‘Check the monitor’: Something funny spotted in The Hill’s photo for Obamacare story

The Hill’s tweet promoting a story about Senate Republicans “targeting” Obamacare is accompanied by a photo:

Did you see it?

Perfect!

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John Kerry: ‘Climate Refugees’ Coming Soon

I can only take John “I Served in Vietnam” Kerry in limited doses. Listening to him makes my sides hurt from all the laughing.

Kerry the ketchup gigolo was speaking to U.S. ambassadors at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference in Washington yesterday, when he started thumping his copy of “An Inconvenient Truth” and swearing that conference attendees will be dealing with “climate refugees,” “if not now, in the not-too-distant future.”

(Why do I hear Humphrey Bogart when Kerry says that? “Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.” Apologies to Bogey and his fans.)

Yes, Kerry is once again on a “global climate change is the greatest threat we face” kick.

I would have thought the whole Iran nuclear thing might have pushed the weather down a few notches, but I’m clearly out of touch.

“I know a lot of people were sort of surprised,” Kerry said, “but President Obama and I could not agree more that this [climate change] is a threat to the planet itself. It is a national security threat, it is a health threat, it’s an environmental threat, it’s an economic threat.”

A threat to the planet itself?

I can only think of three things that have destroyed planets. In order of historical appearance, they are: whatever took out Krypton, Galactus and the Death Star.

All three of these things are fictional. Kerry wants to put climate change in the planetary threat category? It’ll fit right in, because that, too, is fictional.

National security threat?

Let’s review. Which of the following either possesses or aspires to possess the ability to kill millions of Americans in a split second? A) Russia, B) China, C) Iran, D) South Korea, E) climate change.

Health/environmental threat (since they’re kind of the same thing)?

Seems like warm weather is ideal for growing a lot of different kinds of vegetables like spinach, and the polar bears are still the role model for how to be an endangered species without becoming an endangered species.

Economic threat?

There Kerry is on to something, because wasting the trillions of dollars proposed by environmentalists to fight over the Earth’s thermostat would blow a serious hole through any economy.

But as is typical of warmistas, the fantasy just keeps flowing: “We’re spending billions upon billions,” Kerry said, “on the damages that occurred because of the increased level of major weather events around the world; droughts that are 500-year droughts, not 100-year droughts; places that have less and less water; food that is less produced where it used to be.”

Yeah, there are those hundreds of major droughts, going on in places like California, and … um … I think I read about someplace in Africa. Or maybe he’s referring to the snow that blanketed most of North America this past winter. Never before have we seen snow in winter, or in the United States for that matter.

And as everybody knows, snow can only happen when things get hot. You ever see a vendor selling snow cones in winter? Hmmm?

Similarly, there have never been droughts or food production problems before. Forget that Dust Bowl stuff you may have heard about at some point. That’s just Hollywood. Or John Steinbeck, if you’re one of those nerds who reads.

(There’s a weird thing about droughts and famines. Usually they coincide with really bad agricultural practices and lack of proper water management. I’m sure that’s just a fluke, though. It’s not like 80 percent of the planet’s surface is water or something.)

“There’ll be climate refugees that all of you will be coping with at some point—if not now, in the not-too-distant future,” Kerry said.

We already have climate refugees. They’re called illegal immigrants. Most of them are escaping the climate of crime-infested Third World desolation and trading up to the climate of U.S. government-subsidized housing, food stamps and Obama phones.

I guess he figures they’ll start coming in on surfboards.

But no global warming speech would be complete without a fallacious appeal to authority to make “deniers” realize what dinosaurs they are: “And the science? Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening, and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a responsibility to respond to it.”

Because the scientific consensus is there to protect you, just like it protected the world from Galileo.

I must know a lot of those 3 percenters, because among scientists I’ve talked to, the climate change belief at most runs about 50/50, and I have a hunch it may be much lower.

But don’t go thinking I’m a climate change denier. I absolutely agree we have to do something because climate change is one of the big threats to the planet today.

Right up there with Godzilla.

Definitely above Rodan.

Maybe slightly lower than Brainiac.

Way bigger than Walter White. (Sorry, Heisenberg. …)




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Hillary Clinton is Running against Herself and Losing

Poor Hillary Clinton. She just can’t seem to win…

Of course, I jest.

Hillary Clinton has long been considered the frontrunner for the Democrat candidate for president (and even for President as well), but she just can’t seem to get out of her own way. Every time she comes out of hiding to make an appearance in an effort to get her campaign going, she steps into another mess causing even more controversy, or revealing a whole new and disturbing controversy, that smears her own candidacy.

Things have gotten so bad that people who should be her biggest supporters have begun clamoring for other options to choose from!

Hillary’s email trainwreck has some of Hillary’s staunchest supporters “really freaked out,” according to National Journal’s Ron Fournier. He said on CNN earlier this month that he got calls from Democrats in awe of the email development and unimpressed with how the former first lady conducted herself at the UN presser explaining her actions. Even die-hard Clinton supporters, people who want her to run unchallenged for the Democratic nomination, are worried, or at least very uneasy about the whole situation. As Cortney aptly noted, some Democrats are saying this is what happens when you “put all your eggs in one basket.”

