This year, the Akins are falling our way

March 26, 2014
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There are election cycles – 2006, 2012 – when some Republican candidates’ big mouths ruin it for everyone. They say the wrong thing, a la Todd Akin, and give the Lying Liberal Media the material it needs to elect Democrats nationwide. But, this year, luck seems to be with the Republicans.

Yesterday, Bruce Braley, the Democrat Senate candidate in Iowa, instantly made the race a toss-up when he derided fellow Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R) as a “farmer who never went to law school.”

And, in Georgia, Democrats’ hope for another Akin-style debacle have run headlong into the anti-Akin candidate, former Reebok CEO David Perdue. It’s things like this that make all the difference in the Senate. A couple of seats can easily swing Senate control, and Democrats need to play it perfectly to keep the Senate this year. So far, they’ve been far from perfect, while Republicans are catching all the breaks.

75 Responses to This year, the Akins are falling our way

  1. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I may move to Iowa to vote for this lady for US Senate.
    OMG, what an opening.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Y24MFOfFU#t=20
    “I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So in Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork.”

  2. jackie blue on March 26, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Also in Georgia, Jack Kingston is seeking to obtain the GOP nomination to take on Michelle Nunn. He currently trails David Perdue in early polling, but not by much. He would be a very solid conservative addition to the Senate.

    Quality is as important as quantity. Electing a cohort of RINO squishes will not be helpful.

  3. Joe Hanna on March 26, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hey the Senate poll on the other side of the page doesn’t include Colorado. I predict 10 pickups with Jeanne Shaheen getting a late night scare before pulling it off. I don’t understand how NH went so squish.

    • jackie blue on March 27, 2014 at 7:43 am

      That’s easy–continued influx of liberal flatlanders from Massachusetts and elsewhere over the last several decades.

      They move to escape taxes and then vote for the same liberal policies.

      • Anna Polly on March 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        “That’s easy–”

        You are good. Are you paid by the piece?

  4. Knighthawk on March 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I predict the GOP has plenty of time to work against the headwinds in their favor and snatch defeat from probable victory.

    As for J.Kingston… better then Nunn and Perdue but only a slight improvement over either of the two chumps currently representing Georgia in the US Senate.

  5. Mr. Morgan on March 27, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Don’t forget Susanne Atanus (who believes gay rights cause tornadoes and autism is a punishment from God) won her primary in Illinois.

    Go GOP!

    • Mrs. Morgan on March 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Yes, it provides perfect symmetry to the liberal nutter candidates that believe global warming causs hurricanes and that mercury in vaccines causes autism.

      • Sock puppets galore! on March 30, 2014 at 2:15 am

        Mrs. Morgan = jackie blue = “fellow concern troll” = former poster cowardly hiding under pseudonyms

        You can’t parody the double standard of the right wing nutters.

        It is not possible.

  6. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 27, 2014 at 6:39 am
  7. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    For anyone who missed it, this humor piece can is accurate EXCEPT
    a) change “Romney” to “Obama”
    b) Change “Repub” to “Dem”
    c) Change media “feeding frenzy” to “media indifference”

  8. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Speaking of the media, back in the day you had headlines like this:
    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/185877/
    CNN in 2008: At 71, Is John McCain Too Old To Be President?
    He notes: “I predict a different spin for Hillary”

    Hey, maybe the spin will be the evils of ageism and #BanBossy because polls show the public sees that in Hillary, so the media has work hard to change the public’s view on that.
    Prof Reynolds goes on to say “I noticed this piece in the New York Times on how fabulous Gloria Steinem is at 80. So now I’m thinking: Ageism as a theme? Who are they worried we’ll think is too old? But of course! And look — Gloria Steinem is 80 and fabulous! Hillary’s much, much younger!”

  9. Nucking Futs on March 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I agree it doesn’t go well for many in the GOP when they speak their minds. Remember that 47% thing? That’s why they’ll try to keep their crazy in their mouths this time around. After all you wouldn’t want the people that might vote for you to know what kind of crazy shit you actually believe. Better people think you’re an idiot than you open your mouth removing the doubt.

    How ironic saying youre a lawyer is a negative when applying for a job as a law maker. Who do people want to vote for when you say something crazy like that? Why A Farmer of course. Yes a farmer must be a better law maker than a lawyer. It says all you really need to know about the state of the union.

