What amnesty does to incumbent Republican senators

August 7, 2014
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Here are the vote percentages of Republican senators in contested primaries this year:

Mitch McConnell: 60.2
Lindsey Graham: 56.4
Thad Cochran: 51
Lamar Alexander: 49.9
Pat Roberts: 48

Compare with this chart of recent history:

If GOP senators want to keep surviving by the skin of their teeth in primaries, then they should continue to support amnesty for illegal aliens. If not, they need to mend their ways.

460 Responses to What amnesty does to incumbent Republican senators

  1. Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on August 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

    “Reports out in the last week indicate the gap between those with health care coverage is widening between states that agreed to go along with the health law’s Medicaid expansion and those generally led by Republican legislatures and GOP governors that are balking at the expansion.

    The moves against expansion are “beginning to hurt hospitals in states that opted out,” a report last week from Fitch Ratings said.”

    . . .

  2. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on August 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    More IRS stuff.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/irs-by-the-way-we-also-wiped-clean-lois-lerners-blackberry/#more-97622
    Lois Lerner’s BlackBerry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on August 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/08/irs_coverup_revelation_2_today.html
      …a year after the infamous hard drive crash, the IRS destroyed Ms. Lerner’s Blackberry …
      This opens the gates for the civil lawsuits … there is a strong likelihood that despite the IRS’s efforts, backup copies of the emails exist not only on government servers, but on those belonging to Blackberry

  3. Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on August 28, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Health-care premiums fall in Arkansas

  4. IDMP on August 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

    More RINOs fold:

    Pennsylvania Republicans decide to expand Medicaid.

  5. Ed Treadway on August 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Birther Orly Taitz is claiming she caught TB from one those refugee children and wants the government to change their processing procedures for illegal alien children:

    http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/article_a25df4ec-2e5f-11e4-b6cf-0017a43b2370.html#.U_6q_5RKCxQ.twitter

    She offered no evidence that she had contact with any of the children nor contracted TB but a sympathetic Wingnut judge heard her case.

    • Jake on August 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Orly is confusing ODS with TB.

      Obama only has 2 years left. Wonder what she’ll do with herself after he’s gone. Maybe she’ll follow him around like a deranged groupie. Though, I wouldn’t be surprised if she finally reveals herself to be a performance artist using trolling as a medium.

      FTA: “…she says, they spread epidemics of scabies, tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus, and lice.”

  6. Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on August 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm
  7. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on August 29, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Senator from Washington (DC, that is)
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/216195-landrieu-facing-residency-questions
    “Landrieu (D-LA)… is registered to vote at her parents’ home in New Orleans. She does, however, own a $2.5 million house in Washington … That address is listed on the statement of candidacy she filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, but the senator listed her parents’ New Orleans home when she submitted forms to qualify for the ballot last week.”

  8. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on August 29, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Even liberal media in Austin throws up its hands in despair.
    http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/05/just-how-poorly-did-wendy-davis-do-last-night/

  9. ken_phd on August 29, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Jim:

    Wendy Davis is toast in Texas. Just another far left liberal. I am pleased to see the DNC flush money down the toilet trying to support her.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on August 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Me too!
      It’s pretty awesome to see Dems spending money unwisely, they are so talented in that regard. It’s sad when it’s my tax dollars being spent, of course :(

  10. Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on August 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Tea Party group shows up in Ferguson.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/27/after-hearing-what-a-tea-party-group-recently-did-in-ferguson-you-likely-wont-be-surprised-that-you-havent-heard-about-it/
    Many local businesses in Ferguson were vandalized, looted, and even set on fire as demonstrators took to the streets to protest …
    The (St Louis Tea Party) group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people” — and something amazing happened.

  11. Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on August 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    UK’s Labour Party (analogous to US Dems) stands by for years while children are sexually abused. All in the name of diversity … and probably fear of standing up against Islam.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11059138/Rotherham-In-the-face-of-such-evil-who-is-the-racist-now.html
    The Yorkshire town where 1,400 girls have been sexually abused by Asian (Pakistani) men is a byword for depravity – all because people wouldn’t rock the multicultural boat.

    One 11-year-old known as Child H told police that she and another girl had been sexually assaulted by grown men. Nothing was done. When she was 12, Child H was found in the back of a taxi with a man who had indecent pictures of her on his phone. Despite the full co-operation of her father, who insisted his daughter was being abused, police failed to act. Four months later, Child H was found in a house alone with a group of Pakistani men. What did the police do? They arrested the child for being drunk and disorderly and ignored her abusers.

    • Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on August 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm
      • rightwingyahoo on August 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        Heh heh. Democracy isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be if your tribe’s vote is being “weakened.”

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 3, 2014 at 7:10 am

          Pretty funny how Libs crack wise about sexual abuse of children.
          Compare NY Times coverage of this story versus Catholic priest scandals some years ago. If Christians do it, it’s the biggest story in the world but if Muslims do it … crickets. Because racism.

  12. Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on August 30, 2014 at 6:15 am

    GOP crimewave: Christie, Perry, McDonnell, Walker, Scott, etc.

    • ken_phd on August 30, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Pluto:

      “GOP crimewave: Christie, Perry, McDonnell, Walker, Scott, etc.”

      You don’t really want to compare, do you?

    • Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on August 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Not me.

      • Ken is just not very bright on August 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

        Not me.

        Welcome to Ken’s Pluto obsession. Pluto owned Ken, and still does, apparently.

        • ken_phd on August 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

          Pluto:

          Welcome to Ken’s Pluto obsession. Squawk! Ken is obsessed! Squawk! Obsession! Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! I can’t stand him! Squawk! Squawk! Ken makes me want to hold my breathe! Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!Squawk! Squawk!

          • Ken lost it on August 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

            ^See.

            Pluto made Ken lose touch with reality. Now all Ken does is stamp his feet and cry. The trolls just laugh at Ken, but they really shouldn’t, because laughing at pathetic is not polite.

  13. ken_phd on August 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Pluto:

    “Pluto made Ken lose touch with their stupidity”

    Weak. You get only two Squawk! Squawk!

    • Dave on August 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Pluto’s not here, man.

  14. ken_phd on August 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Dave:

    “Pluto’s not here, man”

    Thanks for the tip.

  15. ken_phd on August 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    For the AGW Chicken Little Society members:

    Arctic stopped melting away? Oh my!

    “represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738653/Stunning-satellite-images-summer-ice-cap-thicker-covers-1-7million-square-kilometres-MORE-2-years-ago-despite-Al-Gore-s-prediction-ICE-FREE-now.html#ixzz3Bwmd6nMh

    • Lyle on August 31, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Arctic stopped melting away?

      We can only hope, but likely the answer is “No”.

      Your link is to David Rose, google “David Rose climate” to learn how he earns his bread and butter.

      What David Rose won’t tell you is that, in fact, the arctic ice melting is occurring faster than IPCC the models:

      http://scienceprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SeaIceDecline_591.gif

      2012 was a record loss year, well over 2 standard deviations less September minimum ice than the 1981 to 2010 average. David Rose would never mention that in an article. It was fully anticipated that 2013 (and now 2014) would “rebound”. 2007 was another record loss year, but David Rose’s kind would never mention that. Rather, they trumpeted that the ice “recovered” in 2008. Alas, another record loss in 2012, and so it goes.

      This is called the “arctic death spiral”, the ice area and, importantly, amount of multi-year ice is, unfortunately, going down, down, down:

      http://skepticalscience.com//pics/arctic-death-spiral-1979-201302.png

      • rightwingyahoo on August 31, 2014 at 5:16 am

        The thermometer on Michelle Malkin’s back porch says 71 and Al Gore is fat so there’s no such thing as Global Warming.

        • ken_phd on August 31, 2014 at 8:33 am

          Rightwing yahoo:

          “The thermometer on Michelle Malkin’s back porch says 71″.

          Unless Michelle Malkin has a talking thermometer I doubt very much that it “says” anything. Back to sleep, bubba.

