidential election, and he said this month’s shutdown created a set of winners and losers among Republican hopefuls in that race. “I think (Sen.) Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was relatively quiet in this, and I think it accrued to his benefit,” he said. [Snip] Sanford recently joined all his GOP House colleagues from South Carolina in opposing the Senate proposal that raised the national debt limit and reopened government, and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott also voted no. Sen. Lindsey Graham was South Carolina’s only Republican to vote
As the shambles of Britain’s energy policy and soaring bills continues to make shock headlines, many in the south-west of England are staring in angry amazement at plans by foreign-owned firms to build two of the largest offshore wind farms in the world just off their coastlines. The German power company RWE hopes to spend £4 billion on its “Atlantic Array”, covering 125 square miles of sea between Devon and South Wales with 240 vast 5MW turbines, more than 600ft high. Owing to the wind’s intermittency, these will generate, on average, just 400MW of electricity--but will earn RWE £525 million
Murderers, rapists and drug-dealing gangsters from the British Overseas Territory. in the North Atlantic could be sent to the UK’s already overcrowded jails to serve out the remainder of their sentences. As British passport holders the criminals would be entitled to remain in the country once they were released. Talks have been held between the two countries, with Bermudan officials claiming their British counterparts have signalled a willingness to help it and other overseas territories that are struggling to house their most dangerous criminals, provided certain criteria are met. Bermuda has witnessed an upsurge in gang-related violence in recent years
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But away from the public eye, advisers say, the president has carefully nurtured a sense of spirituality that has served as a grounding mechanism during turbulent times, when the obstacles to governing a deeply divided nation seem nearly insurmountable. Every year on Aug. 4, the president´s birthday, Obama convenes a group of pastors by phone to receive their prayers for him for the year to come. During the
An unnamed Obama administration official claimed that the White House feared GOP subpoenas would slow their work on the Obamacare website, leading to keeping its design in-house with "trusted campaign tech experts" that seemed to have spectacularly failed at creating a successful commerce website. In a Politico article lamenting the second week of failed performance of Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare insurance website, the unnamed official attempts to explain why the whole thing has been such a dismal failure: it´s the Republican´s fault. "Facing such intense opposition from congressional Republicans," Politico wrote, "the administration was in a bunker mentality as it built the enrollment
This is not the column about the Obamacare rollout I expected to write. If you had told me, months ago, that weeks after the health care law’s coverage expansion went into effect I would be writing about the problems its launch had exposed, I would have assumed I’d be writing about rate shock, rising premiums and the disappearance of many cheap insurance plans — basically, all the problems conservatives have worried will make Obamacare a ruinously expensive failure if they play out as we fear they might. I may be writing about those issues soon enough. But for now there
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore attacked the Senate Conservatives Fund for endorsing McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin on Friday. “Matt Bevin now has the dubious honor of standing with a self-serving D.C. fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate,” Moore said in a statement to the Washington Post. “They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates. Now they can add a New England bailout recipient who claims he went to MIT to their
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he might not be good at calculus, but he knows how to legislate. Reid told The Huffington Post that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is smart, but he can’t outmaneuver the 26-year veteran in the halls of Congress. “He might be able to work a calculus problem better than I can,” Reid said Thursday. “But he can´t legislate better than I can." Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are credited with brokering the deal that ended the government shutdown. Reid said the House’s decision to go along with a deal to end
Members of Congress and their staffs are on red alert tonight for a CBS 60 Minutes investigation by veteran CBS reporter Steve Kroft and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer exposing how lawmakers convert campaign donations into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members. Sources say top CBS executives thought the report was so explosive that they made it the show’s lead story and delayed airing it for another week in order to capture tonight’s much larger NFL-viewing audience. The report features selected revelations from Schweizer’s forthcoming book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your
The British multinational in charge of processing Obamacare paper applications received a hefty contract boost just days before Healthcare.gov’s disastrous roll-out, a sign that the Obama administration may have expected serious problems with the website.The Business of Federal Technology (FCW) reports that on Sept. 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increased their planned payout to Serco’s U.S. subsidiary by 75 percent, adding an extra $87 million to the $114 million promised for processing initial Obamacare enrollment applications.The contract documents do not explain the last-minute infusion of federal dollars, and neither Serco nor CMS would disclose why the
Here’s a question for conservatives and Republicans: Going into the 2012 Election Day, or even in the last few days before Election Day, did you think Mitt Romney was going to win? A couple of months ago, did you think the strategy of threatening to shut down the government or prevent raising the debt ceiling, to force the outright repeal or defunding of Obamacare, would really work? Romney lost by 4,967,508 votes, 126 Electoral College votes, and 3.85 percentage points. That’s not very close. Obamacare isn’t going to be repealed this year, and it’s not going to be defunded. So the
During an interview for “This Week,” former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush encouraged Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – who told ABC News that he would do “anything” to stop Obamacare – to come up with an alternative and show some restraint if his aim was to repeal the president’s signature healthcare law. “I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative; we never hear the alternative...we could do this in a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles, free market principles...and two, show how Obamacare, flawed to its core, doesn’t work,” Bush
The word “appropriate” is one of the better homonyms in the English language. As an adjective, it is defined as “suitable or proper in the circumstances,” while as a verb appropriate means “to take something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.” Which brings us to the Washington Redskins. Currently the Redskins are more than a disappointing NFC East franchise; they are a national litmus test. The franchise has in recent months taken a lot of heat – and not Miami Heat – because its name is a racial slur. Which - and we might as well deal with this
Watch out, Alan Grayson: you´ve got competition when it comes to uttering the ugliest slur on Tea Party Republicans . . . Sure, you´ve compared them to the Klan. But fellow Dem Steve Cohen has upped the ante. On Steve Kornacki´s MSNBC show this morning, Cohen called Tea Party congressmen: "domestic enemies" that he took an oath to defend the country against. Did Kornacki challenge Cohen´s libel? Hah! He merely observed that Cohen sounded "very pessimistic." View the video after the jump.Was Cohen´s calumny what President Obama had in mind when this past week he proclaimed that "there is no
Tea Party groups and big-business interests will ratchet up the civil war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party during the 2014 elections. Fed up with conservatives who do not want comprehensive immigration reform and more government expansion, business groups like the Chamber of Commerce will seek to oust conservative lawmakers in Congress. “We are going to get engaged,” Scott Reed, a senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told Bloomberg News. “The need is now more than ever to elect people who understand the free market and not silliness.” The chamber reportedly "spent $35.7 million on federal elections