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Climate crisis getting so dire DiCaprio’s *giving up private jets (*next Wed. only)

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 16:17

**Written by Doug Powers

Uh oh, it must be getting serious:

Leo DiCaprio is shoring up environmentally friendly plans for his foundation’s annual gala and auction in St-Tropez, sources tell us.

We hear that the star is ditching any private jets and will fly commercial to the glitzy French fête on Wednesday.

Organizers are putting the finishing touches on a “pescetarian” menu that will be “meat-free and feature local, sustainable fish and vegetables from area growers.”
[…]
Ecowarrior DiCaprio has gotten flack for taking rides on pals’ private planes to attend charity events, such as last year’s ­amfAR gala in Cannes, France, after picking up an environmental award in New York City.

I’m guessing DiCaprio was unable to find a private jet because they’d already all been booked by other climate crusaders attending the dinner, but he’ll definitely be the eco hero at the “Carbon Footprint Size: Godzilla” table. But just imagine how much more smug and condescending Leo’s lectures will be about your grill and lawnmower emissions after he makes the ultimate sacrifice by giving up private jets for a day — if that even happens.

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Baltimore promotes ‘nobody kill anybody’ weekend… next month

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:23

**Written by Doug Powers

With suggestions such as “try not letting Democrats run your city for decades on end” completely off the table, some Baltimore neighborhood leaders are looking for other ways to stem an out-of-control problem. Here’s the latest initiative:

Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for a three-day ceasefire the first weekend of August to quell Baltimore’s violence. She admits that such peace is a tall order for a city that’s seen 188 killings this year.

Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6, with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”

Their message has been printed on T-shirts and flyers. They designed a website and held community meetings. More than 1,600 people visited their Facebook page. The grass-roots campaign has swelled since it began in May.

It’s come to this:

**Written by Doug Powers

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This GOP senator’s NOT afraid to stand up to Trump (just don’t ask who it is)

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:22

**Written by Doug Powers

The funniest paragraph I read all day is in a New York Times article about Trump’s meeting with dozens of GOP senators at the White House yesterday. During that meeting, Trump reminded them that the GOP promised to do away with Obamacare if voters gave them control in DC, and apparently not all of the senators were thrilled with the lecture.

The wind-up, reportedly from a GOP senator:

The president, he said, scares no one in the Senate, not even the pages.

Which GOP senator said nobody in the Senate’s afraid of Trump? Here’s the pitch, which preceded the above sentence:

A Republican senator, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he wanted to preserve his relationship with Mr. Trump, put it more bluntly.

We have our “Anonymous Tough Guy Senator of the Day” award winner.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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NPR & Bill Nye share 2-step climate change fix: You stop having kids, then die ASAP

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:54

**Written by Doug Powers

How to stop climate change? Here it is in two creepy, Orwellian steps.

Step one, from NPR: Your kids have become a real problem for eco-progressives, unless they work for NPR:

But there’s another way to help the climate. A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the biggest way to reduce climate change is to have fewer children.

“I knew this was a sensitive topic to bring up,” says study co-author Kimberly Nicholas on NPR’s Morning Edition. “Certainly it’s not my place as a scientist to dictate choices for other people. But I do think it is my place to do the analysis and report it fairly.”

The study concludes that four high-impact ways to reduce CO2 gas emissions include having fewer children, living without a car, avoiding airplane travel and eating a vegetarian diet.

By the numbers, any of these lifestyle changes drastically reduces carbon emissions compared to more common practices like recycling, using energy-efficient light bulbs and line-drying clothes.

  • having one fewer child (an average for developed countries of 58.6 metric ton CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year;
  • Odds the above recommendations will get big thumbs-up from Hollywood eco-lefties who are eating hamburgers in their private jets after having arrived at the airport with their multiple children in SUV limos: HIGH.

    Step two from Bill Nye: Annoying older people and their skepticism they’ve developed after decades of exposure to sham artists need to kick the bucket:

    Bill Nye specifically targeted the elderly this week as he spoke out against climate change deniers, saying that climate science will start to advance when old people start to “age out,” according to a report.

    The “Science Guy” said that generationally, the majority of climate change deniers are older.

