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  • Question about the Clintons

    09/11/2016 1:58:11 PM PDT · by The Raven · 18 replies
    The Raven
    QUESTION I was telling my wife about when Hillary and Bill were at Yale they made a pact and plan to run for President She thinks it is a myth and I went to find where I read that and came up empty.
  • Join Me to Picket the Democrat Party for a Name Change

    11/03/2014 2:15:50 AM PST · by The Raven · 29 replies
    The Raven
    After seeing the demonstrations against the Washington Redskins, I got the idea to demonstrate against the Democrat party. The mention of the name brings back an awful history of pro-slavery, anti-Lincoln bigots. A Party which uses propaganda, deceit, voter fraud, and illegal government targeting of political enemies. Yes. We must have their name changed A suggestion is Pinocchio
  • Are You Smarter than a Wall St Protestor?

    10/17/2011 4:35:41 PM PDT · by The Raven · 13 replies
    Oct 17, 2011 | The Raven
    We know we’re all smarter than a fifth grader…..but Are you Smarter than a Wall St Protester? Take the test….check the policies you agree with 1) Close down all nuclear power plants 2) Close all fossil fuel power plants 3) Forgive all debts public and private 4) Take over the government. 5) The rich are responsible. 6) The bankers are responsible 7) The Jews are responsible. 8) Obama needs to be reelected 9) Destroy capitalism and Republicans 10) Get rid of all money
  • ObamaCare's Reality Deficit

    01/08/2011 3:16:39 AM PST · by The Raven · 12 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Jan 8, 2011 | editorial
    Of all the claims deployed in favor of ObamaCare, and there are many, the most preposterous is that a new open-ended entitlement will somehow reduce the budget deficit. Insure 32 million more people, and save money too! The even more remarkable spectacle is that Washington seems to be taking this claim seriously in advance of the House's repeal vote next week. Some things in politics you just can't make up. ..snip .. The accounting gimmicks are legion, but we'll pick out a few: It uses 10 years of taxes to fund six years of subsidies. Social Security and Medicare revenues...
  • The Liberal Reckoning of 2010 (WSJ Editorial)

    12/31/2010 3:06:32 AM PST · by The Raven · 20 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Dec 31, 2010 | editorial
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent out a press release last week headlined "111th Congress Accomplishments." It quoted a couple of Democratic Party cheerleaders calling this the greatest Congress since 1965-66 (Norm Ornstein) or even the New Deal (David Leonhardt), and listed in capital letters no fewer than 30 legislative triumphs: Health Care Reform, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a Jobs Package (HIRE Act), the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Food Safety, the Travel Promotion Act, Student Loan Reform, Hate Crimes Prevention, and so much more. What the release did not mention is the loss of 63 House and...
  • America's Dangerous Rush to Shrink Its Military Power

    12/27/2010 3:03:21 AM PST · by The Raven · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | dec 27, 2010 | MARK HELPRIN
    From the president on down through his secretary of defense, the service secretaries, and a cast of generals whose decorations would choke an alpine meadow with color, we are told that further reductions in American military power are warranted and unavoidable. This view is supported by the left, the right that unwisely fears accounting more than war, by most of the press, the academy, and perhaps a majority of Americans, and it is demonstrably and dangerously wrong. Based upon nothing and ignoring the cautionary example of World War II, we are told that we will never face two major enemies...
  • ObamaCare Loses in Court [ WSJ Editorial ]

    12/14/2010 1:47:37 AM PST · by The Raven · 36 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | dec 14, 2010 | editorial
    Only a few months ago, the White House and its allies on the legal left dismissed the constitutional challenges to ObamaCare as frivolous, futile and politically motived. So much for that. Yesterday, a federal district court judge in Virginia ruled that the health law breaches the Constitution's limits on government power. In a careful 42-page ruling, Judge Henry Hudson declared that ObamaCare's core enforcement mechanism known as the individual mandate—the regulation that requires everyone to purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty—exceeds Congress's authority to regulate the lives of Americans. "The unchecked expansion of congressional power to the limits...
  • Liberalism: An Autopsy