    • John Rolle on May 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Yeah, it is much better to promise non-working welfare recipients more and more money at the expense of hard working tax paying Americans. Let’s see some of your other stances. Killing unborn babies? Letting murderers live rather than face death penalty. Encourage voter fraud by disallowing voter ID card, so that dead people and others unable to vote in US elections can vote.
      Your policies are certainly brilliant, hunh?

  10. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 28, 2014 at 12:22 am

    This sounds about right.
    http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/27/why-does-kathleen-sebelius-still-have-a-job/
    “You and I know why:
    Because she’ll say whatever she’s told to say, whether it’s true or not.
    Whether it hurts people or not.
    Whether it even makes sense or not.
    She’ll tell any lie necessary, and then she’ll go home and sleep like a baby. Good work, if you can get it. Of course, she can’t say that. And she doesn’t have to answer to you anyway, you miserable serfs upon whom she feeds.”

  11. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 28, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Multiple Dems arrested. One for conspiring with terrorists to provide weapons.
    New York Times buries it in the back pages with headline about alleged corruption. No mention that he is a prominent voice to take guns away from people who obey the law.
    And, what do the network news stories lead with?
    http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2014/03/carr_democrats_sinking_in_sea_of_charges
    Sen. Leland Yee … used to go on Piers Morgan’s now-canceled CNN moonbat-fest and denounce the Second Amendment. He sent out tweets on the first anniversary of the Newtown massacre saying, “I’m still shocked & prepared to take steps to stop gun violence.”

    Well, up to a point …

    He, too, was arrested on Wednesday, for allegedly arranging deals to procure M16s and rocket launchers to be smuggled into California after being purchased from Muslim terrorists in the Philippines. Sen. Yee was working with a Chinese gangster named “Shrimp Boy.” … “People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don’t care. People need certain things.”

    Like, rocket launchers.

    Two-gun Yee is the third Democrat state senator to be arrested in California this week. Earlier it was state Sen. Rod Wright (perjury) and then Ron Calderon (bribery).

    What a crime wave, in less than one week. So guess what most of the networks led with on their newscasts last night? The 5-month-old story of Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate. Because it has one thing going for it that none of these other stories had, the only thing that matters to the corrupt American media.

    Christie is a Republican.

  12. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 28, 2014 at 6:57 am

    It was always a trick to bring in single-payer through the back door.
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304418404579465480916914144

    Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm’s elder brother, is a physician who helped design ObamaCare and has been one of its most intense champions. So you may be surprised to learn that in his new book, “Reinventing American Health Care,” he predicts that tens of millions more Americans will lose their medical plans in the coming decade.
    [He predicts] that by 2025, “fewer than 20 percent of workers in the private sector will receive traditional employer-sponsored health insurance.” As of March 2013 such benefits were available to 85% of full-time private-sector workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If Emanuel is right–and especially if, as he implies, ObamaCare was designed to produce such an outcome–the president’s repeated pledge that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” was a far more widespread fraud than has yet been realized.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Interesting sidebar. ObamaCare snuck in largely because Alaska Senator Stevens was the subject of extreme “prosecutorial misconduct”, and then because the Dems pushed it through late one night before newly-elected Repub Senator from Mass, Scott Brown could get to DC and swing the balance.
      http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/fbi-agent-severely-disciplined-for-misconduct-in-ted-stevens-case-director-says/
      “I did learn about this in the last week and get briefed in detail. The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) inside FBI did investigate in response and identified an agent who had engaged in improper conduct there, and the agent was severely disciplined,” [FBI Directory] Comey said.

      Commenter: the bogus charges against Stevens swung the election, producing just enough votes to pass ObamaCare. what punishment is enough for that?

  13. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    From the “no, really” department.
    http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25425112/frozen-pink-dwarf-planet-biden-spotted-beyond-pluto

    Dwarf planet “Biden” spotted. It’s out past Pluto.
    Named Biden, some people say, because it is so dim.

  14. Shrinking Middle Class on March 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    As Michelle Malkin pointed out, the roll out of Dem scumbags is likely to get it out of the way early, then hit the Rep scumbags right before the election.

