Archive for July 6th, 2009

By J.R. Dunn July 06, 2009

The response to Sarah Palin’s surprise resignation last Friday clearly reveals the limitations of the American political class, right, left, or what have you.

There’s an old academic joke, probably apocryphal, about Count Metternich, Austria’s foreign minister during the Napoleonic era. While attending the Congress of Vienna, Metternich is sleeping off a banquet when one of his aides bursts in at three in the morning. “Your excellency! Count Nesselrode, the Russian ambassador, just died.” Read the rest of this entry »

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By Vel Nirtist July 06, 2009

“Suddenly another voice spoke, low and melodious, its very sound an enchantment. Those who listened unwarily to that voice could seldom report the words that they heard; and if they did, they wondered, for little power remained in them. Mostly they remembered only that it was a delight to hear the voice speaking, all that it said seemed wise and reasonable, and desire awoke in them by swift agreement to seem wise themselves. When others spoke they seemed harsh and uncouth by contrast; and if they gainsaid the voice, anger was kindled in the hearts of those under the spell. For some the spell lasted only while the voice spoke to them, and when it spoke to another they smiled, as men do who see through a juggler’s trick while others gape at it. For many the sound of the voice alone was enough to hold them enthralled; but for those whom it conquered the spell endured when they were far away, and ever they heard that soft voice whispering and urging them. But none were unmoved; none rejected its pleas and its commands without an effort of mind and will…” Read the rest of this entry »

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A leading climate scientist argues that overbroad claims by some researchersā€”coupled with overblown reporting in the mediaā€”can undermine the public’s understanding of climate issues. Gavin Schmidt, a NASA climate modeler, author and PM editorial advisor, concurs with the consensus view that the planet’s temperature is rising due largely to human activity. But, he says, many news stories prematurely attribute local or regional phenomena to climate change. This can lead to the dissemination of vague, out-of-context or flat-wrong information to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Historically, what happened in the House last week with the passage of the climate change bill is what incites revolutions.

On June 26, a massive tax bill under the guise of “climate change” comprised of over 1,500 pages was jammed through the House of Representatives with 300 additional pages added to it in the middle of the night before the final vote. Not one representative had read the bill. Neither had President Obama or his energy czar.

This isn’t the first time, nor will it likely be the last.

What might be more shocking is the public’s muted reaction to its passage. Sure the news of the death of the King of Pop eclipsed last week’s legislative session, but when Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of Socialism, is proposing the largest tax increase in our country’s history you’d hope the population would be paying attention. Aftter all, the Congressional Budget Office estimates it would raise costs per household approximately $3,000. Read the rest of this entry »

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