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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Report Assad Using Chemical Weapons Again

Is President Obama going to draw another red line? Sky news is reporting that there are "indications" Syrian President Bashar al Assad is still using chemical weapons against his own people, according to the French.

According to Syrian rebel groups Assad forces launched chlorine gas attacks on at least three towns last week.
"We have a few elements of information, but I do not have the proof," French President Francois Hollande told Europe 1 radio station.

"What I do know is what we have seen from this regime is the horrific methods it is capable of using and the rejection of any political transition."
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the radio station there were "indications, which have yet to be verified, that there have been recent chemical attacks".
He said they were "much less significant than those in Damascus a few months ago but very deadly", and had taken place in the northwest of the country, near the Lebanese border.
Activists accused the regime of using lethal chlorine gas - first used at Ypres during the First World War - saying it caused "more than 100 cases of suffocation".

Videos posted on social media by opposition groups show men and children in a field hospital coughing and showing symptoms of suffocation.
If these stories turn out to be true they will be another foreign policy embarrassment to the Obama administration, which was about to attack Syria until it was out-maneuvered by the Russians. The mistake by the Obama administration wasn't that it failed to attack Syria, but that it set the red line in the first place and then got played for the fool by Putin.

Western Washington University President Complains School Has Too Many Whites

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard ignited controversy by saying says, "if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as a university." He repeated his claim in a blog post and a university survey. Shepard claims he's being deliberately provocative with his remarks, others say while diversity should be an issue his comments were insensitive and anti-White.

According to Komo News
In a convocation speech, referring to the racial make-up of the school, Shepard said, "...if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as a university."
And in a blog post he wrote,
"In the decades ahead, should we be as white as we are today, we will be relentlessly driven toward mediocrity, or, become a sad shadow of our current self."
And on the university's website, he posed the question, "How do we make sure that in future years 'we are not as white as we are today?'"

One parent Jeff Ogren, the father of a WWU freshman told he found the comments offensive because he sends "$20,000 a year to this school and it makes me feel like my son doesn’t belong there. It really makes me wonder what he’s going to do to get rid of the white students.”

When he saw the question Shepard posed about making sure that in future years the University is not as white as today, Ogren responded on the school's website:
“I asked, why not admit based on merit and character? Why is race a factor?” he said.
A few weeks later, he has still not received a response.
“I don’t feel really too great about sending my money to a school that doesn’t want my son to be there,” Ogren said.
The discussion seems to have moved to twitter under the hashtag #defundWWU, where there are complaints about Shepard's statements and accusations of hypocrisy because the President does not resign so the university can hire a person of color to lead the school.

Ukrainian Synagogue Firebombed

While many were still debating whether the leaflet handed to Ukrainian Jews leaving Passover services telling them they had to register was real or a hoax another, more dangerous incident happened.

In the Ukrainian city of Nikolaev, at At 2:00 am Friday night the main Synagogue was attacked by firebombs. Thank God the shul was empty at the time. One firebomb was thrown at the door and the other was thrown at a window. The attack was caught on the shul’s CCTV system, and posted online by Yisroel Gotlieb, the son of the city’s Chief Rabbi Sholom Gotlieb., who added that miraculously a person passing by the shul was equipped with a fire extinguisher, and immediately put out the fire that had erupted, preventing massive damage.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Global Warming Idiocy: Blaming Everest Avalanche on Climate Change

Well that didn't take long.  Even before all the bodies have been recovered Live Science is blaming the tragic avalanche at Mount Everest on Climate Change:
The icy slopes of Mount Everest have seen hundreds of deaths in the years since 1922, when seven people perished during the British Mount Everest Expedition.

An avalanche today (April 18) claimed at least 12 lives, in what may be the single deadliest climbing event in the history of the world's tallest mountain (29,029 feet, or 8,848 meters). The death toll may rise, because other climbers are still missing, according to the BBC.

All of the deceased were guides from the ethnic Sherpa community, who were securing ropes for the start of the spring climbing season. And many Sherpas insist that Mount Everest and other mountains in the area have become more dangerous because of climate change. [Ice World: Gallery of Awe-Inspiring Glaciers]
Not only doesn't Live Science offer any proof that Sherpas insist mountains become more dangerous because of climate changes, but it doesn't explain if the avalanche was related to global warming, why it didn't happen a long time ago. After all,  as of this writing the Earth hasn't warmed in 17 years and 8 months.

Breaking: Obama Delaying Keystone Decision Till After Election

The U.S. State Department will on Friday extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, said sources familiar with the plans, likely postponing a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 midterm elections.

President Barack Obama has said he will make a final decision on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners but several government agencies were expected to weigh-in by the end of May. A dispute over the proposed route of the pipeline has stalled the project in Nebraska, though, and officials will cite that uncertainty in its announcement on Friday justifying the delay.

Politico adds:
This postpones the decision until after the November election, it would spare President Barack Obama a politically wrenching decision on whether to approve the pipeline, angering his green base and environmentally minded campaign donors - or reject it, endangering pro-pipeline Democrats such as Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.
But it will also inspire renewed complaints from Republicans that Obama is politicizing and dragging out an energy project that has already waited more than five years for approval. 

Perhaps the reason for the delay can be found in this poll:
The poll, conducted by Hickman Analytics on behalf of Consumer Energy Alliance, found that more than three-quarters of likely voters in four states — Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina — “said they will consider a candidate’s position on energy issues, such as the Keystone XL Pipeline, before deciding whom they will support.”

More than two-thirds of likely voters in these four states support building the Keystone XL pipeline. Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC) support construction of the oil pipeline. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), however, does not.

Whether or not these Senate Democrats support Keystone XL may prove irrelevant depending on what action President Obama takes. The poll found that voters in these four states would be less likely to support a Democratic incumbent if the White House rejects the proposed oil pipeline.