    12/04/2010 1:41:35 AM PST · by The Raven · 18 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | dec 4, 2010 | EMMETT TYRRELL JR.
    ... Liberalism's decline might appear, at first glance, to have begun with the 1961 inauguration of President John F. Kennedy—when historians noted the first glimmerings of what was to become liberalism's distinctive trait, overreach. Kennedy's soaring oratory was infectious and admirable and even impressed a later generation of conservatives. But it was a bit dishonest. There never was a missile gap with the Soviet Union, as he claimed, or any other cause for histrionics. On the domestic side, the oratory set in motion President Lyndon Johnson's catastrophic War on Poverty. ...
  • Climate Alarmism at the New York Times

    11/07/2010 4:44:40 AM PST · by The Raven · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov 6, 2010 | Fred Singer
    The New York Times editorial page has been persistent in publishing alarmist editorials on climate change. The latest one appearing shortly before the November elections accused politicians of being in "denial" about climate change. What nonsense! Climate is changing all the time; it has been doing it for millions of years -- without any human intervention. And politicians are simply trying to stay in step with the public. There is no credible evidence at all that human activities have had any appreciable influence on global climate changes during the last century. While many scientists still believe in a major human...
  • Iowa's Total Recall

    11/06/2010 4:44:54 AM PDT · by The Raven · 57 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Nov 6, 2010 | editorial
    Iowans made a clean sweep of the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, voting to recall all three justices who were up for a retention election. The rout is being played as an unprecedented politicization of state courts. Maybe if judges behaved less like politicians, they'd have less reason to fear recall votes. Voters were expressing their dismay over a 2009 Iowa court ruling that gave the green light to same-sex marriage. That unanimous decision, which overturned a state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, struck voters as an attempt by the seven justices to impose their...
  • Germany Defuses Bomb Sent to Merkel

    11/03/2010 3:09:08 AM PDT · by The Raven · 14 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Nov 3, 2010 | DAVID CRAWFORD and MARCUS WALKER
    BERLIN—German police are investigating a bomb from Greece that was delivered Tuesday to the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hours after additional package bombs exploded outside foreign embassies in Athens. Also Tuesday, a cargo plane from Athens carrying a suspicious parcel addressed to Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi made an emergency landing in Italy. German police defused the small bomb, and nobody was injured in any of the incidents Tuesday. Ms. Merkel wasn't in Berlin at the time. . Greek police intercept and destroy three mail bombs including one addressed to French President Sarkozy. Video courtesy of Reuters. .German authorities say...
  • Moon group buys The Washington Times

    11/03/2010 2:44:53 AM PDT · by The Raven · 7 replies
    Wash Times ^ | Nov 3, 2010 | Wash Times
    The Washington Times, a newspaper that has served the nation's capital and a worldwide readership for 28 years, has been sold to a group operating on behalf of the paper's founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. The new owners promised the paper will continue to provide a robust voice in current affairs.
  • Government Believes It Has A Right To The Wealthy’s Income

    09/19/2010 5:21:15 AM PDT · by The Raven · 31 replies
    Phila Bulletin ^ | Sep 19, 2010 | BENCHENE
    During his recent speech in Ohio, President Obama made it clear his administration will soon raise taxes on those in the top marginal income tax bracket. While not surprising given the administration’s penchant for redistribution, the manner in which President Obama made his declaration brings cause for concern: “This isn’t to punish folks who are better off – it’s because we can’t afford the $700 billion price tag.” Not only will such tax-the-rich policy hamper U.S. economic growth, principally among small businesses, but the statement itself is a clear indictment of the president’s broader philosophical belief: Earned income is the...
  • Honor the Constitution's limits