    • fellow concern troll on March 29, 2014 at 5:43 am

      I agree!

    • Debbie on March 29, 2014 at 5:45 am

      #RepublicanScandalTsunami

  15. Ken_phd on March 29, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Pluto:

    “the roll out of Dem scumbags”

    Rats leaving the sinking ship.

    • Sock puppets galore! on March 30, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Rats leaving the sinking ship.

      Sorry, Charlie, but an increasing number of people are identifying with the Democrats.

      They can’t identify with the mean-spirited, junkyard dog approach of the Tea Party Republicans.

      But, you know that.

      You just pretend not to.

      • Ken_phd on March 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

        Pluto;

        “Sorry, Charlie, but an increasing number of people are identifying with the Democrats.”

        And here I thought the Dems were having trouble with their constituencies for November. According to the self proclaimed “research scientist”, voters are overjoyed with the corruption, the scandals and Obamacare Dems have jammed down their throats.

        Thanks for the tip, bub.

        • R.C.L. on March 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm

          “And here I thought the Dems were having trouble with their constituencies for November.”

          Mid-terms elections are always a problem for the party holding the presidency, whether it be D or R.

          Always.

          Likewise, the 2016 election will be a problem for the GOP, particularly if Hilary Clinton decides to run. In part because, as the poster above stated (but you willfully misunderstood), more and more people are aligning with the Democratic party.

          The Democrats have the additional problem that the GOP has spent the last 4 years, including tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars, trying to demonize the ACA. Undoing such unrelenting propaganda is problematic.

          • Ken_phd on March 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

            Pluto:

            “more and more people are aligning with the Democratic party.”

            No kidding?

            Local couple upset after receiving pre-marked (Dem) voter registration card from Covered California

            http://www.10news.com/news/local-couple-upset-after-receiving-pre-marked-voter-registration-card-from-covered-california-03282014

          • Craig on March 30, 2014 at 10:50 pm

            The comments section of that link is hilarious, a hornets’ nest of riled-up low-information Republicans. Conspiracy theories are like honey to them. Yeah, right, the Secretary of State’s office is sending out pre-marked voter registration cards…

            Why, oh why, didn’t the “liberal lying media” cover up this obvious case of voter fraud?

            But, like all of the supposed cases of voter fraud, trumped up by the GOP elite looking to impose voter suppression, it will turn out that the local couple’s grandson filled in the box with a crayon. Or some such nonsense. By then it will be too late, and the anecdote of the pre-filled voter registration card will be included in the comments section of the next outrage.

          • Ken_phd on March 31, 2014 at 9:39 am

            Pluto:

            “more and more people are aligning with the Democratic party”

            “Oogedy-boogedy”

            LOL.

  16. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    From instapundit.com
    CNN BLACKS OUT COVERAGE OF LELAND YEE’S ARMS-SMUGGLING CHARGES BECAUSE THEY DON’T COVER MERE STATE SENATORS.
    Except here’s a page of CNN search results on my state senator, who hasn’t even been charged with a crime. Other than the crime of being a Republican, I guess.

    • Webster Hall on March 30, 2014 at 4:03 am

      Stick to Fox. Problem solved.

      • Polly Anna on March 30, 2014 at 6:57 am

        How does that solve the problem?

        Substituting one form of biased coverage for another reinforces the problem.

        What is needed is honest reporting, which hasn’t existed in the major media since Watergate.

        • Webster Hall on March 30, 2014 at 7:12 am

          Try listening to the BBC Worldservice.

          • Polly Anna on March 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

            Thank you for the suggestion. I used to do that, but the Beeb radio has long since gone over to outright promotion of AGW.

            It is the furthest thing from unbiased reporting, and is replete with elitist snobbery.

            I do agree that some of the European press is pretty good, however, particularly at objective reporting about our President which our domestic media declines to do in favor of cult worship.

          • Anna Polly on March 30, 2014 at 7:04 pm

            Beeb radio has long since gone over to outright promotion of AGW.

            Radio stations release CO2 into the atmosphere?

            Who knew?

          • Mark J. on March 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm

            Regarding AGW, there are predictions that 2014/2015 will be a strong El Nino year. A powerful Kelvin wave is already forming in the eastern Pacific. If the El Nino is of the magnitude of 1998 then, like 1998, temperature records will likely be smashed. In other words, AGW will be doing its own promotion.

