Thanksgiving Delight: Climategate 2.0

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Just in time for the holidays, whistleblower apparently released more of those Climategate emails- a lot more. Over a million. Most of them have yet to be cracked, but the 5,000 emails without passwords contain the same cover-up from the same characters at University of East Anglia and around the world. Media Matters and Thinkprogress urges the media to investigate before they say anything. After all, "hide the decline" didn't really mean what it sounds like, I guess.

Here is one exerpt from this new email leak:

<1939> Thorne/MetO:
Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical
troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a
wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the
uncertainty and be honest. Phil, hopefully we can find time to discuss these
further if necessary [...]

<3066> Thorne:
I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it
which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run.

<1611> Carter:
It seems that a few people have a very strong say, and no matter how much
talking goes on beforehand, the big decisions are made at the eleventh hour by
a select core group.

<2884> Wigley:
Mike, The Figure you sent is very deceptive [...] there have been a number of
dishonest presentations of model results by individual authors and by IPCC [...]

<4755> Overpeck:
The trick may be to decide on the main message and use that to guid[e] what’s
included and what is left out.

<3456> Overpeck:
I agree w/ Susan [Solomon] that we should try to put more in the bullet about
“Subsequent evidence” [...] Need to convince readers that there really has been
an increase in knowledge – more evidence. What is it?

More on Gingrich Baggage

Friday, November 18, 2011

Think Newt is destined to become the Republican nominee?  Think again.

A few days ago we ran an article pointing out the amazing hypocrisy in casting aside Herman Cain for a few unsubstantiated harassment claims (not too unlike those made on Bill Cosby and Clarence Thomas, other Black conservatives who dared to stand up for their beliefs) for Newt Gingrich, a man rife with scandals (both involving sex and money) stretching over decades.  (See our article: Cain is Immoral? What About Newt Gingrich?)

Of course the liberal media are licking their chops as they hope beyond hope for an Obama-Gingrich contest.  They are getting the video clips, soundbytes, and "expert witnesses" ready even as we speak. Did you know that Gingrich accepted $1.6 Million from Freddie Mac for doing essentially nothing?

Two more articles have appearing in leading news organizations incredulously questioning the collective wisdom of conservatives in turning to a candidate like Newt. 
Gingrich the “Historian” Skips Over his Own Past

Is Newt Peaking Too Soon?

BREAKING: CA Can Defend Prop 8 in Court, says CA Supreme Court

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It is being reported that the California Supreme Court has unanimously decided that pro-family citizen groups do in fact have legal standing to fight for Prop 8, a voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as between one man and one women.

After opponents succeeded in overturning the voter-approved constitutional amendment through a sympathetic federal judge (who was gay himself), they have been attempting to shut citizen groups out of the court proceedings by arguing that the citizens have no right to fight for the new amendment. Since Prop 8 became part of the California constitution, they argued, it was up to the state to defend it. This was argued with tongue-in-cheek since it is well-known that the current governor and attorney general were in fact fighting on the side trying to nullify the vote of the people.

From the Mercury News:

In a unanimous ruling, the justices sided with Proposition 8 sponsors, who've argued they should be able to appeal a federal judge's decision last year striking down the same-sex marriage ban because the governor and attorney general have refused to defend the voter-approved law. The state Supreme Court overwhelmingly agreed that Proposition 8 backers can go it alone in trying to preserve the gay marriage ban.

The Supreme Court was emphatic that it would "undermine" the California ballot initiative process if the governor and attorney general can trump the voters by declining to defend such laws in the courts.

"The inability of the official proponents of an initiative measure to appeal a trial court judgment invalidating the measure, when the public officials who ordinarily would file such an appeal decline to do so, would significantly undermine the initiative power," Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote for the court. [...]

As a result, the 9th Circuit could be in a position to rule on the case fairly swiftly, as it already has been briefed and argued by both sides. The court has one fresh issue to resolve, as Proposition 8 backers have raised new arguments that Walker's ruling should be set aside because he had been in a long-term same-sex relationship at the time he held last year's historic trial in the case and therefore is presumed biased.

Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware rejected that argument earlier this year, but Proposition 8 lawyers have appealed his ruling to the 9th Circuit.

 Credit must be giving to these normally-liberal judges for rejecting intense political pressure and not playing along to the farce.

Of course,the Prop 8 issue will end up in the federal supreme court eventually anyways.

More details as they come in...

