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Friday, August 22, 2014

CENSORSHIP! Forbes Deletes Pro-Israel Opinion Piece

On his "Forbes Magazine" blog, lobbyist and public relations-superstar Jeff Ballabon published a piece called "The 20 Most Ridiculous Things People Believe About The Hamas/Israel Conflict.” Within hours of the article going live, the post was taken down. Ballabon was given conflicting reasons for the removal of the post. The one reason he wasn't given was the most obvious one: "Forbes Magazine" did not like the post's pro-Israel content.

After posting the article the morning of August 8th, Ballabon began to hear from friends that it was gone.

A few hours later Ballabon got the official news:

Eventually, he reposted the article at the Gatestone Institute:

"Buzzfeed" asked about the pulling of the article:
Forbes has since given him “conflicting and changing reasons,” as to why they took down the post, the most recent of which was “It’s just a list of links.” “There was no discussion of style, there was no discussion of format…All of those things could have been changed,” Ballabon said. “The only thing that can’t be changed is the substance.”

He said he believes the impetus for its removal was that “it was linked to a very controversial issue on which they’re taking a side.”

“I always thought that’s what opinion columns are for,” he said.

Mia Carbonell, Forbes’ SVP of Communications, didn’t respond to detailed questions about the decision and said in an email only that “this post failed to meet Forbes’ editorial standards.”
Ballabon has been unable to access his Forbes contributor account since the post was removed. His future status as a Forbes contributor remains unclear.
“I don’t think what they did can be justified and I think that’s why they’re not justifying it,” he said.

HUH? Global Warming Causes Global Cooling?

This sounds like things are getting a bit desperate for the folks in the global warming industry. Global Warming researchers from the United States and China on Thursday explained why the rapid global warming in the late 20th century has been slowing down over the last 15 years.  Actually it hasn't slowed down, it's stopped and as of the beginning of August it's not 15 years but the earth hasn't shown any warming for 17 years, 10 months.
The researchers reported in the U.S. journal Science that the so-called global warming hiatus may be mainly due to a massive movement of heat from shallow surface waters to deep regions of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans.
Understand what they are saying--hot shallow surface water (since its shallow surface water it must have been heated from the atmosphere even though the atmosphere hasn't warmed for almost 18 years), moves to deep regions of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans.

"Every week there's a new explanation of the hiatus," corresponding author Ka-Kit Tung, a professor of applied mathematics at the University of Washington, said in a statement.

Wait a second...a mathematician? Now I get it--he believes in global warming because he worked it out with chalk.
Tung and co-author Xianyao Chen of the Ocean University of China used recent observations of deep-sea temperatures from a network of devices called Argo floats that sample the water down to 2,000 meters.

The data showed an increase in heat sinking in Atlantic and Southern Oceans around 1999, when the rapid warming of the 20th century stopped.

"The finding is a surprise, since the current theories had pointed to the Pacific Ocean as the culprit for hiding heat," Tung said. "But the data are quite convincing and they show otherwise."
Ah I get it now hot water sinks.  Wait a water doesn't sink COLD water sinks. They taught us that in grade school.  Remember this simple experiment?

OH Wait they've  figured it out--sort of. The researchers also suggested that a sudden shift in salinity may have triggered this migration of heat to deeper waters.
Recent observations at the surface in the North Atlantic find record-high saltiness, Tung said, while at the same time, deeper water in the North Atlantic shows increasing amounts of heat.

"When it's heavy water on top of light water, it just plunges very fast and takes heat with it," Tung said.

As a result, a slow-moving current in the Atlantic, which carries heat between the two poles, sped up earlier this century to draw heat down almost 1,500 meters, the researchers said.
OK lets summarize.  The Atmosphere which isn't getting warmer, is heating up the water on the surface which is causing the warmer water sink which isn't supposed to happen. But as we learned in the section above the water sinking has nothing to do with the warming air it sinks because of the salt.  Which is also why my family physician worries about my blood pressure but I digress.
The researchers also dug up historical data to show that there was another hiatus between 1945 and 1975, which caused people to worry about the start of an Ice Age. 
Earlier records in Central England show the 40- to 70-year cycle goes back centuries, and other records show it has existed for millennia.