    “Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It’s generational,” Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with “due respect,” acknowledging that he is “now one of them.”

    “We’re just going to have to wait for those people to ‘age out,’ as they say,” Nye went on, adding that “age out” is a euphemism for “die.” “But it’ll happen, I guarantee you — that’ll happen.”

    Nah, it’s not a cult at all. As usual, the alarmists are happy to point out what needs to happen but refuse to lead the way.

    People who are demanding that more taxpayer dollars be used to fuel their beloved programs — from “green energy” to the likes of NPR — really aren’t thinking through their dream of a world with fewer taxpayers.

    Bonus AGW lunacy:

    In an extensive feature about Al Gore in Elle Magazine, the back story to how the Goracle’s “Inconvenient Truth” was inspired by a ridiculous work of fiction speaks volumes:

    It all started, oddly enough, with the global-warming disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow, which twigged people’s fears about how real the climate calamity might actually be.

    Perfect.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Tropical storm-that-wasn’t dramatizes former presidential candidate’s 2016

    Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:13

    **Written by Doug Powers

    There was a tropical storm named “Don” last week, but I thought the story of this other tropical storm provided a great summary of how 2016 went for the Democrats:

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    Your “and it never came near Wisconsin” joke here: _______

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Manufacturing hate for “Made in America”

    Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:29

    Manufacturing hate for “Made in America”
    by Michelle Malkin
    Creators Syndicate
    Copyright 2017

    It’s “Made In America” week in Washington, D.C. You’d think this would be cause for bipartisan celebration. Who could be against highlighting the ingenuity, self-reliance and success of our nation’s homegrown entrepreneurs and manufacturers?

    Enter Bill Kristol.

    The entrenched Beltway pundit ridiculed a festive kickoff event on Monday at the White House, where President Donald Trump hosted companies from all 50 states to showcased their American-made products.

    “Maybe it’s just me,” killjoy Kristol tweeted, “but I find something off-putting about turning the White House into an exhibition hall for American tchotchkes.” (That’s the Yiddish word for useless trinkets).

    Maybe it's just me, but I find something off-putting about turning the White House into an exhibition hall for American tchotchkes.

    — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 17, 2017

    “Tchotchkes”?

    Tell that to the engineers at Hytrol, the Arkansas-based conveyor manufacturer that brought a mechanical display of its technology to the State Dining Room. Hytrol’s late founder, Tom Loberg, started out as a gopher at an electronics parts factory during the Great Depression, worked his way up to designing Navy turbines, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, and entered the conveyor belt business after perfecting bag-transporting machinery for seed, grain and tobacco farmers.

    Hytrol’s state-of-the-art products are now used by companies ranging from Amazon.com to Office Depot to leading pharmaceutical, retail, food and publishing conglomerates around the world. A pioneer in the materials handling industry, Hytrol employs 1,300 high-skilled workers and will rake in revenues of more than $200 million this year alone.

    “Tchotchkes”?

    Tell that to the employees of Wisconsin’s Pierce Manufacturing, which displayed one of its 30,000 custom-built fire trucks on the White House front lawn. Pierce started out as an auto body shop operating out of a converted church and now boasts a 2,000-person workforce. The company produces the iconic aerial tillers, pumpers, tankers and rescue trucks driven by first responders across the country every day.

    “Tchotchkes”?

    Tell that to Iowa-based RMA Armament’s founder Blake Waldrop, a former Marine and police officer, who was inspired to manufacture stronger body armor after losing a comrade in Iraq to an IED attack. His ceramic plates, also featured at the “Made in America” event on Monday, have been purchased by police departments in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Waterloo, Iowa. Waldrop is working on partnerships to bring his products to the U.S. military and overseas.

    “I always tell people I didn’t invent armor any more than Steve Jobs invented the computer,” Waldrop told the Des Moines Register earlier this year. “I just found a better way to do it, just like he did.”

    “Tchotchkes”?

    Delaware’s ILC Dover participated in President Trump’s “Made in America” exhibition, too. Its trademark trifling bauble? The space suit worn by every U.S. astronaut since Project Apollo. Prolific inventor-turned-industrialist Abram Spanel, a Russian-born son of Jewish garment workers, spun off the company from his giant latex conglomerate that manufactured everything from girdles and swimwear to canteens and lifeboats.

