Jul 28 2011

This is news? Yahoo seems to think so: UPDATE and bump

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 4:00 pm

Bachmann criticized for silence on suicides in her district |

An article in the liberal magazine Mother Jones criticizes Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) for her silence on a tragic string of nine suicides over the past two years in her district. The writer argues that Bachmann’s refusal to support antibullying legislation in the state in 2006 and the agenda favored by some of her anti-gay allies in Minnesota may have contributed to a harmful environment. And that climate, Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer suggests, could have played a role in the teen deaths in the troubled Anoka-Hennepin school district where Bachmann herself had once attended high school.

So now it’s actually news when the Mother Jones magazine criticizes a conservative candidate for not embracing leftist legislation?

Note how hard the reporter worked to find out whether OTHER districts around the country have had similar events, whether any are comparable to Bachmann’s district, whether any of them have Democrat representatives instead of Republican, etc., etc., etc.  In other words context that allows a reader to make some kind of judgment about whether this is even unusual.

But no, nothing like that.

Extra, extra, read all about it!

Dog bites man.

UPDATE: *************************

It looks more and more like the main stream media intend to Palinize Michelle Bachmann.  She is getting very similar news treatement.

Bachmann says she, not husband, running for office

Rep. Michele Bachmann steadfastly refused Thursday to answer questions about her family’s business and finances, saying that she — not her husband — was the one seeking the White House.

The Minnesota Republican faced queries about Marcus Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinic that attempts to convert gay patients as well as her own beliefs on sexuality during a luncheon at the National Press Club. With her husband sitting nearby, Bachmann said she expected scrutiny as a candidate but questions about her family were off-limits.

Look behind the question that Bachmann was asked, and you’ll see that the real question is, “Should gay patients be allowed to have access to treatment that might help them move to a straight lifestyle?”  The questioner makes it sound like the Bachmann clinic kidnaps gays, holds them hostage, and tries to brainwash them.  But of course, if Bachmann had said ANYTHING in response other than “no comment”, she’d have heard a distorted snippet on the evening news suggesting that she hates gays.


Jul 28 2011

New science is unsettling to global warming alarmists

Category: global warmingharmonicminer @ 3:54 pm

New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

 

NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

 

The science is “settled,” is it?  I wonder if any of the prominent politicians, religious leaders, et. al., who climbed on the anthropogenic-global-warming bandwagon, because it seemed the popular and publicly respectable thing to do, will now recant.  Maybe ask to have their signatures withdrawn from documents like this?

Probably not.  Better to just airbrush it out of existence by pretending it never happened.

And, for future reference, people.  The next time someone approaches you to ask you to sign a petition that basically boils down to a demand that government restrict freedom and redistribute more economic resources, just say no.  Whatever the reason you’re given, however wonderful and well meant it sounds, don’t do it.  If your knees get wobbly, find out who ELSE is for it, and ask yourself if you really want to be in that company, or associated with those people.