    09/17/2010 2:33:53 AM PDT · by The Raven · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Wash Times ^ | Sep 17, 2010 | editorial
    ... The terms of the Constitution originally were clear. Section 8 of Article I enumerates the exact powers the federal government, through Congress, can exercise - and, by doing so, excludes all other powers. As James Madison, the chief conceptualizer of the Constitution, wrote in Federalist 39, "the proposed government cannot be deemed a national one; since its jurisdiction extends to certain enumerated objects only, and leaves to the several states a residuary and inviolable sovereignty over all other objects." Madison wrote this before adoption of the 10th Amendment, which restates, "the powers not delegated to the United States by...
  • How Do You Stop an Elephant Charging? [Advice for the GOP]

    09/03/2010 2:56:28 AM PDT · by The Raven · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | sept 3, 2010 | PEGGY NOONAN
    [snip] ... But there are differences between 1994 and 2010. For one, this time around "the Democrats can see what's coming." They didn't see the Republican wave rising in 1994 until it was too late. "When you see something coming a mile away, you can build a ditch to keep it away." Democrats, he says, have put aside a lot of money for negative ads in the last days of the campaign. "For a year, Democratic strategists said 'We'll pass health care, they'll love us.' 'Recovery summer, they'll love us.' 'We'll run against Wall Street, they'll love us.'" These "narratives"...
  • Global warmists abandoned fact for fancy

    08/25/2010 2:41:02 AM PDT · by The Raven · 6 replies
    Wash Times ^ | Helmer
    Around the world, the fight against "climate change" and carbon dioxide e emissions is costing literally hundreds of billions of dollars - and this at a time when the Western world is ravaged by recession. We can ill afford these sums. Many scientists think CO2 emissions have a trivial effect on climate, but even those who support the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) generally agree that the efforts we are making will result in changes so small that they cannot even be measured. Given that China is building a new coal-fired power station every week, with India not far...
  • A Commandeering of the People

    07/24/2010 3:59:54 AM PDT · by The Raven · 14 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | July 24, 2010 | JAMES TARANTO
    Is ObamaCare constitutional? "If you ask any constitutional law professor whether Congress can do something, the answer is always yes," says Randy Barnett. But Mr. Barnett, who teaches legal theory at Georgetown, isn't just any law professor. A self-described "radical libertarian," he is the author of a 2004 book, "Restoring the Lost Constitution," that argues for a fundamentally new approach to jurisprudence. Since the New Deal, Supreme Court justices have generally assumed a law is constitutional and overruled it only when it infringes on an individual right that is enumerated in the Constitution (free speech) or not (privacy). "If you're...
  • Rush Limbaugh marries gal pal Kathryn Rogers in lavish Palm Beach ceremony

    06/06/2010 3:03:12 AM PDT · by The Raven · 158 replies · 5,635+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | june 6, 2010 | Lauren Johnston
    It's wedding bells for Rush Limbaugh – for the fourth time. The conservative firebrand, 59, exchanged vows with Kathryn Rogers – a blond bombshell half his age – in a lavish Hawaiian-themed wedding bash headlined by none-other-than Sir Elton John Saturday in Florida. It's an odd pairing considering El Rushbo's history of anti-gay commentary on his conservative radio show and the openly gay "Tiny Dancer" singer's longtime commitment to gay rights. The Palm Beach Post reported the British superstar will pocket $1 million for playing the wedding reception at the posh Breakers Hotel Read more:
  • FTC floats Drudge tax

    06/06/2010 2:59:00 AM PDT · by The Raven · 20 replies · 824+ views
    Wash Times ^ | june 6, 2010 | editorial
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism, and that's a cause for concern. According to a May 24 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers, forcing media companies to adapt and experiment to meet changing market needs. FTC's policy staff fears this new reality. [snip] In other words, government policy would encourage a tax on websites like the Drudge Report, a must-read source for the news links of the...
  • Climategate Taxpayer Fraud Investigation Draws Ideological Heat