          • rightwingyahoo on August 31, 2014 at 11:58 am

            Try goggling “talking thermometer” and get back to me.

          • Ken tries too hard on August 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm

            Ken says:

            “Unless Michelle Malkin has a talking thermometer I doubt very much that it “says” anything.”

            The sentence by the poster correctly used the word “say”, meaning “to indicate or show”. Similarly, “the clock says half past four”. Nice try though.

      • ken_phd on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 am

        Lyle:

        “google David Rose climate” to learn how he earns his bread and butter.”

        If you are going to discount all data and alternate theories because they are not funded by an “approved” source, you are part of the problem.

        ” It was fully anticipated that 2013 (and now 2014) would “rebound”.”

        It was? 43%? Link please.

        • Lyle on August 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

          If you are going to discount all data and alternate theories because they are not funded by an “approved” source, you are part of the problem.

          David Rose is a journalist for a right wing newspaper. That is what is being discounted. If you are going to link to such sources, then you are part of the problem.

          Regarding the 43% increase, look at this graph:

          http://scienceprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SeaIceDecline_591.gif

          It was possible to have a 43% increase because 2012 was a record low year. See the downward spike for 2012, and the rebound the following year. The rebound only makes it as far as the downward trend line. Follow that downward trend line, and you will see that David Rose is putting lipstick on a pig. David Rose is making a big deal of the fact that the sea ice extent barely made it back to a downward trend line. That is the problem.

        • Lyle on August 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

          Link please.

          Google the phrase, “regression toward the mean”.

          You might also google the term, “Regression toward the mean arctic ice”.

          Also, here is a great visual explanation:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0vj-0imOLw

          • Mad Dog's mom on August 31, 2014 at 3:50 pm

            Ken, dear, I found a nice animated graph that you might cite in your regressions toward those mean trolls:

            http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/9/9/1378692793547/ArcticEscalator450.gif

          • Mad Dog's mom on September 2, 2014 at 12:04 am

            Ken, dear, I found a nice follow-up video to your link:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH5D9P6KYfY&list=UUljE1ODdSF7LS9xx9eWq0GQ

            It is only 4:18 long, and very informative!

          • Ursus maritimus on September 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

            David Rose is a journalist for a right wing newspaper…

            David Rose isn’t what I would call a journalist. In that linked article he quotes Al Gore:

            “The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff. It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.”

            But, Al Gore never said that. Here is what Al Gore said:

            “Last September 21st, as the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented alarm that the North Polar ice cap is, in their words, “falling off a cliff.” One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.”

            David Rose purposefully mangled Al Gore’s words — and they weren’t even Al Gore’s predictions — in order to set up a straw man intro for his editorial.

          • ken_phd on September 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm
          • Dave on September 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

            Pluto’s not here, man.

          • ken_phd on September 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm

            Dave:

            “Pluto’s not here, man.”

            Yes he is. Back to sleep, bub.

          • Happy Acres Home on September 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

            There, there, of course Pluto is here, Ken. He’s always been here. But, if you take your medicine like we asked you to, then he won’t be able to hurt you.

            No, no, the ice isn’t melting, Ken. If you don’t want it to melt, then it won’t melt, Ken. But, you have to take your medicine first.

  16. ken_phd on August 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

    More on the Arctic ice increase

    An area twice the size of Alaska – America’s biggest state – was open water two years ago and is now covered in ice

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738653/Stunning-satellite-images-summer-ice-cap-thicker-covers-1-7million-square-kilometres-MORE-2-years-ago-despite-Al-Gore-s-prediction-ICE-FREE-now.html#ixzz3BzePlPHJ

  17. Lyle on August 31, 2014 at 11:13 am

    An area twice the size of Alaska – America’s biggest state – was open water two years ago and is now covered in ice.

    Again, look at the downward trend line in this graph:

    http://scienceprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SeaIceDecline_591.gif

    Will you comment when that area – twice the size of Alaska – is lost again in a year or two and the loss is the new normal? And, it will be lost. That is the problem.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Come back in 8000 years and let us know how it turned out.
      You’re welcome to the bragging rights if it turned out you were correct.

      • Jim, Jim, Jim... on September 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        Come back in 8000 years and let us know how it turned out.

        Hyperbole is the name of one monkey that Jim routinely snatches as it flies out of his ass, and feels the need to hold up and show everyone.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

          Antarctic ice will be gone in our lifetime?

          • Jim, Jim, Jim... on September 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

            Antarctic ice will be gone in our lifetime?

            Another non sequitur hyperbole monkey flew out of Jim’s ass. It is hard to tell if Jim does it on purpose, or if he is just plain stupid.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

            So…when will Antarctica be ice free, then?

          • Ursus maritimus on September 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm

            So…when will Antarctica be ice free, then?

            Why are you asking that question, Jim? Are you setting up a straw man? Because, nobody is saying that Antarctica will be ice free. In that context, what would be the purpose of your setting up such a yardstick? There is, however, concern of unstoppable collapse of certain glacier systems, on a time scale of a few hundred years, and the resulting contribution to sea level rise.

            Ice core data for Antarctica shows continuous presence of ice for 1.5 million years, by one recent estimate.

          • ken_phd on September 3, 2014 at 6:04 am

            Pluto:

            You seem obsessed with the word straw man. It would seem that every debate ends with you characterizing the other side as putting forth a straw man arguement, (along with some grammar school insult).

            Allow me to ask you a question. Is Al Gore a straw man on the climate debate? Is Dr. Wieslav Maslowski a straw man? Read what they had to say about the disappearance of Arctic ice just five short years ago.

            “The issue of whether Gore cited Maslowski’s work accurately is a very serious one scientifically and ethically. It appears Maslowski did indeed tout his extreme model predictions of a nearly ice-free Arctic within a decade or less and that Gore accurately cited his work. A larger point to be made though, is that Maslowski’s “predictions” are nothing more than wild-eyed computer model scare scenarios.”

            http://www.climatedepot.com/2009/12/15/exclusive-brochure-may-reveal-gore-accurately-cited-scientists-prediction-of-icefree-arctic-it-is-the-scientist-who-has-the-explaining-to-do-not-gore/

            I believe most of the populace has caught on to the “wild-eyed computer model scare scenarios”.

          • Ken is just not very bright on September 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

            I believe most of the populace has caught on to the “wild-eyed computer model scare scenarios”.

            Again, you “believe” and “gather” wrong. You willfully ignore the links above. The arctic ice is decreasing faster than the IPCC predictions. It is decreasing faster than the computer models, despite the “recovery” claimed by the professional denialists. The relevant graph is here:

            http://scienceprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SeaIceDecline_591.gif

            You can’t comment on that graph, and that is why you find comfort in dashing down rabbit holes provided to you by David Rose and, now, Marc Morano.

          • ken_phd on September 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

            Pluto:

            “You can’t comment on that graph”

            I thought I did. Al Gore and Dr. Wieslav Maslowsk made the claim that the Arctic ice would be gone, melted, nada somewhere between 2012 and 2016. See for reference:

            “Projecting the trend into the future indicates that autumn could become near ice free between 2011 and 2016 (Maslowski, 2009)”

            http://freshnor.dmi.dk/handout_freshnor.pdf

            I consider that to be “wild-eyed computer model scare scenarios”.

          • Ken trolls with straw men on September 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

            I thought I did. Al Gore and Dr. Wieslav Maslowsk made the claim that the Arctic ice would be gone, melted, nada somewhere between 2012 and 2016.

            When you stop constructing straw men, they will stop being pointed out to you.

            Al Gore did not make that claim. See the direct quote from Al Gore above in this thread; specifically, he introduces thus, “One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years.”

            You don’t seem to understand the term “ice free”. It is not “gone, melted, nada”, that is another straw man, it is a summer ice extent below 1 million square kilometers.

