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This explains a lot

The IPCC has been basing its “authoritative” declarations about global warming on articles from climbing magazines and masters theses. Sheesh.

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Thanks again, Massachusetts

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, says a deal had been reached on the health care takeover before Scott Brown was elected as the 41st vote against the plan:

Harkin said “we had an agreement, with the House, the White House and the Senate. We sent it to [the Congressional Budget Office] to get scored and then Tuesday happened and we didn’t get it back.” He said negotiators had an agreement in hand on Friday, Jan. 15.

Harkin made clear that negotiators had reached a final deal on the entire bill, not just the excise plans, which had been reported the previous day, Jan. 14.

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Upholding that Ted Kennedy tradition?

First Baucus, now Leahy. Did Otis Campbell put moonshine in the Democratic Senate cloakroom water cooler, or are they just trying to uphold traditions begun by the late Ted Kennedy?

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Johnny, we hardly knew ye

Sprite Zero, Sauvignon Blanc, Diet Orange Sunkist? What was John Edwards thinking?

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Free Parking Killing Mother Earth

No, it’s not a parody. It’s California.

State lawmakers are taking aim at what some of them see as a menace to California’s environment: free parking.

There is too much of it, the legislators say, and it encourages people to drive instead of taking the bus, walking or riding a bike. All that motoring is contributing to traffic jams and pollution, according to state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), and on Thursday he won Senate approval of a proposal he hopes will prompt cities and businesses to reduce the availability of free parking.

“Free parking has significant social, economic and environmental costs,” Lowenthal said. “It increases congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Just what California’s nearly bankrupt economy needs: yet another boneheaded regulation that will deter people from frequenting local businesses.

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Ruffin Poole in Cuffs

Former Mike Easley aide Ruffin Poole appeared at the federal courthouse in Raleigh today — in handcuffs.

Anthony Greco of CJTV has video of the arrival here, and here is David Bass’ story.

What must former governor Mike Easley be thinking right now?

I take no pleasure in seeing the suffering of people whose lives are torn apart. The sad fact is, if the allegations in the indictment are proven true, Mr. Poole has no one to blame but himself.

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If Lobbyists are Bad Guys, Why is the Administration Doing This?

From The Hill comes a story that points out State of the Union talk is nothing more than just talk. Evidently we’re not supposed to notice things like this. Kudos to The Hill for writing about it. Read the whole story; it’s definitely worth your time.

A day after bashing lobbyists, President Barack Obama’s administration has invited K Street insiders to join private briefings on a range of topics addressed in Wednesday’s State of the Union.

The Treasury Department on Thursday morning invited selected individuals to “a series of conference calls with senior Obama administration officials to discuss key aspects of the State of the Union address.”

The invitation, which went to a variety of stakeholders, was sent by Fred Baldassaro, a senior adviser at the Treasury Department’s Office of Business Affairs and Public Liaison.

The invitation stated, “The White House is encouraging you to participate in these calls and will have a question and answer session at the end of each call. As a reminder, these calls are not intended for press purposes.”

You won’t be surprised to learn that some lobbyists are pretty miffed about being called bad guys in public and then being welcomed in private.

Lobbyists, by the way, are not bad guys. In a lot of cases, lobbyists are hired to try and fend off an intrusive, destructive government policy or regulation that threatens an industry and the ability to create jobs and expand products and services. Thus, lobbyists become a cost of doing business — an expense that adds to the price of a product or service. Cut back on regulations and you’ll see fewer lobbyists.

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Best Takeaway I’ve Read on the SOTU

The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes makes a reasoned case that we’ve heard it all before, and that President Obama is determined to ignore the backlash against his liberal policies.

He’s sticking with his liberal policies — on health care, global warming, gays in the military, the high speed rail boondoggle, taxing the overseas profits of American companies, the whole batch. Obama said those in Congress who might have grown skeptical of force feeding an unwilling nation a massive dose of liberalism should “not run for the hills.’’ I suspect they will anyway.

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Truly Pathetic

From the Wall Street Journal about Andrew Young’s book on John Edwards:

Made in USA: Young says Edwards is an Atkins-dieter who hated making appearances at state fairs where “fat rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?” Before a SEIU candidate forum in Las Vegas, Young says Edwards made him cut out a “made in the USA” label from Young’s own suit to sew in place of Edwards’s “made in Italy” label.

Just imagine what’s going through the minds of jurors who were snowed by Edwards in a courtroom.

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