The researchers concluded that changes in Atlantic Ocean circulation meant roughly 30 warmer years followed by 30 cooler years.

"There are recurrent cycles that are salinity-driven that can store heat deep in the Atlantic and Southern oceans," Tung said. " After 30 years of rapid warming in the warm phase, now it's time for the cool phase."

Since similar events have lasted 30 years historically, the researchers suggested that the current slowdown in global warming could last for another 15 years, then rapid warming will return.
But wait a second if that pattern has existed for millennia that means the warming period of the 70s-90s is part of a normal Earth climate pattern and not because of anything man does.  These global warming people are giving me (and the polar bear above) a headache.

But wait...that's a good thing...that's what I have been saying, the warming which ended almost 18 years ago isn't because of Man-- it is part of  a natural Earth cycle.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

HS Kid Arrested For Writing In A School Project That He Shot A Dinosaur

Sixteen-year-old Alex Stone was arrested and suspended Tuesday morning because he completed a school assignment by writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun.

The Summerville (SC) High School student and his classmates were told in class to write a few sentences about themselves, and a "status" as if it were a Facebook page. For Stone's "status," he wrote a fictional story that involved the words "gun" and "take care of business."
"I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur, and, then, in the next status I said I bought the gun to take care of the business," the boy said.
According to a report by WCSC, television investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words "gun" and "take care of business," and police were then notified on Tuesday. Summerville police officials say Stone's bookbag and locker were searched on Tuesday, and a gun was not found.

Stone was suspended for the rest of the week. His mother Karen Gray says she is furious that the school did not contact her before her son was arrested.

She says her son followed directions and completed an assignment.
"If the school would have called me and told me about the paper and asked me to come down and discussed everything and, at least, get his point-of-view on the way he meant it. I never heard from the school, never. They never called me," said Gray.

Stone and his mother say they understand the sensitive nature of what he wrote, but they say it was a rash reaction to an innocent situation.

"I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don't see the harm in it," Stone said."I think there might have been a better way of putting it, but I think me writing like that, it shouldn't matter unless I put it out towards a person."

According to police, when Stone was asked by school officials about the comment written on the assignment, he said it was a joke.

Summerville police officials say Stone was disruptive and was told that he was being detained for disturbing schools.

Stone was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. District officials say the student has been suspended.
It would be safe to assume that with Stone's arrest and suspension, both Barney the Dinosaur and Godzilla are out of danger.

BREAKING: GAO Announces The Bowe Bergdahl Trade Broke The Law

On May 31, 2014 the department of Defense transferred five senior Taliban fighters from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the Taliban’s release of deserter and possible traitor Bowe Bergdahl. At the time the Government Accounting Office was asked if the use of funds to make this trade was legal because Congress wasn't given the proper 30-day warning.

On Thursday the GAO ruled that the use of funds was indeed illegal. In a letter to Minority Leader McConnell as well as the GOP members on the Senate Subcommittee on Defense Committee on Appropriations, the GAO explained why the transfer wasn't "kosher."
This responds to your June 13, 2014, request for our opinion on whether the Department of Defense (DOD) incurred obligations in violation of section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar. Section 8111 prohibits DOD from using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay unless the Secretary of Defense notifies certain congressional committees at least 30 days before the transfer. Pub. L. No. 113-76, div. C, title VIII, § 8111, 128 Stat. 5, 131 (Jan. 17, 2014).

As explained below, we conclude that DOD violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer. In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation. 31 U.S.C. § 1341(a).
(...) Our opinion in this matter rests upon the Secretary of Defense’s responsibility to comply with a notification condition on the availability of appropriations to transfer individuals from Guantanamo Bay. This opinion does not address the Secretary’s decision to transfer the five individuals in this case as part of DOD’s efforts to secure the release of an American soldier. However, when DOD failed to notify specified congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of its transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Qatar, DOD used appropriated funds in violation of section 8111. As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. See 31 U.S.C. § 1341(a). DOD should report its Antideficiency Act violation as required by law.
Not that it will change anything..but it is another brick in the "Obama ignoring the law" wall/

Obama's Rule About Fighting Terrorism, It's Called "Except When They're Targeting Jews"

When I was in grade school, spelling traumatized me. I couldn't get the knack -- all those exceptions. "I" before "e" except after "c," except for weigh and weird. The rules have so many exceptions, that even the exceptions have exceptions. I still get heart palpitations just thinking about it. That's probably why I studied Political Science in college -- it's so much easier than spelling.