    ILC Dover produced high-pressure suits and helmets for the Air Force before winning a contract to design suits for NASA. In addition to displaying spacesuits used on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, the company brought to the White House its DoverPac Flexible Isolator System used by pharmaceutical companies in their manufacturing processes; its Sentinel respirator used in the health care industry; and its SCape escape respirator used to protect U.S. government officials around the world from carbon monoxide, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contaminants.

    It’s a crying shame D.C. is infested with effete talking heads whose only successfully manufactured product is condescending hostility toward the real movers and shakers in America. Patriotism is gauche and “off-putting” to incurable Trump-bashers like Bill Kristol, who supported Hillary Clinton and her foreign-subsidized pay-to-play cash machine over Donald Trump’s unapologetic nationalism.

    Could Trump and his family’s own companies do better in hiring American and manufacturing in America? Sure.

    Could the White House be doing more to freeze foreign worker visas at both ends of the wage scale and truly put American workers first? Undeniably.

    But to nastily deride the makers and job creators proudly showing off their wares in the nation’s capital at the invitation of our commander in chief takes a special level of anti-Trump lunacy and arrogance.

    “Maybe it’s just me,” Kristol snarked as he heaped scorn on “Made in America” week.

    Yes, it is just you, Kristol, and the rest of your Beltway Swamp “schmendricks” who turn their noses at the “tchotchkes” that help save lives, move mountains and break barriers across the galaxy.

    The rest of us give praise and thanks.

    O-care remains, but just wait until the GOP takes control of Congr… oh, wait

    Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:20

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Michelle summed it up nicely earlier:

    Whelp. If it's a day that ends in "-day," it's another mortifying McConnell head-banging-against-the-wall day for the GOP…#oldiebutgoodie pic.twitter.com/dbfzt4n0Gs

    — Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 18, 2017

    It’s official: Obamacare’s most likely going to be around for quite a while:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the plug late Monday on the Republican effort to overhaul the U.S. health insurance system and pledged the chamber will now focus on only dismantling the 2010 health care law.

    “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” the Kentucky Republican said.

    His statement came after GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas said they did not support the latest Senate health care draft and would not vote for a motion to proceed. Lee and Moran joined Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine in opposition to the procedural motion, leaving McConnell without the votes needed to move forward on the Senate bill.

    McConnell said the Senate will now take up the House-passed health care bill and amend it with legislation the Senate supported in 2015 to repeal the 2010 health care law “with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”

    For some reason the metaphor about the dog finally catching the car comes to mind. Give ’em a break though — they only had several years to prepare.

    It’s gotten so bad that C-SPAN2 is considering using this to end every U.S. Senate broadcast day:

    Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer’s reminding America of the Dems’ definition of “bipartisanship,” which is “doing whatever the Democrats want”:

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: “The door to bipartisanship is open right now" https://t.co/0GOf2RwE1y

    — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 18, 2017

    What I heard was “now that it’s clear Republicans can’t repeal it, your responsibility is to now fix the Dems’ signature train wreck.” How many Republicans will fall for it?

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Bernie Sanders’ wife pays homage to Hillary explaining FBI investigation

    Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:49

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Does this kind of defense against an FBI investigation sound familiar?

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    Who says Sanders didn’t learn anything from Hillary about crises control during the campaign:

    A Vermont Trump campaign chair’s efforts to prove Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife committed bank fraud are “sexist,” Jane Sanders charged in a new interview.

    “I find it incredibly sexist that basically he’s going after my husband by destroying my reputation, and that’s not OK,” she told the Boston Globe.

    Brady Toensing’s crusade that led feds to probe a land deal she made as president of Burlington College is sexist, Sanders later argued, because it presumes her husband intervened to help her obtain a bank loan. That isn’t true, she claimed.
    […]
    Sanders, who helmed the since-shuttered liberal arts school from 2004 to 2011, has come under Justice Department scrutiny over allegations she falsified loan documents for a 33-acre campus expansion, local Vermont site VTDigger first reported in April.

