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GOP Appoints Climate Change Denier to Chair House Science Committee (Again)

The Republican Party’s war on science continues
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For the last 6 years, the head of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has been Rep. Ralph Hall, a right wing religious fundamentalist who denies the science of climate change. Now it’s time for Hall to step down, and to replace this anti-science nutjob, the Republican Party has picked … another anti-science nutjob.

On Tuesday afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that the Republican Steering Committee had recommended Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) as the new chairman. The full House GOP caucus will vote on all chairmanships Wednesday and is expected to ratify the steering panel’s choices.

Smith, like many of his Republican colleagues, has expressed doubt that global warming is caused by human behavior. In 2009, he criticized the media for not airing enough “dissenting opinions” about climate change.

“The [ABC, NBC and CBS television] networks have shown a steady pattern of bias on climate change,” Smith said in a statement at the time. “During a six-month period, four out of five network news reports failed to acknowledge any dissenting opinions about global warming, according to a Business and Media Institute study. The networks should tell Americans the truth, rather than hide the facts.”

He also referred to environmentalists and others who warn about the seriousness of the issue as “global warming alarmists.”

I haven’t found any statements from Lamar Smith on the subject of evolution, but chances are very good that he’s a young earth creationist as well. Because that’s just how the GOP rolls.

Also see:
Which Anti-Science Rep. Will Chair the Science Committee?

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104 comments

1 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:28:49pm

So much for Bobby Jindal's words about the GOP needs to shed the "Dumb Party" appearance.

2 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:28:53pm

GOP Rule No.#1: Keep the Koch brothers happy.

3 Amory Blaine  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:32:18pm

Yeah I was mistaken in thinking the GOP might dial it down a notch after the election.

4 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:33:17pm

re: #3 Amory Blaine

Yeah I was mistaken in thinking the GOP might dial it down a notch after the election.

All they can do in that direction is to double down.

Don't retreat, reload!

5 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:34:04pm

Its nice to see the GOP remains committed to the idea that even complete fucking morons deserve a place at the table at even the highest levels.

6 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:35:25pm

re: #5 Kragar

Its nice to see the GOP remains committed to the idea that even complete fucking morons deserve a place at the table at even the highest levels.

"Leave No Fundie Behind!"

7 wrenchwench  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:35:49pm
Republican Steering Committee

Right off the rails, every time.

8 dragonath  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:36:05pm

I miss having smart people like Mark Udall and Rush Holt on our science committees.

9 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:36:40pm

I'd argue that someone on the science council should be able to pass a basic science exam, but science has a noted liberal bias.

10 erik_t  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:36:44pm

re: #4 Sol Berdinowitz

All they can do in that direction is to double down.

Don't retreat, reload!

I think the hip young kids are calling it a derple down.

11 Varek Raith  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:36:49pm

Dear GOP voters,
Voting for Republicans leads to this.
Take responsibility for your vote.

This is a primary reason I will never vote for a R, no matter how much I agree with him/her.

12 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:37:19pm

re: #7 wrenchwench

Right off the rails, every time.

Its like NASCAR, only they turn right instead.

13 freetoken  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:37:23pm

Lamar Smith has long been known as a friend to his Texas industry of petroleum.

In other committee assignments:

Amid criticism, House GOP names woman committee chair

After taking heat for naming zero women or minorities as committee chairmen in the next Congress, House Republican leadership today appointed Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., to serve as chairman of the House Administration Committee.

[...]

Still, the appointment appears to be purely political, since Miller, in her sixth term in office, doesn't even currently serve on the House Administration Committee. The Administration and Ethics committees are the only congressional committees to which the speaker can simply appoint someone.

[...]

Well yes, all committee chairmanships are "political", but in this case I think it is striking that the GOP in Congress, when left to their own, appointed all white men to head committees, and it took public outcry to move the John the Orange to execute one of his options in appointing a woman to a committee chair.

14 Skip Intro  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:37:53pm
“The [ABC, NBC and CBS television] networks have shown a steady pattern of bias on climate change,” Smith said in a statement at the time. “During a six-month period, four out of five network news reports failed to acknowledge any dissenting opinions about global warming, according to a Business and Media Institute study. The networks should tell Americans the truth, rather than hide the facts.”

Nor have they allowed any dissenting opinions in the round versus flat earth debate, nor in the math based math versus faith based math debate.

