Watching The Right: Old Messes And New Hatching Nonsense And Lies.
On October 13, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency released a copy of a Bush/Cheney administration’s EPA report on global warming, previously acknowledged to exist, but only just released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.
The report written in 2007 had restrained and measured language, with minimal detail, suggesting the EPA biologists were weary of how the White House might react. It became well known that theBush/Cheney team did not want to regulate greenhouse gases.
None-the-less, their EPA 2007 report conclusion was the same as the Obama administration EPA findings in 2009: scientific evidence concluded that curbing C02 emissions was critical to avoid serious consequences to the country on a health, economic, and security level.
“The report demonstrates that in 2007 the science was as clear as it is today," Adora Andy, an EPA spokeswoman, said. "The conclusions reached then by EPA scientists should have been made public and should have been considered”—as part of the on going national debate.
"Both reach the same conclusion: the public is endangered and regulation is required," said Jason Burnett, a former associate deputy administrator. Burnett resigned from the EPA in June 2008 over the frustration of the Bush administration's inaction on climate change. "Science and the law transcend politics."
This jives with 2006/07 photographs that were finally declassified and released to the public by the Obama administration in July, 2009. They were taken from space by NASA at the same location two years apart. The sea ice had completely disappeared.
Furthermore, the U. S. Military had thousands of photographs that were kept secret by the Bush administration. This particular set of photographs emphasizes the dramatic reduction in sea ice along Port of Barrow, Alaska, taken from satellites in July, 2006. Photographs from the same position at the site were taken again in July, 2007. The difference was astonishing. Photographic evidence for 2008 and 2009 don’t give reason to be optimistic about any reversal in the damage.
In fact, Canadian Astronaut, Bob Thirsk, made some interesting observations from the International Space Station on Sunday, July 26, 2009.
Thirsk had not seen the glaciers from space for twelve years and he was taken by surprise at the difference he observed—and he felt sad. He saw signs of human destruction as he gazed down at the planet, through a fragile, thin layer of Earth’s atmosphere that protects all life.
“These are one-metre resolution images, which give you a big picture of the summer time Arctic”, said Thorsten Markus of Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.
The pictures are proof of more than 1 million kilometers of vanishing sea ice in 2007 as compared to the previous year is a jaw-dropping loss. Polar bears, seals, walruses, and other wildlife are already being nudged closer to extinction by melting sea ice, dwindling habitat, and reduced food source.
President Obama and congressional Democrats have the task of pulling the United States out of eight years of political dogma by the Bush administration to bring us up to the scientific level of climate change acknowledgement and strategic dedication of reversing the damaging trend. Laws and regulations are imperative in order to fight a galactically complex issue that affects all the Earth’s governments and global population.
The Boxer-Kerry climate bill is being mulled over in congress and has gotten the support of a few Republicans. It is critally important to get the legislation passed into a law for the president to sign. Hopefully, before he goes to Copenhagen in December to take a leadership role at the climate summit.
The previously classified photographs, locked away from the American public, and the Bush/Cheney era EPA report just released, clearly illustrate the smugness and apathy of an administration that knowingly placed greed, big oil, and special interest cronyism, above the need to protect a planet, whose entire population could be at risk.
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Iraq to Trade Oil in Euros
As the media coverage of Obama's Nobel prize swept the most important fact of news under the carpet last week had to offer in “The MSM”.
Alternative media website Alternet informed its readers on October 9, that Iraq was going to sell its oil in Euros, nullifying the last important reasons for George Bush's invasion of Iraq who rightly feared that commodity trading in other than Federal Reserve Notes might eradicate the dollars prime status as the world's reserve currency.
Isn' it strange that all MSM missed out on this truly important fact of political news?
Who’s the most venomous and pernicious person in American life today? That person who, without an iota of irony or self-dramatizing exaggeration (Rush Limbaugh, in that sense, is rather a kitten), really believes the nation has descended into a malignant state and can only be saved by baneful and constant censure?
Here’s mine: Liz Cheney.
Sour, wounded, aggrieved, graceless, paranoid (I’d guess), self-pitying, doubtless, extreme, aggressive, and defensive, she might literally kill you, and your kind, if she could. Yesterday, she went on a Sunday morning show (the Fox show, of course) to bilefully suggest (or demand) that the president not accept his peace prize, but, instead, send the mother of a dead solider to do so.
JUST WHO IS LIZ CHENEY?
Even in politics, which has become an industry where the best advantage is a family relationship, the Cheney family is an amazingly adept organization. Dick Cheney’s wife and two daughters have each built their careers and public profiles off of their husband and father’s influence and political networks. For his wife, there’s been array of government agency, corporate board, and media jobs. For older daughter, Mary, her father has faced down right-wing opprobrium over her lesbian relationship so as to get her a fair share of the political spoils (suggesting it’s not about ideology, it’s about the Cheneys). For Liz and her husband, Phillip Perry, there’s been an evolving portfolio of high level government jobs. These are careers so rife with favoritism, connections, influence, and special handling that the Bushes, who have at least been elected to office, seem like the meritocracy.
Now the Cheneys are striking out on their own, forming a consulting firm whose purpose is the promotion of the Cheneys themselves. Their unified front is partly a defensive move: If anybody tries to mess with Dick, they’ll face the venomous wrath of the entire, deeply networked, incredibly aggressive and vengeful family. It is partly for vindication—Liz Cheney has become a huge defender of waterboarding and all other enhanced interrogation techniques—and is partly opportunistic.
Dick Cheney was supposed to be the competent old pro who would not compete with the ambitions of the Bush family by trying to run for president himself. He was too unpleasant to run.
But unpleasantness, a Cheney family trait, has turned out to be the Republican opportunity—the party’s raison d'être.
The most implacable, negative, snarling, insolent, nasty figure goes to the head of the party.
That’s the business the Cheneys have opened: Contempt, Inc.
Liz Cheney is already discussing the offices she might run for.
That’s her platform: bold and undaunted scorn.
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On the House floor Wednesday night, Rep. Michele Bachmann warned that the health insurance reform package currently being debated by Congress would set up “sex clinics” in schools where students “taken away” to have abortions.
Bachmann’s information seems to have been gleaned from right-wing media outlets that earlier this year Politifact ruled as lies.
“We see no language in the three main versions of the bill that would allow school-based clinics, which have a long history of providing basic health services to underprivileged students, to provide abortions,” the site wrote. “Nor would the clinics even be new — they have been around for three decades. So we rate the claim Pants on Fire!”
Further, as The Hill notes, any clinics established by the bill would have to follow state and local laws regarding parental consent.
“But parents are going to excluded from Planned Parenthood as they write these clinics because the bill orders that these clinics protect patient privacy and student records. What does that mean? It means that parents will never know what kind of counsel and treatment that their children are receiving. And as a matter of fact, the bill goes on to say what’s going to go on — comprehensive primary health services, physicals, treatment of minor acute medical conditions, referrals to follow-up for specialty care — is that abortion? Does that mean that someone’s 13 year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that night? Mom and dad are never the wiser.”
Congresswoman Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, live in Stillwater where they own a small business mental health care practice that employs 42 people. The Bachmanns have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia. In addition, the Bachmanns have opened their home to 23 foster children, which has inspired Congresswoman Bachmann to become one of Congress’ leading advocates for foster and adopted children, earning her bipartisan praise for her efforts.