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Archive for September, 2009

Over 70% in a French poll said to fry him and the big-name writer/director behind The Fifth Element and The Transporter says “no way”.

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  • Oh boy.

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  • So it’s not for illegals, but there’s no way to stop them from using it and no punishment if they do.

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  • Iggles cut Jeff Garcia

    So he was on the roster for what, 2 weeks? Makes sense though, especially if they’re doubling down on “Who Let The Dogs Out?”.

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  • There are over 800 comments with suggestions on this one and it’s still going. You have been warned.

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  • Norman Hsu gets 24 years

    I guess Hillary will have to find alternate Chinese funding to run against Teh Won.

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  • That was his defense. Not his entire defense, but certainly a highlight.

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  • Do I even need to say drink alert on this one?

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  • Because everyone loves failure. Bonus: it was revealed that he only talked to the general in charge once since being elected.

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  • And good for them.

    Plus, the obvious attempt to set up Kennedy-style droit de seigneur.

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  • Are there any states where this hasn’t happened? My favorite ACORN stunt was still their attempt to register the entire Dallas Cowboys roster and several Disney characters in Nevada. They were caught before we actually got to see anyone show up at the polls with an ID claiming to be “Donald Duck” or “Tony Romo” though.

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  • What’s the frequency now?

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  • I’m sure this is going to help the IOC make their decision. (Link goes to text article with available video, I obviously don’t advise watching the video).

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  • The hits keep coming

    Sarkozy slammed Obama again today as out of touch with the real world.

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  • Has Mangini already lost the Browns?

    And is that really a bad thing considering it’s the Browns? Regardless, it looks like this season will break the recent record for “coaches fired in the middle of the season”.

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  • “Racist pixel”

    The ‘Hawk is giving away over $33 to the winner of his Propaganda Art Contest. See entries.

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  • It’s the cult of personality.

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  • Follow the money

    At least one White House staffer has close ties to Bertha Lewis and ACORN.

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  • Umm, really?

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  • The stealth jihad

    Connecting the dots.

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  • Unfinished business

    Remember the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that said Iran has no nukes and Bush = Hitler? Yeah, that turned out to be a giant lie, now didn’t it?

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  • We’ve officially achieved global warming equals junk science. This “hockey stick” graph that just got proven wrong was a key item in Al Gore’s movie and a lot of other alarmism.

    Since this is both scientific and important, here’s a “layman’s summary” by Dr. Anthony Watts (who runs the skeptic site “Watts Up With That?” and was instrumental in discovering that US government temperature records suck – many monitoring stations are in the middle of airport tarmacs and other localized heat traps so we’ve got garbage going into these climate models anyway).

    1- In 1998 a paper is published by Dr. Michael Mann. Then at the University of Virginia, now a Penn State climatologist, and co-authors Bradley and Hughes. The paper is named: Northern Hemisphere Temperatures During the Past Millennium: Inferences, Uncertainties, and Limitations. The paper becomes known as MBH98.

    The conclusion of tree ring reconstruction of climate for the past 1000 years is that we are now in the hottest period in modern history, ever.

    See the graph http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/image/mann/manna_99.gif

    Steve McIntyre, a Canadian mathematician in Toronto, suspects tree rings aren’t telling a valid story with that giant uptick at the right side of the graph, implicating the 20th century as the “hottest period in 1000 years”, which alarmists latch onto as proof of AGW. The graph is dubbed as the “Hockey Stick” and becomes famous worldwide. Al Gore uses it in his movie An Inconvenient Truth in the famous “elevator scene”.

    2- Steve attempts to replicate Michael Mann’s tree ring work in the paper MBH98, but is stymied by lack of data archiving. He sends dozens of letters over the years trying to get access to data but access is denied. McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, of the University of Guelph publish a paper in 2004 criticizing the work. A new website is formed in 2004 called Real Climate, by the people who put together the tree ring data and they denounce the scientific criticism:

    http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2004/12/false-claims-by-mcintyre-and-mckitrick-regarding-the-mann-et-al-1998reconstruction/

    3- Years go by. McIntyre is still stymied trying to get access to the original source data so that he can replicate the Mann 1998 conclusion. In 2008 Mann publishes another paper in bolstering his tree ring claim due to all of the controversy surrounding it. A Mann co-author and source of tree ring data (Professor Keith Briffa of the Hadley UK Climate Research Unit) used one of the tree ring data series (Yamal in Russia) in a paper published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 2008, which has a strict data archiving policy. Thanks to that policy, Steve McIntyre fought and won access to that data just last week.

    4- Having the Yamal data in complete form, McIntyre replicates it, and discovers that one of Mann’s co-authors, Briffa, had cherry picked 10 trees data sets out of a much larger set of trees sampled in Yamal.

    5- When all of the tree ring data from Yamal is plotted, the famous hockey stick disappears. Not only does it disappear, but goes negative. The conclusion is inescapable. The tree ring data was hand picked to get the desired result.

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  • When in doubt

    Seattle coach Jim Mora is blaming the kicker.

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  • Big Bertha stated that O’Keefe and Giles’ schtick didn’t work in New York about 24 hours before the Brooklyn tape dropped. The Times helpfully deleted that section from her quote without adding any […] or other indications of removed words.

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  • Conflict of interest

    Columnist Anne Applebaum wrote a piece recently advocating a pardon for Roman Polanski, who was convicted of statutory rape with a 13-year-old and fled the country to avoid serving his sentence. Problem? Her husband is a Polish foreign minister who’s lobbying on behalf of Polanski.

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