          • Polly Anna on March 31, 2014 at 5:16 am

            Radio stations release CO2 into the atmosphere?

            Who knew?

            *************

            As a response it is undignified. As humor it is juvenile.
            I understand that we come at these political issues from different sides, but I had replied to you in good spirit.

            In my more than 70 years on this earth, I have not seen the use of such outright media propaganda since World War II. Perhaps it had justification then, but it is always the tool of zealots. It is againt today.

          • Anna Polly on March 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm

            As a response it is undignified.

            The response highlighted your use of the word “promoted”, because AGW is a fact and not something to be “promoted”. I apologize if the comment was obscure, and used jest to point out your error.

            I understand that we come at these political issues from different sides, but I had replied to you in good spirit.

            Then you should address your complaint to your side, since they originated the negative tone and spirit of the comments section. Anyway, you responded to “Webster Hall”, and I responded to you.

            …reporting about our President which our domestic media declines to do in favor of cult worship.

            Cult worship? Hardly. There was a brief romance back in 2008, but that is long since gone. The right does a fine, well-funded job of manipulating the media, there is no “liberal lying media”. Cult worship is another myth, cultivated by the right for the purpose of gaining control.

            In my more than 70 years on this earth, I have not seen the use of such outright media propaganda since World War II. Perhaps it had justification then, but it is always the tool of zealots. It is again today.

            Are you referring to AGW? The level of propaganda and zealousness does not compare to WWII. However, the level of threat to the planet could be argued to be comparable. Then, what is the role of propaganda in such a situation? If WWII was the defining feature of the 20th century, then AGW should be gravely evaluated as the possible defining feature of the 21st century.

            And that is a good spirited reply to your comments.

  17. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    ObamaCare website in Maryland will be scrapped. The loss is at least $125 million.
    No worries, I’m sure the vendors provided adequate campaign donations…
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/after-months-of-scandal-maryland-to-scrap-125-5-million-state-health-exchange/

  18. Judy T on March 30, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Good News for RINOs and Dems:

    “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.”

  19. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Retired physicist Freeman Dyson interviewed.
    His comments on AGW are shown below. He has a balanced position, but I suspect he does not believe that extreme measures are justified.
    http://www.wired.com/2014/03/quanta-freeman-dyson-qa/
    You’ve developed a reputation as a maverick scientist with contrarian views. Where do you think that comes from?

    I think the notion that I always like to oppose the consensus in science is totally wrong. The fact is there’s only one subject that I’ve been controversial, which is climate. I spend maybe 1 percent of my time on climate, and that’s the only field in which I’m opposed to the majority. Generally speaking, I’m much more of a conformist, but it happens I have strong views about climate because I think the majority is badly wrong, and you have to make sure if the majority is saying something that they’re not talking nonsense.

    With a majority of scientists on the other side of this issue, what would it take to convince you to switch sides?

    What I’m convinced of is that we don’t understand climate, and so that’s sort of a neutral position. I’m not saying the majority is necessarily wrong. I’m saying that they don’t understand what they’re seeing. It will take a lot of very hard work before that question is settled, so I shall remain neutral until something very different happens.

    • Ken_phd on April 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Jim:

      This article kinda puts the last nails in the coffin on AGW. Comments?

      WHEN DID ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING BEGIN?

      http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/when-did-anthropogenic-global-warming-begin.php

      • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on April 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        The graph shows a period of warming from roughly 1910 to 1940.
        Followed by a pause.
        The another period of warming from 1975 to 2000.
        Now, another pause.

        The argument:
        1) our Earth is recovering the previous Ice Age, temps are rising
        2) the 1910-1940 warming cannot possibly be due to human/carbon factors
        3) therefore, it is reasonable to guess that the 2nd warming period was also due to factors other than human interaction

        Seems pretty reasonable.

        • Baidarka on April 2, 2014 at 1:03 am

          1)Earth is recovering the previous Ice Age, temps are rising

          The previous ice age was about 13,000 years ago, the warming from 1910 to 1940 was due to that? How do you know? And, in that context, how do you account for the cooling from 1940 to 1970?

          2) the 1910-1940 warming cannot possibly be due to human/carbon factors.