Time for the FCC to start pulling licenses unless all sides are given an equal voice on these unproven theories of the far left.

15 Amory Blaine  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:39:25pm

re: #14 Skip Intro

Nor have they allowed any dissenting opinions in the round versus flat earth debate, nor in the math based math versus faith based math debate.

Time for the FCC to start pulling licenses unless all sides are given an equal voice on these unproven theories of the far left.

Since the demise of the Fairness Doctrine in the 1980s, broadcast shows are not required to give equal time during all months of the year.

But Wilson and MAC argue that broadcasters do need to adhere to the often-overlooked Zapple Doctrine, which requires them to give roughly equal time to major candidates and their supporters during the 60 days leading up to an election.

Wilson contends that the Zapple Doctrine protects the First Amendment rights of candidates, supporters and listeners by ensuring that all parties can be heard on the public airwaves.

What the monitors found in May shouldn’t shock anyone who’s tuned in to Sykes, Belling or their on-air colleagues:

On average, WISN gave Walker and his Republican supporters 77 minutes of free airtime each day, while giving Barrett and his supporters 1 minute of time daily.

On average, WTMJ gave Walker and his supporters 79 minutes of free airtime each day, while pro-Barrett messages got four seconds and Democrats received 56 seconds of coverage per day.

Based on the stations’ advertising costs, MAC estimated that the stations provided $15,000 to $30,000 of free airtime daily to Walker and his supporters, or $744,000 in the first 15 days of the recall election cycle. Barrett, on the other hand, received just $4,800 worth of airtime over 15 days.

When supporters of Democrats contacted the stations to ask for comparable time on the air under the Zapple Doctrine, WTMJ responded by saying that it did not have to provide it. WISN did not respond to their requests.

In addition to promoting Walker and his fellow Republicans, WISN also allowed guests to recruit pro-Walker volunteers while on the air.

16 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:40:02pm

One of these days I'm going to stop being surprised at what the GOP is capable of.

Oh God! Please let it be soon!

17 Skip Intro  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:40:21pm

re: #13 freetoken

After taking heat for naming zero women or minorities as committee chairmen in the next Congress, House Republican leadership today appointed Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., to serve as chairman of the House Administration Committee.

I've never heard of that committee. Did that used to be called the House Housekeeping Committee? Is she in charge of room service and vacuuming?

18 Bulworth  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:42:05pm
Now it’s time for Hall to step down, and to replace this anti-science nutjob, the Republican Party has picked … another anti-science nutjob.

Well, it's not really like they have other options. /

19 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:42:27pm

Smith's Legislation (from wiki)


Digital Millennium Copyright Act

On April 23, 2006 CNET reported that Smith was introducing a bill that "would expand the DMCA's restrictions on software that can bypass copy protections and grant federal police more wiretapping and enforcement powers."[21] The move sparked a negative response among technology enthusiasts in opposition to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
---

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

On October 26, 2011, Smith introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), also known as SOPA.[32] The bill sought to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. SOPA faced significant opposition from internet freedom advocacy groups and web companies, and on January 15, 2012, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor cancelled a planned vote on the bill.[33][34][35]

20 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:42:34pm

re: #13 freetoken

Lamar Smith has long been known as a friend to his Texas industry of petroleum.

In other committee assignments:

Amid criticism, House GOP names woman committee chair

Well yes, all committee chairmanships are "political", but in this case I think it is striking that the GOP in Congress, when left to their own, appointed all white men to head committees, and it took public outcry to move the John the Orange to execute one of his options in appointing a woman to a committee chair.

Perhaps he's trying to make up for granting the only waiver to his party's six-year term limit to committee chairmanships to Ryan.

21 Amory Blaine  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:43:55pm

re: #19 Kragar

He sure is hep to the internet.

22 Decatur Deb  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:44:51pm

Per his article in Red State, Erickson will not be primarying Saxby Chambliss.

