Solution for Global Warming

February 24, 2007 at 3:15 pm (clinton, conyers, edwards, hillary, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, waters, waxman, woolsey)

Enlightened individuals, those who stay awake at nights wondering what they can do to prevent the polar caps from melting, at least have a growing menu of choices.

Sydney-based Easy Being Green says it will mitigate your cat’s flatulent contribution to global warming for A$8 ($6). The same company could also make your granny “carbon-neutral” at A$10 a year, according to a report in the Australian newspaper last weekend.

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Boot “Dirty” John Murtha

February 22, 2007 at 3:20 pm (clinton, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

John Murtha: Caving In to Arabs Since 1980

Rumored ex-Marine John Murtha, Democrat congressman from Pennsylvania, has become the darling of the cut-and-run crowd for trying to place absurd restrictions on our troops, amounting to withdrawal from Iraq. Were Arab sheiks whispering into his ear?

In case you missed the video on “I Love the ’80s,” Rep. Murtha was caught on tape negotiating bribes with Arab sheiks during the FBI’s Abscam investigation in 1980. The Abscam investigation was conducted by Jimmy Carter’s Justice Department, not right-wing Republicans.

On tape, Murtha told the undercover FBI agent: “When I make a f***in’ deal I want to make sure that I know exactly what I’m doing and … what I’m sayin’ is, a few investments in my district …”

It is a profound and shocking fact that Murtha even showed up at this meeting, knowing he was going to be negotiating bribe money with Arabs.

Murtha added that he wanted the investment in his district to look like it was done “legitimately … when I say legitimately, I’m talking about so these bastards up here can’t say to me … ‘Jesus Christ, ah, this happened,’ then he (someone else), in order to get immunity so he doesn’t go to jail, he starts talking and fingering people and then the son of a bitch all falls apart.”

For those of you just joining us, no, this isn’t a scene from “The Sopranos.” It’s an actual conversation between a U.S. congressman and an FBI agent posing as an Arab sheik offering a bribe.

Murtha further said that although he was not prepared to accept cash at that time, “after we’ve done some business, then I might change my mind.” You know, just what you or I or any American might say when offered a cash bribe by an Arab.

The ever-helpful media exposed the Abscam investigation before it could be completed, and consequently we were deprived of the possibility of seeing Murtha on tape stuffing cash in his trousers like the other Democratic congressmen (and one “moderate” Republican) convicted in the Abscam investigation. Or, as Al Gore used to call such a fund-raising procedure, “community outreach.”

But Murtha was willing to trade favors in return for investment in his district — and suggested he might take cash down the line. In other words, Murtha wasn’t calling for an immediate surrender of his scruples and principles, but rather a phased withdrawal of them.

In fact, according to a co-conspirator’s affidavit, it didn’t take long for Murtha to warm to the idea of a cash bribe.

About a month after the taped meeting with Murtha, the co-conspirator, lawyer Howard L. Criden, wrote in his affidavit: “Yesterday, Feb. 1, (Democrat Congressman Frank ‘Topper’) Thompson called and told me that Murtha was ready to go,” adding that Murtha had indicated “during January that he was not ready to do business but would be willing to do so in the future.”

Criden said: “Congressman Murtha of Pennsylvania would be willing to enter into an agreement similar to that of the other congressmen” — i.e., taking $50,000 cash from the sheiks for legislative favors.

Criden’s affidavit went unsigned, according to his lawyer, Richard Ben-Veniste, solely because of the resulting publicity when the press blew the investigation, leading Criden to believe the prosecutors had broken the deal.

Criden was later convicted and sentenced to six years in prison, along with seven members of Congress (six of them Democrats). Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator. (Would that Patrick Fitzgerald were prosecuting the case!)

As an attorney, let me give you the technical legal description of what occurred: John Murtha was as guilty as O.J. Simpson.

Now Murtha issues high moral pronouncements on the war and denounces our troops, calling the U.S. military “broken, worn out” and “living hand to mouth.” Gee, too bad there aren’t any Arab sheiks offering them cash bribes. Sounds like they could really use the money.

Murtha accuses Marines of killing “innocent civilians in cold blood” during an ongoing investigation. Semper Fi, Mr. Dirty Congressman.

Instead of toppling brutal dictators and spreading democracy in the Middle East, Murtha apparently prefers the old way of doing business with Arabs, where he gets juice from the sheiks.

The Democrats’ cheat-sheet on Murtha demands that it be shouted out: “He didn’t take a bribe on tape!” That’s their defense. There is not even a pretense that he didn’t talk to Arabs about a bribe.

