Do You Need Psychological Treatment for Global Warming Skepticism?

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If the underwhelming lack of convincing non-tampered evidence and numerous examples that the climate change movement is motivated purely by greed and a lust for power isn’t enough to convince you to believe Al Gore, well, they just might have to resort to alternate methods:

Comparing skepticism of man-made global warming to racist beliefs, an Oregon-based professor of sociology and environmental studies has labeled doubts about anthropogenic climate change a “sickness” for which individuals need to be “treated”.

Professor Kari Norgaard, who is currently appearing at the ‘Planet Under Pressure’ conference in London, has presented a paper in which she argues that “cultural resistance” to accepting the premise that humans are responsible for climate change “must be recognized and treated” as an aberrant sociological behavior.

So what’ll it be, deniers — medication, the psycho ward, or both?

Check out the story. Trust me, the photo of the University of Oregon professor is worth the click. It’s so good to know our tax money goes to support wackos like this.

Peggy Noonan’s Incredibly Delayed Awakening

In 2008, former Reagan speechwriter and Wall Street Journal commentator Peggy Noonan took one sip of the Obama Kool Aid and got sucked in.

Lately she’s been having second thoughts, as evidenced by Thursday’s column in the WSJ.

I don’t get these people who act shocked at the “as advertised” Obama vs. the reality Obama. Did Noonan not see the same past writings, clips of sermons from his “spiritual advisor,” far left Senate voting record and laundry list of radical friends — information that the rest of us who chose not to ignore had access to in 2007 and 2008? What part of “fundamentally transform the United States of America” didn’t she understand?

Noonan’s entire column should have been three words: “I was suckered.” Instead she continues to act like Obama is the one who changed somewhere along the way. Obama hasn’t changed at all — she finally woke up… and it only took four years. That Hope & Change™ is hard core anesthesia.

Cavalcade of Schadenfreude: Olbermann Dismissed from Current TV, Announces Plans for Lawsuit Against Goracle & Company

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Gee that didn’t take long.

Let’s see… Olbermann vs. Gore. It’s hard to decide which side root for. Can there be a lawsuit where both parties lose?

Here’s Keith Olbermann’s departing statement after being released from Current TV, by way of Talking Points Memo:

I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.

Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.

It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain.

In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.

Current claims Olbermann violated the networks values of “respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty” — in other words, they say Olbermann’s an asshole. Very believable. As for Olbermann, he’s claiming Gore is unethical. Also very believable.

To replace Olbermann’s, Current hired former New York governor, Client #9, Eliot Spitzer. That will give the network’s couple dozen viewers a reason to go to bed early while the aforementioned blowhards have an eco-friendly court battle.

Biden: I Never Had an Interest in a Real Job… You Have to Produce

I think I’ll start making Fridays “all Biden, all the time.” It’s great comic relief heading into a weekend.

From Byron York:

Vice President Joe Biden offered a frank assessment of his career in remarks at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night. According to a White House pool report, Biden, surrounded by the city’s movers and shakers, praised former Mayor Richard M. Daley and then said: “I never had an interest in being a mayor ’cause that’s a real job. You have to produce. That’s why I was able to be a senator for 36 years.”

Biden’s attempts at self-deprecating humor are when he’s at his most honest. And let’s not forget his tenure as VP — according to Plugs, it’s wonderful to have a job where you don’t have to do anything.

Semi-related but obligatory nonetheless when talking about productivity:

Out: ‘Individual Mandate’ — In: ‘Personal Responsibility Clause’

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Obama’s last chance on health care: Hoping the Supreme Court’s skeptical conservatives are really, really gullible and stupid.

Team Obama has not only come up with a cute name to make the mandate sound less mandatey, but they’re also calling the Affordable Care Act a “bipartisan bill” — much in the same way they laughingly tried to stick Republicans with some of the blame for Solyndra.

There’s a career in comedy waiting for these people after voters kick them out in November:

The Obama administration is now referring to Obamacare as a “bi-partisan bill” and calling the unpopular individual mandate “a Republican idea,” following three days of tough questioning by the Supreme Court.

