Global warming isn’t happening, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) argued over the weekend, pointing to the fact that it was snowing in Alaska in May.
“Global warming my gluteus maximus,” she wrote in a post on her Facebook page, adding a small dose of politics to a picture of her youngest daughter Piper in the snow after graduation. “This is what ‘Grad Blast’ means in Alaska! We’ll move our graduation b-b-q indoors and watch the mini-blizzard from ‘round the fireplace.”
Palin has been a reliable denier of climate science in the past. She’s referred to studies supporting climate change models as “snake oil,” and as a vice presidential candidate in 2008, she argued that humans haven’t influenced changes in climate.
In her Facebook argument, Palin confuses weather with climate, a mistake frequently made by climate change deniers. Palin has made this blunder in the past, suggesting that local atmospheric conditions over short periods of time and small areas have bearing on larger trends averaged over long time periods and greater areas.
As much of the nation continues to debate gun control and as Colorado gets ready to implement sweeping new gun control laws just passed in the latest legislative session, one small town in southwest Colorado has decided to go in the opposite direction by passing an ordinance that makes gun ownership mandatory.
Nucla, Colo., about 50 miles south of Grand Junction and with a population of less than 1,000, recently passed an ordinance on a 5-1 vote which requires a head of a household to own a gun, according to the Montrose Daily Press.
The new ordinance does have some exceptions for heads of households who can’t legally own a gun or who simply do not want to own a gun.
Bill Long, the lone board member who voted against the measure says it’s just a symbolic gesture and that it’s just as intrusive as laws that try to limit guns. “Ideologically, it’s no different than saying, ‘You can’t own guns,’ Long said to The Associated Press. “If you want less government in our lives, this isn’t that. It’s a symbolic gesture.”
Nucla leaders say that the ordinance was inspired by the law that made gun ownership mandatory in the Georgia town of Nelson. Called the “Family Protection Act,” WSB-TV reported that the proposal was submitted by a city council official over concerns that the current lack of a police presence — which often leaves Nelson patrolled by a single officer or none at all — makes the town’s residents unsafe.
A scowling Donald Trump raised his voice on the witness stand Wednesday while an attorney grilled him and then rolled his eyes at the “Apprentice” star’s answers, prompting a federal judge to scold both men in open court and order them to behave.
The admonition came during Trump’s second and final day on the stand at a civil trial where he is accused of making false promises to an investor to lure her into purchasing condos at his glitzy Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.
“You have been dancing around and boxing each other,” U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve told Trump and plaintiff’s attorney Shelly Kulwin. “You’ve got to stop it.”
“Let’s get control of ourselves,” she added before a brief recess.
After cooling down during the final minutes of his testimony, Trump heated back up as he spoke to reporters on his way out of the Chicago courthouse.
“This is a disgrace,” Trump said, blasting the 87-year-old investor whose lawsuit led to this week’s trial. “She’s trying to rip me off.”
Jacqueline Goldberg’s suit claims Trump carried out a bait-and-switch in which a profit-sharing plan was promised then withdrawn after she agreed to buy two condos for around $1 million apiece at the 92-story luxury building; it opened in 2009.
After court adjourned Wednesday, Kulwin responded to Trump’s claim that he, not Goldberg, is the victim.
“The notion is ludicrous,” he told reporters.
WINDSOR, Ontario — Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other side of the Detroit River.
Detroit’s ever-growing black mountain is the unloved, unwanted and long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom.
And no one knows quite what to do about it, except Koch Carbon, which owns it.
The company is controlled by Charles and David Koch, wealthy industrialists who back a number of conservative and libertarian causes including activist groups that challenge the science behind climate change. The company sells the high-sulfur, high-carbon waste, usually overseas, where it is burned as fuel.
The coke comes from a refinery alongside the river owned by Marathon Petroleum, which has been there since 1930. But it began refining exports from the Canadian oil sands — and producing the waste that is sold to Koch — only in November.
“What is really, really disturbing to me is how some companies treat the city of Detroit as a dumping ground,” said Rashida Tlaib, the Michigan state representative for that part of Detroit. “Nobody knew this was going to happen.” Almost 56 percent of Canada’s oil production is from the petroleum-soaked oil sands of northern Alberta, more than 2,000 miles north.
We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they’re seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration’s credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don’t look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone.
After wading through that pile of poo, I need a drink, and this is only the first paragraph!
A Denver-area woman died Tuesday night after an assault rifle she was handling accidentally fired and shot her in the head.
