Is Limiting Jobless Benefits ‘Wrong-Headed’?

Is it “wrong-headed” to put a limit on the length of time during which an individual should receive unemployment benefits?  Donna Brazile thinks it is.  In the e-mail message below, the Democrat political strategist and former Al Gore presidential campaign manager tells people on the Democratic National Committee mailing list that much.

FROM THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

We’re about to see benefits for the jobless expire in a period of high unemployment — for the first time in 50 years. And Republicans are the only ones to blame.

It isn’t just wrong — it’s wrong-headed.

Conservatives in the Senate have been at this for weeks — abusing the rules to block Democrats from passing legislation. Their filibuster means millions of people lose their unemployment checks, and the entire economy suffers because of it.

All the polling suggests that the American people overwhelmingly support extending benefits and doing it now. But the conservatives aren’t getting the message. So I’ve written a letter that calls for them to stop their obstruction and let the Senate vote on benefits for the jobless — will you sign with me?

If thousands of us stand together and issue the same call, we’ll focus attention on this issue — in D.C. and across the country. Reporters will take notice, and more voters will rightly point to the GOP as the cause for this nightmare. In other words, we’ll send a message that can’t be ignored.

And movement on these benefits can’t come a moment too soon. Almost half of our jobless have been out of work for more than 26 weeks — that’s the highest level we’ve seen for long-term unemployment since the Great Depression. And because of the Republicans, about 33 people lose their benefits every minute.

Just about every expert will tell you the same thing: Unemployment benefits help the entire economy. In order to collect benefits, you have to demonstrate that you have been looking for work. While you look, they keep bills paid, put fuel in the car, and ensure that families don’t suffer when there aren’t enough jobs to go around — things that keep the economy from shrinking even more. And at a time when there are five unemployed workers for every job opening, that’s something we just can’t afford.

So let’s all stand together to send a very loud and pointed message to Republicans. Sign this open letter and help us create the kind of national outcry it will take to shame the GOP into letting us vote on unemployment benefits:

http://my.democrats.org/unemployment

Thank you,

Donna Brazile
Vice Chair for Voter Registration and Participation
Democratic National Committee
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Paid for and authorized by the Democratic National Committee, www.democrats.org.  This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Democratic National Committee, 430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

If we continue on this slippery slope, our future might include politicians espousing “Buzz Lightyear” thinking (i.e., extending unemployment “To infinity and beyond!”).  We cannot afford this kind of thinking!

Vote wisely, Americans!

Hat tip:  RiteOn.org

Insider: Global Warming Consensus Never Existed

The National Post is reporting that a prominent climate scientist and insider at the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change misled the press and public into believing that thousands of scientists backed its claims on man-made global warming.

The Canadian publication cites Mike Hulme as stating in a recent academic paper that the actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts.”

So I’ve been right all along:  GLOBAL WARMING IS A MYTH or, stated more succinctly, it falls under the category, GLOBULL WARMING, and means that the INCONVENIENT TRUTH SERUM worked and Al Gore’s The Warmin’ Church is well on its way to imploding.

Hat tip:  Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit.

Al Gore Launches ‘Inconvenient Youth’ Network

Al Gore used today’s 40th anniversary of Earth Day as a platform for launching “Inconvenient Youth” — something he describes as a global warming network aimed directly at teenagers, according to media reports today — including one in his home state’s newspaper, The Tennessean.

Coincidentally, the name chosen by the former vice president-turned GLOBULL WARMING alarmist for his latest project is nearly identical to the name I predicted — as far back as Feb. 27, 2007 and May 9, 2007, I might add — he would use as the title of a pro-abortion film:  an inconvenient youth.

Shock Jock Howard Stern Stands Up for Capitalism, Says ‘I will never vote for a Democrat Again!’

Never in the 3.5-year history of this blog have I mentioned Howard Stern’s name in a post.  Why?  Because, for the most part, I detest the man as a foul-mouthed purveyor of filth on the airwaves.  Today, however, I feature him out of the sheer hope — perhaps misplaced, but I’m willing to risk it — that liberal fans of Stern might follow his example and pledge to never vote for another Democrat candidate again.  In the one-minute video below, the radio “shock jock” tells a colleague, recalling a conversation he had with his liberal agent.  “I have vowed I will never vote for a Democrat again!  I don’t give a (expletive)!

“I don’t care if God becomes a Democrat,” he continued.  “I said, ‘I backed Hillary Clinton.  I backed Al Gore.  I backed John Kerry.  I am done with them.”

After going on to call Democrats on the Federal Communications Commission communists, he summed things up by saying, “This is gangsterism!”

Hat tip:  BigGovernment.com

‘Warmin’ Church’ in Decline After Three-Year Run

Three years after I broke news about “The Warmin’ Church” and the fact that members of the church founded by former Vice President Al Gore refer to themselves as the “Hotter Days Saints,” church attendance has dwindled.

Behind the decline of the Church of Hotter Days Saints is the fact that global warming is last on Americans’ priority list after Gore, in October, found himself unable to defend global warming and, one month later,  Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) threatened and then launched an investigation into  climate change.

