Official Asked Disney To Use ‘Frozen’ To Teach AGW Hoax

From the National Journal:

State Department Official Wants Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to Teach Kids About Climate Change

By Clare Foran | January 23, 2015

A high-ranking State Department official wants to enlist Princess Elsa and a talking snowman to teach the American public about the Arctic.

Why not? Hitler had the German film industry make propaganda films for his party. Stalin and Mao and Castro all did the same. In fact, the only surprises here are 1) that Disney had to be asked. And 2) that Disney refused.

But it turns out they didn’t refuse because man-made global warming is a hoax based on lies. No, Disney refused because the story wouldn’t have a happy ending.

Adm. Robert Papp, the U.S. special representative for the Arctic, told an audience at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Norway this week that he met with a Disney executive to discuss raising awareness about the polar region using characters from the wildly popular movie Frozen…

"I said, you’ve taught an entire generation about the Arctic," Papp said, describing his exchange with the Disney executive.


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Dems Block Passage Of Keystone Pipeline (Not Gridlock?)

From Reuters:

Senate blocks swift passage of Keystone XL pipeline bill

By Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan | January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure.

For the record, gas prices went up overnight for the first time in many months. And, in fact, they went up quite a bit. But don’t worry. We don’t need things like Keystone.

The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate, voting 53 to 39 on the measure…

Why not pass the bill via budget reconciliation, which only requires a 51 vote majority? And, if you don’t want to go that route, why not declare the bill filibuster proof, like Harry Reid did with all of Obama’s nominations?


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Reuters: GOP Softening Its Message On Global Warming

From an ever hopeful Reuters:

On climate change, ‘not a scientist’ not enough for some U.S. Republicans

By Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker | January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rick Perry’s… Jan. 15 speech… [touted] his environmental record, from lowering Texas’ carbon emissions to turning the state into a global leader in wind energy production… It was a greener message than the one he delivered ahead of his last presidential campaign, when he called climate change a "contrived phony mess," and it reflects an expectation among some in the party that voters in 2016 will want Republican candidates to develop a more sophisticated climate change message…

Translation: Reuters and the rest of the MSM are trying to convince the GOP leadership that they have to join the Democrats on yet another issue — manmade global warming.



Deflategate Probe Focusing On Locker Room Attendant

From Fox News:

NFL’s deflated footballs investigation reportedly focuses on Patriots locker room attendant

January 27, 2015

The NFL’s investigation into whether the New England Patriots used deliberately under-inflated footballs against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game has focused on a locker room attendant at the Patriots’ stadium.

Sure, find a low level minimum wage employee to be the scapegoat.

Fox Sports reported Monday that the attendant could be seen on surveillance video bringing 12 balls supplied by the Patriots for use on offense into another room at Gillette Stadium after a pregame inspection by the game officials. Under NFL rules, each team must present their chosen footballs to the game officials for inspection and approval two hours and fifteen minutes before the start of each game.



Border Patrol Will Help With Security At The Super Bowl

From the a memory deficient Associated Press:

Border Protection lends a hand for Super Bowl security

By ASTRID GALVAN | January 26, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.

Why not? Obama and his lickspittle minions have assured us the border is secure. So they aren’t needed down there.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off the technology Monday as it helps with Super Bowl security. Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske was on hand for a demonstration of the agency’s Black Hawks and large mobile X-ray machines that are used to detect contraband and explosives. The helicopters and X-ray machines are from Tucson and Nogales, some of the busiest spots in the nation for the smuggling of drugs and immigrants [sic].



Justice Department Tracked US Calls For Over A Decade

From the Wall Street Journal:

US: New Revelations U.S. Tracked Americans’ Calls For Over A Decade

By Devlin Barrett | January 17, 2015

The Justice Department secretly kept a database of Americans’ calls to foreign countries for more than a decade, according to a new court filing and officials familiar with the program. The revelation of another secret government database storing records of Americans’ calls came in a filing Thursday in the case of a man accused of conspiring to unlawfully export electronic goods to Iran.

A Drug Enforcement Administration official said in the filing that the agency, which is an arm of the Justice Department, has long used administrative subpoenas – not federal court orders – to collect the metadata of U.S. calls to foreign countries "that were determined to have a demonstrated nexus to international drug trafficking and related criminal activities." …

Lest we forget, metadata means non-content information.


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WP Sobs: Obama’s Approval Rating Up 2 Months Too Late

From the Washington Post:

Obama’s approval hits 50 percent — just a couple months too late for Democrats (again)

By Aaron Blake | January 27, 2015

President Obama’s approval rating in Gallup’s tracking poll hit 50 percent on Monday for the first time since May 2013. This comes on the heels of a Washington Post-ABC News poll last week that showed the exact same thing — approval at 50 percent, first time since May 2013.

And many Democrats have had the same sarcastic response: Just in time. Nearly three months after you’ve lost control of both chambers of Congress, after all, isn’t a great time to start being popular again.

Wait a cotton picking minute. The news media told us endlessly that the midterms weren’t a referendum on Obama.