          Why not, exactly? The question appears to be more what caused the mid-century cooling.

          3)Therefore, it is reasonable to guess that the 2nd warming period was also due to factors other than human interaction.

          Again, how do you account for the cooling from 1940 to 1970?

          Now, another pause.

          Is there? Because, the decadal averages say no. Other measurements, such as ocean heat content and refined measurement of arctic region temperature, also say no pause. Moreover, how do you reconcile your contention of a pause with your statement that we are emerging from the last ice age?

          This link, from the work of renowned climate change skeptics, will show that no nails have been placed in no coffins, unfortunately:

          http://berkeleyearth.org/summary-of-findings

          • Ken_phd on April 2, 2014 at 7:01 am

            Jim:

            Did a quick google check on the “renowned climate change skeptic”. The only thing I can say is “Oogedy-boogedy”

            LOL.

            http://calderup.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/hoodwinked-by-berkeley-earth/

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on April 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

            “The previous ice age was about 13,000 years ago, the warming from 1910 to 1940 was due to that?”
            Sure, there’s no way to know. The Earth goes through cycles; that’s the best guess we have from the scientific evidence. It’s widely thought that we reached a cold peak in the last Ice Age and are now reverting to a warmer middle ground.
            Do you disagree? I don’t worry too much, this is all theory.

            The point is that the earlier warming (1910) can hardly be due to human activities: the population was not big enough and people lived more primitive (less industrialized) life styles.

            If you see a pattern over many years of warming…and if you see repetitions of a few decades of warming followed by a few decades of pause…then if this pattern started BEFORE mass industrialization it seems at least reasonable to posit that human effects are not decisive. Since the pattern includes times when humans could not have been causing the warming and because the pattern began earlier than the large-human-carbon-footprint that climate modelers point at.

          • Baidarka on April 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

            The only thing I can say is “Oogedy-boogedy”.

            Strange, but OK, I didn’t have any greater expectation.

            From the tone of that article that you linked, it looks like Muller ceased to be a skeptic, and was promptly thrown under the bus. To be precise,he was thrown under the bus between the first and second sentences of the article:

            “My previous post was too polite about Berkeley Earth.”

            Here comes that bus! Watch out Muller!

            “I’d not figured out Richard Muller’s game.”

            We also know that Anthony Watts threw Muller under the bus. But, that’s life in the food chain, when you leave the denialist reservation (hat tip to Jim).

          • Baidarka on April 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

            Sure, there’s no way to know.

            We know that the climate change going into a given glacial age is slow, and the exit is rapid.

            The Earth goes through cycles; that’s the best guess we have from the scientific evidence.

            We know better than that, we know what causes the cycling through glacial periods.

            It’s widely thought that we reached a cold peak in the last Ice Age and are now reverting to a warmer middle ground.

            And, that reversion was completed thousands of years ago.

            I don’t worry too much, this is all theory.

            It isn’t worry, it is curiosity.

            The point is that the earlier warming (1910) can hardly be due to human activities: the population was not big enough and people lived more primitive (less industrialized) life styles.

            But, what about warming from 1910 to 1940?

            Svante August Arrhenius was brilliant, like Dyson. Like Dyson he had some fanciful notions, in his case unsavory, But, Arrhenius nailed it in the late 1890s regarding CO2, the ice age, and modern times.

          • Ken_phd on April 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

            Pluto:

            “Oogedy-boogedy”

            “Strange”

            ????

            It’s your term, bub. Wear it.

          • Baidarka on April 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm

            “Oogedy-boogedy…It’s your term, bub.”

            How much would you like to bet?

            Say, $10,000?

          • Ken_phd on April 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

            Pluto:

            Where would an out of work TV repairman get $10,000?

            “Oogedy-boogedy”

            Wear it.

          • Baidarka on April 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

            And down the rabbit hole you go, talking about Oogedy-boogedy, an out-of-work TV repairman and some poster named Pluto.

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on April 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm

            Sorry, I am not following your argument.
            The chart at Ken’s link showed a couple of similar multi-decade warming periods.
            One happened before mankind was capable of spewing CO2, the other occurred recently.

            Is the 1910 warming insignificant, but the later one crucial? Why?
            Or, are they part of an overall warming, with some pauses?