He negotiated with a prostitute at the bar, but never consummated the deal. He’s a saint! Let him be my congressman!

It’s the Clintonian “incompetency” defense: Murtha was willing to be bribed; he just never got his act together enough to pick up the cash. I may not be honest, but I’m way too disorganized to actually take bribes!

Fine, Murtha was never convicted. Neither was Nixon. Venal hack John Murtha was willing to sell his country’s interests to Arab sheiks. This is the man Democrats have put up to lead the anti-war charge today, demanding that the commander in chief stop deploying troops against his Arab friends.

If only this whole war thing would blow over, maybe that Arab is still waiting out there with a deal for him.

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Kryptonite for Liberals

February 17, 2007 at 5:05 pm (clinton, conyers, edwards, hillary, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, waters, waxman, woolsey)

Epitaph For Jim Garrison: Romancing the Assassination

THE NEW YORKER
November 30, 1992

by Edward Jay Epstein

 

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The Inconvenient Truth of Socialism

February 17, 2007 at 2:22 pm (clinton, conyers, edwards, hillary, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, waters, waxman, woolsey)

Socialist President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday that a new currency will be introduced into the Venezuelan money supply next year to combat inflation.

Inflation ended at 17 percent last year — the highest rate in Latin America. The exchange rate of the bolivar has been fixed by the socialist government since 2003 at 2,150 bolivars to $1, its black-market value has been trading at 4,000 bolivars to the US dollar.

This is a prime example of failed socialist policy. An incompetent populist wins office, the people suffer. 

Chavez, Clinton, 

Biden,Pelosi,Kucinich,Kennedy,Kerry,Ortega,Morales,Hoyer,Murtha,etc…

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Inconvenient Arrival of Global Cooling

February 16, 2007 at 3:25 pm (Uncategorized)

Date

City

Degrees
Fahrenheit

Feb 15 Record lows:
Rapid City, SD
Toledo, OH
Dayton, OH
Cleveland, OH
Mansfield, OH
Cincinnati, OH
.
-21
-8
-5
-4 tie
-3
-1
Feb 14 Midwest storm slams Northeast as blizzard – Most of upstate New York reported 
several inches of new snow this morning, with 10 inches in Oswego. Snowfall of 
8 to 36 inches (3 feet) was predicted for areas around New York, and up to a foot 
of snow in Connecticut. Meanwhile, a blizzard warning was issued for western 
Massachusetts, with snowfall that could exceed 2 inches per hour.
Sheriff’s offices in several Ohio counties closed roads to all but emergency workers. 
Anyone else caught driving could be arrested.

In Illinois, Springfield recorded nearly 16 inches of snow fell in Springfield, while 
Champaign recorded at least 12 inches.

In Indianapolis, Tuesday’s 7.4 inches of snow set a record for the date. Areas of northern Pennsylvania were expecting more than 12 inches of snow.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/stormcenter/2007-02-14-winter-snow_x.htm?csp=24

 
Feb 14 Snowfall in one day:
Springfield, IL—15.8″
Hartford City, IN—15.5″
Frankfort, IN—14″
Lafayette, IN—13.5″
Chicago, IL—5.8″
 
Feb 13 10-day snowfall totals:
Redfield, NY—146″
Parish, NY—121″
Mexico, NY—106″
North Osceola, NY—106″
Snowfall in one day:
Springfield, IL—6.2″
Urbana, IL—5.3″
Dayton, OH—5″
Indianapolis, IN—4.8″
 
Feb 13 New York State braces for yet more snow – As 12 feet (4 meters) of snow were not 
enough, parts of New York State are bracing themselves for yet more snowfall this week!

This morning the National Weather Service posted an urgent warning of heavy snow for
western and central New York State. Up to a foot or more of fresh snow is forecast.

Parts of up state New York were said to be more akin to the Arctic, with only the tops of 
street signs and barn and church roofs visible. Mrs. Yerdon who measured the 358cms 
(141 inches ) of snow said that her home now resembled a giant marshmallow and said 
that if she wanted to walk down her driveway she would not only need her snowshoes 
but a bulldozer too!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/13022007news.shtml

 
Feb 12  Major Winter Storm Developing – A major winter storm developing today over the 
southern Plains will spread a swath of heavy snow from the northern High Plains to 
the Ohio Valley and severe thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. The storm will bring 
heavy snow to the Northeast on Tuesday, with near-blizzard conditions developing in 
New England from late Tuesday into Wednesday.

http://wwwa.accuweather.com/news-top-headline.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0

 
Feb 12 Snow Just Won’t Stop in Upstate N.Y. – Intense lake-effect snow squalls that buried
communities along eastern Lake Ontario for nine straight days diminished Sunday – 
then started up again early Monday.
Unofficially, the squalls have dumped 12 feet, 2 inches of snow at Redfield. If accurate, 
that would break the state record of 10 feet, 7 inches of snow that fell in nearby Montague 
over seven days ending Jan. 1, 2002, said Steve McLaughlin, a meteorologist for the 
National Weather Service in Buffalo.