    05/17/2010 2:57:11 AM PDT · by The Raven · 22 replies · 1,046+ views
    American Thinker ^ | may 17, 2010 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has used the power of government to seek documents from the University of Virginia regarding its former professor and Climategate figure of "hockey stick" fame, Michael Mann. Mr. Cuccinelli is investigating whether Professor Mann engaged in fraud to obtain taxpayer money to fund his research. The civil investigation is making some people sweat, and raised howls of protest from sources ranging from the liberal Washington Post to the libertarian Reason. Academicians are protesting it as a threat to academic liberty. Daniel Lashof, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate Center, penned a letter calling...
  • The Revenue Limits of Tax and Spend

    05/17/2010 2:15:28 AM PDT · by The Raven · 3 replies · 385+ views
    The Wall St Journal (Subscription) ^ | may 17, 2010 | DAVID RANSON
    [snip] U.S. fiscal policy has been going in the wrong direction for a very long time. But this year the U.S. government declined to lay out any plan to balance its budget ever again. Based on President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates a deficit that starts at 10.3% of GDP in 2010. It is projected to narrow as the economy recovers but will still be 5.6% in 2020. As a result the net national debt (debt held by the public) will more than double to 90% by 2020 from 40% in 2008. The current Greek...
  • Fannie the Unreformable

    05/12/2010 2:58:35 AM PDT · by The Raven · 9 replies · 566+ views
    The Wall St Journal (Subscription) ^ | may 12, 2010 | editorial
    'We all should have done a better job." So said Senator Chris Dodd yesterday in discussing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in what ought to go down as the understatement of the young 21st century. Yet such general and less-than-abject remorse wasn't enough for Mr. Dodd and his fellow Democrats to vote to reform the money-losing government-owned companies and clean up the mess they made in the mortgage market. As Banking Chairman, Mr. Dodd was declaiming on the Senate floor that the toxic twins absolutely, positively, no doubt about it, need to be reformed—just not yet. He thus opposed Arizona...
  • Euro markets up over 8% - New Greece Deal

    05/10/2010 2:15:34 AM PDT · by The Raven · 44 replies · 1,568+ views
    The Wall St Journal (Subscription) ^ | may 10, 2010 | ISHAQ SIDDIQI
    European stock markets pushed sharply higher Monday, while sovereign debt markets slumped, as market participants reacted to news of a hefty €750 billion ($955 billion) rescue package to stabilize the euro and prevent the Greek debt crisis from affecting other member countries.
  • DDT and Population Control

    04/25/2010 3:47:52 AM PDT · by The Raven · 15 replies · 979+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Apr 25, 2010 | editorial
    ... Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was a leading opponent of the insecticide DDT, which remains the cheapest and most effective way to combat malarial mosquitoes. Rachel Carson's 1962 book, "Silent Spring," misleadingly linked pesticides to cancer and is generally credited with popularizing environmental awareness. But other leading greens of the period, including Nelson, biologist Paul Ehrlich and ecologist Garrett Hardin, were also animated by a belief that growth in human populations was harming the environment. "The same powerful forces which create the crisis of air pollution also are threatening our freshwater resources, our woods,...
  • Secret papers reveal Senate 'talks' between Obama and Blagojevich

    04/24/2010 4:38:44 AM PDT · by The Raven · 42 replies · 1,898+ views
    NY Post ^ | Apr 24, 2010 | CHARLES HURT
    WASHINGTON -- Sections of court papers filed by scandal-scarred former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that were mistakenly made public show a deeper involvement by President Obama in picking his Senate successor and call into question the president's public statements on the case. According to passages in the papers filed Thursday by Blagojevich's lawyers -- which were blacked out under a judge's order but made visible by a computer glitch -- Obama, then president-elect, spoke directly to the disgraced governor on Dec. 1, 2008. But just one week later -- on the day Blagojevich was indicted -- Obama told reporters flatly,...
  • An Economy of Liars

