For the second year in a row, investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects have declined worldwide by 12% to a total of $254 billion in 2013 (from $289 billion in 2012 and $318 billion in 2011), according to the latest numbers from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which has been tracking comprehensive global investment data since 2004. This total is half the IEA’s estimate that $500 billion a year is needed by 2020 and a quarter of the $1 trillion goal by 2030. Ceres, an organization that mobilizes investors to take action on climate change, calls this the “clean trillion” gap.
You can see from the chart below that the money was flowing in when Team Lightbringer was burning taxpayer dollars on greendoggle schemes faster than a 1960 pickup goes through gas. If The Idiot King hadn’t overreached, there might not have been much to talk about. But he wouldn’t (still doesn’t, actually) shut up about and threw away some hard-earned taxpayer cash at a time when the economy and real Americans were suffering. Then much of it failed spectacularly.
Who wouldn’t be more cautious? Oh yeah, politicians.
The truth is, there are lots of books no one really expects you to read or finish. War and Peace? The Canterbury Tales? The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire? Announcing that you’ve finished those books might surprise a lot of people and make them think you’re abnormal or anti-social, unless you’re an English or History major who took their reading very, very seriously. Perhaps the shift to ebook format will diminish this reading by osmosis – and book sales, too – since people can afford to be honest about their preference for 50 Shades over The Red and the Black since their booklists are hidden in their Kindles and iPads.
So here’s my attempt to drill this down to a more realistic list: books that are culturally ubiquitous, reading deemed essential, writing everyone has heard of… that you’d be mildly embarrassed to admit you’ve never read.
I’ve only completely read four of the ten (Atlas Shrugged, Democracy In America, Moby Dick and Ulysses). I have read parts of The Art Of War and On The Origin of Species.
How about the rest of you? Anybody ten for ten (truthfully!)?
Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long.
The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the clearest sign yet that Canada’s Conservative government has lost patience over what it sees as U.S. foot-dragging.
Baird also conceded that Washington might veto the project, the first admission of its kind by a Canadian government minister.
The 1,200-mile (1,930-km) pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day from the Alberta tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Ottawa strongly backs Keystone XL, which it says would create jobs and provide a secure supply of oil to Canada’s closest ally and trading partner.
“The time for Keystone is now. I’ll go further – the time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if it’s not the right one. We can’t continue in this state of limbo,” Baird said in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Although the State Department is responsible for ruling whether the pipeline meets the national interest, President Barack Obama has made clear he will make the final decision.
As we are all painfully aware by now, Obama is only decisive when it comes to things that fit two criteria: 1) the taxpayers get fleeced, & 2) the program will be a monumental failure.
Keystone doesn’t line the pockets of any of Obama’s green-energy supporters who have been getting rich off of the American taxpayer while running companies that are — pun intended — unsustainable. So he’s not interested.
Oh, it also makes sense, another big negative for this clown-car administration.
The whole world was supposed to love us if Obama was elected president and he has somehow managed to piss off Canada.
Three more years.
“…turns out, they already had him in custody.”
A new report finds that one Chicago public high school is having a problem with ghosts.
More specifically, the school is being populated in part by “ghost students”— nonexistent kids that the school’s dishonest principal and her assistant have been using to pad the school’s enrollment numbers, and therefore, the school’s budget.
That’s just one of the revelations in Chicago Public Schools Inspector General Jim Sullivan’s new report on the wrongdoing that he uncovered in the nation’s fourth-largest school district during 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The falsification and manipulation of school data seems to be the theme of Sullivan’s report.
For instance, one Chicago elementary principal allegedly changed grades to allow children to graduate to the next level.
“We do have a concern about (Chicago Public Schools) data as evidenced by the cases we had this year,” Sullivan said, adding that much of the data “is created and can be manipulated at the school level.”
Worry not, taxpayers, there is a good reason for all of this.
He believes the increase in fake data is due to the fact that “schools, teachers and principals (are) increasingly being tracked and evaluated based upon data on everything from student assessment scores to attendance,” the Tribune reports.
Wait, you mean we’re judging teachers and school administrators on things like whether the kids are learning anything? Or showing up? What kind of Draconian hell is this?!?!?
Off to make up some phantom dependents for my taxes this year…
A new survey from the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) shows that 91% of senior staff managers believe their staffers are “worried about possible changes in health benefits” associated with Obamacare, 87% said their staff was “worried about the cost of health insurance,” and 82% said that their staff was “worried about the ability to access local health care providers.” The same survey shows that 38% of the senior staff said they were “likely” or “very likely” to look for work elsewhere in the next year.
The survey identified a number of reasons why the staffers say they may look elsewhere for in the near future. 82% of the respondents said ”Salary freezes” were likely to lead to staff departures, and 79% identified “Changes to health care benefits” as another potential cause of discontent.
Silly kids, there’s no need to worry.
Michiganders wanting Medicaid health coverage but caught in limbo — dangling between a federal website informing them they’re probably eligible for Medicaid and a state bureaucracy not yet ready to tell them for certain — need not worry, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in Detroit earlier today.
Under health reform, Michigan is expanding its Medicaid program, raising the threshold of eligibility to extend coverage to an estimated 470,000 Michiganders.
But applications aren’t ready yet for those who will be newly eligible. Neither is the state software to handle the new program.
What is known thus far is that the failures at the federal and state levels for Unicorncare far outnumber the successes, if there are any of the latter at all. Yet the insufferably stupid Sebelius keeps up with her “It’s going to be OK because it’s going to be OK…” inanity.
But Sebelius, in town to work with new Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to boost Detroit’s enrollment through www.healthcare.gov, said consumers can only do so much and then let the system work.
The website is the virtual shopping site for coverage under health reform.
“If they have taken steps to get themselves ready, they don’t have to worry about that at all,” she said, referring to tax penalties and credits that otherwise expire March 31.
Consumers need to start the process at the website or at the national call center, but it will be up to the state to make sure the program is in place by April 1, Sebelius said.
“There’s nothing people can do but kind of get in line,” she said.
Get in line.
That’s sort of the mission statement for Team Lightbringer, isn’t it?
Sweet. I’ll take two.
The dust is settling a bit after the administration released details Monday about who signed up for health insurance on the exchanges during the chaotic three months after they launched Oct. 1.
Just about everybody was watching to see how many young people piled in. Younger people are generally healthier, and their premiums tend to balance out insurers’ outlays for older, sicker people.
For Obamacare to work over the long haul, young people need to be a big part of the health insurance mix.
The administration ultimately hopes that about 40 percent of the people who get insurance through the exchanges will be young adults.
As the year wound down, lots of people enrolled. Many of them were young, but people ages 18 to 34 came in at just 24 percent of the total sign-ups.
Big deal? Maybe. Maybe not.
“Had we seen the numbers reversed, with strong young-people enrollment, that would have been a surprise,” says Matthew Eyles, an executive vice president at Avalere Health.
But the relatively low turnout of young people for coverage isn’t a shock.
People in generally good health will probably wait to sign up, unless there’s some particular medical care they’ve been waiting for, Eyles tells Shots.
Thus far, the hope going forward for this massive overhaul of an entire industry and expansion of the federal monster is predicated upon a “Kinda/Sorta” theory. Its proponents offer assurances that it will get better without providing any concrete reason for it to do so.
This piece concludes that the Medicare prescription drug expansion wasn’t popular at first either and just leaves that apples and oranges comparison hanging as some sort of proof. There is no reason whatsoever to expect young people who don’t need insurance to behave in the same way as seniors who do need their prescriptions.
Almost everything that the modern Left seeks to do is built on the infantile premise that it should happen merely because they want it to happen.
Can’t let pesky things like history, math, economics or reality get in the way of that.
Yes, we all know the answer to this and it won’t get an honest reply most of the time. Unless someone keeps asking it, of course. (Aside-the video begins with four of the most disturbing words you will ever hear: “Thank you, Senator Franken.”)
UPDATE: The Abbott campaign just emailed me to clarify the numbers. The Davis campaign raised $8.5 million, the rest comes from Battleground Texas.
UPDATE at 5:50 p.m.: Wendy Davis, the leading Democratic contender for governor, announced Tuesday that her campaign and a joint effort with a Democratic voter turnout group raised more than $12.2 million for the race.
I think it's great that Wendy Davis raised $12 million. That's $12 million that Democrats won't be spending on races they could win.
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) January 14, 2014
I tend to agree with Gabe. Davis has a lot of high profile support from liberal media and entertainment types which is translating into donations from around the country but won’t turn into votes.
This, of course, comes in the wake of the political bomb that detonated last week when a key Christie aide was revealed to have conspired, via email, with a Christie transportation appointee to enact political retribution by wreaking havoc on the city of Fort Lee, in the form of a massive, four-day traffic jam. The nightmare congestion was deliberately planned by shutting down vital lanes to the George Washington Bridge under the phony guise of a traffic study.
Since the scandal erupted, much of the conservative media has been scrambling to try to protect the possible presidential candidate from long-term political damage. They’ve done that via obfuscation (i.e. “Benghazi!”) and by claiming Christie’s response to the crisis has offered a clear lesson in “leadership”
The irony is thick because the unflattering portrait that has emerged of Christie in the last week is the exact same portrait conservatives have tried, unsuccessfully, to paint of Obama for five years: A thuggish politician with a thirst for revenge who’s mired in corruption. Obama, we’re reminded by Fox News, is a corrupt bully who’s at the center of every alleged administration scandal, from the IRS targeting conservatives, to the wide-ranging Benghazi “cover-up.”
The gist of this is: “They could never prove it!” O.J. Simpson never went to jail for murder; that doesn’t mean he didn’t behead his ex-wife.
In reality, using their logic for the bridge scandal proves it perfectly. It happened on his watch, so he is ultimately responsible.
What the single-digit IQ crowd over at MMFA ignores is the fact that this president hasn’t suffered from the monumental failures of his subordinates precisely because the press unquestioningly accepts whatever childish excuse he offers. These are, after all, the people who have told us for years that he is the SMARTEST PRESIDENT EVER but finds “I didn’t know about that…” a valid dodge for anything that erupts on his watch.
If we have learned anything in the last six years, it is that there is no scenario whatsoever in which the progressive media types can place blame on Obama. OK, once in a while they’ll toss out something benign like “he wore the wrong cuff links,” and run around proclaiming, “See? NO BIAS!” – but they aren’t going to do so for the important things.
There is also a separate discussion to be had about the relative slickness of Chicago style political thuggery versus New Jersey style. That’s a bit too much like a regional pizza argument though, and I’m hungry.
In a pinch, it’s worth the risk that the bottle will smell like feet.
NEW DELHI: India marked three years since its last reported polio case Monday, meaning it will soon be certified as having defeated the ancient scourge in a huge advance for global eradication efforts.
India’s polio programme is one of the country’s biggest public health success stories, achieving something once thought impossible thanks to a massive and sustained vaccination programme.
Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, along with global groups who have been working to eradicate the virus, hailed Monday’s anniversary as “a monumental milestone”.
While vaccines have a proven history of doing things like, oh, wiping out diseases, a cult of medical Luddites has grown in the US barking about vaccinations being the cause of autism and McCarthy has been the loudest. One little problem: there isn’t any proof that this is the case.
Sadly, we live in an era when a woman who got famous by getting naked for a camera can influence health choices people will make for their children.
You ever just feel like we’re all in a hidden-camera horror movie?
Security won’t let Media Matters Chief FNC Hater Eric Boehlert stand outside Roger Ailes’ window with his pants down so this will have to do.
The Soros lap dogs are salivating about the release of a hit job book by a former FNC employee, a work evidently filled with stuff that rival news organizations will much prefer reading to the daily cable ratings.
Where they will still be getting creamed by FNC long after the book is published.
Google Inc took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers’ homes, announcing a $3.2 billion deal to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc, scooping up a promising line of products and a prized design team led by the “godfather” of the iPod.
Nest will continue to operate as its own distinct brand after the all-cash deal closes, Google said on Monday.
The deal is the second largest in Google’s history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012.
“Nest Labs appears to be focused on thermostats and smoke alarms, but it’s not far-fetched to see Google expanding this technology into other devices over time,” said Shyam Patil, an analyst at Wedbush.
“Home automation is one of the bigger opportunities when you talk about the Internet of everything and connecting everything. This acquisition furthers their strategy around that,” he said.
Few wonders of the digital age inspire such bipolar reactions in me as Google. There are times when I love its convenience, like when I accept an appointment invitation in Gmail and it is added to my calendar without me having to do more than just click “Yes”. Then there are times when I start to think, “Google knows everything I’m doing.”
That feeling will probably get worse if I’m worried about them staring at me while I sleep from the smoke detector over my bed, which I currently believe the NSA is doing.
Mr. Cuomo also said he wanted to pay top teachers performance bonuses and announced plans for a $2 billion bond referendum in the fall that, if passed by voters, would be used to upgrade public schools and provide them better equipment.
The governor spent a fair bit of time talking about education, as Mr. de Blasio looked on. The mayor has made universal prekindergarten classes a priority, promising to pay for the program with a tax on city residents earning $500,000 or more, an issue he pressed in comments to reporters.
Mr. Cuomo affirmed the state’s commitment to early childhood education, and made a promise to deliver full-day prekindergarten, but he did not say how much it would cost.
After the speech, Mr. de Blasio, who needs legislative approval for his proposed tax increase, praised the governor for presenting what he called “a progressive, proactive agenda for the future of our state,” and called the governor’s goal of expanding prekindergarten statewide “a fantastic statement.”
I mentioned a few weeks ago that de Blasio was excited about a meeting with The Idiot King where the progressive preschool push was talked about a lot.
It really is the linchpin of their ambitious agenda, one that aims to mold voters sympathetic to them before they’re even allowed to vote.
Progressives will trot out study after study to prove to you that your child will never learn to write his name without sticking the pen in his eye if you don’t get him to a preschool STAT. (One wonders how all of the scientists who got us to the moon were able to do so without the benefit of having gone to preschool.) It’s all garbage, of course, but it’s purposeful garbage. The sooner they can get your kids out of your hands and into those of a government employee who will say anything for a pension, the better.
And how do they get them there? Simple: continually make the tax burden on average parents so overwhelming that both have no choice but to work. Daycare too pricey you say? Hey-the governor just said he’s going to pay for preschool.
That’s how it is done.
A deal long viewed as one of the greatest in broadcast rights history may be coming to an end.
The Silnas brothers and the NBA are nearing a deal that would end a deal giving the Silnas one-seventh of the national television revenue of the league, the New York Times reported.
The NBA made the deal with the Silnas brothers in 1976 as part of a package to merge the ABA and NBA. The Silnas owned the Spirits of St. Louis, which was one of the two ABA teams excluded from the deal. The NBA paid the owners of the other team, the Kentucky Colonels, $3 million to fold.
The Silnas brothers have already made around $300 million for being better negotiators and now the league is willing to pay them $500 million to go away.
When I first heard about this deal awhile ago I remember thinking, “That’s it, I’m buying the kid every good deal-making/negotiation book I can find.”
That’s got to be cheaper and more effective than college, right?
Not saying any of our readers need this…but most of us know someone who could use the help.
A National Security Agency employee will continue to co-chair an influential group that helps to develop cryptographic standards designed to protect Internet communications, despite calls that he should be removed.
Kevin Igoe, a senior cryptographer with the NSA’s Commercial Solutions Center, is one of two co-chairs of the Crypto Forum Research Group (CFRG), which provides cryptographic guidance to working groups that develop widely used standards for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). On Sunday, the chair of the group that oversees appointments to the CFRG rejected a recent call that Igoe be removed in light of recent revelations that the NSA has worked to deliberately weaken international encryption standards.
This is an interesting read, even if it does keep referencing the abbreviations for some organizations that most of us aren’t familiar with. The question that kept running through my mind was, “Forget why he’s being allowed to stay there, why was he there in the first place?”
New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, in his inaugural speech, denounced people “on the far right” who “continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics.” According to Mayor de Blasio, “They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else.”
In the contest for the biggest lie in politics, this one is a top contender.
While there have been all too many lies told in politics, most have some little, tiny fraction of truth in them, to make them seem plausible. But the “trickle-down” lie is 100 percent lie.
It should win the contest both because of its purity — no contaminating speck of truth — and because of how many people have repeated it over the years, without any evidence being asked for or given.
Years ago, this column challenged anybody to quote any economist outside of an insane asylum who had ever advocated this “trickle-down” theory. Some readers said that somebody said that somebody else had advocated a “trickle-down” policy. But they could never name that somebody else and quote them.
This is a prime example of what has become the Number One tool in the leftist false narrative creation arsenal: repeat something until a lot of people believe it’s true.
They are, of course, constantly aided by the MSM in doing this. When the narrative machine on the other side wants to make something out of nothing, it goes to its incurious lapdogs in the media first. So “trickle-down” economics becomes a theory even though no one ever espoused it, reductions in the rates of increase for government programs become “cuts” and so on.
Conservative politicians will never be able to consistently battle this tactic until they get comfortable with immediately rejecting false premises, whether in debates, interviews or press conferences. Barry Goldwater was brilliant at doing this and there have been far too few in the decades since he left office who have even tried the approach.
Until people on the Right embrace this counter tactic, lines like “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” will still be floated to an unquestioning public to sell horrible policies.
From beat cops to cashiers to Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s newest gun manufacturer has received an “absolutely tremendous” amount of support since leaving Connecticut for The Palmetto State, according to the firm’s CEO.
Josh Fiorini, CEO of PTR Industries, formerly of Bristol., Conn., told FoxNews.com that the firm’s new facility in Aynor, S.C., remains a week away from production, but 11 local employees began sorting inventory on Monday along with a team of training personnel from Connecticut. The manufacturer of military-style rifles announced in April that it intended to leave Bristol following the passage of gun-control legislation after the shooting deaths of 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.
One of the biggest disconnects in a political philosophy that is built on them is the liberal penchant for being hostile to the very entities from which they need to bleed revenue for their statist aims. This happens at all levels of government. Connecticut and gun makers may not be a relationship that you would be surprised to see go sour in this fashion, but Los Angeles has been driving away its core industry for decades now.
Whether it be through hyper-regulation or onerous taxation, which tend to work in tandem but don’t always have to, liberal zealots in government always seem to be operating on the belief that a magic money tree that will never die exists somewhere in the universe.
The end game for them, of course, is to make sure there are no business-friendly havens to flee to. They haven’t really worked out how THE RICH are supposed to remain healthy in perpetuity beyond that point.
Tonight CNN will air an hour-long interview its employee S.E. Cupp did with Glenn Beck, who is also her boss at Beck’s own news network. CNN failed to disclose this conflict of interest while promoting the special in an interview with Cupp.
It is refreshing to see the Soros Lap Boys take a break from their standard “ZOMG-FOX NEWZZZZZZZZZ!” hyperventilating but the pathetic habit they have of desperately prejudging something that is going to overwhelm them anyway has taken on a “puppy chasing its tail” quality. It’s cute to watch the futility for a moment, then it just becomes sad and boring. Also, it is more than likely that a mere whispering of the name “Glenn Beck” to any of them in the middle of the night induces a soiling of the “Hope” poster onesies.
The poor dears are up in arms because there was no disclosure during a promotion for the interview, not the interview itself. As for that, Ms. Cupp says it’s covered:
Actually, we disclose it throughout tonight’s interview. “CNN Fails To Disclose Ethical Conflict,Beck Interview” http://t.co/NwtWRc9Wpb
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) December 20, 2013
Conservatives are in a tizzy over a seemingly innocuous Obamacare ad from Organizing for Action featuring a young man in pajamas.
MSNBC hack Adam Serwer seems to struggle with the meanings of various words, as evidenced throughout this tardy (two days is an eternity in digital media response time) defense of yet another Twitter misfire by the Organizing for Whatever bubble-dwellers. He begins by inaccurately labeling raucous laughter and endless mocking a “tizzy.” Dutifully proceeding from a false premise in MSM fashion, Serwer then begins thought-barfing the kind of emo drivel that is only taken seriously in media circles filled with people who have almost no real-world frame of reference.
How could the sight of an earnest twenty something in pajamas drive so many dashing specimens of unassailable masculinity to complete panic? The paradox of our gender enforcers that they never sound more terrified than when addressing a person who doesn’t fit their standards. It’s an abject terror that masquerades as courage, relying on the reader not to know the difference.
Again, confusion on the part of Serwer. “Gender enforcers” no doubt gets some intellectual and gravitas cred in his limited, navel-gazing universe. In the real world, however, he’s already in “2+2 is whatever you want it to be!” critical thinking territory. (Quick aside: Pajama Boy doesn’t look “earnest” in the ad, he looks thoroughly bored and as if he’s feigning interest.)
A couple more Einsteinian gems from Serwer and then we will get to the truth of the matter, I promise.
Conservatives are calling Pajama Boy a symbol of Obama supporters’ un-American dependence on government, but at this point he’s more of a vehicle for conservatives to express their anxiety about losing wars, political and cultural. For them, Pajama Boy is yet another emblem of an increasingly non-white electorate, a young population that believes in a stronger welfare state, gender equality and LGBT rights. After six years, Obama’s approval is eroding, but most Americans still want an interventionist government to alleviate inequality.
Anxiety! Oh my! Up until now, I had actually been relaxed from having cracked up for two days. It’s always handy to have a leftist around to tell us how we’re really feeling.
If Pajama Boy is truly emblematic of “an increasingly non-white electorate,” the champions of diversity over at OFA surely have someone in-house who is more ethnically rich than Ethan Krupp.
He gets it, which is why both the lefties and the entrenched GOP establishment hate him.
Warner Bros. is about to go on a fateful trip.
The studio is putting into motion a big-screen version of Gilligan’s Island, the classic 1960s television comedy, that will serve as a vehicle for Josh Gad, the Broadway star who is one of the voices in Disney Animation’s hit Frozen, THR has confirmed.
Gad will write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez, who were both writers on the Gad-starring NBC sitcom 1600 Penn.
Well, at least it’s got three people from a heavily hyped and promoted sitcom that lasted all of thirteen episodes last year.
Soon they will be making movies based on shows that even the people who starred in them don’t remember.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department acknowledged Tuesday that it hired about 80 officers who should have been disqualified because of problems in their backgrounds including criminal convictions and poor job performance.
Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers said he was troubled by the hires and plans on “making some swift changes.”
“People have to trust that we’re hiring the best and brightest … because of the awesome authority and responsibility our deputies have,” he said in an interview. “Almost everything we do is predicated on public trust.”
The admission came two weeks after a Times investigation found the agency hired dozens of officers from a disbanded
county police force even though sheriff’s investigators had found significant misconduct in their backgrounds. Internal agency files showed that jobs were given to officers who accidentally fired their weapons, had sex at work, committed theft, solicited prostitutes or falsified records.
Baca is a liberal-leaning, septuagenarian dinosaur who isn’t much of a Second Amendment fan when it comes to ordinary citizens. This latest in a series of scandals is so awful that the union attorney says punitive action would be the “height of hypocrisy” because all of the misconduct was known about when the were hired.
“The department has known for years their background and that background was vetted, and the good and the bad was revealed. It went to the highest levels of the department for review,” he said.
How awful is Baca? Even though he spent several years jumping through all of the hoops necessary to please hardcore lefties, even the LA Times wants him gone now.
Three studies published Monday add to multivitamins’ bad rap. One review found no benefit in preventing early death, heart disease or cancer. Another found that taking multivitamins did nothing to stave off cognitive decline with aging. A third found that high-dose multivitamins didn’t help people who had had one heart attack avoid another.
“Enough is enough,” declares an editorial accompanying the studies in Annals of Internal Medicine. “Stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements.”
But enough is not enough for the American public. We spend $28 billion a year on vitamin supplements and are projected to spend more. About 40 percent of Americans take multivitamins, the editorial says.
I am a guilty multivitamin consumer despite the fact that I’ve been hearing from medical professionals for years that it probably isn’t doing me any good. I have also heard the same thing from many of my friends who are a big more holistic in their approaches to health.
Maybe it’s time I start listening.
Pope Francis announced changes in the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington was appointed Monday to the Congregation for Bishops. The pope also reconfirmed Cardinal William Levada, the former archbishop of San Francisco and former head of the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog office.
Some members of the congregation were very conspicuously not retained. Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis, will no longer serve in the office.
Burke is considered an outspoken critic of abortion and same-sex marriage and a favorite of conservative Catholics. He has also been publicly critical of Francis’s changes in the direction of the church. Burke retains his position as the head of the Vatican high court, the Apostolic Signatura.
Burke drew attention in the U.S. in 2004 when he said he would deny Communion to Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a Roman Catholic who supports abortion rights.
While Burke may no longer be one of the group who reviews new candidates for bishop, he remains the head of the highest judicial authority in the Church. Yes, the pope does hear appeals of decisions from the Tribunal and can overrule it, but it is highly unlikely that he would have left Burke in place if he were trying to purge the Vatican hierarchy of conservative cardinals.
And let us remember that this pontiff excommunicated this guy just a few months ago.
They’re calling it “Alcohockey”. Happy Weekend, everyone!
