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Candidate for TSA thinks global warming is as great or greater a threat as terrorists, and he’s keeping an eye on those dangerous Christians.

The AP looked at 700 counties that received project money and 700 that didn’t. Unemployment trends were the same in both samples.

At WUWT, John A. fisks a recent interview with Michael Mann, asking the questions and doing the background research the ‘reporter’ was unable or unwilling to do.

This Farm to School Program looks really cool (except the bit about the kids eating three meals a day at school)

More than 20 from Congress (plus well over one hundred staff and family) went to Copenhagen on our dime: CBS investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports that cameras spotted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the summit. She called the shots on who got to go. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and embattled Chairman of the Tax Committee Charles Rangel were also there.

They were joined by 17 colleagues: Democrats: Waxman, Miller, Markey, Gordon, Levin, Blumenauer, DeGette, Inslee, Ryan, Butterfield, Cleaver, Giffords, and Republicans: Barton, Upton, Moore Capito, Sullivan, Blackburn and Sensenbrenner.


IPCC Researcher: A significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these [natural, NOT carbon related] cycles – perhaps as much as 50 per centMore here, very informative, balanced read.

Betsy at Betsy’s Page asks several questions about various issues, including:

The Defense Department review of Major Hasan’s time serving in the military raises the big question. Why, despite recognizing the dangers of his increasingly erratic behavior and his public statements about Islam and criticisms of the United States, didn’t his superiors pull his top secret clearance and still recommend him for overseas service? They voiced concerns, but kept giving him positive evaluations. How much of this was simply the Lake Woebegone effect of everyone getting a positive evaluation and how much was simply political correctness that prevented them from moving against a Muslim?

Based on my observations from when my husband was in the military it’s almost certainly entirely political correctness. There was a period when my husband had to work a particular shift not because the Air Force needed him on that shift, but because the black woman working that shift required a babysitter and a pinch hitter for all the times she would not do her job. That sounds ugly, doesn’t it? You know who explained this so plainly to my husband? Their black male supervisor, who basically told my husband, “Look, it’s not fair, and we both know she doesn’t pull her weight, but there’s nothing I can do about it. She’s a black female in the military. If you file a complaint and I reprimand her she will pull the discrimination card faster than I can spit, and we will both lose.” This happened in response to several instances where she failed to do her job, including one occasion where she left work early to take her son to the dentist. She was supposed to come back when the appointment was finished. Something came up at work and my husband had a question for her, so he called the dental office, where he learned that she’d left hours previously. Instead of being embarrassed at being caught shirking, she was furious that my husband was ‘checking up’ on her. This is foolish, unnecessarily costly in terms of funding and manpower, and irritating- but when it comes to cases like Major Hasan’s, we can see it’s dangerous.

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