So, does Clinton’s email flap mean Democrats are lining up to challenge her? Well, sort of — there’s some folks trying to motivate California Gov. Jerry Brown, Al Gore (I’m not kidding), Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vice President Joe Biden to consider 2016 runs. Yes, it’s quite the motley crew of people who’ve never been successful in mounting national campaigns for president and one senator who won because her state is insanely Democratic.

Journalist Mark Halperin sums up Hillary’s problems by pointing out that she’s “running against herself” and she’s “losing”!

The next couple weeks. Right now, look, the Republicans are running in a field of thirteen or fourteen, she’s running against herself and right now she’s kind of losing. She’s doing well in the polls but all these questions about her e-mails, about whether she should face a nomination fight means that Democrats are worried. They’re putting all their chips on one horse, Hillary Clinton, and if she ends up having problems now, they’re saying maybe she should be tested now by a Democrat rather than risk sending her into a general election without having had debates and the kind of scrutiny you get when you have a contested fight.

What do you think – is it better for Hillary to run unopposed in the Democrat primary, or would she be better off facing serious competition?

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‘Buy her a bus pass': Eleanor Holmes Norton can’t park a car [video]

Holy moly. DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is a menace behind the wheel. Watch her try to park in a diagonal space

Slate says her bad parking is a protest for DC statehood. Or something.

Food for thought.


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FEMA to States: Confess Global Warming or Lose Funds

States are being bribed or blackmailed to confess global warming.

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This news comes to us, not from the Onion or from some conspiratorial right-wing newsletter. It comes from Philly.com: “

Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.

This may put several Republican governors who maintain that the Earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to take no action, in a political bind. Their position may block their states’ access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. In the last five years, the agency has awarded an average $ 1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters.

“If a state has a climate denier governor that doesn’t want to accept a plan, that would risk mitigation work not getting done because of politics,” said Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program. “The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state” because of his climate beliefs.

How would he be increasing the risk to anyone? There is no extreme weather right now despite all the carbon dioxide emissions. So if there is no trend line of increasing storms, then on what basis can FEMA make this claim?

“This could potentially become a major conflict for several Republican governors,” said Barry Rabe, an expert on the politics of climate change at the University of Michigan. “We aren’t just talking about coastal states.”

Climate change affects droughts, rainfall, and tornado activity. Fracking is being linked to more earthquakes, he said. “This could affect state leaders across the country.”

Among those who could face a difficult decision are New Jersey’s Gov. Christie and fellow Republican Govs. Rick Scott of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Pat McCrory of North Carolina – all of whom have denied man-made climate change or refused to take action. The states they lead face immediate threats from climate change.

Obviously, we are seeing more of the Pentagon’s strategy: Lie to induce fear.

Congress needs to suspend all elements of FEMA’s budget related to this program. These pseudo-scientists have no business using the people’s money to punish people for not worshiping at their altar.




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Army Charges Bowe Bergdahl with Desertion

Probably the only person who is surprised by this is Hussein Obama. Yet, the US Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The Washington Times reports:

Sgt. Bergdahl was charged with one count of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty and one count of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place, said Col. Daniel J.W. King, chief of public affairs at U.S. Army Forces Command.

The case will now proceed to an Article 32 preliminary hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury, at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. A date for the hearing has not yet been set, Col. King said.

If the Article 32 finds enough evidence, Sgt. Bergdahl could face a court martial.

The charge of desertion carries a maximum punishment of a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances and five years confinement. The misbehavior before the enemy charge carries similar penalties, but also could result in confinement for life, Col. King said.

So far, Bergdahl has not entered a plea, but Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s attorney, said that will come in “due course.”

The Obama administration illegally swapped five top Taliban leaders for Bergdahl.

Navy SEAL Thom Seha, who was a part of Bergdahl’s rescue effort in 2009, said that he never believed that Obama was involved in the negotiations. He also said, “We gave everything and got nothing in return, but a guy who best case scenario he has PTSD, worst case scenario he’s declared a traitor, and he’ll stand trial for that. But I’d never negotiate for that guy. I’d risk my life for him, but I’d never leverage national assets for him.”

Seha also believes the trade was in order to create a diversion, though he confessed that he didn’t know what the diversion was.

Members of Bergdahl’s unit have openly stated that they believe the Bergdahl is a deserter, but they have withheld their judgment as to whether or not he is a traitor. Still, some wonder why they were having their trucks targeted directly with IEDs following Bergdahl’s desertion.

Furthermore, at least 14 men lost their lives as they searched for Bergdahl and, according to some, their orders were to “kill on contact.”

The Bergdahl story was one that Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings was working on when he was mysteriously killed.