            And, your main straw man? You have chosen to showcase one extreme prediction in a failed attempt to frame the argument. In reality, the climate community believes that the arctic will be ice free somewhere in the range of 2030 to 2050. Based upon this graph, that prediction is holding:

            http://scienceprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SeaIceDecline_591.gif

          • ken_phd on September 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

            Pluto:

            Re: Straw man debate

            “But, Al Gore never said that. Here is what Al Gore said:”

            Sure he did. Both in 2007 and 2009

            http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/12/14/yet-another-final-countdown-expires/

            http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/17207-al-gore-forecasted-ice-free-arctic-by-2013-ice-cover-expands-50

            Opps!

          • ^Ken trolls with straw men on September 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

            Ken, just because you continue to stamp your feet in tantrum and link to right wing websites about Al Gore, doesn’t negate that the IPCC and the climate community believes that the arctic will be ice free somewhere in the range of 2030 to 2050. And that prediction is holding:

            http://scienceprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SeaIceDecline_591.gif

            Here’s a chance for you to redeem yourself, at what temperature does antarctic sea ice begin to melt? Careful, in your answer.

            And, at what temperature does antarctic glacial ice begin to melt? Careful, in your answer.

          • ken_phd on September 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm

            Pluto:

            Stamp your feet! Squawk!Squawk!Tantrum! Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!right wing!Squawk!Squawk!Antarctica melting! Squawk!Squawk! Sky is falling! Squawk!Squawk!IPCC! Squawk!Squawk!IPCC! Squawk!Squawk! Al Gore! Squawk!Squawk!Doom Squawk!Squawk! Cataclysm! Squawk!Squawk! Disaster Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!Squawk!

          • ^Ken has lost it on September 3, 2014 at 10:26 pm

            Ken is now squawking.

            He’s lost it.

  18. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 7:40 am

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/obama-credits-unnamed-predecessors-policies-with-keeping-america-safe/
    Obama Credits [Unnamed Predecessors’] Policies With Keeping America Safe

    It’s amazing what you can miss if you don’t attend fundraisers for the Democratic Party.
    Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard tells a fascinating story about Obama at such an event in Rhode Island this weekend:

    Obama: Bush-Cheney ‘Security Apparatus’ Makes Us ‘Pretty Safe’
    President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS “doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland.” The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama.

  19. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Depression sets in on the Dem side….
    Commenter: If you can’t say something nice about a Democrat president, don’t say anything at all.
    http://ricochet.com/straw-wind/
    This past weekend, the American Political Science Association (ASPA) held its annual meeting in Washington, DC. It was a huge affair, involving 53 “divisions” and 60 “related groups,” and featuring more than one thousand separate panels. Here is the kicker: this year, there were no sessions at all devoted to an assessment of the foreign policy of Barack Obama, and not one panel was dedicated to an examination of Obama’s domestic policy. … in 2006, when the second midterm elections of the George W. Bush administration were approaching, there were plenty of panels devoted to denouncing the foreign and domestic policy of (Bush). … It was eerie. It was as if there has been no Obama presidency. If I am right in my analysis, the complete absence of panels assessing Obama’s record is an indication that the academy now regards Obama as an indefensible embarrassment. This, in turn, may well be a sign that we are in for a wave election in November.

  20. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 9:35 am

    “If she were a Repub, the media would make her the face of the Party.”
    http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2014/09/01/why-wont-endangered-democrat-senate-candidates-repudiate-their-todd-akin-n1884981
    Meet Democrat Amanda Curtis. … (She) makes YouTube videos. Here are some of her greatest hits (link), which run the gamut from merely obnoxious to aggressively bigoted, and which firmly entrench her as this cycle’s Todd Akin.

  21. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Details on the fascist push to make it illegal to be a Repub or a conservative in Wisconsin.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/exposed-how-prosecutors-targeted-scott-walker-and-conservatives/
    “…. a federal district court judge enjoined the John Doe investigation finding, among other things, that the investigation violated the targets’ constitutional free speech rights. The court also found that the prosecutors advanced an invalid theory of criminal liability, since such coordination did not violate campaign finance laws. A state court judge earlier had made a similar finding.”
    ” … the Club (for Growth) filed their responsive appeals brief today. A copy is embedded at the bottom of this post. The brief is deep into the law, but it’s the factual recitation which is riveting, detailing a prosecutorial conspiracy to sway the political process against conservatives …”
    “Defendants did not adopt this indefensible legal position out of some misplaced zeal to enforce Wisconsin campaign-finance law. The facts show that it was a pretext, contrived to support the latest phase of a years-long crusade
    against Governor Scott Walker, his associates, and now his philosophical allies. What began four years ago as a routine investigation into missing charitable funds immediately morphed into a pursuit of all-things-Walker, as Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his accomplices repeatedly expanded their investigation to pursue new angles and new targets.

    The latest phase, launched soon after Walker’s recall-election victory, targets nearly every right-of-center activist group in Wisconsin, with the only common denominator being their support for Walker’s policies. The intended and actual result was to virtually silence one half of policy debate in Wisconsin.

    The district court correctly found that Plaintiffs “have been shut out of the political process merely by association with conservative politicians” on the basis of a legal theory that “cannot pass constitutional muster” and has no possibility of ever resulting in a valid conviction, only further harassment.”

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      More from the report. Midnight raids. Conviscation of personal property. Leaking to the media. And all of it brazenly in violation of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association, easily dismissed by multiple courts, but only after the damage was done.

      “The Brief contains far too much detail to reproduce here, but late 2013 raids, which finally caused two of the targets to commence the federal lawsuit, were chilling:
      Early on the morning of October 3, 2013, armed officers raided the homes of political acrivists across Wisconsin, including associates of the [Wisconsin Club for Growth] Sheriffs deputies’ vehicles mobbed targets’ homes and illuminated them with bright floodlights. Id. Deputies, accompanied in several instances by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, executed the search warrants, seizing business papers, computer equipment, phones, and other devices, while their targets were restrained under police supervision and denied the ability to contact their attorneys. Id. [Brief, at 18-19]….
      Also on October 3, the Club’s accountant and directors, including O’Keefe, received subpoenas demanding that they turn over the Club’s records from March 1, 2009, to the present. This included donor information, correspondence with their associates, and all financial materials. The subpoenas revealed that nearly all right-of-center advocacy groups in Wisconsin had been targeted. Id. The subpoenas stated that disclosing the content of the subpoenas or the fact of their existence was grounds for contempt under secrecy orders. Id. The subpoenas did not, however, provide Plaintiffs with the secrecy orders themselves, leaving them unable to assess the scope of the orders.
      Within the month, the Milwaukee Defendants’ contact at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was reporting on the investigation, despite the secrecy orders.

  22. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    A bit of Obama humor on the occasion of the Sotloff execution
    “If you like your head, you can keep your head”

    • Jim, please seek help on September 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      A bit of ODS humor

      Jim, seek help.

      Seriously.

      Your behavior has become pathological.

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

        Multiple choice question for those who follow current events.
        Pres Obama made sure that which two of the following got home safely?

        a) Deserter Bergdahl
        b) “Gitmo Five” terrorists
        c) “Benghazi Four” from the US embassy
        d) US Marine being held in Mexican jail
        e) Reporters Foley and Sutloff

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on September 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm

          f) Tens of thousands of US troops pointlessly occupying Iraq and Afghanistan for over a decade

          • Not Me on September 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm

            g) Future POTUS Hillary Clinton

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 3, 2014 at 7:16 am

          Neither of those two are me.
          But it is curious how the sock puppet first links beheading to US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Then in the next sock puppet post, he touts Hill Clinton who, as we all know, voted for that occupation.

          The answer to the multiple choice, of course, is “a” and “b”.
          Shows where the priorities of this administration are.

          • Seek help, Jim on September 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

            Shows where the priorities of this administration are.

            No, Jim, sadly, just because you snatched a few monkeys flying out of your ass and held them up to compare, does not shine light on the priorities of the White House.

