…on Tuesday night’s All Things Considered, Harris was followed by NPR substitute anchor Guy Raz lamenting to Obama climate negotiator Todd Stern that “we are the only major country in the world that is still debating whether or not climate change is real.” That’s apparently a serious embarrassment compromising our “leadership” role:
RAZ: Todd Stern, let me ask you about what you experience when you go to these climate conferences. Among other things, we are the only major country in the world that is still debating whether or not climate change is real. Do people ask you when you go to these conferences, you know, where is U.S. leadership on this issue?
STERN: I don’t think they ask so much where U.S. leadership is because I think people have seen President Obama in action. But I think people are quite befuddled by what they see in the U.S., in terms of the level of skepticism and even denial of basic science. Global warming is happening, humans are clearly contributing factors, and we have to act to control it. I think most people understand that.
Maybe these guys think it’s so hot and oxygen depleted because their heads are rarely seen anywhere except up their asses. According to the latest Angus/Reid survey on climate change opinions in various countries, the US does not have all the climate change deniers:
Since 2009, Angus Reid Public Opinion has conducted five three-country surveys on global warming. The latest poll outlines one of the lowest proportions of believers in man-made climate change ever recorded in Canada (52%). Still, Canadians are more likely than Americans or Britons to both believe in emissions as the primary source of global warming and to choose environmental protection over economic growth.
In the United States, despite the economic crisis, belief in man-made global warming has reached the high level that was observed before the so-called “climate-gate” controversy. In addition, the proportion of Americans who brand climate change as an unproven theory fell by five points, the biggest fluctuation observed in the past three years.
Britain has become the main source of skepticism, with the lowest proportion of believers in man-made global warming, and with a third of Britons acknowledging that they would foster economic growth even at the risk of damaging the environment—the largest proportion observed in all three countries.
As for “deniers,” not everybody is a climatologist, but most people do know how to read emails. Being able to comprehend Al Gore’s pet scam doesn’t require a science degree — just a bullshit detector.
Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder today demanded The Daily Caller stop publishing articles about the growing calls in Congress for his resignation because of the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program.
As Holder’s aide was escorting the attorney general offstage following his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House, a Daily Caller reporter introduced himself and shook Holder’s hand. The reporter asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation.
Holder stepped towards the exit, then turned around, stepped back toward the reporter, and sternly said, “You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.”
Wow, I had no idea the Daily Caller wielded this kind of influence in the halls of Congress.
Here’s the audio:
By “you guys” I guess Holder could have been spouting off about select members of the media in general, because it’s not just the Daily Caller that’s taking the blame for this administration’s failings. CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson has been yelled at as well.
The entire modus operandi of this administration is to cast blame for their mistakes, flubs and incompetency — whether it’s Obama on the lousy economy (“it isn’t my initiatives that are flawed, it’s that America has gotten too lazy to properly implement them”) or Holder on Fast & Furious (“if you reporters wouldn’t tell people about it there would be no scandal”).
Gird your coins — this morning the Federal Reserve announced this:
The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank are today announcing coordinated actions to enhance their capacity to provide liquidity support to the global financial system. The purpose of these actions is to ease strains in financial markets and thereby mitigate the effects of such strains on the supply of credit to households and businesses and so help foster economic activity.
And finally, a promise to bailout Bank of America when it hits $4.00 again:
U.S. financial institutions currently do not face difficulty obtaining liquidity in short-term funding markets. However, were conditions to deteriorate, the Federal Reserve has a range of tools available to provide an effective liquidity backstop for such institutions and is prepared to use these tools as needed to support financial stability and to promote the extension of credit to U.S. households and businesses.
This means that the global situation is far, far more dire than the talking heads have said. Luckily, when this step fails, which it will, Mars can always come and bail us out.
The rationale for this action demonstrates Einstein’s definition of insanity very nicely:
The possibility that one or more European governments might default on their debts have raised fears of a shock to the global financial system that would lead to severe losses for banks, recession in the United States and Europe and another global credit crunch.
Bailout actions taken on a regional basis have only perpetuated the financial meltdown and harmed the economy, so let’s “fix” the problem by doing the same thing except on a global basis? That sounds about right.
In a very related story, you can probably kiss the euro goodbye. If they keep this up much longer you can kiss the dollar goodbye.
You’ve no doubt heard about the latest Herman Cain accuser, Ginger White, who claims she carried on a 13-year affair with Cain.
Cain’s campaign manager Mark Block, after polishing off his sixth Marlboro of the morning, said that Cain is now “reassessing” his campaign:
Herman Cain’s chief of staff Mark Block confirmed to ABC News that the candidate told his senior staff this morning he’s reassessing whether to stay in the race, as reported by the National Review.
Cain said that he’ll make his final decision “over the next several days,” according to the National Review.
Cain’s deputy campaign manager, Linda Hansen, told ABC News that on the conference call Tuesday morning, “Mr. Cain told staff simply that, just as every time significant events occur, a reassessment is prudent.”
At this point we don’t know anything other than Cain’s accusers sure do seem to have histories of being involved in sexual harrassment allegations as well as financial problems — and the woman claiming she had an affair with Cain is no different. That doesn’t mean nothing happened, but it is a curious common denominator.