“We may get one more burst of snow. But then it’s over. Finally, some mercy,” 
McLaughlin said. However, the forecaster noted that a coastal winter storm expected 
midweek could bring another 6 to 12 inches.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070212/D8N872980.html
Thanks to Jeff Reed for this link.

 
Feb 12 Village May Set N.Y. Record for Snowfall – More than 11 feet! –  The village of Redfield
in upstate New York gets a lot of snowfall during the winter, but last week’s total – more 
than 11 feet, unofficially – might be an all-time record.
http://www.comcast.net/news/index.jsp?cat=GENERAL&fn=/2007/02/11/584581.html
 
Feb 10 Upstate N.Y. Snow Rises to 110 Inches – Parish, NY reached a milestone early Saturday 
with 100 inches of snow (more than 8 feet) during the past seven days. Late Saturday, the
 total had risen to 110 inches. A warning said 2 to 4 more feet of snow was possible.
Front doors are buried and footprints lead to second-story windows. Sidewalks that have 
been dug out look like miniature canyons.

http://www.comcast.net/news/index.jsp?cat=GENERAL&fn=/2007/02/10/583991.html&cvqh=itn_snow
 
Feb 10 Snowfall totals:
Parish, NY—100″
Mexico, NY—88″
North Osceola, NY—85″
Oswego, NY—72″
Syracuse, NY—16″
 
Feb 10 Rainfall in one day:
Venado, CA—3.60″
Ben Lomond, CA—2.93″
 
Feb 9 Snow keeps coming in upstate New York
Up to four more feet possible – – With more than 100 inches of snow in some areas 
of upstate New York since last Sunday, forecasters now expect up to four feet more, 
as well as a longer blast lasting into next week.
Late Thursday the northern parts of Oswego County were accumulating as much 
as 3 inches per hour, said Dave Sage, a meteorologist with the National Weather 
Service in Buffalo. At times, the snow has fallen at a rate of as much as 5 inches an 
hour. The snowfall was accompanied by high winds, creating whiteouts and other 
problems around the state.

On Thursday, Gov. Eliot Spitzer declared a state disaster emergency in Oswego County.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17063535/

 
Feb 8 Eight feet of snow expected in upstate New York – Six feet has fallen so far, with more 
expected. “It’s almost an unreal amount,” said Mayor Randy Bateman of Oswego. “We 
catch up when it stops, but then it just comes again, even heavier.”
“When you get 5 feet of snow in 24 hours, it’s tough,” said Oswego Fire Chief Ed Geers.

Whiteout conditions—the snow has been falling at a rate of 5 inches an hour at times
—forced closure of 15 miles of Interstate 81 between Central Square and Pulaski.

The bitter cold and slippery roads have contributed to at least 19 deaths.

In West Virginia, where as much as 9 inches of snow has fallen, officials called 
snowplow drivers out of retirement to clear the roads.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17042993/
Thanks to Larry Cook for this link.
Larry asks, “Where do you put eight feet of snow?”

 
Feb 8 Snowfall totals:
Redfield, NY—82″
Parish, NY—77″
Scriba, NY—75″
Mexico, NY—72″
Oswego, NY—67″
 
Feb 6 Record lows
Elkins, WV
Mansfield, OH
Parkersburg, WV
Charleston, WV
Lynchburg, VA
.
-16 tie
-6 tie
-4
-1
4
Feb 6 Snowfall in one day:
Scriba, NY—45″
East Aurora, NY—36″
Parish, NY—54″
Oswego, NY—31″
Palermo, NY—29″
South Wales, NY—26″
West Monroe, NY—25″
Boston, NY—21″
Silver Creek, NY—20″

Redfield, NY—62″
Oswego, NY—62″
Mexico, NY—57″
North Osceola, NY—42″
South Wales, NY—26″
 
Feb 5 Subzero chill across East and Midwest – The official low in Chicago this morning, 13 below, was the coldest in the Windy City in more than a decade.Almost a foot of snow fell on Buffalo, forcing closure of a 38-mile stretch of the New York Thruway, with more snow expected. Meanwhile, ice on the Hudson River forced New York Waterway officials to shut down ferry service from Haverstraw to Ossining.