            That’s just the chart, I’m not a supporter of it just reporting what I see in it. Seems unlikely that a couple of mere decades can be so very important to a geological process like climate.

          • Baidarka on April 3, 2014 at 2:56 am

            Is the 1910 warming insignificant…, but the later one crucial?

            I don’t think that it is known what were the dominant factors of early 20th century warming. Although, I don’t think that emergence from the Milankovitch cycle is a serious consideration, as you propose. Models for the early century warming include factors such as: volcanic activity, greenhouse gases, solar variation (eg. sunspot activity), aerosols such as sulfates, and ocean:atmosphere dynamics (eg. El Nino/La Nina cycling). I believe that our understanding is a work in progress.

            One happened before mankind was capable of spewing CO2, the other occurred recently.

            I don’t think that it is safe to say that mankind was incapable of influencing greenhouse gases before 1940. As above, both CO2 and aerosols should be considered, although they might not be dominant forces. Similarly, the cooling after 1940, aerosols are thought to be dominant.

            The effect of volcanic activity can be observed in real time, and thus its role can be accounted.

            After 1970, CO2 most closely correlates with the observed warming. Nothing else has been found that convincingly accounts for the accelerated warming. Nothing.

          • Ken_phd on April 3, 2014 at 6:06 am

            Jim:

            “Nothing.”

            It is pointless to debate an unbalanced seething old man who sees every conservative as the enemy. His constant use of different pseudo names should be a tip off to his insecurity.

            Who and where you post are your choice but this creep deserves nothing but ridicule.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

            Yeah, I don’t know if this is another pseudonym or not, but he seems to be having trouble following the argument or presenting coherent responses.

          • Baidarka on April 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

            “Nothing.”

            If there were something, why didn’t you name it? Because, you can’t.

            Rather, you try not only to silence me, but silence the other posters as well. Go back and review your posts on this thread, they appear to be the product of seething insecure old man, lashing out.

            Tell you what, I will make you four bets, each $10,000:

            I never used the term “Oogedy-boogedy”

            I have never posted as “Pluto”

            I am not an “out of work TV repairman”

            I am younger than you.

          • Baidarka on April 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm

            “…he seems to be having trouble following the argument or presenting coherent responses.”

            Now, now, don’t take Ken’s bait. You mean to say that I can’t follow your argument, rather than “the” argument. However, I understand your argument quite well. I just disagree with it. Perhaps you can’t follow my responses, and so you call them incoherent?

            You state that early 20th century warming was due to coming out of the ice age, 12,000 years ago. But, that doesn’t make sense, if you are going to be that simplistic, because temperatures were warmer in medieval times than late 1800s. Moreover, you can’t account for the cooling in mid 20th century. What caused that?

            20th century warming has three phases, and the last, accelerating phase is due to AGW.

          • Ken_phd on April 4, 2014 at 6:08 am

            Pluto;

            “I have never posted as “Pluto””

            OK, Pluto. Time to learn a new trick. When I say “sic ‘em” you attack the dumb TV repairman. OK?

            Pluto! Sic ‘em! #%$#$%$! $#%$%*$%! Good dog! Wait!. Oh no! You pooped all over the floor. What a mess you’ve made. Bad dog!

            Bad dog!

            woof.

          • Baidarka on April 5, 2014 at 2:35 am

            Ken’s attempts to obstruct and drag to absurdity aside, I will repeat my question to you, Jim:

            If the early 20th century warming is due to emergence from the last ice age, as you state, then how do you account for the mid-century cooling?

            Could there not be different dominant climatic forcings for each of the three phases of 20th century?

    • Baidarka on April 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      “I suspect Dyson does not believe that extreme measures are justified.”

      Dyson is a brilliant man, and he has always been a dreamer, an optimist. He thinks that down the road, if necessary, trees could be genetically-modified to take up more CO2. He also has proposed genetically-modifying trees, termed Dyson Trees, to live in cavities within comets, providing oxygen to sustain life. He once worked on a proposal for a rocket propelled by atomic explosions, Project Orion. The Dyson Sphere, and Dyson Swarm, other lofty dreams. It is not surprising that Dyson has a wait-and-see attitude on AGW, we will simply turn the earth into a science fiction novel and solve the problem.