The pundits on both sides of the political spectrum are confused about President Obama's strategy for fighting terrorism, he seems to say one thing and then a few days later. But it's just like spelling, you have to understand the exceptions. However recent actions have made his strategy clear, so as a service to readers and the political punditry of America we will explain the one big exception to fighting terror which in the administration is known as "except when the terrorists are targeting Jews."

Allow me to explain how it works. While talking about ISIS and the murder of Jim Foley on Wednesday President Obama said:
They have rampaged across cities and villages -- killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims -- both Sunni and Shia -- by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people.
A few hours after Obama's speech Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu gave one of his own, accurately explaining that Hamas is guilty of the same horrific acts as ISIS.
Hamas is ISIS. ISIS is Hamas. They’re the enemies of peace, they’re the enemies of Israel, they’re the enemies of all civilized countries, and I believe they’re the enemies of the Palestinians themselves.
Netanyahu explained that the Foley beheading “shows you the barbarism, the savagery of these people,” He added:
We face the same savagery. People who wantonly rocket our cities and conduct mass killings, and when they can, they murder children, teenagers, shoot them in the head, throw people from the sixth floor, their own people, and use their people as human shields.

During the daily State Department briefing that same day, Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf was asked about Netanyahu's comparison. Ms Harf she refused to concede that the two terrorist groups were similar.
I think by definition, they are two different groups. They have different leadership, and I’m not going to compare them in that way. I’ll let him [Netanyahu] speak for himself, but I’m not going to use that comparison.

Why would the Obama administration refuse to accept the Netanyahu comparison? There is one major difference between ISIS and Hamas. As the President said above, ISIS attacks people of all religions including their own. On the other hand, Hamas' primary target is the Jewish people. Their stated objective is killing all of the Jews in Israel and once that is done, killing all of the Jews in the rest of the world.

Civilian casualties is another example of the "Except when the terrorists are targeting Jews" strategy.

Since the start of the Gaza war, President Obama has constantly attacked Israel for the tragedy of civilian casualties despite the fact that Israel goes even further than the U.S. to avoid civilian casualties and that Hamas uses its population as human shields.

During an interview with the New Yorker this past January, Obama told David Remnick that he "wrestle[s]" with civilian casualties. But he also said he has..
a solemn duty and responsibility to keep the American people safe. That’s my most important obligation as President and Commander-in-Chief. And there are individuals and groups out there that are intent on killing Americans -- killing American civilians, killing American children, blowing up American blowing up American planes. That’s not speculation. It’s their explicit agenda.
Why would Obama go out of his way to criticize this country's number one ally in the Middle East about civilian casualties when he knows that Hamas puts non-combatants in the line of fire and the lengths Israel goes, to avoid killing civilians? That's because the President believes Netanyahu's "solemn duty and responsibility" to keep his citizens safe is different than Obama's. Each of the countries have pluralistic societies recognizing the freedom of its people, but only one of them is comprised mostly of Jews.

Obama believes the civilized world should weed out and fight terrorism wherever they may find it, except of course if the terrorists are targeting Jews.

During that same Wednesday speech the President said:
From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread. There has to be a clear rejection of these kind of nihilistic ideologies. One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.
Since the start of the Gaza operation, Obama has allowed Israel to go only so far in trying to destroy Hamas before demanding a cease fire. Contrary to his ally Israel, Obama's strategy is to bring Hamas to the negotiating table as opposed to extracting "this cancer, so that it does not spread."
Why is Obama's goal to eradicate ISIS but only to bring Hamas to the bargaining table? There can be only one answer as there is only one difference between the two terrorist groups, unlike ISIS who targets everybody, Hamas' primary target is the Jews, not only in Israel, but they have stated that their primary target is all Jews across the world.

Talking heads on both sides of the aisle have declared their consternation about President Obama's strategy for fighting terrorism. It's really easy to understand when one realizes there is one rule for the terrorists who want to kill the Jews and a different rule for the terrorists who target a broader range of people. 

Now, if only spelling was that easy.