More than 600 schools were closed in the Cleveland area, where wind chills reached -20. All Milwaukee schools closed after wind chills dropped to almost 40 below.

The coldest spot was Embarrass, Minn., where thermometers plunged to -42.

In Denver, record snowfall so far this season has already topped the annual average of 61.7 inches, with four months to go.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16992784/

 
Feb 5 Record lows
Grand Forks, ND
Youngstown, OH
.
-31
5
Feb 4 Record lows in five states:
Medford, WI
Grand Forks, ND
Ironwood, MI
Rochester, MN
Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Kahului, HI
.
-42
-29 tie
-38
-37
-28
-28
54 tie
Feb 4 Snowfall totals:
Grand Haven, MI—15″
Grand Rapids, MI—11.8″
Muskegon, MI—7.9″
 
Feb 3 Denver spending millions for ice removal At a news conference Friday, Mayor John
Hickenlooper and the city’s Public Works Department explained that the city is spending 
up to $10 million to hire outside help to clear ice from the streets. There are 14,000 blocks 
that need ice and snow removal.

Hickenlooper says the city’s strategy is focused on creating center lanes of 10 to 12 feet 
down side streets throughout Denver.

“January of 2007 has been our 10th coldest month on record.,” said Hickenlooper. “We 
know this is unique, this is a once in a lifetime event.” (I’m not so sure of that.)

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=64180
Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

 
Feb 3 Snowfall in one day:
Houghton, MI—17″
Grand Marais, MI—15″
Indian River, MI—8″
Tallmadge, MI—5.6″
 
Feb 2 Record lows
Denver, CO
Alamosa, CO
Burlington, CO
.
-18
-26 tie
-10 tie
Feb 2 Rainfall in one day
Salt Springs, FL—7.68″
Orange Springs, FL—7.23″
Ocala, FL—7.01″
Palm Coast, FL—6.90″
Flagler Beach, FL—5.14″
Panama City, FL—4.01″
Gainesville, FL—3.05″
Jacksonville, FL—2.37″
Daytona Beach, FL—2.10″
 
Feb 1 All-time record in Goodland, Kansas for consecutive days of snow
… and the 8th coldest January on record

1 Feb 07 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING JANUARY 2007 AT THE GOODLAND AIRPORT 
WAS 18.7 DEGREES…THE 8TH COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD AND THE COLDEST 
SINCE JANUARY 1979. THE ALL-TIME COLDEST JANUARY OCCURRED IN 1949.
JANUARY 2007 ALSO INCLUDED 12 CONSECUTIVE DAYS BELOW FREEZING, THE 
LONGEST TIME BELOW FREEZING SINCE DECEMBER OF 1983…AND THE 7TH LONGEST 
ON RECORD.

AS OF FEBRUARY 1…GOODLAND HAS HAD AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOW ON THE 
GROUND FOR 43 CONSECUTIVE DAYS…THIS APPEARS TO BE AN ALL-TIME RECORD 
FOR GOODLAND.

Thanks to skier Ken for this info

 
Feb 1 Winter storm spreads snow, ice from Oklahoma to North Carolina  – The storm 
rushed across the Southeast Thursday, closing schools and grounding flights a 
day after coating roads with deadly ice in the Plains.
A winter storm warning covered the western Carolinas and northern Georgia on 
Thursday afternoon, and more than 4 inches of snow fell in spots.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, grappled with a second, trailing storm that kept roads slick 
and dangerous.

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/stormcenter/2007-02-01-winter-weather_x.htm?csp=24

 
Feb 1 Snowfall in one day:
Turnerville, GA—6″
Edgemoor, SC—4.5″
Toccoa, GA—4″
Clayton, GA—2″
Charlotte, NC—2″
 
Jan 30 Snowfall in one day:
Hannibal, NY—30″
Perrysburg, NY—24″
Awkwright, NY—23″
Fairhaven, NY—20″
Hamburg, NY—10.5″
 
Jan 30 Frigid cold sweeps North AmericaTemperatures plunged to 2C (36F) 
in Tampa, Florida this morning, and to 3C (37F) at Fort Myers. Florida temperatures 
usually range between 0C (50F) and 23C (73F) in January.