    04/20/2010 2:54:36 AM PDT · by The Raven · 12 replies · 608+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Apr 20, 2010 | GERALD P. O'DRISCOLL JR.
    Free markets depend on truth telling. Prices must reflect the valuations of consumers; interest rates must be reliable guides to entrepreneurs allocating capital across time; and a firm's accounts must reflect the true value of the business. Rather than truth telling, we are becoming an economy of liars. The cause is straightforward: crony capitalism. Thomas Carlyle, the 19th century Victorian essayist, unflatteringly described classical liberalism as "anarchy plus a constable." As a romanticist, Carlyle hated the system—but described it accurately. Classical liberals, whose modern counterparts are libertarians and small-government conservatives, believed that the state's duties should be limited (1) to...
  • Conflict or Cooperation (Brilliant piece)

    03/31/2010 3:04:21 AM PDT · by The Raven · 34 replies · 842+ views ^ | mar 31, 2010 | Williams
    Different Americans have different and often intense preferences for all kinds of goods and services. Some of us have strong preferences for beer and distaste for wine while others have the opposite preference -- strong preferences for wine and distaste for beer. Some of us hate three-piece suits and love blue jeans while others love three-piece suits and hate blue jeans. When's the last time you heard of beer drinkers in conflict with wine drinkers, or three-piece suit lovers in conflict with lovers of blue jeans? It seldom if ever happens because beer and blue jean lovers get what they...
  • The Doctors of the House

    03/22/2010 1:53:12 AM PDT · by The Raven · 12 replies · 687+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Mar 22, 2010 | editorial
    House Democrats last night passed President Obama's federal takeover of the U.S. health-care system, and the ticker tape media parade is already underway. So this hour of liberal political victory is a good time to adapt the "Pottery Barn" rule that Colin Powell once invoked on Iraq: You break it, you own it. [snip] We have never understood why pro-lifers consider abortion funding more morally significant than the rationing of care for cancer patients or at the end of life that will inevitably result from this bill. But in any case Democratic pro-lifers sold themselves for a song, as they...
  • March Madness [WSJ Edittorial(not basketball!)]

    03/19/2010 2:08:23 AM PDT · by The Raven · 10 replies · 558+ views
    Has there ever been a political spectacle like the final throes of ObamaCare? We can't recall one outside of a banana republic, or, more accurately, Woody Allen's 1971 classic "Bananas." Capitol Hill resembles nothing so much as that movie's farcical coup d'etat in San Marcos as Democrats try to assemble the partisan minimum of 216 House votes—if only for an hour or so at some point on Sunday—and no bribe is too costly, no deal too cynical, no last-minute rewrite too blatant. View Full Image Getty Images .Yesterday, Democrats defeated 222 to 203 a GOP resolution that would have required...
  • The House Health-Care Vote and the Constitution

    03/15/2010 1:11:55 AM PDT · by The Raven · 47 replies · 1,689+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | mar 15, 2010 | MICHAEL W. MCCONNELL
    No bill can become law unless the exact same text is approved by a majority of both houses of Congress. Democratic congressional leaders have floated a plan to enact health-care reform by a procedure dubbed "the Slaughter solution." It is named not for the political carnage that it might inflict on their members, but for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.), chair of the powerful House Rules Committee, who proposed it. Under her proposal, Democrats would pass a rule that deems the Senate's health-care bill to have passed the House, without the House actually voting on the bill. This would enable...
  • To the ObamaCare Barricades (WARNING: Illegal Health Care is coming with the Public Option)

    02/20/2010 3:01:17 AM PST · by The Raven · 46 replies · 1,573+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 20, 2010 | editorial
    [snip] Liberals are making a bid to restore the "public option," ObamaCare's most controversial and destructive inspiration. Some 18 Senators as we went to press—led by Colorado's Michael Bennet and growing to include New York's Chuck Schumer on Thursday—have endorsed slipping this government-run insurance entitlement in the reconciliation process that would let Democrats abuse Senate rules to hustle ObamaCare into law with 50 votes. Vehemence among House progressives is also at a fever pitch, though it always is. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined the mob, telling MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that if the public option is "part of...
  • The VAT Commission