In closing, let me briefly address claims that we have been hypocritical in our coverage of the Bergdahl situation. Some have said that our article calling to bring Bergdahl home was somehow hypocritical with our condemnation of the administration’s illegal actions of trading five known Islamic terrorists for him. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In a nutshell, you do not leave an American in the hands of the enemy… ever! Second, using means to bring Sgt. Bergdahl back to face a court martial has nothing to do with trading five known Islamic terrorists for him. To think otherwise is, well, let me be blunt… stupid! For those like Live Leaks’ contributor, aptly named “Backstabbath”, who thought it not only hypocritical, but decided to pull Pamela Geller into the loop (referring to her as a “noted Islamophobe,” even though they constantly put up anti-Islam videos), I say thank you very much for the traffic. However, anyone can see that we would never have supported the ridiculous notion of trading a POW for five Islamic terrorists… no way, no how. In fact, the orders to several soldiers would have eliminated the threat that was posed due to Sgt. Bergdahl’s desertion. Since that did not happen, then the call to get him out of the enemy’s hands seems appropriate, though not with the illegal trade that was performed by the Obama administration.

Stay tuned, perhaps justice is about to be served to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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‘Released five terrorists for a deserter?’ US Army reportedly charging Bowe Bergdahl with desertion

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, after a lengthy investigation, will be charged with desertion, according to reports citing Bergdahl’s lawyer:

As you recall, last May President Obama made an appearance with Berghdahl’s parents at the White House announcing his release in exchange for five detainees from Gitmo.

The Army will reportedly deliver a statement at 3:30 ET.

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Why Are Firing Squads Such a Big Deal?

Utah has reinstated firing squads as a backup method of executing prisoners who are sentenced to die.

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If you don’t believe in capital punishment, then the method doesn’t matter. Anything that kills a person is objectionable because it kills.

Of course, there are really inhumane ways of killing people that would shade into torture. Even if a person is guilty of murdering in a way that involved torturing his victims, the job of the government is not to develop a system of perfect payback in this life. Execution should be simple and quick.

But a bullet in the heart or brain easily meets this requirement.

But consider this story at Newser.com:

Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions today when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method’s use when no lethal-injection drugs are available. Herbert has said he finds the firing squad “a little bit gruesome,” but Utah is a capital punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of the drugs persists. “We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty, and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such a sentence is issued,” Herbert spokesman Marty Carpenter says. “However, when a jury makes the decision and a judge signs a death warrant, enforcing that lawful decision is the obligation of the executive branch.”

Obviously, the decision makers in the state government don’t want to get stuck if they don’t have the “right” chemicals to carry out an execution. Others are very upset about this decision.

Opponents of the Utah measure say firing squads are barbaric, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah saying the bill makes the state “look backward and backwoods.”

No, it makes an act of killing a human being look like an act of killing a human being. What is truly “barbaric” is pretending that killing a man or woman is a medical procedure to be done with injections and overseen by a doctor.

In my opinion that is far worse. Let executions stop pretending to be something else.




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American Hero Brett Felton Defends Christians from Islamic State in Iraq: “It would be an Honor to Give My Life Helping These People Here.”

To me, with the Christians here, it would be an honor to give my life helping these people here.               – Brett Felton

Brett Felton is a real American hero. He is a 28-year old Iraq war veteran from Michigan who also happens to be a Christian and is now helping to train fledgling Christian militias in an effort to fend off the Islamic State threat. Brett is not in Iraq serving our nation, but serving the Christians of Iraq. Our government even reached out to him after he was able to sneak away from his “study abroad” program and into Iraq, asking Felton not to fight and to return home as soon as possible.

But Felton chose to stay and to fight, anyway.

For many of us watching the horrible events unfolding in Syria and Iraq, Felton is doing what we wish we could. Standing up to protect innocent lives from the evil and violent scourge that is Islamic terrorism. Of course, his family fears for his life. Of course, we too worry for our brother in Christ and our fellow citizen… but I for one cannot help but be proud to hear his good report.

Let us all follow in Brett Felton’s example, maybe not as a soldier on the field of battle, but in our own ways and with our own talents, let us stand up with our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria and anywhere that the Christian Church is persecuted and fight for our siblings in the faith! Take Brett Felton’s example and do what you can to end the threat faced by Assyrian Christians at the hands of ISIS…

Brett Felton: To me, with the Christians here, it would be an honor to give my life helping these people here.

Lara Logan: Imagine what it means to the Christians who have lost everything. To know that there are Christians who are willing to stand up. To know that they’re not just being wiped out without a fight.

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Curious that: This ONE thing missing from media’s Cruz coverage says it all; And what is says is pathetic

What’s a very good point? Oh, just this:

Ding, ding, ding! Curious that.

Except, not curious at all. Lapdogs gotta be lapdogs. And Cruz isn’t the “right kind,” right Dems?

There may have been some stories (have you seen any, Twitchy readers?) but, if there have been, they have been few and far between. Where is all the “historic” stuff and the “unprecedented” swoons and the like?

We won’t hold our breath.


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