In Canada, the city of Toronto started the day at -15C (5F). In the Canadian capitol 
the mercury fell to -24C (-11F), some 10 degrees below average.

New York recorded -7C (19F), while further south in Washington D.C., temperatures 
fell to -9C (16F).

Temperatures in Savannah, Georgia dropped to -1C (30F). In Havana, Cuba, the 
mercury dipped to 10C (50F), far below its 17C (63F) average low.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/30012007news.shtml

 
Jan 29 Rainfall totals:
Nordoff Ridge, CA—4.13″
Matilija Dam, CA—3.07″
Oxnard, CA—2.33″
 
Jan 27 Record snowfall creating problems – Snow in the road, snow blocking driveways 
and snow piled up so high, it looks like a mountain: there is so much snow, Anchorage
 residents are getting fed up–not with Mother Nature, but with the way the city is 
handling it.
Anchorage‘s snow-removal budget of two million dollars is set by a yearly snowfall 
of under 70 inches. So far this season, Anchorage has seen more than 74 inches of the 
white stuff–more than normally falls in an entire winter. And there are still four months 
left in the snow season.
http://www.ktva.com/topstory/ci_5096272
Thanks to Clay Olson for this link
 
Jan 27 Record lows in three states
Mount Mansfield, VT
Montpelier, VT
Worcester, MA
Boston, MA
Providence, RI
Hilo, HI
.
-14
-2
8
13
15
58
Jan 26 Record lows
Bridgeport, CT
New York City, NY
.
5 tie
9 tie
Jan 25 Snowfall in one day:
East Rochester, NY—17″
Cassadaga, NY—13″
Harbor, MI—-12″
Forestville, MI—10″
Penfield, NY—7.5″
Port Sanilac, MI—8″
Port Hope, MI—6″
Geneva, NY—5.5″
Port Austin, MI—5″
 
Jan 24 Massive snowfall in Anchorage
24 Jan 07 –– Having received more than 74 inches of snow this season, 
Anchorage, Alaska has been hit with twice the normal amount of snow 
that falls during the entire winter … and the season is only half over.
According to the city, it’s reaching a crisis level. The city can plow the 
roads, but where to put the snow? Two-lane roads are quickly becoming one.

“I’ve lived in Alaska since 1967 and I don’t remember ever having this much 
snow before,” said resident Joyce Elliston.

The city is already $2 million over budget for snow removal this season.

http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=5986863
Thanks to both Jack Bailey and Martin Hoer for this info.

 
Jan 24 Rainfall in one day:
Palacios, TX—2.99″
Victoria, TX—2.41″
 
Jan 23 Record Lows
Redding, CA
Stockton, CA
Ramona, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
.
26
27
27
30
31
Jan 23 Snowfall in one day:
Carlsbad, NM—8″
Barnes Corner, NY—6″
Buffalo, NY—5.6″
Adams, NY—5″
Seminole, TX—5″
Pecos, TX—5″
Odessa, TX—2″
El Paso, TX—1″
 
Jan 22 Snow in Tucson – Two inches of snow fell in Tucson, Arizona, yesterday, while 
El Paso, Texas, received a dusting of snow. The same storm will soon bring rain 
and wet snow to the western panhandle of Texas, southern New Mexico and far 
southeast Arizona.
More than a foot of snow fell on parts of northern Arizona, and several more 
inches were possible Monday.

Winter weather has also hit hard on the East Coast, bringing snow, sleet and 
freezing rain to Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

Snow in Malibu, a huge freeze in California, and now snow in Tucson
and parts of Mexico. Where’s the global warming ??

http://premiuma.accuweather.com/adcbin/premium/headlines.asp?iws=3
Thanks to both skier Ken and Craig Adkins for this link.

 
Jan 21 Snowfall in one day:
Hannagan Meadow, AZ—24″
Mt. Lemmon, AZ (near Tucson)—12″
Bisbee, AZ—9″
Safford, AZ—9″
Tucson, AZ—1.5″
Borger, TX—10″
Amarillo, TX—8.5″
Lubbock, TX—4.3″
Albuquerque, TX—3.5″
 
Jan 20 Snowfall in one day:
Stokes Hill, NY—17″
Northfield, VT—13″
Syracuse, NY—7″
Friona, TX—7″
Amarillo, TX—6″
Tucumcari, NM—6″
 
Jan 18 Snow Snarls Traffic In Malibu!– The southbound lands on I-5 through the Grapevine 
area were closed due to snow Thursday. About three inches of snow accumulated on 
the freeway, with a layer of ice underneath.
Snow also fell on the palm trees of West Los Angeles and Malibu Wednesday.
Residents in West Los Angeles said that several inches of snow fell in their yards.