23 dragonath  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:45:37pm

Lamar Smith: Religious Whacko

GOP Rep: ‘Few things more important than re-affirming ‘In God We Trust’

Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith

Smith scores 0% by the AU on church-state separation

He is also a Christian Scientist, a sect that believes:

... that sickness and disease are the result of fear, ignorance, or sin, and should be healed through prayer or introspection. Combined with a belief that the use of medicine is incompatible with Christian Science healing methods, this has led to outbreaks of preventable disease and a number of deaths.[3]

24 Bulworth  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:46:29pm

re: #22 Decatur Deb

So...the cause is lost then, isn't it? //

25 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:48:18pm

re: #23 dragonath

Lamar Smith: Religious Whacko

GOP Rep: ‘Few things more important than re-affirming ‘In God We Trust’

Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith

Smith scores 0% by the AU on church-state separation

He is also a Christian Scientist, a sect that believes:

Fucking lovely.

The GOP probably nominated him because they said "Hey, He's a Christian and a Scientist. Its a perfect fit!"

26 Amory Blaine  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:49:04pm

So sick people are that way because they are fearful ignorant sinners?

27 kirkspencer  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:49:12pm

re: #17 Skip Intro

I've never heard of that committee. Did that used to be called the House Housekeeping Committee? Is she in charge of room service and vacuuming?

House Oversight (Issa's) is one of its subcommittees. Administration is also responsible for direction of Capitol Security and the Capitol Police. It does have a little swing.

28 Decatur Deb  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:49:40pm

re: #24 Bulworth

So...the cause is lost then, isn't it? //

Grover Norquist flips his rolodex to 'GA'...

29 freetoken  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:49:56pm

Unlike the claims of likes of "Christian Scientists", Scientology, or WND, reality is its own proof:

Hard" "Authoritative" Evidence Of Climate Change Begins To Overwhelm Even Fox

30 dragonath  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:50:58pm

Wait, there's more:

H.R. 1932, the “Keep our Communities Safe Act of 2011,” was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) “to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for extensions of detention of certain aliens ordered removed.” The bill would give the Department of Homeland Security greater power to detain undocumented immigrants for longer periods of time, in some cases indefinitely. It also makes the process of challenging detention significantly more difficult.

31 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:51:10pm
32 celticdragon  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:51:56pm

Send the fucking asteroid. We are overdue for a bolide impact anyway, and it isn't like we aren't precipitating a mass extinction in any event.

Of course, it will be just our luck that Pat Robertson survives and blames it all on teh gheyz...

33 celticdragon  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:53:42pm

re: #31 Kragar

TUCKER CARLSON: Congress should dive headlong off fiscal cliff

Great plan, go for it.
/

Progressives are half hoping the GOP does, in fact, go off the cliff. Then, they can force the GOP to vote on all kinds of tax relief for the Middle Class.

34 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:54:44pm

re: #31 Kragar

TUCKER CARLSON: Congress should dive headlong off fiscal cliff

Great plan, go for it.
/

GOP to Carlson: You first.

35 dragonath  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:55:25pm

Holy cow, I just found a link where the Heritage foundation thinks that Lamar Smith is too far to the left on school bullying.

36 RadicalModerate  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:56:47pm

Something else worth mentioning here.
Remember the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (aka SOPA) from last year, that had pretty much every online community from both the left and right rallying against it?

Lamar Smith authored the legislation.

37 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 1:56:51pm

Seriously Tucker, you think America going over the cliff would give the Dems less power? If anything, it would give them more, with the GOP desperate to make a deal just to avoid their stock plunging deeper than the Marianas Trench.

38 wrenchwench  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:00:01pm

re: #35 dragonath

Holy cow, I just found a link where the Heritage foundation thinks that Lamar Smith is too far too the left on school bullying.

The fact that there is a 'left' position and a 'right' position on bullying in the minds of these people is a symptom of the mental illness that is taking down the Republican Party.

39 sattv4u2  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:00:19pm

re: #22 Decatur Deb

Per his article in Red State, Erickson will not be primarying Saxby Chambliss.

Wow

I didn't know my post here saying I wouldn't support him would have that quick an effect!!!
/

40 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:00:42pm

Judge Rules Louisiana School Voucher System Unconstitutional

The AP reported that State Judge Tim Kelley determined the voucher program, currently serving nearly 5,000 students in the state, improperly diverts funds allocated for the state's public schools to private ones. Kelley also said the program unconstitutionally diverts local tax funds to private schools.

41 Skip Intro  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:01:18pm

re: #31 Kragar

TUCKER CARLSON: Congress should dive headlong off fiscal cliff

Great plan, go for it.
/

This has been the one and only Republican plan since Obama was elected in 2008. "I hope he fails", farted GOP party mouthpiece Limbaugh right after the election.