    02/19/2010 2:42:50 AM PST · by The Raven · 21 replies · 645+ views
    The Wall St Journal | Feb 19, 2010 | editorial
    A couple of trillion dollars in new deficit spending later, President Obama yesterday signed an executive order creating a Bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Yes, that's really what he called it. And you wonder why Americans are cynical about politics? Having proposed peacetime records for spending as a share of the economy—more than 25% of GDP this year and next—Mr. Obama now promises to make "the tough choices necessary to solve our fiscal problems." And what might those choices be? "Everything's on the table. That's how this thing's going to work," Mr. Obama said. [snip] ... Democrats...
  • Consensus or Con? (WSJ's J. Taranto on Global Warming)

    02/17/2010 2:23:00 AM PST · by The Raven · 16 replies · 584+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 17, 2010 | TARANTO
    This column was scoffing at global warming back when global warming was still cool. But even we have been surprised at the extent of the past three months' "meltdown" of global warmism, to use the metaphor that everyone seems to have settled on. As we've written on various occasions, we didn't know enough about the substance of the underlying science to make a judgment about it. But we know enough about science itself to recognize that the popular rendition of global warmism--dogmatic, doctrinaire and scornful of skepticism--is not the least bit scientific. The revelations in the Climategate emails show that...
  • The Continuing Climate Meltdown (WSJ Ed: More embarrassments for the 'settled' science)

    02/16/2010 1:43:54 AM PST · by The Raven · 12 replies · 1,200+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 16, 2010 | editorial
    It has been a bad—make that dreadful—few weeks for what used to be called the "settled science" of global warming, and especially for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that is supposed to be its gold standard. First it turns out that the Himalayan glaciers are not going to melt anytime soon, notwithstanding dire U.N. predictions. Next came news that an IPCC claim that global warming could destroy 40% of the Amazon was based on a report by an environmental pressure group. Other IPCC sources of scholarly note have included a mountaineering magazine and a student paper. [snip]
  • Truth and Reconciliation (WSJ: We get Health Care by Force)

    02/13/2010 2:36:11 AM PST · by The Raven · 25 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 13, 2010 | editorial
    Those unversed in the arcana of Congressional procedure should familiarize themselves with "reconciliation." It's just another word for nothing left to lose—that is, it's the tactic Democrats seem increasingly likely to use to bypass the ordinary legislative rules and railroad Obama Care into law with a bare partisan majority of 50 Senators, plus Vice President Joe Biden. ...
  • Secession in the Air

    02/12/2010 3:00:35 AM PST · by The Raven · 208 replies · 3,356+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Feb 12, 2010 | Pat Buchannen
    No, it is not 1860 again. But with all the talk of the 10th Amendment, nullification and interposition, states rights and secession -- following Gov. Rick Perry's misstatement that Texas, on entering the Union in 1845, reserved in its constitution a right to secede -- one might think so. Chalk up another one for those Tea Party activists who exploded in cheers when Sister Sarah brought up the dread word in endorsing Rick Perry in the primary. Looking back in American history, however, these ideas, these sentiments, decried as insane inside the Beltway, were once as American as "The Midnight...
  • The CO2 Lie (One more domino falls)

    02/11/2010 2:20:17 AM PST · by The Raven · 39 replies · 1,894+ views
    IBD ^ | Feb 10, 2010 | editorial
    Climate Change: A new study shows that Earth's ability to absorb carbon dioxide from all sources, including man, has remained unchanged for 160 years. As it turns out, there may be no carbon to offset. A major tenet of the global warming religion, straight from the Book of Gore, has been that the ability of the earth to handle increasing CO2 emissions is finite and that once the "tipping point" is reached, the earth will warm uncontrollably. Well, another climate domino has fallen — the myth that man-made CO2 is leading to climate catastrophe. .. The new study, that...