Witnesses told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH that Anastasia Adair, 22, was passing an AK-47-style assault rifle to her husband, Dana “Shane” Adair, when the gun went off. A second shot was fired when Anastasia fell and dropped the rifle, but no one was hit by it, two witnesses and the husband told police.
Shane Adair told police that the gun had a light trigger pull. Federal Heights Police Lt. Gary Toldness said that the fatal bullet’s trajectory appeared consistent with the witness accounts of an accidental shooting. The investigation is continuing.
According to the Denver Post, the incident occurred while the couple and three housemates were drinking beer in their garage. Toldness told the Denver Post that the shooting will be treated as an accident, but authorities will investigate how much alcohol was in the victim’s blood.
It must be a slow news day for the right wing media, especially after President Obama shut down a couple of conspiracy theories, or at least somewhat. So, Drudge Report, Twitchy and the Weekly Standard have stumbled on to Obama’s next dastardly deed. President Obama (wait for it) uses an umbrella when it rains. That rat bastard! Obama acts like he’s the President or something.
Why the uproar? President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan held a joint press conference, and when the rain started coming down, Obama signaled for umbrellas for the PM and himself. Obummer could have left the PM shivering in the rain, in which case, that would go down even worse.
Drugde cut the picture to only show Obama.
But wait! There’s more.
Princess Moosebottom weighed in on the scandal, too.
Chalk up another victory for the Great Climate Change Hoax, and all those greedy scientists who invented it so they can get rich on grant money while they force oil company executives to sell apples on the sidewalk and sleep on steam grates.
Mount Everest is melting.
A warming climate is melting the glaciers of Mount Everest, shrinking the frozen cloak of Earth’s highest peak by 13% in the last 50 years, researchers have found. Rocks and natural debris previously covered by snow are appearing now as the snow line has retreated 590 feet, according to Sudeep Thakuri, a University of Milan scientist who led the research. The pessimistic view of Earth’s tallest peak was presented during a meeting Tuesday of the American Geophysical Union in Cancun, Mexico. Researchers said they believe the observed changes could be due to human-generated greenhouse gases altering global climate, although their research has not established a firm connection.
Of course, nobody really cares about a whole mess of ice on some obscure mountain in Asia. Amirite?
“The Himalayan glaciers and ice caps are considered a water tower for Asia since they store and supply water downstream during the dry season,” said Thakuri. “Downstream populations are dependent on the melt water for agriculture, drinking and power production.” The topic of glacial melt in the Himalayas has been controversial. Initial reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted glaciers in the region would disappear by 2035. Subsequent analysis by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission showed that the melt was one-tenth the reported rate, and that some areas were experiencing growth, particularly in the Tibetan plateau. Research published last year, however, showed that glaciers have been retreating over a 30-year period on the Tibetan plateau. It also showed that areas that depend on snow during regional monsoon seasons are particularly vulnerable to small rises in temperature. The plateau is of concern because it is the ultimate source of drinking and irrigation water for more than 1 billion people in Asia.
A billion people.
Sure am glad Jim Inhofe is on the case. Inhofe: God Says Global Warming Is A Hoax - thinkprogress.org
Eleven centuries from now, nobody in the universe is going to believe this happened.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is set to deliver the commencement address at a Washington state high school.
The one-time Republican vice presidential hopeful will speak to Republic High School’s class of 2013 — made up of just 27 students — on June 1, according to the AP.
Tyler Weyer, one of the graduating seniors, started a social media campaign last fall to convince Palin to speak at the school’s graduation.
“I said, ‘Hey, let’s just get Sarah Palin,’ ” Weyer told the Spokesman-Review, noting that Republic’s commencement speaker is typically a standout teacher or community member.
Shawn Anderson, Republic High School’s principal, said Palin’s appearance would not be political.
“This isn’t going to be a circus, and this isn’t going to be a political statement,” Anderson said.
Mark Sanford, after a detour to the governor’s office and, infamously, to Argentina, is back in Washington as a member of Congress.
The former three-term congressman and two-term governor was sworn in Wednesday as the representative for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, after a comeback victory in a special election last week.
In brief remarks after taking the oath of office, Sanford declared himself “humbled” to return.
“Each one of our lives involve different journeys. But on that journey we can in essence be taken to places wherein we develop levels of appreciation perhaps that we never had before. And so I stand here before each one of you more appreciative than I ever could have been for the honor of working with each one of you here in the United States Congress,” he said.
Sanford was introduced by fellow South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson, who called him the “survivor” of primary, runoff and general elections this year to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate.