Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
As has been previously reported, in 2009, after Democrat U.S. Senator Kay Hagan vigorously supported President Obama's $800 million-and-change stimulus package, a company co-owned by her husband, JDC Manufacturing, received $390,000 in federal grants and green energy tax credits. The Carolina Journal reports Tuesday that new documents prove "it's worse than we thought."
Monday, October 20, 2014
“It is misleading and just plain incorrect to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally,” Pielke said in his testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “It is further incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases.”
Senate Democrats pointed to the increase in extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes as evidence of global warming. California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said that “climate change is real” and human activities were the cause, adding that people can “look out the window” to see evidence of it.
“Heat waves, droughts, wildfires and floods — all are now more frequent and intense,” said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address.
Pielke, however, notes that U.S. floods have not increased in “frequency or intensity” since 1950 and economic losses from floods have dropped by 75 percent as a percentage of GDP since 1940. Tornado frequency, intensity, and normalized damages have also not increased since 1950, and Pielke even notes that there is some evidence that this has declined.
Pielke noted in his testimony that droughts have been shorter, less frequent, and have covered a smaller portion of the U.S over the last century. Globally, there has been very little change in the last 60 years, he said.
“The absolute costs of disasters will increase significantly in coming years due to greater wealth and populations in locations exposed to extremes,” Pielke added. “Consequent, disasters will continue to be an important focus of policy, irrespective of the exact future course of climate change.”
Senators sparred over predictions and claims made about man-made global warming. Democrats argued that the effects of global warming can be felt today and Republicans argued that evidence of human-induced warming is thin.
“I would note that it has not been titled ‘Global Warming: It’s Happening Now,’” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter. “Maybe that would have been too ironic given the Earth’s stagnant temperature for the past 15 years, a fact that is currently confounding climate scientists and modeling experts who predicted otherwise.”
More of this and More Inconvenient Facts at the: Daily Caller
Sunday, October 19, 2014
"I make the argument that the Centers for Disease Control, that they are the vital organ of this health infrastructure, and doctor — the head of it, Dr. Frieden has been a very good leader," she said. "But what I am concerned about and really frustrated is that we didn’t take this initial encounter in Dallas at the level that it should have been."
In short, Jackson Lee echoed the false claim made by an offensive Democratic Party ad intended to stoke hate and fear against Republicans. The claim made by the ad is so outrageous the Washington Post's fact checker gave it "four Pinocchos," the lowest rating possible.
"On many levels," Glenn Kessler said, the line of attack being used by Democrats "is absurd." Kessler noted that Congress gave the agency more than Obama requested, but some was taken back by sequestration -- an idea that came out of the Obama White House. Additionally, there was never a vote specifically aimed at Ebola research as the ad suggests. In short, the ad is patently false. And so is the claim by Democrats like Sheila Jackson Lee.
Friday, October 17, 2014
After the Hagan campaign admitted that Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) missed a classified hearing on "worldwide threats" to U.S. national security for a New York City fundraiser, North Carolina Republicans are calling the incumbent “guilty of a taxpayer-funded cover-up.”Hagan is locked in a tight race for reelection against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis, who has attacked her in recent days for missing more than 50 percent of Senate Armed Services Committee hearings in the wake of the rising threat of ISIS.
Hagan’s campaign has defended her attendance record by saying she skipped hearings due to hearings or meeting with constituents, by refusing to answer questions, and by attacking Tillis’ own attendance in the state legislature.
However, the Hagan campaign revealed to the Associated Press that she missed a Feb. 27 Armed Services Committee classified hearing on “current and future worldwide threats” to national security in order to attend a New York City cocktail fundraiser reception.
“Senator Hagan stonewalled the media for weeks about skipping a crucial classified hearing to drink cocktails at a posh Park Avenue fundraiser for her reelection campaign. Her salary is paid by the taxpayers, and so is her staff’s,” William Allison, the North Carolina GOP spokesman, said Thursday. “The people of North Carolina deserved the truth all along. Instead, they got deceptions and innuendos that add up to a taxpayer-funded cover-up.”
The Tillis campaign piled on as well for campaign dishonesty.
“Kay Hagan’s web of falsehoods has been exposed, and it has revealed a continued pattern of deceiving North Carolinians, whether it was falsely telling families they could keep their health care plans if they liked them, or misleading voters about her indefensible record of failing to prioritize our national security,” Tillis spokeswoman Meghan Burris said.
Thank You: Breitbart
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Congressional staffers voted former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) the two best friends of lobbyists in this Congress.In Washingtonian's biennial "best and worst" of Congress survey the magazine sends to congressional staffers, Cantor and Boehner placed first and second, respectively, in the "lobbyists' best friend" category.
The magazine sent the survey to staffers "soon after Eric Cantor’s shocking primary defeat" to Dave Brat. Voters ousted Cantor in a June primary because of Cantor's ties to crony capitalism and embrace of amnesty legislation favored by the bipartisan political elite. Cantor resigned soon after and took a job for a Wall Street firm.
Boehner has always been friendly with the lobbying community. According to Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer's Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, Boehner is even known for collecting "tollbooth fees" before votes from industry executives.
“You pay money at a tollbooth in order to use a road or bridge,” Schweizer writes in his book. “The methodology in Washington is similar: if someone wants a bill passed, charge them money to allow the bill to move down the legislative highway.”
Boehner and GOP leaders, as do Democrats, also demand secret fees to land top committee spots, as Schweizer's book reported.