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February 10, 2015

**Written by Doug Powers


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During an interview with Vox, President Obama spoke about “vicious zealots” who “randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.”


In other words, “unkind acts of randomness.”


Instead of walking it back, Josh Earnest et al are sounding like defense attorneys for the attackers attempting to get their clients out of hate crime charges:


“Does the president have any doubt that those terrorists attack that deli because there would be Jews in that deli?” Karl asked.


“It is clear from the terrorists and the writings that they put out afterward what their motivation was,” Earnest responded. “The adverb that the president chose was used to indicate that the individuals who were killed in that terrible, tragic incident were killed not because of who they were but because of where they randomly happened to be.”




Over ten percent of the people killed on 9/11 weren’t US citizens, so by this administration’s logic America wasn’t attacked that day and people only died because of where they randomly happened to be.


The State Department’s Jen Psaki concurred with Earnest about it being an “unkind act of random”:


“Well, as you know, I believe if I remember the victims specifically, they were not all victims of one background or one nationality,” Psaki said.


“Strategic patience”:


Jen Psaki has Obama and Earnest's backs on this "random attack" BS: https://t.co/hBACZgTvoH


— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) February 10, 2015



But now of course the White House’s position has always been clear:


Our view has not changed. Terror attack at Paris Kosher market was motivated by anti-Semitism. POTUS didn't intend to suggest otherwise.


— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) February 10, 2015



We have always been clear that the attack on the kosher grocery store was an anti-semitic attack that took the lives of innocent people.


— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) February 10, 2015



Translation: Nobody knows what the hell anybody’s doing or saying.


Up next: Watch Josh Earnest and Jen Psaki tell Mr. Hartounian that Navin Johnson was correct to say that the person shooting at the gas station was only doing so because he hates the cans.


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Published on February 10, 2015 13:37 • 9 views

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Want proof of “climate change”? TV “scientist” and football pressure expert Bill Nye said last week to look no further than this hill in Wyoming:


Bare slopes in Jackson Hole, WY. Nothin' to worry about- just a little climate change… pic.twitter.com/GwmYoKUQls


— Bill Nye (@TheScienceGuy) February 6, 2015



The science is settled! Lack of snow on a hill (oops, I mean “slopes”) in Wyoming = “climate change” — Blizzard in New England = “climate change.” See how this works?


Here’s a still shot from a Jackson Hole webcam today — where’s all the snow?


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I made a fake version that Nye can use to alarm people with as he sees fit:


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And about that Jackson Hole snowfall:


Dear @TheScienceGuy – you have set a high bar for stupidest climate post of the day
https://t.co/JkfpGdgBm6 pic.twitter.com/2RkP5L1enz


— Steve Goddard (@SteveSGoddard) February 6, 2015



Snowfall update: There’s now been over 23 feet of snow in Jackson Hole this season. But that doesn’t really matter, because if Jackson Hole got 100 feet, Nye would have called dramatic evidence of “just a little climate change” caused by humans. It’s actually all just weather.


By the way, don’t be alarmed, because the car Nye took that picture from is powered by his discarded, clean burning bow ties. If you look closely at the sky you can see Al Gore waiving from the Hypocrite Suite aboard his private jet.


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February 9, 2015

**Written by Doug Powers


President Obama recently gave this excuse for why he wouldn’t meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when he’s in the country for a planned speech to a joint session of Congress (less any Democrats who are definitely not boycotting but just might be too busy to show up):


A meeting so close to Israel’s March 17 election could be seen as helping Netanyahu.


“I’m declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is we don’t meet with any world leader two weeks before their election,” Obama said in an excerpt of a CNN interview released on Wednesday.


Obama said that’s his administration’s “general” policy, because it generally only applies to Netanyahu:


Just days after letting everyone know they wouldn’t be on hand to greet and listen to Netanyahu, both Biden and Kerry met with Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich, Germany on Saturday. And this just a month before Israel’s March 17 elections.


Kerry and Biden plan to airdrop a few thousand “Herzog 2016″ yard signs on Israel on their way back home, but other than that the Obama administration is staying out of that election.


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February 8, 2015

**Written by Doug Powers


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There’s a simple concept that continues to be on display here: If present reality isn’t cooperating with your desired goal, just go change the past:


Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.


This was only the latest of many examples of a practice long recognised by expert observers around the world – one that raises an ever larger question mark over the entire official surface-temperature record.