NYT: Drone Too Small To Detect, Rattles The White House

From the New York Times:

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MICHAEL D. SHEAR | January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — A White House radar system designed to detect flying objects like planes, missiles and large drones failed to pick up a small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn early Monday morning, according to law enforcement officials. The crash raised questions about whether the Secret Service could bring down a similar object if it endangered President Obama.

Is it just us, or does the news media seem to revel in telling us about what danger Obama is everyday? We don’t recall them being this concerned when Bush was President. In fact, we seem to recall it was the Secret Service policy not to talk about such threats.


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Ex-Intel Officer: Bergdahl Will Be Charged With Desertion

From Fox News:

Bergdahl to be charged with desertion, ex-military intel officer says

January 27, 2015

The Army has decided to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by Taliban-aligned militants last year in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, with desertion, according to a former military intelligence officer.

Lest we forget, following the much-criticized exchange, the Army conducted an investigation into his actions, which concluded three months ago, in October. Which was before the midterm elections.

In fact, we were told the announcement of the Army’s decision would occur before Thanksgiving. And yet we are still waiting.

Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who now works at the London Center for Policy Research, told Fox News’ "The O’Reilly Factor" Monday night that he’s learned of the military’s decision from two sources.



Gunman At Luxury Libyan Hotel Take Hostages, Kill Three

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Gunmen at Libyan luxury hotel take hostages; 3 guards dead

By ESAM MOHAMED [sic] | January 27, 2015

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners Tuesday, killing at least three guards and taking hostages, a security official said.

Gee, why are Muslim violent extremists suddenly grabbing foreign hostages left and right? (That is a rhetorical question.) By the way, notice that there is no mention of Islam or Muslim in this entire article. So the perps must just be ‘violent extremists.’

Essam Al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, said a standoff continued Tuesday afternoon at the Corinthia Hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea…

A hotel staffer said five masked attackers wearing bulletproof vests stormed the hotel after security at the gates tried to stop them.


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De Blasio Closes Subways, Streets, For 5 Inches Of Snow

From yesterday’s New York Observer:

De Blasio Orders Indefinite Street Shutdown Tonight During Blizzard

By Will Bredderman | January 26, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this afternoon that he is shutting the city’s streets, schools and parks tonight until further notice as the city braces for a blizzard of historic proportions.

It snowed five inches. Albeit five historic inches. By the way, Mr. De Blasio also closed down the subways because of the snow forecast for the first time in their history. (They have been closed down twice before due to flooding after hurricanes Irene and Sandy.)

Speaking at the Office of Emergency Management headquarters in Brooklyn, the mayor—who faced criticism over the city’s response to last year’s winter storms—said only authorized city personnel would be allowed to drive on the streets starting at 11 p.m.


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Storm Fails To Meet Predictions, Weatherman Apologizes

From CBS Connecticut:

Storm Fails To Live Up To Predictions In Some Areas As National Weather Service Meteorologist Apologizes

January 27, 2015

NEW YORK (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday… but it failed to live up to the hype in big cities like Philadelphia and New York, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.

Too bad about the 7,700 flights that were cancelled for no real reason. Too bad about the schools that were closed as far south as Washington, DC, for no real reason.

Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, apologized on Twitter for the snow totals being cut back. “My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public,” Szatkowski tweeted.



DeflateGate Quiz: Who Said It, Patriots Or White House?

From The Hill:

Who said it, Patriots or White House?

By Jesse Byrnes | January 23, 2015

A GOP lawmaker is using the New England Patriots and “Deflate-gate” to poke at President Obama and the White House with a new quiz.  Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), whose Indianapolis Colts were defeated by the Patriots, on Friday posted a quiz on his official website that asks visitors who said it: the White House or New England coach Bill Belichick.

Young notes that the answers by the Patriots about underinflated balls in Sunday’s AFC championship game are very similar to those made by Obama and the White House on various controversies. “I was shocked to learn of the news reports,” Belichick said Thursday at a press conference, adding he had “no explanation” for why 11 of the 12 footballs used in the first half of his team’s  45-7 win over the Colts were inflated below National Football League requirements.



New Orleans Wants More Cops (Occupiers) For Mardi Gras

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras

By CAIN BURDEAU | January 26, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More." The signs are an embarrassment for a city that likes to say how safe it makes Mardi Gras year in and year out, despite the debauchery.

But it’s not an embarrassment for the news media or the Obama administration or their radical minions, who all like to claim that the local police are just ‘occupiers.’

During Carnival, the streets crawl not only with partiers but with cops, state troopers, federal agents and private security officers.



AP: Christie Launches PAC, But He Still Faces Bridge-Gate

From the Associated Press:

New Jersey’s Christie launches political action committee

By JILL COLVIN | January 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign… The creation of the political action committee — called Leadership Matters for America — was widely expected, and comes not long after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced in December he was launching a similar organization…

This is more potentially good news. The Republican donor class could have their money split three ways and give a candidate who actually represents the Republican base a chance.

Christie, who has been pitching himself to donors as a candidate who can expand the Republican Party’s tent by appealing to minority, women and independent voters, also appears to be forging a populist message, adding that, "We must support candidates who share our vision, people who know that only through strong, bold leadership will we be able to take on these challenges and act on the promise of a better tomorrow for working and middle-class Americans." …

What a distinctive approach.



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