  20. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

    People continue to wonder..why the blackout on coverage of Dem Leland Yee?
    http://reason.com/blog/2014/04/01/why-is-calif-state-sen-leland-yee-not-ye
    Yee’s story of corruption, attempted gun-running and accusations of vote-selling (an undercover FBI agent posing as a medical marijuana clinic owner wanted him to support legislation introducing new barriers to entry for potential competition) is actually just a small part of a larger story about the crime scene in San Francisco.
    Beyond Lee’s role, the whole story (pdf) is full of drug transactions, stolen booze fencing, a home invasion by apparently Mexican gangsters, what appears to be counterfeit credit cards supplied by a Russian hacker, and more.
    It has everything. There’s even a money-laundering scene that takes place inside a massage parlor. It’s part FBI report, part Hollywood pitch.

    And yet, it has not captured as much national media attention as one might think. Not long after the story came out, every Republican I follow on Twitter was noting how stories about Yee’s arrest were burying the fact that he’s a Democrat. I’m not particularly interested in an argument over which party is more corrupt. In the Corruption Olympics, each party is full of stellar athletes whose gold medals were paid for by taxpayers, manufactured by a company with cozy ties to both parties, and cost 300 percent more than they would in the private market. Nevertheless, given the media coverage of every time a conservative Republican politician on the state level says something dumb or controversial, it is worth noting.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/01/fbi-guns-leland-lee-column/7081115/
      Why do organizations like CNN let Democrats’ arrested for felonies slip through the cracks?
      CNN, home (also until last week) of Piers Morgan, whom Yee had praised for his anti-gun activism, didn’t report the story at all. When prodded by viewers, the network snarked that it doesn’t do state senators. Which is odd, because searching the name of my own state senator, Stacey Campfield, turns up a page of results, involving criticisms of him for saying something “extreme”. Meanwhile, CNN found time to bash Wisconsin state senator and supporter of Gov. Scott Walker, Randy Hopper over marital problems.

  21. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on April 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    commenter: “CNN has now been scooped on a political scandal by Popular Mechanics”
    CNN will, apparently, only cover scandals involving state senators if said senators belong to the Repub party.
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/weapons/whos-packing-what-the-weapons-in-the-leland-yee-scandal

  22. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Maryland website to be scrapped (up a bit in the comments).
    Another Blue state web site fails majorly. No signups. All signups via paper. Hundreds of millions of dollars wasted….except maybe the money went into the pockets of Dem donors, in which case it is graft and corruption, not waste.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/04/oregons-300-million-dollar-obamacare-exchange-hasnt-enrolled-a-single-person-online/

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  24. Ken_phd on April 6, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Jim:

    Why is it counter productive to debate the radical left on AGW? They have selective memories.

    “the Himalayan glaciers might all be gone by 2035″

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/04/global-warming-hysteria-a-retrospective.php

  25. The Trolls on April 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Jim:

    Hilarious, Ken is still using you as a pawn to troll for his imaginary “radical left”.

    Why is it counter productive to debate the radical right on AGW?

    They get their information from right wing bloggers such as “powerlineblog”, with the word “hysteria” displayed in the link.

    It is not possible to parody the radical right and their fluffy propaganda.

    Go get ‘em, Ken!

  26. Ken_phd on April 6, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Pluto:

    Down boy! Down!

    Bad dog.

    woof.

    • The Trolls on April 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Pluto must have got you good, to warrant such continued vitriol. But then, all of the trolls bludgeon you (it is just that easy), and so you might as well group them into one.

      Ken’s hysterical talking points for today were brought to you by powerlineblog.com.

      Go get ‘em, Ken!

  27. Baidarka on April 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Jim:

    If the early 20th century warming is due to emergence from the last ice age, as you state, then how do you account for the mid-century cooling?

    If the early 20th century warming is due to emergence from the last ice age, as you state, then how do you account for the “little ice age” cooling?

    Could there not be different dominant climatic forcings for each of the these phases, including CO2 for the second half of the 20th century?

  28. Mad Dog on April 10, 2014 at 2:43 am

    The Trolls=Drooling Neanderthals.

    • Mad Dog's mom on April 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Mad Dog is my son. He was born in a brothel, bless his heart.

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