Everyone on my side of the aisle was raving about season one so, having broken ribs and nowhere to go, I watched it. It usually takes just four minutes before the first awful liberal cliché shows up in any recent American political television or movie production so I braced myself. When four minutes passed and there wasn’t one, I committed to the entire first episode. Then I devoured all thirteen. Yes, there are a few ridiculous moments but it isn’t full of that “Republicans the way liberal screenwriters who have never met one would write them” tripe that plagues entertainment these days.
Season two looks delicious.
Mr. Podesta, named a senior adviser to President Obama, is not currently a lobbyist and therefore does not have to worry about the Obama administration’s self-imposed ban on hiring lobbyists to administration jobs. But he will nonetheless arrive at the White House after having run an organization that has taken millions of dollars in corporate donations in recent years and has its own team of lobbyists who have pushed an agenda that sometimes echoes the interests of these corporate supporters.
These financial ties offer a hint of the blurry lines in Washington between the research organizations like Mr. Podesta’s — which is a virtual external policy arm of the Obama administration — and lobbying shops. The ties could also cause some complications for Mr. Podesta as he heads into the West Wing.
The parts of this article that aren’t apologetic are, as always, incurious. Quotes from the Center For American Progress” are left unchallenged. If they were coming from a right-leaning advocacy group they would be the subject of a seven part series. It all has a “so this is what is happening and it’s no big deal” feel.
At least we have learned that the lobbyist taint wears off if there is a buffer between doing that and heading to the White House.
(h/t Chicks On The Right)
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a “progressive movement” was sweeping the nation.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which includuded 15 other newly-elected mayors, Mr. de Blasio said it was clear to him that the fight against inequality–which formed the centerpiece of his campaign–was gaining steam far beyond the five boroughs.
Like all Progressives, he’s a delusional idiot. They are, however, politically well-organized delusional idiots.
“So what we have to do is organize it and amplify it,” he told Politicker.
“It was very interesting: a lot of them talked about pre-K, a lot of them talked about early childhood education as one of the breakthrough things we have to do to change the dynamics.”
I devoted an entire chapter in my new ebook to this concerted effort by Progressives to get to our kids as early as possible. Progressivism only takes strong root with brainwashed younger people. The Left has had a stranglehold on universities in the U.S. for decades but they need to work on the kids at a younger age. That’s the real reason they are so bitterly opposed to school choice, even though it would improve the lives of the at-risk inner-city youth they always pretend to care about. They can’t lose the indoctrination factories.
Progressives always say they want to do things for the children when in reality they want to do things to the children.
And that’s one of the many reasons they need to be stopped.
But there is a way out: Make the executive branch more powerful.
This is a good moment to advocate greater executive branch power because we’ve just seen a monumental example of executive branch incompetence: the botched Obamacare rollout. It’s important to advocate greater executive branch power in a chastened mood. It’s not that the executive branch is trustworthy; it’s just that we’re better off when the presidency is strong than we are when the rentier groups are strong, or when Congress, which is now completely captured by the rentier groups, is strong.
“You see, kids, the executive branch screwed up because the executive branch isn’t powerful enough.”
It is a hallmark of modern American progressives to scream for more government control every time there is a spectacular failure by that very same government. Brooks’ first example of an “advantage” is that the executive branch could easily come to a “policy conclusion” on something like immigration reform.
Leaving immigration policy in the hands of this current president is not only not something any real conservative would want, it is pretty much a fringe-left notion about how the United States government should be run.
Noah Rothman at Mediaite has an excellent takedown of Brooks and the Times‘ version of “conservative.”
With this latest thought-burp, Brooks seems to be going the full David Brock route. The sooner he admits he’s finally been assimilated by the Prog Borg, the better.
PolitiFact Was Too Busy Lying For Obamacare 4 Years Ago To Notice This Year’s ‘Lie Of The Year’ When It Happened
While The Idiot King was lying all over the place to get his signature monstrosity passed, PolitiFact was focused on lying about the people who were telling the truth.
Of course, everything awful thing that the general public is finding out now was readily apparent to those of us who weren’t slobbering drunk on Kool-Aid back then, including the fact that Sarah Palin was right.
So, while it’s just fine and dandy that they were practically forced to acknowledge this Lie of the Year, PolitiFact gets so much wrong that I will attribute this to the “Broken Clock” theory and not get too excited.