Following my last article, Homewood checked a swathe of other South American weather stations around the original three. In each case he found the same suspicious one-way “adjustments”. First these were made by the US government’s Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). They were then amplified by two of the main official surface records, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), which use the warming trends to estimate temperatures across the vast regions of the Earth where no measurements are taken. Yet these are the very records on which scientists and politicians rely for their belief in “global warming”.


Homewood has now turned his attention to the weather stations across much of the Arctic, between Canada (51 degrees W) and the heart of Siberia (87 degrees E). Again, in nearly every case, the same one-way adjustments have been made, to show warming up to 1 degree C or more higher than was indicated by the data that was actually recorded. This has surprised no one more than Traust Jonsson, who was long in charge of climate research for the Iceland met office (and with whom Homewood has been in touch). Jonsson was amazed to see how the new version completely “disappears” Iceland’s “sea ice years” around 1970, when a period of extreme cooling almost devastated his country’s economy.


And of course no discussion of revised historical temperature data is complete without somebody finding James Hansen’s fingerprints on the picked lock of the “settled science” chastity belt:


One of the first examples of these “adjustments” was exposed in 2007 by the statistician Steve McIntyre, when he discovered a paper published in 1987 by James Hansen, the scientist (later turned fanatical climate activist) who for many years ran Giss. Hansen’s original graph showed temperatures in the Arctic as having been much higher around 1940 than at any time since. But as Homewood reveals in his blog post, “Temperature adjustments transform Arctic history”, Giss has turned this upside down. Arctic temperatures from that time have been lowered so much that that they are now dwarfed by those of the past 20 years.


The methodology also often changes. If one year air temperature data “confirms” what they want it to confirm, that’s what they go with. If water temperatures or polar ice levels “confirm” their desired ends, they go with that. If nothing cooperates, just crack open the historical record and “correct” a few recorded temps. After all, these are the numbers too many “scientists” are most focused on:


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How in the world did the “climate” survive for billions of years without funding?


Update:


Anthony Watts (via Drudge):


Climate change skeptics such as blogger and meteorologist Anthony Watts are unconvinced.


“Is history malleable? Can temperature data of the past be molded to fit a purpose? It certainly seems to be the case here, where the temperature for July 1936 reported … changes with the moment,” Watts told FoxNews.com.


“In the business and trading world, people go to jail for such manipulations of data.”


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February 7, 2015

**Written by Doug Powers


President Obama is always bringing people together, isn’t he? In this case, ISIS and Christians past and present:


His latest challenge came Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. At a time of global anxiety over Islamist terrorism, Obama noted pointedly that his fellow Christians, who make up a vast majority of Americans, should perhaps not be the ones who cast the first stone.


“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”


Did Obama really tell people who are horrified at the sight of ISIS (sorry, I mean “this organization”) cutting heads off and burning people alive in cages to get off their “high horse” and do a little self-analysis first? I’m having trouble processing this one, and for anything that comes from anybody in this administration, that’s saying something.




None of this is surprising coming from Obama, who wrote in an article that appeared in print one week after thousands died on 9/11 that the attackers displayed a fundamental lack of empathy that most often “grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair” that America must address (short version: America’s had it so good for so long and people are mad). There’s that “high horse” again.


If anybody wants to make Obama offended by ISIS at the next prayer breakfast, just convince him “this organization” is against government-run health care and progressive taxation.


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February 6, 2015

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Obama’s “elect me and everybody will love us” and subsequent “re-set button” approaches to foreign policy have obviously failed, because the White House is adopting a new global security strategy:


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I’m not sure exactly what that means, but it probably involves funding for more James Taylor junkets. It’s not the optimal approach, but at least “strategic patience” sounds better than “whatever’s happening probably isn’t as bad as the Crusades!


From Foreign Policy:


The White House’s new national security policy, issued Friday, urges a long-term view of confronting conflict in a world awash with urgent crises. It served as more of a defense of President Barack Obama’s response to threats rather than offering a new direction, and bolsters his belief that acting deliberatively now could stave off worse threats later.


“Progress won’t be quick or linear,” National Security Advisor Susan Rice told an audience at the Brookings Institution think-tank, where she unveiled the strategy — the second and likely final policy document of its kind for the Obama administration.


“But we are committed to seizing the future that lies beyond the crisis of the day, and pursuing a vision of the world as it can and should be,” Rice said.


