NannyState-Dot-Guv Rolls On

Yes, we all know people shouldn’t text while driving — or read the newspaper, or shave, or put on makeup — but is it necessary to create an entire section of the Department of Transportation dedicated to reminding us to use common sense?

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Yet another waste of taxpayer money (aside from how many government jobs it’s “saving or creating”). Why? Because not texting while driving is common sense, and common sense isn’t something you can be reminded to use.

If the government wants to preach about distracted driving, they should start with the people who drive cars in Joe Biden’s motorcades.

My sources tell me that the Obama administration has also ordered the creation of the following websites as both important reminders for Americans, as well as stimulus programs to create even more of the government jobs that are saving our economy:

DontSwimRightAfterEating.gov
LookBothWaysBeforeCrossing.gov
FinishYourSpinach.gov
NeverEatLeadPaint.gov
DontPutAnythingSmallerThanYourElbowInYourEar.gov
IfItDoesntFitDontForceIt.gov
AnyMoreThanTwoShakesIsPlayingWithIt.gov
DoesThisLookInfectedToYou.gov
DontRunWithScissors.gov
RightyTightyLeftyLoosey.gov
ThatTrampolineIsLethal.gov
DoThesePantsMakeMyButtLookBig.gov
IfYouWashThatItWontItchSoMuch.gov

As for the “Distraction.gov” PSA, where’s the blonde lobby protesting the perpetuation of a cruel hair-color stereotype? And what’s with Ray LaHood? The government can afford to hire Ed Begley, Jr. for their Census ads, but they can’t manage to get somebody who looks like he knows what texting is to front their anti-texting PSA?

This is like Abe Vigoda reminding us not to use our iPod Touch in the shower:

(h/t Newsbusters)

Muslims – 1; Freedom of the Press – 0

Acquiescence in the name of fear and unity — but mostly fear:

A Danish newspaper was accused yesterday of betraying the freedom of the press after it apologised to Muslims for offence caused by its reprinting a cartoon showing the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban.
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It broke ranks with its rivals to issue the apology after settling with a Saudi lawyer who is representing eight Muslim groups that complained after the cartoon was reprinted by eleven Danish newspapers.

You’ve heard of “ambulance chasing attorneys,” but here’s a “cartoon chaser” shaking hands with his agreeable prey:

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National Geographic Still Referencing Discredited IPCC Report as Fact

It’s clear at this point that no matter how much of the fraud is exposed, people with a vested interest in perpetuating the global warming sham — be it a financial interest or those simply trying to stave off the government’s warming extortionists from descending upon them — will keep pushing it no matter what.

The Gorebots are like people robbing a bank who just had their masks taken off mid-heist. Their faces have been seen by the customers and recorded by the security cameras, but at that point they know there’s no turning back.

The latest example is this scare piece in National Geographic:

U.S. in “Bad Shape”

Climate change is predicted to raise global sea levels, for example, between 7 and 23 inches (18 and 59 centimeters), according to a 2007 report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Of the areas most at risk, the United States is in particularly “bad shape,” Paskal noted. More than half of the U.S. population—and its associated energy facilities—lives along the coasts, where sea level rise is predicted to hit hardest

That’s rich: The US is in bad shape. Why? Because of a prediction that isn’t materializing that was taken from a report that’s been discredited.

N.G. either hasn’t heard that the legitimacy of the IPCC’s report has been debunked (to say the least), or they just don’t care because they have some sort of vested interest in continuing to perpetuate the hoax.

This was in the news long before the above National Geographic story came out:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claimed in 2007 that rising temperatures had already caused an increase in the number and severity of natural disasters.

But it has now emerged that the panel had based the claims on one unpublished report that had not been subject to proper scrutiny by other scientists.

The report’s own author later withdrew the claim because he felt the evidence was not strong enough – and has now criticised the IPCC for being ‘completely misleading’.

Does National Geographic not stay up to date on science news? There are Japanese soldiers living in caves on remote South Pacific islands who haven’t heard that the war is over who are more up to speed on current events.

Any “scientist” worth his salt would at the very least have to concede that the “data” that’s been used to justify man-made global warming is very much suspect, and the process needs to be started over on a clean sheet of paper. Some scientists have decided to re-examine the issue in light of recent events, though you’ll notice that some of the most visible warming fear mongerers are not scientists, but rather politicians — something that should sound a bigger warning alarm than it seems to.

Simply put: If the IPCC report were DNA evidence, it would now be considered to have been tainted and everybody it was used to convict would be released. But those at National Geographic, at least in some circles, are still pretending the IPCC report is infallible, due to being either ignorant, naive or complicit — three traits that shouldn’t be welcome in the reputable science community.

It’s too bad, because National Geographic might find that the truth sells more magazines. There are only so many copies Al Gore can buy.

NBC Reporter Accidentally Gets Close to the Truth on Obamacare Cost

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell did a report on the cost of the most recent Obamacare bill to be thrown on the table.

The Obama administration puts the 10-year cost in the $900 billion range, but O’Donnell’s report puts the cost at $900 trillion (which is a dollar more than eighty-hundred kajillion).