Mitch McConnell agreed, saying the only GOP goal was to make Obama a one term president.

So with miserable assholes like these running the opposition party, get ready for them do everything they can to send the economy and financial markets into a nosedive, and to hell with everyone who isn't rich enough come out of it whole.

42 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:01:43pm

re: #40 Kragar

Judge Rules Louisiana School Voucher System Unconstitutional

Damnit, man, you beat me to the punch!

/

43 Decatur Deb  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:01:46pm

re: #39 sattv4u2

Wow

I didn't know my post here saying I wouldn't support him would have that quick an effect!!!
/

Well, he did say he would follow God's lead.

44 sattv4u2  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:03:08pm

re: #43 Decatur Deb

Well, he did say he would follow God's lead.

Good thing I used my "BOOMING ECHOING VOICE" when I called his office!

45 dragonath  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:03:41pm

And if you feel like melting your brain, here's a house memorandum that details Smith's opposition to contraception on spurious "religious liberty" grounds.

Mandates!

46 Decatur Deb  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:04:05pm

re: #44 sattv4u2

Good thing I used my "BOOMING ECHOING VOICE" when I called his office!

Setting fire to his hibiscus was still a cheap trick.

47 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:04:34pm

re: #44 sattv4u2

Good thing I used my "BOOMING ECHOING VOICE" when I called his office!

"And from now on, stop playing with yourself."
"It is God!"

//

48 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:04:49pm

re: #42 Targetpractice

Damnit, man, you beat me to the punch!

/

49 RadicalModerate  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:05:35pm

re: #40 Kragar

Judge Rules Louisiana School Voucher System Unconstitutional

Keep in mind that this is only two days after the Louisiana voucher system was found to be in violation of federal desegregation laws as well. Yes, there are still private schools in Louisiana (as well as other southern states) who discriminate on the basis of race and religion - and the voucher system allows taxpayers to fund them.

50 sattv4u2  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:05:37pm

re: #46 Decatur Deb

Setting fire to his hibiscus was still a cheap trick.

He didn't have a regular bush, so I had to make due

51 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:06:27pm

re: #47 Targetpractice

"And from now on, stop playing with yourself."
"It is God!"

//

That was an hilarious movie.

52 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:06:47pm

re: #50 sattv4u2

He didn't have a regular bush, so I had to make due

And Mrs. Erickson thanks you for that.

53 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:07:19pm

re: #50 sattv4u2

He didn't have a regular bush, so I had to make due

Yeah, but was the plague of locusts really called for?

54 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:09:15pm

re: #53 Targetpractice

Yeah, but was the plague of locusts really called for?

Man, if you could call up locusts at will, you know you would.

55 darthstar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:09:37pm

re: #53 Targetpractice

Yeah, but was the plague of locusts really called for?

They're not bad if you dip them in chocolate.

56 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:10:20pm

re: #54 Kragar

Man, if you could call up locusts at will, you know you would.

Convenient way to mow the lawn, I admit. But dude, they ate my decorative cherry tree. Not cool!

//

57 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:10:45pm

re: #55 darthstar

They're not bad if you dip them in chocolate.

Stay away from the Spring Surprise.

58 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:11:11pm

re: #56 Targetpractice

Convenient way to mow the lawn, I admit. But dude, they ate my decorative cherry tree. Not cool!

//

You just have to aim them properly.

59 Peter Kaufman  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:14:15pm

Hey, it could be worse. You know that ice on Mercury? These guys say it came from Noah's flood.

60 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:15:47pm

re: #57 Kragar

Stay away from the Spring Surprise.

crunchy frog?

61 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:16:45pm

re: #60 Sol Berdinowitz

crunchy frog?

Don't let Killgore catch you eatin' that.

//

62 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:17:50pm

re: #61 Targetpractice

Don't let Killgore catch you eatin' that.

//

then take the bones out so he can't hear it crunch...

63 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:19:31pm

re: #59 Peter Kaufman

The Hydroplate Theory

The Hydroplate Theory is Walt Brown’s theory of the Global Flood. According to it, half of today’s ocean water lay deep underground—very deep. Ten miles deep. About 4400 years ago, the ten-mile-thick crust cracked open and let all that water out. It came out with enough force to throw vast amounts of water, rock and mud – one percent of the total weight of the Earth – into space. That water, rock and mud persist as comets, asteroids, and meteoroids.