It was an attempt to push back on the criticism that for years has been heaped on Obama for failing to quickly deal with crises — including the rise of the Islamic State and Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine — that have erupted on his watch. Rice urged a policy of “strategic patience” that allows America to prove its power when it must, but as often resists reflexive responses that could ensnare the U.S. in long-term conflicts.


“Strategic patience” is when you’re playing chess and sense you’re going to lose, so you tell your opponent that you have to go to the bathroom. Then you sit on the toilet playing Wordle on your iPhone until you hear him or her give up and leave. Great global security strategy.


Here’s a dramatization of Obama and Susan Rice discussing the “strategic patience” approach to all the world’s problems:




Even with this softer approach, the State Department has decided to go rogue and claim victory on one front:


Kerry will take the "victories" wherever he can get them these days: pic.twitter.com/xYvwQyzVdN


— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) February 6, 2015



It’s a start.


(h/t Twitchy)


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The Fallon-ization of Freaky-Deaky Dunham and Lyin’ Williams

by Michelle Malkin

Creators Syndicate

Copyright 2015


Comedian Jimmy Fallon is a celebrity fraud’s best friend. He’s an answer to normal America’s question: How do creepy stars get away with their grotesqueries?


If you’re lucky enough to sit by his late-night throne and join his cool-kid games, all your troubles will melt away. Funnyman Jimmy is not just a bread-and-circuses buffoon. He’s the keeper of the pop culture immunity necklace.


A few weeks ago, “The Tonight Show” host bestowed his boob-tube shield upon grotesque actress Lena Dunham — a favorite repeat guest who famously declared an “obsessive crush” on Fallon. This time, they played “perverted Pictionary.” The main gag involved foot-long hot dogs.


Entertainment reporters and women’s magazines dutifully gushed about Dunham’s “fierce” doodling skills and “perfectly blended smoky eyes,” but not a peep from any of them about Dunham’s real-world lying game.


Behind the canned laughter and caked-on makeup lies the ugly truth: Dunham is a freaky-deaky fabulist and Hollywood deviant. After signing a hefty $3.5 million book deal with Random House, the hipster creator of HBO’s “Girls” and her publisher were forced late last year to walk back bogus allegations about a “rape” attack by an “Oberlin College Republican” that she neglected to disclose for nearly a decade … until she needed to generate book publicity.


Random House is now paying the falsely accused non-rapist college Republican’s legal fees. Instead of making amends, Dunham continues to make a martyr of herself, publishing a self-pitying diatribe on Buzzfeed and posting a prominent Twitter selfie with runny mascara mimicking two black eyes.


How twisted is she? Her bestselling memoir also contained disturbing accounts of Dunham forcing her younger sister to kiss her, masturbating in bed next to her, joking about acting like a “sexual predator,” and examining her genitals. When bona fide sexual abuse victims started expressing their disgust with Dunham’s cavalier attitude, she naturally blamed “conservative white men.” Dunham also bitterly attacked conservatives after critics questioned her soft-porn photo shoot with skeevy fashion photographer and accused serial sexual harasser Terry Richardson.


Whatevah. Dunham’s smoky eyes were “A+!” And did you see her Saint Laurent polka-dot dress?


This mindless pop culture cachet is an invaluable commodity to scandal-plagued celebrities of all kinds. It’s why President “Slow Jam” Obama and first lady Michelle “Evolution of Mom Dancing” Obama have made Fallon’s show a frequent pit stop.


Crisis management step one: Get thee to a late-night couch. It’s a safe space for “progressive” prevaricators. Lefty comedians don’t just serve as useful damage-control tools. They provide preemptive protection to their politically like-minded friends in the industry.


Take Brian Williams. For the past year, Fallon has inflated the NBC News anchor’s hipster points by setting his newscasts to popular rap tunes (“Rapper’s Delight,” “Baby’s Got Back,” and “Gin and Juice,” for example). The videos have all gone viral, vaulting Williams to pop icon status.


Small world: Williams is close family friends with Freaky Deaky Dunham, whom he affectionately calls “Leens.” His daughter, last seen engaging onscreen in graphic anal sex, is a co-star on Dunham’s TV show.


Mainstream media outlets have elbowed each other like One Direction concert fans in the VIP section to show their love for Williams. On Tuesday, Time magazine breathlessly urged readers to “Watch Brian Williams ‘Rap’ Snoop Dogg’s ‘Who Am I (What’s My Name)?'” Esquire magazine gushed over the running gag, praising the anchorman’s “flow.” E Online exulted: “B. Dubs is just a cool dude!”