Cain admits to being friends with the woman but denies any affair:
The woman apparently had dozens of calls and messages to and from Herman Cain’s cell phone — nothing of a sexual nature, at least nothing that’s being reported. Cain says he was trying to help her financially. So either Cain’s lying or he’s a victim of being a nice guy in an ulterior motive world — and I’ve seen the latter happen with my own eyes before.
What does it all mean? As many women who have been crawling out of the woodwork and accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment (and now add an affair to the pile) whose evidence is heresay and allegations from that harpy attention-whore Gloria Allred, I’m going to need to see a “blue dress” before I assume anything to be true at this point.
There are those who say William Ayers wrote Barack Obama’s first book “Dreams From My Father.” I don’t know if it’s alleged that somebody else wrote Obama’s second book, “The Audacity of Hope,” but we do know who came up with the title.
In 2006, Obama admitted that the title was the idea of his Pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
“I’m not plugging the book, but the title of it, ‘The Audacity of Hope.’ Some people have noticed that I actually used that line in the speech that I gave at the 2004 Democratic Convention,” Obama said on November 4, 2006 in Bristol, Pa., at a rally in support of Patrick Murphy, who went on to serve two terms in Congress. ”But I tell you what: I’m confessing to all of you here today — it’s a big crowd, 2,000 people — I’m confessing in front of the TV cameras: I actually stole this line from my pastor, Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.”
What’s with the “Everyone Poops” US media blackout? Is the MSM concerned that their beloved president’s poll numbers might drop if it’s discovered a member of his family bought a book that could be construed as insensitive to the constipated who do not poop? (Is it a coincidence that Obama is down ten points in the fiber-challenged demographic?)
Give me a break, man, it’s been an incredibly slow news weekend.
Miley Cyrus stands by Occupy Wall Street and she’s let this be known by dedicating her song, “Liberty Walk” to the cause with a new video just released.
Miley and her new video is causing a stir in the media today. Occupy Wall Street protest clips from all over the world are used throughout her video showing both peaceful and not-so-peaceful times for the protesters.
There hasn’t been such a sudden and dramatic un-hipping of a protest movement since H.R. Pufnstuf’s musical tribute to the Weather Underground. Who better to join the anti-Wall Street movement than somebody who makes millions a year from Disney? T
Miley left out footage of protesters molesting women, filming gay porn and vandalizing businesses, but maybe she’s saving that for use in the upcoming movie “Hanna Montana Craps on a Cop Car”:
Your contributions have made it possible for us to run the Palin reconsider television ad next week in the Sioux City, Iowa market. Thanks to everyone who chipped in to make it possible.
You’ll be able to see the ad that will be shown on televisions on KCAU-TV across the Sioux City, Iowa market on this blog and on youtube when it goes up next week. If you have any ideas on how to get this story more attention, let us know and feel free to push it yourself to people who may be interested. The target date for this ad going up is now November 29th as the Thanksgiving holidays pushed our initial target date of November 28th back. At the very latest, we expect to get it up on the Sioux City market on the 30th.
Here’s the ad (h/t Don Surber) — Update: A commenter says this isn’t the actual ad that will air this coming week, which is a good thing because this isn’t that great:
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air lays out why hoping Palin jumps into the GOP fray might be a little like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin to show up:
Isn’t it too late to get in the race? Not in Iowa, or in other caucus states like Nevada. The state parties run those events, and they can add a name to the ballot at any time — or caucus-goers can write in their favored candidates if they like.
However, Palin faces a bigger problem outside of Iowa. Most of the early contests are not caucuses, but primaries — and those states do have filing deadlines, which have all passed. Palin wouldn’t have contended in New Hampshire anyway, but can any candidate fail to win South Carolina, Florida, and Michigan and still expect to seriously contend for the nomination? Filing deadlines for all of these states have already passed.
Which leaves us with the “third party” option. But I think Palin loves her country too much to do anything that would only end up ensuring Barack Obama’s victory in the same way Ross Perot helped usher in two terms worth of Sir Cheatsalot in 1992.
What I’d like Palin to do is run for Jon Kyl’s Senate seat in Arizona and get some national experience and better position herself for a White House run in 2016 or 2020. If that’s her ultimate goal — and I’m not convinced it is.
Like I wrote yesterday, some of these “Occupy” idiots who decided to stand in the way of bargain shoppers and $2 waffle makers and the like were lucky to get out of there with their lives. But I guess they should feel lucky if being ignored was the worst thing that happened to them:
Occupy SF activists had hoped to keep shoppers out of downtown San Francisco stores to protest corporate greed, but no matter how hard they yelled, shoppers shoved right on by.
Two dozen Occupy protesters began marching around downtown at sundown, chanting protest slogans. They’d hoped to make their anti-consumption point at the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Union Square, but the crowd was so massive they couldn’t get near.
Here’s a sad Occupy “mic check” attempt at Target, resulting in shoppers pretty much ignoring them. Check out the guy in the Batman shirt — he’s got to “Occupy Wall Street” because “Occupy Getting a Girlfriend” is pretty much out of the question:
Did “Occupy Black Friday” really think they were any match for this madness?