Pregnant teen sues parents who are attempting to force her to have an abortion. Planned Parenthood says nothing.

Abortionist Dr. Leroy Carhart has had another woman die due to a late term abortion he performed. Media ignores it, naturally.

seating diagram sotu

Fact-checking the SOTU:

Rand Paul’s response to it:

Al Gore actually did sell CurrentTV to Al Jazeera, but the WaPo chose to report as factual a satire headline about Palin working for Al Jazeera. This is what happens when Palin hatred trumps journalism.

“[America’s] biggest fall is in entrepreneurship and opportunity, which has declined eight places in the last four years. Businesses’ start-up costs are rising in the land of pioneers and patents.”

Cal Thomas thinks Ben Carson owes Obama an apology:

One of the heroines of the Ft. Hood terrorist attack says Obama used and then betrayed her and the other victims:

The 2011 budget cuts that never were: they agreed to cut programs that were already being cut or not to spend quite as much as had been authorized while still increasing spending.

So the Pope resigned.

4 other Popes who resigned:

The Anchoress has an interesting post- my favorite parts are where she gently snipes at the media who are already slobbering over their hope that the next Pope won’t be very Catholic.

Here’s an older post of mine from when Cardinal Ratzinger was appointed Pope and the subsequent media nonsense. Seems to be a lot more of the same today, so much so that this is astonishingly current:

How the next pope will be chosen, and a list of the current Cardinals who are eligible for the papacy:

Hipsters on Food Stamps: It’s a longish read, but I enjoyed it, which isn’t to say I agreed with all of it or thought it was always kindly worded. It was snarky.  It was downright harsh about the value of a college education and the wits of those who think majoring in puppetry (really, English Lit) was a clever thing to do.  It’s really good stuff.  This is from part 2:

If you want to tell me a 30 year old hipster should be lashed for not trying to better himself, I’ll bring the whip, but the 30 year old chose his pointless major when he was 17 and you think the outcome is all his fault?  A 17 year old can kill two people and still be considered too young to be criminally responsible, and anyway in that case you think the problem was video games and bullying.  Of course Gerry The Hipster is made of soy and ennui, but there’s plenty of blame to go around.  When he was 17 the system incentivized him to destroy his life, tempted him with beer, babes, and BS– and the promise of an upper middle class lifestyle provided he went to “a good school” (read: gave the system $100k of his post tax, pre-interest money), never mind for what.   Like a good American, he did what he was told.

The society that taught people to want a defective college degree is, unfortunately, going to be expected to support those that bought it, it’s still under warranty.  At the very minimum, it owes them their money back, and if they don’t pay you should sue for breach of contract. “At the conclusion of this course, students will show a proficiency in….”  The plaintiff rests.

“They should have studied more.” Agreed.  But then you shouldn’t have admitted them, you shouldn’t have passed them.  Inflate the grade, Gresham’s Law the society.

All along you’ve said “you need to go to college so you can get a good job” but the system was not designed to raise producers, it was designed to raise consumers.  Well, here we are.  Why are you surprised that they need consumer stamps?  Why are you surprised they moved back in with you?   “We did the best we could.”  No you did not, I was there, I saw it.  You borrowed against their future, and they can’t pay it back.  And now you’re yelling at them.

U.S. food stamps rolls now larger than population of Spain.

Sadly, this is one of his real achievements that, were this President at all honest about his actual liberal fascist agenda — which is to grow the government and expand federal power, ally himself with big corporate interests, shrink the middle class, destroy small business, hamstring the private sector, and create a permanent dependent class that will keep voting “in their economic interests” — he would be boasting about this evening.

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  1. Posted February 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Just a note, the list of cardinals is a list of those who are eligible to vote in the conclave. They can elect any Catholic man they choose – he does not have to be a cardinal, bishop, or even a priest. (Although, he would be one by the end of the day!) Odds are, he’ll still be one of the cardinals, of course!

  2. Gina
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Obama pretends to care about environmental issues, but Romney made it clear he didn’t care. Not sure which is worse.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted February 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

      Since I don’t believe Global Warming is a crisis, I’d rather they all just butt out.

      • Gina
        Posted February 14, 2013 at 6:51 am | Permalink

        I know you don’t. But I don’t see any solid evidence to dispute it. Record temperatures are being set all around the world, the polar ice caps are shown to be melting, lots of regions are starting to suffer shortages of water, and so on.