Outside the entertainment industry bubble, however, reality bites. American troops who were fed up with long-lyin’ Williams busted his tall tale of being “fired on and forced down” in a military helicopter in Iraq in 2003. Williams has smoothly spread the “harrowing” bullcrap story far and wide multiple times over the years — from NBC News to the “Late Show with David Letterman” to rageball actor Alec Baldwin’s radio show. But when he repeated the lie at a New York Rangers hockey game this week in front of veterans who knew the truth, it was the last straw.


On Wednesday, Stars and Stripes quoted surviving crewmembers who were there. They said Williams had been flying in the back of a completely different copter and arrived on scene an hour after the damaged Chinooks had landed. Door gunner Mike O’Keeffe, who survived the RPG attack, told the military newspaper: “I can’t believe he is still telling this false narrative.”


Believe it. In his televised “apology” Wednesday night, the $10 million-a-year news anchor was still clinging to falsehoods. He cast his “mistake” of “misremembering” the incident as an innocently “bungled” attempt to “thank one special veteran” he had befriended — neglecting to mention that he had cunningly embellished the self-aggrandizing story over the past 12 years.


But cool kids in the bizarro land of make-believe gotta stick together. As with Dunham, the infotainment establishment has invested too much in Williams to throw him under the bus.


Prediction: The bloviator NBC calls “one of the most trusted journalists of our time” will be back in Hollywood’s good graces soon enough, getting his Fallon-ized cultural absolution through inane rap/news mash-ups.


Or perhaps a round of “perverted Pictionary” with “Leens.”


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Two fresh headlines:


Los Angeles Times: Brian Williams ‘will face no disciplinary action’ from NBC News


Williams’ popularity, ratings could save his job


Beyond being the most popular evening network news anchor, Brian Williams is a brand.


The 55-year-old newsman routinely yucks it up with David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon on the talk show circuit. He’s made self-deprecating appearances with Tina Fey on 30 Rock.


It was this synergistic stretch that may have triggered his biggest professional crisis. It may also possibly save his career.



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February 5, 2015

**Written by Doug Powers


Obama is always bringing people together, isn’t he? In this case, ISIS and Christians past and present:


His latest challenge came Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. At a time of global anxiety over Islamist terrorism, Obama noted pointedly that his fellow Christians, who make up a vast majority of Americans, should perhaps not be the ones who cast the first stone.


“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”


Sorry, did I say “bringing people together”? I meant lumping them together.


Did Obama really tell people who are horrified at the sight of ISIS (sorry, I mean “this organization”) cutting heads off and burning people alive in cages to get off their “high horse” and do a little self-analysis first? I’m having trouble processing this one, and for anything that comes from anybody in this administration, that’s saying something.




None of this is surprising coming from Obama, who wrote in an article that appeared in print one week after thousands died on 9/11 that the attackers displayed a fundamental lack of empathy that most often “grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair” that America must address (short version: People are mad because America’s had it too good for too long). There’s that “high horse” again.


Obama got angrier at the prayer breakfast two years ago at Dr. Ben Carson than he did this year at ISIS:


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You know why though? Because Carson also took part in the Crusades — the ones against Obamacare.


If anybody wants to make Obama furious at ISIS at the next prayer breakfast, just convince him “this organization” is against government-run health care, progressive taxation and ginned-up class warfare.


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Published on February 05, 2015 19:40

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One of the five detainees President Obama released from Gitmo in return for Bowe Bergdahl (the ones Obama promised Qatar would baysit) has quickly returned to old habits:


The development has led to an ongoing debate inside the administration about whether there is a new threat from this man, and potentially the other four.


This is the first known suggestion that any of the detainees involved in the exchange may be trying to engage again in militant activity. It comes at a politically sensitive time as the administration has quickened the pace of prisoner release in an effort to encourage the closure of the Guantanamo, and the Army must decide in the coming weeks whether and how to punish Bergdahl for leaving his post.


The only surprise here will be if it’s only one of the five.


Senior US official confirms to @foxnews: one of #Taliban5 released in #Bergdahl prisoner swap has been making phone calls to #Taliban.


— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) January 29, 2015


Don’t worry though, because as the White House Deputy PressSec reminded us yesterday, the Taliban aren’t “terrorists.”


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