Brown explains how comets formed in the micro-gravity of space. (Even a hand-sized rock, far enough away from any planet or moon, can become an orbital primary and make other, lighter-weight objects fall into it.) He also shows that such comets would fly off from earth in all directions. That’s why comets today have orbits going off in all directions. And Brown defies anyone to explain the Mercury ice (or the lunar or Martian ice, either) by any other theory of where comets came from. (Brown also knew about the Mercury ice twenty years ago, when NASA first suggested it.)

And the organic matter? Anything from germs to shrubs, that the escaping water, rock and mud carried with it. In fact, Lawrence, in the Science paper, says the ice melted when it crashed, then re-froze, with the dark organic layer on top. According to the First Law of Thermodynamics, it could do nothing else.

Brown confirmed today that the Mercury ice confirms his theory. That means the Mercury ice confirms creation, not abiogenesis or panspermia, as the origin of life.

64 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:19:59pm

re: #62 Sol Berdinowitz

then take the bones out so he can't hear it crunch...

THEN IT WOULDN'T BE CRUNCHY NOW, WOULD IT?

65 Eventual Carrion  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:21:12pm

re: #51 Romantic Heretic

That was an hilarious movie.

You'll rue the day you made that statement

66 Randall Gross  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:24:05pm

Here's Lamar helping the Catholic Bishops conflate freedom of religion with the ability to prohibit birth control in employee health plans. Notice how he flubs it and calls them "anti-abortion drugs"

67 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:24:41pm

re: #65 Eventual Carrion

You'll rue the day you made that statement

Rue the day? Who talks like that?

68 Bulworth  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:25:08pm

re: #67 Kragar

Kent in Real Genius?

69 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:26:01pm

re: #66 Randall Gross

Here's Lamar helping the Catholic Bishops conflate freedom of religion with the ability to prohibit birth control in employee health plans. Notice how he flubs it and calls them "anti-abortion drugs"

[Embedded content]

Well, technically birth control pills would be anti-abortion drugs. If you take them properly, the chances of needing an abortion drops drastically.
/

70 Kragar  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:27:20pm

re: #68 Bulworth

Kent in Real Genius?

You are of no further use to me!

71 Bulworth  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:27:22pm

re: #69 Kragar

Can't get pregnant from anti-abortion pills. They have a way of just shuttin' it down. /

72 allegro  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:27:33pm

re: #69 Kragar

Well, technically birth control pills would be anti-abortion drugs. If you take them properly, the chances of needing an abortion drops drastically.
/

No sarcasm / thingie needed.

73 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:27:35pm

re: #69 Kragar

Well, technically birth control pills would be anti-abortion drugs. If you take them properly, the chances of needing an abortion drops drastically.
/

There you go, bringing logic into it again.

/

74 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:28:35pm

re: #69 Kragar

Well, technically birth control pills would be anti-abortion drugs. If you take them properly, the chances of needing an abortion drops drastically.
/

"Take them prioperly"? You mean if you keep them clamped between your knees?

75 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:28:50pm

re: #70 Kragar

You are of no further use to me!

Interesting way to begin a conversation...

76 Targetpractice  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:35:52pm

I killed the thread! I'm a murderer! A murderer! A mur-diddily-urderer!!!

77 wrenchwench  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:36:15pm
78 freetoken  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:36:47pm

re: #40 Kragar

Judge Rules Louisiana School Voucher System Unconstitutional

From the WaPo:

[...]

Jindal said in a statement Friday afternoon that he would appeal the ruling.

In addition to the lawsuits, the program was criticized for letting students attend religious schools that teach Young Earth Creationism — the belief that the universe is no older than 10,000 years.

“Today’s ruling is wrong-headed and a travesty for parents across Louisiana who want nothing more than for their children to have an equal opportunity at receiving a great education,” Jindal said. “This ruling changes nothing for the students currently in the program. All along, we expected this to be decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Is this Jindal admitting that he planned to have this legal battle, and that he thinks he can win in the LSC?

79 Usually refered to as anyways  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:37:23pm

Israel authorises settler homes after UN vote

Just one day after a landmark UN vote recognising Palestine as a non-member observer state, Israel has moved to authorise the construction of 3,000 new homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The move, which has drawn widespread criticism, including from stalwart Israel ally the United States, is seen as punishment for the United Nations General Assembly vote.