Previous Stories on the Prop 8 Saga:
Prop 8 Judge's Wife Filed Motion In The Case

Judges Picked To Review Prop 8 Are Mostly Radical Liberal

Liberal Court Blocks Gay Marriages in California

Judge Walker Infringes State Law As He Denies Right To Appeal Prop 8 Decision

Federal Tyranny Proven By Proposition 8 Overthrow

Gay Judge Overrrules Prop 8, Voter Definition of Marriage

Judge 'probably violated the constitution' to punish Prop-8 backers

Cain is Immoral? What About Newt Gingrich?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

For the first time in almost a month Romney is again polling higher than Cain on the RealClearPolitics Republican nomination chart.  "9-9-9" notwithstanding, Herman Cain has plummeted 3 full percentage points in the last 3 days leading many to suspect that his "flavor of the month" status may have just expired, as did Rick Perry's about a month earlier. 

It doesn't take much thought to attribute Cain's beginning free-fall to the recent allegations that continue to surface that he has a history of sexually harassing women in his professional life.  Though the "victims" and very media reporters of these acts are certainly open to critical scrutiny, it seems clear that either at worst he is a rapist or at best he has acted inappropriately with co-worker women while away from his wife.  (For example, it has been pretty solidly established that he requested an aid to arrange a dinner meeting with a woman that he did not know but saw at a meeting in Egypt.  When his aids refused to do that, he contented himself with having dinner with all of his female aids together.) 

Yes, conservative pundits remind us, Bill Clinton did much worse that Cain ever imagined doing, and still managed to be president for 8 years.  But they are ignoring one big important point: Democrats are much more willing to forgive liberal politicians of immoral conduct provided their politics are in the desired place.  An immoral scandal for a conservative politician, on the other hand, has repeatedly been the kiss of death to their political career.  It seems that conservatives feel that a person's personal life will have a big impact on their public decisions, and they want leaders who will support upstanding family values and shun corruption.  To liberal voters, character doesn't seem to matter too much, only what the politician will do for them. 

Concurrent with Cain's political demise has been Newt Gingrich's slow rise in the polls.  Pundits have attributed his gains to regular solid performances in the debates over the last couple months, but they are also failing to mention a few important, game changing points.  Though he clearly has a lot of experience in politics and was a major conservative leader during the Clinton administration, there is a very good reason why Gingrich has never been able to get far in the several presidential campaigns that he has run during the last couple decades.  Gingrich too has a checkered moral past, one that is arguably more troubling than Cain's. 

Here is a brief outline of the Gingrich's more established scandals: 

  • He reportedly began dating his high school geometry teacher Jackie Battley when he was only 16.  They married when he was 19 and she was 26.

  • After having two children with Jackie, he began having an affair with another woman named Marianne Ginther.  He presented Jackie the terms for their divorce as she was in the hospital recovering from surgery for uterine cancer.  He married Marianne 6 months after the divorce was final and was reportedly very resistant to paying any kind of child support or alimony.

  • Newt's 2nd wife Marrianne reported him to be very much a spendthrift so she had to take over the finances.  Even still, they did not get out of the debt they faced when they married in 1981 until 1994.  In 1996 when he served as House Majority Leader, 84 ethics violations were filed against Gingrich for violating tax laws and lying to the House Ethics Subcommittee.  He ended up admitting to one of the accounts and was fined $300,000, becoming the first and only Speaker ever to be disciplined  for ethics violations.  He was eventually forced out of his Speaker position by Republican leaders who blamed him for the party's election losses in 1998.

  • Even as Gingrich criticized Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky (and spoke of family values to conservative Christian groups), Newt later revealed that he was having an affair with a much younger woman, Callista Bisek.  (He clarified to reporters that his actions were not hypocritical because he condemned Clinton for lying about his affair to a grand jury, not for actually having the affair.)  A few months after his 2nd wife Marrianne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (reportedly on Mother's Day), he informed her that he would be divorcing her and marrying Callista.

And these are really just the well-established scandals.  There are additional reports of several more affairs and even an instance where President Clinton was able to use this information to muzzle his opposition during the 1998 mid-term elections.

I submit that a man who appears to be as amoral and heartless as Newt Gingrich will never get anywhere near the Republican nomination.  Whether you care or not about the sordid and unethical behavior he has admitted to doing (and additional things he has not), surely any reasonable conservative will recognize that he will only become another brief flavor of the month until the media brings his past skeletons out and the Republican party will again be shamed.  Why even bother entertaining the thought of his presidency?


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