Archive for July 2, 2012
The end could be better but calling all Obamacare haters — here’s your ticket to ride:
Per Juan Cole — the go-to guy when it comes to everything happening in the Arab world — this is what the ahem, balance of power looks like today in Egypt after last week’s election:
So sad, after all the work they did, to see the Egyptian electorate at the bottom.
Oh wait. Ron Paul wants to take US there too: Paul Ryan: ACA Law Should Be Repealed Because Only God Can Grant Rights.
Vote Republican. Vote for the American Taliban, i.e., the GOP Brotherhood.
Bill Nye (The Science Guy) was on CNN today. They posted video. Check out the headline: “Could climate change be wildfire cause?” Really?
Fortunately, Nye didn’t mince words:
“There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record. That’s just how it is.”
“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”
“It is because of the heat ultimately,” Nye told Costello. “Just two years ago, it was was wet in Colorado and there was a lot of growth in forests. And then you can say they should have responsibly cleared that growth — it’s a difficult thing. So then two years later when it’s especially dry and the forest flora gets especially dry and then there’s a lightening strike, the fire is that much more intense than it would have been.”
Undoubtedly CNN is receiving tweets and emails as we speak from “scientists” who want to refute what Nye said and undoubtedly CNN is thinking about being “fair and balanced” and putting them on. That’s the problem with he said, she said “news.” Some things are irrefutable. Too bad “the most trusted name in news” doesn’t get that. Thousands of scientists have been screaming about climate change for 20 years. It’s time for CNN to stop asking question and to start reporting the facts.
There will always be someone who argues that rocks aren’t hard or that fish are terrible swimmers. Are we going to argue about those kinds of things ad nauseum?
I have a small orchid collection so a friend of mine sent me a link to this photo today. It’s a Malaysian Orchid Mantis which I’d never seen or heard of before. It looks exactly like part of an orchid flower:
What a beautiful photo via Alex Hyde Photography.
Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me.
(H/t Dave B.)
Apropos of the post below, this is what the Romney’s New Hampshire cabin looks like. You know, the place where they’re going to hang over the July 4th holiday.
Oh, and in case you’re interested, this is his little place on the beach in Southern California
Remember during the 2004 campaign when the neocons criticized John Kerry for windsurfing? Elitist. He staged it.
Can’t wait to hear what they have to say about this:
This is pretty self-explanatory (oh, and don’t you love seeing Grigrich bowing!):
At a rally in Paris last Sunday, former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich expressed his support for the MEK, an Iranian opposition group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.
Gingrich disagrees with the MEK’s (an anti-Iranian regime organization) terrorist designation but the fact remains that it is. Imagine if a Democrat did this. Republicans would be peeing their pants.