    02/09/2010 2:38:27 AM PST · by The Raven · 9 replies · 781+ views
    Allvoices ^ | Feb 9, 2010 | Wendy Case
    A Delta Airlines flight 59 from New York landed in Tokyo was undergoing maintenance when a body was found in the landing gear. The body of a man was discovered by a mechanic during a routine maintenance check. The Boeing 777-200 landing gear compartment only accessible just before take off. Japanese authorities suspect the man was a stowaway and looks to have died of hypothermia and frostbite. There didn't appear to be any other injuries to the body. Experts explain that during flight the landing gear and luggage compartments temperatures can fall to as low as minus 58 degrees on...
  • U.S. to Form Climate-Change Agency

    02/09/2010 2:04:24 AM PST · by The Raven · 20 replies · 567+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 9, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration on Monday proposed a new agency to study and report on the changing climate. Also known as global warming, climate change has drawn widespread concern in recent years as temperatures around the world rise, threatening to harm crops, spread disease, increase sea levels, change storm and drought patterns and cause polar melting. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announced NOAA will set up the new Climate Service to operate in tandem with NOAA's National Weather Service and National Ocean Service. "Whether we like it or not, climate change...
  • Prosecutor, Charge Thyself (Cuomo's role in the meltdown)

    02/08/2010 3:00:02 AM PST · by The Raven · 10 replies · 498+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 8, 2010 | editorial
    ... Entitled, "Highlights of HUD Accomplishments 1997-1999," the document chronicles the "accomplishments under the leadership of Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who took office in January 1997." View Full Image Associated Press Andrew Cuomo .HUD's Web visitors learn that in 1999 "Secretary Cuomo established new Affordable Housing Goals requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—two government sponsored enterprises involved in housing finance—to buy $2.4 trillion in mortgages in the next 10 years. This will mean new affordable housing for about 28.1 million low- and moderate-income families. The historic action raised the required percentage of mortgage loans for low- and moderate-income families that the...
  • A Small GOP (WSJ Editorial)

    01/26/2010 2:20:11 AM PST · by The Raven · 23 replies · 721+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | Jan 26, 2010 | editorial
    ... The Republican National Committee holds its winter meeting in Hawaii this week, and party activists may offer a resolution imposing a litmus test on GOP candidates. The brainchild of Indiana lawyer James Bopp Jr.—who has done yeoman work fighting campaign-finance limits—the resolution would bar RNC support or cash to any candidate who agrees with fewer than eight of 10 conservative principles. The litmus list includes: support for smaller government and lower taxes, troop surges in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense of Marriage Act, containing Iran and North Korea, and gun rights; as well as opposition to ObamaCare, cap-and-trade legislation,...
  • Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named 'Ellie Light'

    01/23/2010 4:05:35 AM PST · by The Raven · 109 replies · 3,666+ views
    Ellie Light sure gets around. In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area. Associated PressPresident Barack Obama has both detractors and fans. A curious number of his fans are named Ellie Light.“It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the...
  • Boston Tea Party (WSJ Editorial)

    01/20/2010 1:43:44 AM PST · by The Raven · 37 replies · 1,410+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | Jan 20, 2010 | Editorial
    'It is to me a new and consolatory proof that wherever the people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights." —Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, January 8, 1789. Two hundred and twenty-one years later, the sage of Monticello has been proven right again. Aroused and well-informed by a year of watching a liberal majority go very far wrong, Massachusetts voters handed a Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for 47 years to Republican Scott Brown,...
  • Capitalism Fingered as Fiend of the Past Decade [Jonah Goldberg]

    01/01/2010 3:11:31 AM PST · by The Raven · 70 replies · 1,744+ views
    National Review ^ | Jan 1 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    On the last day of 2009, that awful year, I was listening to a report on National Public Radio (yes, I’m a listener). Reporter Tamara Keith presented a by-now-familiar recap of the worst financial and corporate scandals of the decade, from Enron and Martha Stewart to Tyco and Bernie Madoff. It was a depressing slog of greed, venality, and theft. When the report was over, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep summarized the report with a tart: “The decade in capitalism.” I don’t want to single out Inskeep, since he was doing what pretty much the entire media establishment has done,...
  • Biased reporting on Climategate (Wash Times Ed.)