        • Headmistress, zookeeper
          Posted February 14, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

          I think you don’t see any solid evidence to refute it because you aren’t looking. Even if you were right, that still doesn’t prove the cause is other than a natural cycle, nor does it prove that the current proposed solutions are remotely effective.

          The current scientific reality is that the IPCC’s hypothesis of dangerous global warming has been repeatedly tested, and fails. Despite the expenditure of large sums of money over the last 25 years (more than $100 billion), and great research effort by IPCC-related and other (independent) scientists, to date no scientific study has established a certain link between changes in any significant environmental parameter and human-caused carbon dioxide emissions.

          But I think there is solid evidence that you are wrong.
          Record temps? There were 2,000 record *low* temperatures set in October:
          Antarctic Sea Ice Extent set a record on day 43 (Feb 12 2013) for most ever on this day. at 3.80037 million sq km.

          The old record was in 2008. The record for most ice ever at minimum was also in 2008. 3.69176 million sq km. There is a decent chance that record will be broken.

          ‘We know that hurricanes have declined,tornadoes have declined,floods have declined,and droughts have declined. That is why history has been redefined to start in the 1970s’

          NASA’s James Hansen Officially Admits Global Temperature Standstill Is Real: ‘Mean Global Temperature Has Been Flat For The Last Decade’

          Prof. Judith Curry on 16 year global temps: ‘ Nothing in Met Office’s statement…effectively refutes Rose’s argument that there has been no increase in global avg. surface temps for past 16 years’

          Even if this is the hottest heatwave “ever recorded”, it doesn’t mean much in the long term scheme of things. Natural climate cycles work on scales of 11 years, 60 years, 200 years, 1500 years, and 100,000 years. We have decent temperature records for many locations for only 50 years. We have a scratchy patchy thermometer record for 150 years. Any scientist raving about breaking a 50 year record as if it means something is … embarrassing. There is too much noise in this system and too little data.

          Compare today’s scaremongering to the 1970s:

          • Gina
            Posted February 14, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

            You’re making a lot of basic mistakes, like confusing the polar ice caps (continental land based ice formations) with sea ice. Polar ice caps – both the north pole and the south pole – are losing mass.

            I’ll look through your links in detail later.

          • Headmistress, zookeeper
            Posted February 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

            Once more, the biggest issue is whether or not it’s happening is not the same thing as: is it caused by humans or is it part of the natural cycle, and are any of the proposed solutions likely to make a significant difference, and are the solutions worse than the problem.

          • Gina
            Posted February 14, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink
          • Gina
            Posted February 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

            OK: Link one:

            Makes the claim that (i) Over the last 16 years, global average temperature, as measured by both thermometers and satellite sensors, has displayed no statistically significant warming; over the same period, atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by 10%.

            Statistically significant defined as what? I would like to see the numbers they’re working with.

            Link 2: That link takes two weeks in October and ignores the fact that, as I stated above, the general trend for 2012 was warmer temperatures, including vastly more record highs than lows. So it’s dishonest.

            Link 4: What NASA actually says about climate issues:

          • Gina
            Posted February 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

            Also, James Hansen, one of the scientists you cite in your favor, states:

            The long-term warming trend, including continual warming since the mid-1970s, has been conclusively associated with the predominant global climate forcing, human-made greenhouse gases2, which began to grow substantially early in the 20th century.


          • Gina
            Posted February 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

            Hansen, in the same link, also states:

            The New Climate Dice. The high current global temperature is sufficient to have a noticeable effect on the frequency of occurrence of extreme warm anomalies. The left-most “bell curve” in Fig. 3 is the frequency distribution of summer-average temperature anomalies during the base period 1951-1980, in units of the local standard deviation1 of seasonal-average temperature.
            The observational data show that the frequency of unusually warm anomalies has been increasing decade by decade over the past three decades. Perhaps the most important change is the emergence of extremely hot outliers, defined as anomalies exceeding 3 standard deviations. Such extreme summer heat anomalies occurred in 2010 over a large region in Eastern Europe including Moscow, in 2011 in Oklahoma, Texas and Northern Mexico, and in 2012 in the United States in part of the central Rockies and Great Plains.

          • Gina
            Posted February 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

            Yes, and plenty of scientists, including James Hansen, believe that the warming temperatures we are experiencing is due to human activity. I think that’s more probable than not, and your links aren’t convincing at all because of the sleight of hand and questionable arguments they employ.

  3. Gina
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and one more link-

    James Hansen protests proposed oil pipeline:

    Citing James Hansen to oppose the theory of AGW is extremely misguided.

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