A US State Department official says both the vote and the settlement expansion are counterproductive to reaching a peace settlement and a two-state solution.

More...

80 RadicalModerate  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:38:03pm

re: #66 Randall Gross

Here's Lamar helping the Catholic Bishops conflate freedom of religion with the ability to prohibit birth control in employee health plans. Notice how he flubs it and calls them "anti-abortion drugs"

[Embedded content]

That's not a flub. The religious right wants to ban women's birth control medication on the basis that it prevents fertilization, which to them is the same thing as a third-trimester elective abortion.

81 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:39:28pm

Lamar Smith is a sponsor of Capitol Ministries the ones who search for and "cultivate" conservative Christian candidates at the state and national level.

[Link: www.rightwingwatch.org...]

Lamar Smith said that the GOP should go ahead and press it's anti-immigration agenda because Hispanics support the Republican agenda and don't really care about the issue of immigration...

[Link: www.rightwingwatch.org...]

Lamar Smith launched the "Media Fairness Caucus" because...‘The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias.’

Let me just say — this is going to sound radical, I don’t mean for it to be radical — but to me, the greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias.

[Link: thinkprogress.org...]

82 Bulworth  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:40:25pm

re: #14 Skip Intro

Hey we're just asking questions here!! /

83 Bulworth  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:41:35pm

re: #81 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Oh, so the biggest threat is 'facts'.

84 Randall Gross  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:42:11pm

Just judging from the videos at his own you tube site he's deeply embedded in the Paleo/Norquist wing and is full bore anti-immigrant. He's also one of those GOP members who keeps the whole party insulated from reality by constantly whining about how biased media is.

85 Randall Gross  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:43:19pm

Here's the link to his you tube site
[Link: www.youtube.com...]

86 Bulworth  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:43:26pm

re: #84 Randall Gross

I'm curious about what smart officials in other countries think of this. I hope they don't get Faux news.

87 wrenchwench  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:49:21pm

Worst Socialist Ever

Many have noted that under success hating kenyan islamosocialist Barack Obama nominal corporate profits just set a new record. Uh so what. A dollar isn't worth what it used to be worth. Graphing nominal quantities is silly. The more interesting points is that the ratio of after tax corporate profits to GDP just set a new record (data only go back to 1947)

Image: socialistObama.JPG

Notice also how corporate profits were almost as high under Truman as under Obama and then that socialist Eisenhower ruined eerything. Also notice that even the Eisenthower through Carter and Clinton ratio was much higher than the extraordinarily low ratio under Reagan and Bush Sr.

There's more...

88 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:50:53pm

re: #59 Peter Kaufman

Hey, it could be worse. You know that ice on Mercury? These guys say it came from Noah's flood.

ehh? Oh it is just Andy spouting off about nonsense again..."I are enciclopedia editur!"

89 bratwurst  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:51:35pm

re: #79 Usually refered to as anyways

Israel authorises settler homes after UN vote

Just one day after a landmark UN vote recognising Palestine as a non-member observer state, Israel has moved to authorise the construction of 3,000 new homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The move, which has drawn widespread criticism, including from stalwart Israel ally the United States, is seen as punishment for the United Nations General Assembly vote.

A US State Department official says both the vote and the settlement expansion are counterproductive to reaching a peace settlement and a two-state solution.

More...

That'll REALLY teach the UN a lesson. /

90 Amory Blaine  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:55:37pm

Grandma Shuts Down Entire Country's Internet

Does it with a shovel

Internet service in all of Armenia was cut off for several hours when a 75-year old Georgian woman inadvertently cut the main service line between the two countries.

The woman was scavenging for scrap metal when she discovered the primary fiber-optic cable which runs through the two countries. Service went down when she apparently hacked into it with a shovel severing the line, officials said.

"She found the cable while collecting scrap metal and cut it with a view to stealing it," Georgian interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze told AFP.

The damage was apparently so severe that 90% of Armenian users lost access for nearly 12 hours while neighboring Georgia and some areas of Azerbajian were also affected.

Monitoring systems determined a break in the primary cable and a security team was immediately dispatched to investigate.