Today, few Americans believe the church’s slogan, which appears on church merchandise like the t-shirt shown at right, “The inconvenient truth shall set you free.”

To read more posts about church in decline, click here.

Recommended Reading: ‘CLIMATISM!’

Just over a month ago, I received a review copy of Steve Goreham’s new book,”CLIMATISM!” After finally finding time to give it the once-over, I can only describe it as “recommended reading” for anyone interested in the truth about global warming climate change GLOBULL WARMING.

Approximately 400 pages, CLIMATISM! Science, Common Sense, and the 21st Century’s Hottest Topic includes a foreword by John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel who, in November 2007, labeled so-called “global warming” a “SCAM”.  He endorses the book for its easy-to-read, well-illustrated presentation of complex science, and I agree.

In particular, I appreciated his examination of the issue of achieving energy independence in Chapter 16, ENERGY NONSENSE FOR THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.

After covering all of the necessary global warming topics (i.e., Al Gore’s global warming alarmism, “snake oil” remedies, etc.) in the first two sections of the book, Goreham devotes much of the book’s final section to picking apart false claims by Congressional Democrats that the American Clean Energy and Security Act (a.k.a., “Waxman-Markey”) will “break our dependence on foreign oil,” “create millions of clean energy jobs,” reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent and do it all “at minimal cost.”

Of particular interest to me was Goreham’s analysis of the push for ethanol as an alternative fuel.  On page 366 of the review copy, he compares the fuel-producing potential of the state of Indiana to that of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge:

The entire state of Indiana would need to grow 100% corn for Ethanol for 43 years, with high uses of water, pesticides, fertilizers, and gasoline to equal the oil energy from ANWR.

Finally, on the last two pages of Chapter 17, he describes how “Glacier Girl” (below), one of eight Lockheed P-38F Lightning aircraft that had crash landed on the ice of southeast Greenland in July 1942, was recovered at a cost of more than $2 million — and 11 years of effort — under 270 feet of “disappearing” glacial ice.

"Glacier Girl" in flight nearly 70 years after she crashed in Greenland (public domain photo).

Thoroughly backed up with references and citations, it’s really priceless stuff!  I highly recommend it.

‘ClimateGate’ Inquiry Determines Investigation Warranted in One of Four ‘Possible Allegations’

In looking at four “possible allegations” of research misconduct against meteorology professor Michael Mann, a Penn State University panel has determined that further investigation is warranted for one of them.

The allegations — or “possible allegations” as they put it — stem from Mann’s alleged involvement in the “ClimateGate” e-mails scandal that surfaced in early December and seemed to show evidence of fraud and conspiracy among the research scientists and others whose work formed much of the basis of calls for extreme climate change regulation.

Smack dab in the middle of the scandal was Mann, the inventor of the famous “hockey stick” graph which, 10 years ago, claimed to show that, after 1,000 years of decline, global temperatures had shot up to their highest level in recorded history.  It was made famous in Al Gore’s Academy Award®-winning documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

While this is good news, I suspect panel members are secretly hoping someone else will shoulder responsibility for determining Mann’s guilt or innocence before they’re forced to reach any conclusion(s).

Below is the text of the release about the inquiry issued by members of the panel a short while ago:

University Park, Pa. — An internal inquiry by Penn State into the research and scholarly activities of a well-known climate scientist will move into the investigatory stage, which is the next step in the University’s process for reviewing research conduct.

A University committee has concluded its inquiry into allegations of research impropriety that were leveled in November against Professor Michael Mann, after information contained in a collection of stolen e-mails was revealed. More than a thousand e-mails are reported to have been “hacked” from computer servers at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in England, one of the main repositories of information about climate change.

During the inquiry, all relevant e-mails pertaining to Mann or his work were reviewed, as well as related journal articles, reports and additional information. The committee followed a well-established University policy during the inquiry (http://guru.psu.edu/policies/ra10.html ).

In looking at four possible allegations of research misconduct, the committee determined that further investigation is warranted for one of those allegations. The recommended investigation will focus on determining if Mann “engaged in, directly or indirectly, any actions that seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting or reporting research or other scholarly activities.” A full report (http://www.research.psu.edu/orp) concerning the allegations and the findings of the inquiry committee has been submitted.

In the investigatory phase, as in the inquiry phase, the committee will not address the science of global climate change, a matter more appropriately left to the profession. The committee is charged with looking at the ethical behavior of the scientist and determining whether he violated professional standards in the course of his work.

The investigatory committee will consist of five tenured full professor faculty members who will assess the evidence in the case and make a determination on Mann’s conduct.

Worth noting is the time frame set forth by university policy:

If an investigation is undertaken pursuant to this policy, the investigation should normally be concluded, and a decision made by the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, within 120 days from the initiation of the investigation.

Stay tuned!

UPDATE 2/3/10 at 6 p.m. Central: Cross-posted at BigGovernment.com.