            Seek help, Jim.

            You need help.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm

            I don’t think this is an actual quote. Just observed behavior.
            “My position on beheading is that I be heading to the golf course”

          • Jim, seek help on September 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm

            “My position on beheading is that I be heading to the golf course”

            Jim, seek help.

            Seriously.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm

            I’d say “Seek help, Seek Help” but it sounds kinda silly.

            No doubt you and all your friends take advice from sock puppets?
            I can see where that’s led you…and it ain’t pretty.

          • Jim, seek help on September 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm

            No doubt you and all your friends take advice from sock puppets?

            Jim, seek help, you are now babbling about sock puppets and their friends.

          • ken_phd on September 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

            Jim:

            ““My position on beheading is that I be heading to the golf course””

            Heh.

  23. Not Me Either on September 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s tea party-driven economic experiment in Kansas is taking a toll. The latest poll shows him trailing his Democratic opponent, Paul Davis, by 8 points.

  24. ken_phd on September 3, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Troll:

    “Gov. Sam Brownback’s tea party-driven economic experiment in Kansas is taking a toll. The latest poll shows him trailing his Democratic opponent, Paul Davis, by 8 points.”

    The only poll that counts is taken at the voting booth. Most recent polls show a dead even race.

    • Troll on September 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      If a Wingnut poll says “dead even” you can bet that the Dem is up 8 – 10 points. Then, when the Pubbie loses, claim “voter fraud.”

      It’s a pattern.

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        Well, with in-depth analysis like that, I guess we can move Kansas over to the Dem column. It’ll be a wonder if the Pubbies can win one or two races this season…

        Hey, how’s that US Senate race in Montana going? Will Amanda pull it off?
        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/03/1326838/-Amanda-Curtis-D-MT-Generating-Excitement-in-MT-Senate-Race#

        I wonder if the Pubbies will be able to win any of the Senate seats that up for election this cycle. What say you? Will Pelosi be making a comeback as Speaker?

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 4, 2014 at 6:56 am

        Will Dems take the Kansas Senate seat as well?
        The GOP did its best to hand over the seat by pulling out all the stops for their doddering RINO incumbent who apparently lives in DC not in the state.
        But this article says the Kansas Dem Party is abandoning the candidate chosen in the primaries and running with an “independent” instead.
        http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/216586-democrat-drops-out-of-kansas-senate-race
        “Democrats were wary that Taylor’s baggage concerning a discrimination suit brought against him by two former female employees, as well as his initial refusal to prosecute sexual harassment cases as DA due to budget cuts, would dog him throughout the campaign — and perhaps damage other Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.

        The party is planning to launch a campaign targeting Republicans in the state for “failing on morality,” one Democratic activist said, and Taylor’s baggage could undermine that message.”

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

          And this follow-on article says it might be too late for the official Dem candidate to get his name taken off the ballot.
          http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/216603-legal-questions-complicate-democrats-exit-from-kansas-senate
          “Despite filing papers with the Kansas secretary of State withdrawing from the Senate race late Wednesday, Democrat Chad Taylor may be stuck on the ballot this fall. … Kansas Democrats have been encouraging him to drop out for weeks”

          • Troll on September 4, 2014 at 8:06 am

            Encouraging him to drop out because the seat has a better chance of going to the Independent who will caucus with the Dems.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 4, 2014 at 8:15 am

            Shows a bit of contempt for the voters who chose him to carry the banner though.
            I guess if you are in the Democrat party then Democracy and the People are of little concern. It’s all about Top Men making decisions, and different standards for the elite and for the little people.

          • Pontius on September 6, 2014 at 7:12 am

            I’m confused as to why he can’t just file new papers saying he’s incapable of performing the duties of office?

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 8, 2014 at 7:26 am

            I believe the legal language of the exception involves stuff like death or incapacity (stroke, coma, …). Something like “the Dem party decided it wanted to ignore the election and have a do-over” is typically not on the list.

  25. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 4, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Remember when Obama went to war with Libya without consulting Congress?
    I guess it kept oil flowing to France but now there are problems as the country becomes a failed state.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/09/04/libya-missing-planes-sept-11/15059169/
    Reports of 11 planes missing from a Libya airport are raising fears that militants who stole the jetliners could use them in terror attacks to mark the 9/11 anniversary.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Commenter: “the timing of this decision is awkward”
      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/17/Obama-Lifts-Ban-Barring-Libyans-from-Flight-School-and-Nuclear-Studies
      To the horror of many in Congress, President Obama has reportedly ordered lifted the 31-year ban preventing Libyan nationals from attending flight schools and studying nuclear science in the United States.

      The flight school and nuclear studies ban was first imposed by President Reagan in 1983 following a series of deadly terrorist attacks perpetrated by Libyan agents, including the bombing of Pan American Airways Flight 103 that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. It is now being lifted “to help Libyans ‘sustain and operate their war fleets.'”

      The announcement comes less than two years after al-Qaeda-affiliated Libyan terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and murdered four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the first U.S. ambassador murdered on assignment anywhere in the world since 1989.

      The government directive claims the ban is no longer needed because the relationship between the United States and Libya is now “normalized.”

  26. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Commenter: Venezuelan socialists destroy Ciudad Guayana in only 1/3 the time it took for Dems to hollow out Detroit.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/a-once-proud-industrial-city-now-a-monument-to-venezuelas-economic-woes/2014/09/03/4b577663-8f18-4841-b958-eee3b8830ad9_story.html
    “15 years after Chávez came to power, Ciudad Guayana’s factories are crippled, starved for investment and roiled by labor disputes.”

  27. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I saw a report that the PGA has redefined a golf term.
    Henceforth, a “bad lie” will be referred to as “an Obama”.

  28. Pontius on September 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Come on, we all know you are going to be supporting Chris Christie.

  29. Cletus Luper on September 5, 2014 at 5:59 am

    McDonnell was offered a plea deal of one felony count, and would have spared his wife being charged.

    He declined the plea deal.

    Conservatism cannot fail; it can only be failed.

    • ken_phd on September 5, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Cletus:

      “He declined the plea deal.”

      McDonnell and his wife should have taken their payments in the form of “speaking fees”…. ala Bill and Hillary. No crime there.

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 8:10 am

        Heh.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm

          Here’s another one-liner from the twitterverse:

          Bob McDonnell looking at years in prison while John Corzine walks free?

  30. ken_phd on September 5, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Jim:

    A particularly brutal takedown of the AGW zombies:

    http://nschroeder48.wordpress.com/

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

      A gifted writer, thanks for the link. Although the article is mostly science and numbers, this quote was new to me and alarming: “IPCC AR5 states that their goal is not to stop or reverse climate change, but to stabilize the climate long enough for ecosystems to adapt and “…the achievement of poverty eradication and equity.””

      Judith Curry writes about “consensus”, as usual the comment section is informative.
      http://judithcurry.com/2014/09/05/what-exactly-is-going-on-in-their-heads/

  31. ken_phd on September 5, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Jim:

    More on the AGW cult decline

    “Matt Ridley in the WSJ: Whatever Happened to Global Warming?”

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/05/matt-ridley-in-the-wsj-whatever-happened-to-global-warming/

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Scorching. For anyone who doesn’t click through but wants to get a flavor of the article–

      “The U.N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. … The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began. First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or “hiatus”), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.
      Alas, their explanations have made their predicament worse by implying that man-made climate change is so slow and tentative that it can be easily overwhelmed by natural variation in temperature…”

      • Shorter Ken and Jim on AGW on September 5, 2014 at 11:59 am
      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm

        Ya got nothing factual to push back with, eh?

        • Shorter Ken and Jim on September 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm

          Ya got…

          The video link was factual, yours and Ken’s links were not.

          • ken_phd on September 6, 2014 at 7:30 am

            Pluto:

            “he video link was factual, yours and Ken’s links were not.”