I think this NBC estimate is far closer to reality than Obama’s:

(h/t Schnitt Show)

University of Tennessee to Give Al Gore Honorary Doctorate in Hoaxology

I had no idea that the U of T had a Hoaxology department, but they must:

University of Tennessee Interim President Jan Simek this morning presented a proposal to trustees to award an honorary doctoral degree from UT Knoxville to former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore.

The proposal was approved by the UT Board of Trustees Academic Affairs and Student Success Committee, but the proposal will go before the full board for final approval this afternoon. Trustees are on the UT Martin campus for their winter board meeting.
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Trustee Doug Horne said Gore “has been a leader and a courageous Tennesseean.”

“I can’t think of anyone … who is more deserving,” Horne said. “We need to realize that we have recognized other public leaders … every leader deserves more praise than they get.”

Well, at least every Democrat leader deserves more praise, isn’t that right Mr. Horne?

Hopefully the staff at Knoxville’s McGhee-Tyson airport is readying a spot for Al’s private jet and there’s plenty of parking on campus for Al’s limo convoy, because it’s imperative that the students hear his message about the need to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.

(h/t Instapundit)

Welcome to the ‘Ask Nancy’ Show

After yesterday’s health care circus under the Blair House Big Top where the Democrats entertained the audience with three rings of amazing sob stories and shuddering any time a Republican read from their actual bill, Stretch Pelosi decided to plunk herself down in front of a camera and a laptop computer to answer health care questions — while smiling like she’s auditioning for “The Joker on Broadway.”

If the Democrats are trying to debunk the “death panel” thing, they really should find somebody who doesn’t look like a hospital reaper at Hades General to front the cause:

Hey, I’m comfortable giving Nancy and the Democrats control over my family’s health care — how about you?

Let’s look over Nancy’s shoulder as she fields a question:

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Health care is easy!

Just kidding… sort of. Actually I expect them to employ “death cat” to decide who will get the inevitably rationed care and who won’t.

(h/t JammieWearingFool)

Hope & Change? Patriot Act Renewal Passes House

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The Patriot Act was one of the most evil abuses of the constitutional rights of US citizens to ever come along. That was when Bush was president.

Now it’s not so bad:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a one-year extension of key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the nation’s counterterrorism surveillance law.

The 315 to 97 vote Thursday evening sends the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The surveillance and seizure provisions are scheduled to expire Sunday. In agreeing to pass the bill, Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections.

The outcome is a major disappointment for Democrats and their liberal allies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who believe the Patriot Act fails to protect privacy and gives the government too much authority to spy on Americans and seize their property.

Democrats have retreated from adding new privacy protections to the nation’s primary counterterrorism law, stymied by Senate Republicans who argued the changes would weaken terror investigations.

Expect Obama to sign the extension in the same kind of closed-door ceremony he used to sign the order to increase the debt limit… again.

So, how many broken promises are we up to? I’ve lost count.

Obama Proves the ‘Summit’ is a Sham

During today’s dog and pony health care show, President Obama flashed a few moments of contempt, arrogance and condescension (“I don’t count my time because I’m the president“? Please…), but none more than when John McCain spoke and Obama felt compelled brush his concerns aside by reminding him that “John, the election’s over.”

Or, to use Obama’s more famous line, he was saying “I won.”

McCain should have retorted, “Then why are we here?” But unfortunately, not wanting to ruin any future “reaching across to my friends on the other side of the aisle” opportunities, he didn’t:

Bonus health care summit challenge: Try and figure out what the hell Joe Biden’s talking about.

Congressman Critical of Military Contractors Gets His Butt Saved By Military Contractors

Whack-job Congressman, health-care demagogue and man who casts shame upon military contractors everywhere, Alan “Names of the Dead” Grayson, might have lost sleep once he found out who saved him, but one thing’s for certain: He wouldn’t have turned down the ride even if he had known:

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who made his substantial fortune by suing military contractors and later lambasted them as a lawmmaker, was indeed evacuated from Niger by personnel working for Xe Services (the private security empire formerly known as Blackwater), his spokesman confirms.

Earlier today I reported on the testimony of Fred Roitz, an executive vice president at Xe, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Blackwater subsidiary Paravant. In his prepared remarks, he stated: “Xe Services, through its subsidiary Presidential Airways, provides aviation support and medevac services to Defense Department personnel in Africa. Just last week, our personnel evacuated a congressman from Niger during civil unrest.”

This sure seemed to fit the description of Grayson, who was traveling in the country last week when a military coup erupted. The lawmaker was quickly evacuated out the country to neighborhing Burkina Faso. “The flight was arranged through the State Department,” Todd Jukowski, Grayson’s spokesman, told me. “The Congressman did not know, and frankly did not care, who owned the plane.” Later, Jurkowski followed up with an email confirming that Grayson was flown out of the country on a “Xe helicopter.”

Heh. Reminds me of the Hollywood left that petitions to get cop-killers released from prison, but guess who they call when a nut-case shows up on their doorstep?

Hopefully later a health insurance executive will push Grayson out the of path of an oncoming car and completely ruin his week.

(h/t Wired)