Christened the "spade-hacker" by the local media, authorities arrested the woman just outside the Georgian capitol of Tbilisi where they charged her for damaging property. If convicted, she could face three years in prison.

91 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:55:45pm

re: #83 Bulworth

Oh, so the biggest threat is 'facts'.

I'll wonder if has had second thoughts about that shit he said about how the Hispanics would vote for the GOP even if they were total jerk-offs about immigration. Then again he might not be smart enough to have second thoughts. :p

92 RadicalModerate  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:58:12pm

re: #78 freetoken

From the WaPo:

Is this Jindal admitting that he planned to have this legal battle, and that he thinks he can win in the LSC?

Someone needs to explain Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution to Gov. Jindal again.

94 Varek Raith  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 3:04:29pm

re: #79 Usually refered to as anyways

Israel authorises settler homes after UN vote

Just one day after a landmark UN vote recognising Palestine as a non-member observer state, Israel has moved to authorise the construction of 3,000 new homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The move, which has drawn widespread criticism, including from stalwart Israel ally the United States, is seen as punishment for the United Nations General Assembly vote.

A US State Department official says both the vote and the settlement expansion are counterproductive to reaching a peace settlement and a two-state solution.

More...

Dear Israel,
This isn't helping.

95 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 3:05:18pm

re: #93 Varek Raith

New Jersey GOP Uses Hurricane Sandy To Oppose Minimum Wage Hike

The minimum wage just does not sit well with people who think that the unrestricted free market is the answer to everything.

It does not sit well with people who somehow think that individuals and families with limited resources can negotiate on equal terms with large companies or even international, multi-million-dollar corporations.

And it does not sit well with people who think that our economy should be based on producing and selling cheap food and consumer goods 24/7.

96 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 3:06:40pm

re: #87 wrenchwench

Worst Socialist Ever

Image: socialistObama.JPG

There's more...

Yep, Obama is the biggest failure in all of history when it comes to his leadership on radical socialism, frankly he is so bad at it that it should be embarrassing to the whole country. I mean what do you think the other Socialist leaders think of our President? They probably can't even stop laughing at what incompetent socialists we are, it is just mortifying to think about it.

97 researchok  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 3:07:25pm
98 wrenchwench  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 3:09:25pm

re: #97 researchok

Oregon inmate released, robs bank within hour, police say

Today's word: Recidivism.

From there:

County sheriff's Sgt. Carrie Carver says "this isn't necessarily a worst-case scenario, but it's a very bad case."

99 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 3:09:49pm

re: #77 wrenchwench

For no reason.

Image: u5cmN2ufLkqV8-7_Y0rhPw2.jpg

Did he escape from a Dr. Seuss book?

100 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 3:12:20pm

re: #97 researchok

Oregon inmate released, robs bank within hour, police say

Today's word: Recidivism Institutionalized.

FTFY

101 Unions = Innovation slash slash  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 4:49:03pm

re: #97 researchok

Oregon inmate released, robs bank within hour, police say

Today's word: Recidivism.

Parole Board chairman: They've got a name for people like you H.I. That name is called "recidivism."
Parole Board member: Repeat offender!
Parole Board chairman: Not a pretty name, is it H.I.?
H.I.: No, sir. That's one bonehead name, but that ain't me any more.
Parole Board chairman: You're not just telling us what we want to hear?
H.I.: No, sir, no way.
Parole Board member: 'Cause we just want to hear the truth.
H.I.: Well, then I guess I am telling you what you want to hear.
Parole Board chairman: Boy, didn't we just tell you not to do that?
H.I.: Yes, sir.
Parole Board chairman: Okay, then.

102 Unions = Innovation slash slash  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 4:57:58pm

Prison life is structured - more'n some people care for.

103 sneb  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:17:00pm

re: #13 freetoken

House Administration Committee has no actual power...fitting that they would give it to a woman.

104 wheat-dogghazi  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 8:16:49pm

re: #63 Kragar

Rationalwiki classifies Walt Brown's hydroplate "theory" as being in the Not Even Wrong category. The idea that underground water cold spew fast enough (25,000 mph or 11 km/s) to escape earth's gravitational field and then travel hundreds of the millions of miles to reach Mercury (a pinprick of a planet in space) defies all common sense, not to mention basic Newtonian mechanics.

Brown has a PhD in mechanical engineering, by the way.


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