            It’s always convenient for trolls to claim that only their links are valid. The truth is (from a multitude of sources including NASA) that global temperatures have stopped rising 18 years ago. That a fact. Climatologists have first denied the elimination of warming, then called it a pause (whatever that means) without providing any physical reason for the pause. Ice extent on both poles is increasing of late….again with no
            physical reason….all while CO2 content continues to increase.

            You may wonder why I continue to ridicule you, Pluto, when you flail about with your sophomoric insults. The truth is that every time you post insulting or ignorant responses, you lose the debate.

          • ^Ken the pathetic troll on September 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

            ^The trolls just laugh at you, Ken.

            You think that Anarctica is too cold for ice to melt.

            Back to sleep, cupcake.

          • ken_phd on September 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

            Pluto:

            “You think that Anarctica is too cold for ice to melt.”

            Zounds! The troll finally got the point.

          • Mad Dog's mom on September 6, 2014 at 10:51 pm

            Oh dear, Ken thinks that ice doesn’t melt in Anarctica.

            Even I know that most of the winter Antarctic sea ice melts each summer.

            His obsession with that mean Pluto makes Ken deny so much!

          • Mad Dog's mom on September 7, 2014 at 4:31 am

            Mr. Ken, I’ve decided to help you, since you have trouble keeping up intellectually with those mean trolls. Since you have made it abundantly clear that you think that Antarctic ice melts at 32 degrees F, I might remind you that sea ice is frozen salt water. Regarding Antarctic glacial ice, I think that you might learn a lot by googling, “grounding line melting temperature”. I know that sounds weird, and you have never heard the term, “grounding line”, but those mean trolls are surely familiar with the phrase because they have demonstrated that they know a lot more than you.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 8:05 am

            “trouble keeping up intellectually with those mean trolls.”

            Wins the prize for comprehensive self be-clowning.
            Congrats, Trolls!

          • Jim, Jim, your reading comprehension is nil on September 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

            ^Translation:

            Jim found a convenient way to not have to google, “grounding line melting temperature”, as the poster suggested.

            Jim’s bubble is safe, all is well in his world.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

            The video link was “talking twin babies”, a humor video.
            I’ll grant you that the trools have little in the way of humor. Maybe we should nurture this development, no matter how rudimentary?

  32. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 7:39 am

    A couple of stories on state races.
    New York, this was once considered a prime Dem opportunity for a pick-up.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/democrats-fat-shaming-ads-backfire-in-key-house-race-ny23/
    Media coverage of Martha Robertson’s fat shaming ads against Congressman Tom Reed in the swing NY-23 district continues to grow.
    The ads, which deliberately use old photos of Reed when he was very heavy, have received coverage from national outlets such as Buzzfeed and national Fox News. In addition, local WETN and Capital Tonight News, have covered the story. Now WENY is on the case
    Notice how Robertson refuses to acknowledge what her campaign has done, and just changes the subject.
    That’s the wrong answer.
    The right answer: “I’m sorry.”
    Until she gives the right answer, this story will not go away.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 7:44 am

      And this one from a deep blue MD district with a filthy rich Dem incumbent.
      http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/republican-dan-bongino-eyes-big-win-in-md06/
      Repub Bongino: “He can write himself a check for ten million dollars but it only votes once. We have tens of thousands of donors, many of which are within the district in Maryland… Those are people who I know are not only going to show up, but they’re gonna get 10 friends as well. If you look at individual donors — take out the PAC stuff — we are just wiping the floor with him in fundraising… At one point we even quadrupled what he was bringing in, in individual donations. He’s in a lot of trouble, and he knows it now.”

  33. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Roundup of stories from the fast food day of action.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/protests-for-15-fast-food-minimum-wage-fizzle/
    “In Detroit, police were forced to put 30 people total in handcuffs. 24 of those people were ticketed for disorderly conduct and released, but 6 remained in custody due to outstanding warrants.”

    Apparently most of the protesters were not actual fast food workers, but were instead SEIU union activists.

  34. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

    FBI report declines to list ANY Islamic domestic terrorism.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/09/01/Report-Islamist-Terrorism-Absent-from-FBI-List-of-Domestic-Terror-Threats
    Despite evidence that Islamist terrorism is the root cause of some of the deadliest attacks on American soil–including the Boston Marathon bombing that killed or wounded hundreds–the FBI has not included it on the list of potential domestic terror threats in its most recently published domestic terror assessment.

    Reporters with access to the document, titled the “National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism,” note that extreme Islamism does not make an appearance at all in the document.

  35. Pontius on September 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Chris Christie is not taking a position on amnesty, and says he will do so only if he runs in 2016.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      I’m expecting hordes of Dems to cross over and vote for Christie in the Repub primaries.
      How about you?

      Also, what’s the buzz on VP Biden? Will he toss his hat in the ring for ’16?

      • Pontius on September 6, 2014 at 7:13 am

        Biden is in. He is to occupy the extra crazy slot, to make the rest of the candidates seem normal.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

          Big shoes to fill, but I think Joe can fill ‘em.

  36. Mitchell Abramowitz on September 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Another great week for me. Best bull market in my lifetime.

    Thanks Obama!

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      You’re one of these guys?
      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/4/incomes-fell-most-families-past-three-years-while-/
      Under President Obama, the richest 10 percent were the only income group of Americans to see their median incomes rise, according to a survey released this week by the Federal Reserve.

      • Mitchell Abramowitz on September 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        Not yet but if we keep Dems in the White House it’s possible.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

          You’re working on maneuvering one of your buds into a slot in the Administration where he can deliver beau coups bucks?
          Well, it’s worked for plenty of other Obama cronies.

  37. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    An interesting back-story on “tax inversions”, decried by the Obama Admin as insufficiently patriotic.

    “If you were wondering why the White House suddenly took an interest in the consequences of tax inversion deals last spring, here is the reason – a pair of Wall Streeters with ties to the Obama administration made some calls on behalf of AstraZeneca which, you may recall, was trying to fend off an unwanted bid from Pfizer. Pfizer cited a tax inversion as one reason for its offer.”
    http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2014/09/04/astrazeneca-called-the-white-house-to-say-stop-those-tax-inversions/

    Commenter: So it was all about the Obama Administration taking a side in corporate maneuvering, and not about what was good for America. … Oh, hey, and for bonus hypocrisy points, while blathering on about “economic patriotism,” the Obama Administration was actually backing a foreign company (AstraZeneca, which is British/Swedish) against an American company, Pfizer.

  38. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Ack. My original post was in purgatory due to too many links.
    From the SANS security newsletter/email. SANS is reliably pro-Dem so they downplay the seriousness though it is a notable story.

    –Intruder Installs Malware on HealthCare.gov Server (September 4, 2014)
    Malware installed on a HealthCare.gov server used to test code is designed to launch denial-of-service attacks on websites; the attack appears not to have been an attempt to target the online healthcare marketplace. Such malware on a server would not make news if it were not part of such a high profile organization.
    The infection occurred in July and was detected on August 25 during a security scan.

    http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/heres-why-healthcaregov-hack-isnt-big-deal/93206/?oref=ng-channeltopstory

  39. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Five more IRS employees under investigation suffer from hard disk failures.
    Clearly these gov’t employees are working for the Dem Party and not for the American people.
    http://twitchy.com/2014/09/05/absolute-corrupt-joke-irs-reportedly-lost-five-more-employees-emails/

    • Todd M on September 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Maybe 2 or 3 more years of “investigating” will turn up a shred of evidence of wrongdoing.

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

        Hmmm, even Obama agrees that wrong doing occurred.
        The only question is how far up the chain to find where it was launched.

  40. ATTILA727 on September 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    That evidence has already been shredded.

    • IP727 on September 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      The WMD were buried in the desert.

  41. Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on September 6, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Sorry Haters:

    The DC Circuit Court ruling against Obamacare is crumbling. The en banc review of the decision will be reversed.

    • Pontius on September 6, 2014 at 7:14 am

      That’s an incredible future prediction. So whatever the full circuit court rules will be reversed? That would be the Supreme Court doing the reversal.