    12/28/2009 2:14:26 AM PST · by The Raven · 24 replies · 1,156+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 28, 2009 | editorial
    With trillions of dollars at stake in the battle over global warming, now would be the time for the press to closely scrutinize the claims of those who would reorganize the world's economy from farm to factory and laboratory to living room. And the Climategate scandal - where leaked e-mails and dodgy computer programs from the University of East Anglia raise powerful new questions about the role of politics in climate science - would be the perfect opportunity to explore what is going on behind the scenes. That's not happening.... [snip]
  • The Copenhagen Concoction (WSJ Editorial)

    12/08/2009 1:35:01 AM PST · by The Raven · 10 replies · 706+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | Dec 8, 2009 | Editorial
    ... So what exactly is the point of Copenhagen? The question needs to be asked all the more insistently in the wake of last month's disclosure of thousands of documents and emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), long considered an authoritative center of temperature data, modeling and forecasts. At a minimum, the emails demonstrate the lengths some of the world's leading climate scientists were prepared to go to manufacture the "consensus" they used to demand drastic steps against global warming. The emails are replete with talk of blacklisting dissenting scientists and journals, manipulating peer review...
  • Climategate Update: CRU emails were leaked before they were hacked

    11/30/2009 1:36:17 AM PST · by The Raven · 27 replies · 1,760+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Nov 30, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    The BBC received copies of some of the CRU emails more than a month ago, but did nothing about them, sitting on explosive evidence of fraud. The UK Daily Mail reports: .. The sequence of events strongly suggests that an insider leaked some emails to the BBC (and for all we know, others), hoping that they would be incriminating enough to intrigue anyone. When faced with a media stonewall, the insider then chose to post the complete files where they could not quickly be extinguished.
  • Settled Science? [Climategate]

    11/24/2009 2:06:24 AM PST · by The Raven · 19 replies · 1,247+ views
    Wall St Journal | Nov 24, 2009 | JAMES TARANTO
    ... I can't see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report," Jones writes. "Kevin and I will keep them out somehow--even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!" In another, Jones and Mann discuss how they can pressure an academic journal not to accept the work of climate skeptics with whom they disagree. "Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal," Mann writes. . . . .... This is downright Orwellian. What the Post describes is not a vigorous debate...
  • Global Warming With the Lid Off [WSJ on Climategate]

    11/24/2009 1:41:31 AM PST · by The Raven · 28 replies · 2,119+ views
    Wall St Journal | Editorial
    ... Yet even a partial review of the emails is highly illuminating. In them, scientists appear to urge each other to present a "unified" view on the theory of man-made climate change while discussing the importance of the "common cause"; to advise each other on how to smooth over data so as not to compromise the favored hypothesis; to discuss ways to keep opposing views out of leading journals; and to give tips on how to "hide the decline" of temperature in certain inconvenient data. ...
  • Confessions of an ObamaCare Backer [Liberal tells truth]

    11/10/2009 2:18:01 AM PST · by The Raven · 35 replies · 2,722+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | Nov 10, 2009 | Editorial
    ... Mr. Cassidy is more honest than the politicians whose dishonesty he supports. "The U.S. government is making a costly and open-ended commitment," he writes. "Let's not pretend that it isn't a big deal, or that it will be self-financing, or that it will work out exactly as planned. It won't. What is really unfolding, I suspect, is the scenario that many conservatives feared. The Obama Administration . . . is creating a new entitlement program, which, once established, will be virtually impossible to rescind." Why are they doing it? Because, according to Mr. Cassidy, ObamaCare serves the twin goals...