“The Affordable Care Act is a bipartisan plan and one that we think is constitutional,” Deputy White House press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

No Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act on final passage.

He also referred to the individual mandate as the “individual responsibility” clause of the bill, in an attempt to distance the administration from the term individual mandate.

We can throw Romney into the mix of those who inspired Obamacare, but that hardly makes it “bipartisan.”

“Personal responsibility clause”? If Team Obama ran East Germany circa 1985 they’d have referred to the Berlin Wall as a “freedom partition.”

If “personal responsibility clause” doesn’t fly as a replacement moniker for the individual mandate, Dems have “involuntary liberty pact” and “tightly monitored health care independence with government-initiated personal course-correction” warming up in the bullpen.

‘Do What We Say, Not What We Do’

President Obama in 2009:

“You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime.”

Fast forward to this week:

First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are visiting Las Vegas after stopping in South Dakota on a family trip.

A spokeswoman for McCarran International Airport confirmed that the first lady was expected to arrive in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

Bungle Fever: Spike Lee Apologizes for Trying to Send Angry Mob to Attack the Wrong People

Eh, I still hope the couple sues him… or at the very least sends him a hefty bill for their hotel room, all expenses, and a whopper of an emotional distress invoice:

Brooklyn movie director Spike Lee apologized Wednesday for retweeting the address of an elderly Florida couple he thought belonged to the man who shot and killed an unarmed black teen.

The outspoken “Do The Right Thing” filmmaker forwarded the address thinking it belonged to George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin last month.

The Sanford, Fla. address actually belongs David and Elaine McClain, public school employees both in their 70s who have nothing to do with the tragedy, thesmokinggun.com reports.

“I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address,” Lee tweeted Wednesday. “It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace.Justice In Court.”

“Justice in court”… or via street mob if somebody would only give Spike Zimmerman’s correct address.

Lee could show how sorry he is by putting his Tweets on a roll of this and sending it to the McClains so they can put them to good use.

Update: Yeah, it looks like the couple is preparing to sue him.

Carville: SCOTUS Overturning Obamacare Would Be the Best Thing That Could Happen to Dems This Year

To me the best argument that Obamacare has nothing to do with Democrats “caring” about the health of people is in their excitement at the mere mention that the health care law could be struck down by the Supreme Court. Harry Reid sees an ultimate political victory if the law is overturned, and James Carville is as giddy as Gollum trapped in a meat locker at the thought of the Supremes knocking down the law:


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Fact is many Democrats don’t want Obamacare to survive the Supreme Court challenge — probably including Obama. Sure, they’ll act like it’s the end of the world, but it will provide hope to their political survival.

I don’t know if you heard the person Team Obama chose to argue their case in front of the Court, but I’m thinking the administration agrees with Carville and is pretty much throwing the game with this guy:

Something About George Zimmerman You Won’t Be Hearing About on the Network Newscasts

We’re hearing lots of information about Trayvon Martin and even his family, much of which the MSM will not report, but there’s also something about the man who shot him that you’ll not be learning about on the network news this evening: George Zimmerman is a registered Democrat:

George Michael Zimmerman, born Oct. 5, 1983, registered as a Democrat in Seminole County, Fla., in August 2002, according to state voter registration documents.

It is unclear whether he voted for President Barack Obama in 2008.

Some in the media have sought to blame Republican politicians and conservative activists for Martin’s death.

“[Republican politicians] reinforce and validate old stereotypes that associate the poor and welfare as criminal behavior with African-Americans and people of color, calling us lazy, undeserving recipients of public assistance. In the case of Trayvon, those festering stereotypes had lethal consequences,” said MSNBC political analyst and Democratic fundraiser Karen Finney.

According to the document, Zimmerman’s race is officially listed as Hispanic. The son of a white father and Peruvian mother, he has been described as a “white Hispanic” in most media reports.

This will do nothing to stop the left-wing narrative. The truth and facts no longer matter in this story — or to much of the MSM for that matter.

Update: Normally I’m not the litigious type, but I hope the woman who lives at this address sues Spike Lee’s ass off and wins.

Update II: What better way to prove that Zimmerman should be arrested than by ransacking a Walgreens?

(h/t Weasel Zippers)