      • ken_phd on September 6, 2014 at 7:44 am

        Pontius:

        “That’s an incredible future prediction. So whatever the full circuit court rules will be reversed? That would be the Supreme Court doing the reversal.”

        That’s correct. President golf pants hasn’t had the opportunity to pack that court.

      • Yet Another Thing Dems Were Right About on September 6, 2014 at 8:40 am

        Yes that was a mistake. I meant that the en banc review will reverse the DC circuit decision.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 8, 2014 at 7:31 am

          “will reverse teh DC circuit decision”.
          In a blatant political maneuver. Here’s a prediction: Democrats are going to miss the rule of law after they’ve killed it.

  42. ken_phd on September 6, 2014 at 7:55 am

    JIm:

    More data on the “decelerating” phenomenon of global temperatures. From that right wing bastion The Washington Post. Must be another invalid link. LOL.

    “Global warming of the Earth’s surface has decelerated”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/06/20/global-warming-of-the-earths-surface-has-decelerated-viewpoint/

    • Ken the pathetic troll on September 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Oh, look, Ken is using Jim again in another pathetic attempt to troll Pluto.

      And the trolls just point and laugh at Ken.

      • ken_phd on September 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        Pluto:

        “And the trolls just point and laugh at Ken.”

        Don’t forget to pick your nose and see who can belch the loudest. LOL.

        • ^Ken the pathetic troll on September 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm

          Weak.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 8:10 am

          Strong!
          Heh :)

    • Mad Dog's mom on September 7, 2014 at 4:41 am

      Must be another invalid link.

      I looked at your link, and I agree that it is valid, not those mean trolls are invalid. Therefore the links within your valid link must be also valid, such as:

      http://www.juancole.com/2014/02/oceans-burning-warming.html

      Or, Mr. Ken, are you arguing that those mean trolls don’t agree with your links, but you in turn don’t agree with the links within your link? Or, perhaps you only agree with the links within your link that support your argument?

      • Mad Dog's mom on September 7, 2014 at 4:42 am

        Oh, Mr. Ken, I had a typo (!), should be “…and those mean trolls are invalid.”

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 8:43 am

        Actually, I think you make a fair point.
        The article points to US Gov figures and Nature magazine as sources of info showing a pause or mild reversal of warming. Then the article uses Juan Cole as an example of a people who still thinks the world is warming.
        Presumably the writer is trying to nudge readers into thinking that the “adults” have all embraced the “hiatus” whereas the “crazies” are still foaming about runaway warming.
        I would assess that Juan Cole is not a typical warmist, he’s more to the fringe of the movement. By citing him, the author is using non-factual clues to influence reader opinions. This doesn’t make his argument wrong, of course, but it’s a rhetorical trick not a fact-based argument.

        • Jim, Jim, your reading comprehension is nil on September 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

          The article points to US Gov figures and Nature magazine as sources of info showing a pause or mild reversal of warming. Then the article uses Juan Cole as an example of a people who still thinks the world is warming.

          Jim, the Juan Cole link is discussing a paper in Nature.

          It is not the US Gov and Nature versus Juan Cole, as you have made up out of whole cloth.

          It is the US Gov and Nature regarding atmospheric temperatures…and the US Gov and Nature showing that ocean temperatures indicate no pause.

          Jim, there has been no pause. I know that fact won’t reach inside your bubble…but…there has been no pause.

          • Ursus maritimus on September 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

            The article points to US Gov figures and Nature magazine as sources of info showing a pause or mild reversal of warming.

            Really? Here is a link to US Gov figures showing that there has been absolutely no pause or mild reversal of warming:

            http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/OC5/3M_HEAT_CONTENT/

            The earth’s surface is 70% ocean. Roughly 90% of the heat is stored there. The oceans have not had a pause or mild reversal in warming.

            Jim, you mention the role of El Ninos, but you might be more concerned about the cooling effect of La Ninas:

            http://www.nature.com/news/tropical-ocean-key-to-global-warming-hiatus-1.13620

            That is from Nature, by the way, again arguing against your thesis above.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm

            OMG, Juan, did _not_ realize this was you!
            Apologies, bro, did not mean to ruffle feathers. By all means, let’s hang next time I’m in A-square.

          • Mad Dog's mom on September 8, 2014 at 3:09 am

            OMG, Juan, did _not_ realize this was you! Apologies, bro, did not mean to ruffle feathers. By all means, let’s hang next time I’m in A-square.

            Oh, dear me, that makes no sense, at all. I hope that you aren’t losing your marbles too, like that nice Mr. Ken.

        • ken_phd on September 8, 2014 at 6:12 am

          Pluto:

          This is getting tiresome but for the benefit of the undecideds I’ll give it a go.

          Your premise, I assume, is to ignore all atmospheric temperature for the last 18 years and, instead, use ocean temperature, sea level changes and salinity data. Nice trick but there is only one problem: it doesn’t work.

          From Harvard (2012) “The global halosteric average is comprised of a very small halosteric sea-level rise due to terrestrial ice melt (freshening) but must be dominated by errors in the globally integrated number due to the sparse data coverage and precision of salinity observations.”

          In other words, unless there was a change in data and its collection methods, the uncertainty overwhelm the authors results. See Dan Rather “Fake but accurate”

          Added to that, the reader must suspend the understanding of the Rankin Cycle which dictates that the latent heat of evaporation will cool the surface water which water will then descend and displace warmer water to the surface. If the ocean floor water is getting warmer, scientific studies are tending to look at internal heating (volcanic activity) as the probable cause.

          And, as a final thrust, wind activity (El Nino) increases surface water evaporation . This in turn causes increased content of water vapor, a GHG. Since any increase in water vapor causes a disproportionate impact on temperature (H2O vapor constitutes 99% of GHG), the effect of El Nino is both is temporary and geographically specific……not very useful for any AGW conclusions.

          As to links provided, all yours come from AGW funded sites with “peer reviews” performed by like minded advocates.. I always look to the comments sections to glean accurate assessments. If you were intellectually honest, you would be questioning the conclusions of these papers

          • Ursus maritimus on September 8, 2014 at 1:42 pm

            This is getting tiresome but for the benefit of the undecideds I’ll give it a go.

            This is called, “framing the debate”. It would be best to frame the debate with the content of the rebuttal itself.

            I always look to the comments sections to glean accurate assessments.

            Do you look at all the comments, or just the ones that support your pre-conceived viewpoints? Should one be wary that your comments are just re-processed comments?

            As to links provided, all yours come from AGW funded sites with “peer reviews” performed by like minded advocates.

            Yet you will highlight “Harvard”. Why is peer review bad, except when it supports your viewpoint? Why is the Ivy League elitist, except when it supports your viewpoint?

            From Harvard (2012)

            Please link to the article. That would show that you read the article, rather than lifted the quote from a comments section.

            And, as a final thrust, wind activity (El Nino)

            Really? Wind activity is El Nino? Please support. Because, increased wind activity might decrease the probability of El Nino conditions.

            . This in turn causes increased content of water vapor, a GHG. Since any increase in water vapor causes a disproportionate impact on temperature (H2O vapor constitutes 99% of GHG), the effect of El Nino is both is temporary and geographically specific…

            Please source.

            not very useful for any AGW conclusions.

            Huh? What AGW conclusion are you wishing to dismiss, exactly?

            If the ocean floor water is getting warmer, scientific studies are tending to look at internal heating (volcanic activity) as the probable cause.

            Do you mean peer-reviewed studies? Because you have smeared them above. Are these studies from AGW funded sources, because you have smeared them above. Are you implying that all ocean warming is due to volcanic activity? If so, please support. Otherwise, you are just asking to be chased down another rabbit hole.

            Added to that, the reader must suspend the understanding of the Rankin Cycle

            Can you name some climatologists who have suspended their understanding of the Rankin Cycle?