    Unreliable sources tell me that when the wife of the anti-greed socialist senator from Vermont was told she could get sent to “the big house,” she replied “good, that’s my favorite of our three.”

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Elizabeth Warren reminds downtrodden on Martha’s Vineyard she’s fighting for them (open thread)

    Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:40

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Another fine summer Sunday is upon us, and with it the accompanying global warming has swept in another open thread with some odds and ends that slipped through the cracks during the week. Off we go…

    Nobody can visit Martha’s Vineyard without coming away with the impression that the struggle is real. So, not unlike Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed up at a Vineyard town hall to remind the marginalized and downtrodden that she’s fighting on their behalf:

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    The headline is befitting somebody with Dances With Identity Fraud’s resume, and the crowd roared in approval after Warren pledged to redistribute everybody’s wealth except those who live on Martha’s Vineyard.

    After reminding the audience that “words matter” using a Trump example, Warren helped show why Dems will continue to lose by approaching the opposition like this:

    “Every one of you knows somebody who lives in a state with a Republican senator . . . Urge them to get out, please. Urge them to go to the office, carry a sign. Urge them to make their voices heard, and make your voice heard. Pick up your phone, email, tweet, every part of this. We need the sound; we need your energy from the grassroots up. It’s democracy.”
    […]
    She said it is critical to speak with those who hold opposing views: “This is the moment, you’ve actually got to reach out and talk to your crazy uncle.”

    Elizabeth Warren diagnosing somebody as crazy should be the new clinical definition of sanity.

    *****

    Progressives & socialists like Bernie Sanders don’t see any inconsistencies here:

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    Phil Donahue’s memory in regards to the history of American politics seems to be less comprehensive than mine:

    Former talk-show host Phil Donahue on Saturday reflected on President Trump’s administration, calling it “the darkest political moment in American history.”
    […]
    “He can shoot a gun down Fifth Avenue, right?” Donahue added, referencing Trump’s past claim. “All of a sudden we got a crotch-grabber for a president.”

    Bill Clinton unavailable for comment.

    *****

    No words:

    Jesse Watters debated a protester from ANTIFA, short for anti-fascism, a group calling for violence against the “Trump- Pence regime.”

    Kevin from the Boston ANTIFA branch penned an open letter on the anarchist site ItsGoingDown.org urging liberals and progressives to violence to take down President Trump.
    […]
    “What about when an ANTIFA member stabbed a police horse in the neck with a knife,” Watters continued. “Was the horse a racist Trump supporter?”

    “Yes,” the protester said.

    Talk about the ultimate dilemma for PETA.

    *****

    Your Sunday laugh, courtesy of one of the media warriors fighting back against Trump’s “fake news” accusations:

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    Maybe she meant to say “WWI,” but it would still be wrong.

    Humble suggestion for NBC News: A “This Day in History” segment featuring Mitchell and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would be ratings gold.

    Have a good Sunday all!

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Trump-blocked on Twitter: A new class of ‘victims’ are born

    Sat, 07/15/2017 - 16:23

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Well, it seems there’s a new class of “victims” in America:

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    Others have joined in and are suing Trump and a couple others in the WH for blocking them on Twitter because apparently it’s too much trouble to jus go pretend to have been injured in a fall at Trump Tower:

    A group of Twitter users blocked by President Trump are suing him and two White House aides, arguing that the president’s Twitter account serves as a public forum, which would make it illegal for Mr. Trump, as a government official, to prevent individuals from reading it.

    “President Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important public forum for speech,” the suit reads.

    The blocked users describe Mr. Trump’s frequent use of Twitter feed as “a kind of digital town hall in which the president and his aides use the tweet function to communicate news and information to the public.”

    One of the people suing Trump went into greater detail in Fortune Magazine:

    So when President Donald Trump blocked me in June, apparently for suggesting that Russia influenced the outcome of the 2016 election, he harmed me professionally. Even though I knew @realDonaldTrump was important to my career, it still took me at least a few days to recognize how being blocked by the president on Twitter would affect me as a public intellectual.

    It seems to me the real headline on that one should be “Area ‘Public Intellectual’ Can’t Figure Out How to Still See Tweets From People Who Have Her Blocked.”

    **Written by Doug Powers

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