          • ken_phd on September 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm

            Pluto:

            My, my! Such intensity!

            Let’s see…where do I start?

            “Framing the debate” I take it you did not bother to read my opening sentence. I’ll repeat it for those who are still undecided.

            “Your premise, I assume, is to ignore all atmospheric temperature for the last 18 years and, instead, use ocean temperature, sea level changes and salinity data. Nice trick but there is only one problem: It doesn’t work.”

            Now let’s read your response. Opps! There isn’t one. Fancy that. The self proclaimed “research scientist” forgot to bring his talking points.

            How about the response to my claim of data uncertainty” Double opps! No response! (Just insults and a straw man claim of no link. Learn how to use Google, bub).

            Pluto’s response to the Rankin cycle? (where the latent heat of evaporation causes the water to cool). Pluto’s response? I gather he agrees w

          • ken_phd on September 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

            Pluto – continued

            I gather he agrees with the Rankin Cycle but does not want to admit it. In any case, water is cooled by evaporation. When conditions are windy, you are more evaporation and as a result more cool water displacing warmer water at the ocean depths.

            Next time you want to show off your expertise on AGW stick to the subject, bub.

          • Ken, moron on September 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm

            Ken obsesses with “Pluto” two posts in a row!

            Go get ‘em, Ken, rrrrrrruuuuufffff!

          • Ursus maritimus on September 9, 2014 at 3:26 am

            My, my! Such intensity!

            Another needless attempt to frame the debate.

            I take it you did not bother to read my opening sentence. I’ll repeat it for those who are still undecided.

            No, I read your opening sentence. That is what I referred to. You are repeating your second sentence.

            Now let’s read your response. Opps! There isn’t one.

            I could respond, but you did not request one. I did, however, request responses from you. I will repeat them, for your benefit:

            Do you look at all the comments, or just the ones that support your pre-conceived viewpoints?

            Should one be wary that your comments are just processed comments?

            Please link to the Harvard (2012)article.

            Wind activity is El Nino? Please support. Because, increased wind activity might decrease the probability of El Nino conditions.

            Please source your statement that El Ninos are both temporary and geographically specific.

            Are you implying that all ocean warming is due to volcanic activity?

            Can you name climatologists who have suspended their understanding of the Rankin Cycle?

            Next time you want to show off your expertise on AGW stick to the subject, bub.

            Ad hominem attack. There is no need for you to go down that rabbit hole.

          • ken_phd on September 9, 2014 at 5:20 am

            Pluto:

            “I could respond, but you did not request one.”

            Blah, blah, blah……

          • Ken is the resident moron on September 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

            Blah, blah, blah…

            Oh, look, Ken the resident moron couldn’t handle the heat and slid back down into the mud with his insults. Ken will need to evolve some feet and toes, if he is ever to gain a purchase on dry land.

          • ken_phd on September 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

            Pluto:

            ““I could respond, but you did not request one.”

            So you got nothing.

            Blah, blah, blah……

          • Ken is a moron on September 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

            ^Translation: Ken the resident moron couldn’t handle the heat and slid back down into the mud with his insults, and obsession with “Pluto”.

          • Ursus maritimus on September 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm

            Ken, please link to your source of this article:

            From Harvard (2012) “The global halosteric average is comprised of a very small halosteric sea-level rise due to terrestrial ice melt (freshening) but must be dominated by errors in the globally integrated number due to the sparse data coverage and precision of salinity observations.”

          • ken_phd on September 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

            Pluto:

            Squawk! Squawk!moron!Squawk! Squawk!link! Squawk! Squawk!Pick your nose Squawk! Squawk! Cupcake! Squawk! Squawk! I’m a research scientist! Squawk! Squawk! Peer reviewed!Squawk! Squawk! Frame! Squawk! Squawk!How dare you question me! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk!

          • Mad Dog's mom on September 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

            Oh, dear me, Mr. Ken, you need to take it easy. Maybe you should take a break from the internet.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 8:28 am

      There appears to be a sea change in opinion underway.
      I don’t see a change in overall support for AGW but the climate models are increasingly recognized as coming up short.

      An interesting note from the comment section of the article.
      “Your figure #15 raises a very important point. Without the 2 large El Nino there would have been almost no warming.”

      • Jim, Jim, your reading comprehension is nil on September 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

        Without the 2 large El Nino there would have been almost no warming.

        Jim, the last great El Nino, 1997 was a huge spike in global temperatures.

        But, it is now the new normal.

        Jim, how can there be no warming…when the new normal is now the same as a huge El Nino spike in 1997?

        See Figure 15 in the link that you and Ken believe in with all of your heart (except when you don’t). See that big spike in 1997? El Nino. It is now the new normal. Yet, you believe with all your heart that the earth is not warming.

        Think, Jim, think.

        • Jim, Jim, your reading comprehension is nil on September 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

          Here you go, Jim, regarding your emphasis on short term events such as El Nino spikes, let’s see if these get transformed in transiting your thick plexiglass bubble:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0vj-0imOLw

          http://www.skepticalscience.com/graphics.php?g=64

        • Pontius on September 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

          This is a huge shift in talking points for the climate alarmists. Before they rejected the idea that huge anomalous El Nino in 1998 was the cause. Now they are saying big anomaly, we need to ignore that year and focus on the warming of all the other years relative to years around 1998.

          Nevertheless, Joe Romm is set to lose his milquetoast bet with Ken Levine of 2010s being .15C warmer than 2000s. Just .15C for a guy who is predicting huge warming for the whole century, and he is still losing. Maybe those models are running a bit hot?

          • Mad Dog's mom on September 9, 2014 at 12:16 am

            Nevertheless, Joe Romm is set to lose his milquetoast bet with Ken Levine of 2010s being .15C warmer than 2000s.

            Pontius, honey, could you please explain who are Joe Romm and Ken Levine? And why their bet is important?

          • Ursus maritimus on September 9, 2014 at 3:29 am

            Before they rejected the idea that huge anomalous El Nino in 1998 was the cause. Now they are saying big anomaly, we need to ignore that year and focus on the warming of all the other years relative to years around 1998.

            Who is “they”? Please source. It would be best to quote “them” directly.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 9, 2014 at 7:42 am

            Joe Romm, of course, is from the “science branch” of leftie propaganda outfit Think Progress. This is group, I believe, that provides the error-404 links that Jake refers to when he wants to make a point. Apparently he is a Juan Cole level nutcake.

            Here’s a sample of Joe Romm’s doings.
            http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com/2011/05/joe-romm-lies.html
            I do my best to ignore Joe Romm, but when he blatantly lies about me I sometimes feel compelled to respond. In today’s installment Romm writes: “(the) false accusation that Gore was exaggerating came from none other than Roger Pielke, Jr.”
            He is referring to the time back in February, 2009 that I called Al Gore out for including a misleading slide in his famous climate change slide show. Far from being a “false accusation” it was one that Al Gore actually agreed with and responded to immediately — Much to Gore’s credit, he agreed that the slide was misleading and immediately pulled it from his presentation.

            I mean, think about it. Al Gore has a higher standard of integrity than Joe Romm, leading advocate of global warming.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

            Can’t find much about Ken Levine or a bet. Seems immoral to take money from a climate change nutter but probably Joe won’t pay up anyway? No harm, no foul.

            Found a ref to Ken Levine and climate in this article.
            http://notrickszone.com/2013/12/19/tropics-go-wintery-northern-thailand-declared-cold-disaster-zone-in-turkey-animals-literally-freeze-where-they-stand-middle-east-shivers/
            “A flurry of Middle Eastern and Asian news websites are reporting on “unusual” cold sweeping across vast areas of Asia and the Middle East….Hundreds of thousands of residents of northern and northeastern Thailand are suffering from the current cold snap, with many areas having been declared disaster zones…residents in North Vietnam were treated to a rare sight Monday: snow …Not only Southeast Asia is being hard hit by unusually bitter cold, but also vast areas of Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. Some of these regions are typically famous for agreeably warm temperatures…Cairo last week saw its first snowfall in 112 years. Jerusalem saw its worst snowstorm in almost 70 years…“A Syrian rebel commander has frozen to death in the bitter cold brought on by a snowstorm that has swept the country this week….It’s strange how NASA likes to focus on one single region (Siberia), and inflates temperature data there for evidence of warming, and neglects the rest of the planet.”

          • ken_phd on September 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

            Jim:

            “.It’s strange how NASA likes to focus on one single region (Siberia), and inflates temperature data there for evidence of warming, and neglects the rest of the planet.”

            Not too strange. It’s a matter of survival for the bureaucrats. As each year goes by without confirmation of previous AGW models, the pressure builds to cut funding. They are coming up with more and more bizarre theories to prove the unprovable.

          • Ken is the resident moron on September 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

            Not too strange. It’s a matter of survival for the SDI engineers and their bureaucrats. As each year goes by without a missile threat, the pressure builds to cut funding. They are coming up with more and more bizarre theories to prove the unprovable, like EMP threats over the midwest.

            Fixed that for you.

            To the board:

            Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars have been funneled into Ken’s own pocket over drummed up threats, to be met by Big Government programs such as SDI.

            The difference is, though, AGW is not drummed up and imagined by back room military industrial conservatives such as Ken.

          • ken_phd on September 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

            Pluto:

            “Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars have been funneled into Ken’s own pocket over drummed up threats, to be met by Big Government programs such as SDI.”

            So the self proclaimed “research scientist” is also an all knowing psychic. What’s your stage name ? Carnac? LOL.

          • Ken is a moron on September 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

            So the self proclaimed “research scientist” is also an all knowing psychic.

            Uh, Ken, you stunning moron, I am not a “research scientist”, let alone a “self-proclaimed” one. Nice try though.

            You, on the other hand, have stated yourself that you have done quite nicely in the aerospace defense industry.

            Back to sleep, cupcake.

          • ken_phd on September 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

            Ploto:

            “Uh, Ken, you stunning moron, I am not a “research scientist”, let alone a “self-proclaimed” one.”

            Oh sorry, I thought I was addressing a delusional mongoloid idiot not a political hack. Same difference.

          • Mad Dog's mom on September 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm

            Oh, dear me, another strange post from Mr. Ken. You need to take a break from the internet!

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 10, 2014 at 7:09 am

            Ken, I don’t think “political hack” can be right. The guy is just too far out there. I’m going with “clinically insane”.

  43. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Our trools assure us that Kansas is now a safe Dem bastian.
    Still chances for Repubs to pick up the AR Senate seat though.
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/09/poll-cotton-leads-pryor-by-5-points.php

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

      “bastion”.

  44. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 7, 2014 at 9:12 am
    • Tim on September 8, 2014 at 5:55 am

      1. There was no “stand down” order and no conspiracy involving hundreds of people to cover it up. What Powerline calls “stand down” normal people call “preparation.” Taking the time to put gas in your car doesn’t mean your trip is cancelled.

      2. The perps admit it was the video that incited the attack.

      The word “Benghazi” has become clickbait. At this point it’s really just grifting; there are books, DVDs, t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, fundraising emails, etc.

      • ken_phd on September 8, 2014 at 6:21 am

        Pluto:

        “Taking the time to put gas in your car doesn’t mean your trip is cancelled.”

        Fair enough. What means did president golf-pants use to rescue or attempt to save the lives of the Americans under attack? Evidently, it was no big deal for Obama since he went on a fund raising trip the following day.

        • Tim on September 8, 2014 at 6:33 am

          Are you saying life went on after the attack?

  45. ken_phd on September 8, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Tim:

    “Are you saying life went on after the attack?”

    Not for Chris Stevens.

    • Tim on September 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Or the other three people whose names you can’t be bothered to look up.

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

        It didn’t end his life but let’s not forget the YouTube filmmaker thrown into jail for weeks as a sop to the Muslims.

      • ken_phd on September 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

        Tim:

        “Or the other three people whose names you can’t be bothered to look up.”

        I didn’t think you cared. The other murdered Americans were:

        Sean Smith – State Dept.
        Glen Doherty – Tripoli Reinforcement team
        Tyrone Woods – Security Contractor

        It is worth noting that Doherty was killed seven hours after the attack on the embassy had started while the coward in the White House was practicing his putting.

        • Ken is the resident moron on September 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

          …coward in the White House was practicing his putting.

          Oh, look, Ken is up to his usual insults.

  46. Tim on September 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Golf is an expensive sport. Not everyone can afford it.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

      It’s a lot easier to afford if you are paying with OPM.

  47. Mad Dog's mom on September 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    It is worth noting that Doherty was killed seven hours after the attack on the embassy had started while the coward in the White House was practicing his putting.

    Oh, dear me, Mr. Ken, that reminds me of when President Reagan was vacationing at a golf resort while planning the invasion of Grenada. He was at that golf resort vacationing when the Marine barracks was bombed in Beirut. He always seemed to be vacationing in Gaucho riding pants at Rancho Del Cielo, or Camp David.

    Mr. Ken, have you ever called Reagan a coward? I hope not, he was such a great man, even though all those many different terrorist attacks occurred on his watch while he was vacationing.

    • ken_phd on September 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      mad dog’s mom:

      “Oh, dear me, Mr. Ken, that reminds me of when President Reagan was vacationing at a golf resort while planning the invasion of Grenada. He was at that golf resort vacationing when the Marine barracks was bombed in Beirut. He always seemed to be vacationing in Gaucho riding pants at Rancho Del Cielo, or Camp David.”

      Disasters occur at random times during every president’s term of office. Did President Reagan go on a fund raising trip or go golfing after any of those disasters? You are attempting to defend the indefensible.

      • Ken, moron on September 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm

        Did President Reagan go on a fund raising trip or go golfing after any of those disasters?

        Uh, no, Reagan went horseback riding.

        You attempted to defend the indefensible, and failed.

        You incredible imbecile.

        • ken_phd on September 9, 2014 at 5:23 am

          To the board:

          “You incredible imbecile.”

          Excellent!

          This is what passes for reasoned debate from the trolls…..juvenile, moronic insults.

          • Ken, resident moron on September 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

            Uh, Ken, your very first post on this forum ended with:

            “Back to sleep, bub.”

            You can’t be above the fray and down in the mud at the same time.

            That is why Ken prefers to be down in the mud with his juvenile, moronic insults. Don’t think that the one above the fray hasn’t noticed.

            Back to sleep, cupcake.

          • ken_phd on September 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

            Pluto:

            “Back to sleep, bub.”

            Aawwwww…..did Mr Ken hurt your feelings? I didn’t realize a low paid political hack like yourself would have such a thin skin.

            Man up!

          • Mad Dog's mom on September 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

            Oh no, a third strange post from Mr. Ken! Please, for your health, take a break from the internet!

          • ken_phd on September 10, 2014 at 7:06 am

            Pluto:

            “Oh no, a third strange post from Mr. Ken! Please, for your health, take a break from the internet!”

            Man up! Don’t be a pussy all your life!

  48. Mad Dog's mom on September 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Personally, I think that they should keep investigating Benghazi until they eventually catch somebody in a perjury trap about an affair. Or something.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I like how your guy wouldn’t lift a finger to help them, then flew out for a fund raiser (Nevada?) the very next day and praised his campaign workers for their sacrifice.

      • Mad Dog's mom on September 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

        I like how your guy wouldn’t lift a finger to help them, then flew out for a fund raiser (Nevada?) the very next day and praised his campaign workers for their sacrifice.

        Oh, dear me, is that how it happened, Mr. Jim? And I’ll bet that mean lame stream media didn’t lift a finger to report your version of events! It’s a good thing that you get your information exclusively from other sources, Mr. Jim!

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on September 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

          Yup, that’s what happened and it left a lot of people fuming.

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