The last snowfall recorded at LAX was in January 1962, according to the National
Weather Service.

In Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, a portion of State Route 33 about
12 miles north of Ojai, was closed due to snow and ice.
http://knbc.nbcweatherplus.com/weathernews/10773559/detail.html
Thanks to David Swineford for this link

 
Jan 18 Death toll rises to 65 – The winter blasts that kept Texas and Oklahoma residents 
shivering has now spread to mid-Atlantic states and the Carolinas, with a mix of snow, 
sleet and freezing rain.
Scattered snow showers were also forecast across parts of the western Great Lakes 
and Upper Midwest, while another barrage of storms was set to bring up to 8 inches 
of snow to the Plains by late Friday.

Frigid conditions prevailed around the country. The entire state of Maine fell into 
the single digits or lower, reaching minus-16F in Caribou.

Snow fell briefly in normally sunny Malibu, snow plows cleared a major road through 
the Malibu mountains, and Valencia – 30 miles north of Los Angeles – saw snow for the 
first time in more than 20 years.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14117850/

 
Jan 17 Record lows
Lancaster, CA
Palmdale, CA
Blythe, CA
Imperial, CA
.
8
14 tie
25
26
Jan 17 300,000 still lack power as new storm looms
Winter  wreaks havoc from Texas to Maine; death toll hits 55

Tens of thousands of electricity customers are likely to still lack power a week 
after the ice storm blamed for 55 deaths in nine states.
Houston and San Antonio were under rare ice warnings, while a 300-mile stretch 
of I-10 from Fort Stockton to San Antonio was closed because of fresh snow atop 
a layer of ice.

That same cold air mass moved into the Northeast Wednesday, where thermometers 
plunged to16 below at Caribou, Maine, and 19 above in New York City.

In Buffalo, Missouri, nearly all stores, gas stations and restaurants were closed 
Tuesday. “There are no services,” Mayor Jerry Hardesty said. “I’ve talked to residents 
who have lived here 50 years and nobody can remember it ever being this bad.”

The private forecasting company DTN Meteorlogix expects 2 to 6 inches of snow from 
the Texas panhandle to the Kansas border and 1 to 3 inches in southern Kansas this 
weekend. 
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14117850/

 
Jan 16 Delta, UT
Greer, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Sacramento, CA
Oakland, CA
-19
-5
8
23
28
Jan 16 Snowfall in one day:
Concord, OH—8″”
Thompson, OH—7″”
Mexico, NY—7″”
Newark, NY—7″”
 
Jan 16 Deadly winter blasts felt across U.S.
450,000 still without power as death toll reaches 51 in nine states

Some 92,000 Oklahoma homes and businesses might not have power restored until 
next week, a utility company spokesman said. “There are a lot of places where virtually everything is destroyed,” Public Service Company of Oklahoma spokesman Stan 
Whiteford said. “In some cases, entire electric services will have to be rebuilt.”
In Missouri, about 210,000 homes and businesses still had no electricity, along with tens 
of thousands of customers in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16634187/from/ET/
 
Jan 16 Deadly winter blasts felt across U.S.
Half million without power as death toll reaches 46 in seven states

16 Jan 07 – Winter gripped most of the United States today, leaving 500,000 homes 
and businesses without electricity in the Midwest and Northeast, and dumping another 
blast of snow on the Northwest. Meanwhile, California reported that nearly its entire 
$1 billion citrus crop was wiped out by a freeze. Other crops, including avocados and
strawberries, also suffered damage. 

(In my book I said that “We’ll be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re 
covered by ice.”)
See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16634187/
Thanks to Jeff Reed for this link

 
Jan 16 Rainfall totals:
Blakely Mtn Dam, AR—9.17″
Little Rock, AR—6.53″
Poplar Bluff, MO—4.88″
Paducah, KY—4.31″
Evansville, IN—3.57″
 
Jan 15 Record lows in four states:
Bryce Canyon, UT
Grand Junction, CO
Douglas, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Bakersfield, CA
.
-17
-8 tie
9
20
24
Jan 15 Death toll grows as path of ice storm widens
Pipes freeze in Phoenix
Hundreds of thousands without power from Oklahoma to New Hampshire
President Bush declares Oklahoma a disaster area
The death toll from a powerful winter storm rose to 36 across six states Monday, 
as the Northeast started feeling the punch.
In addition to those without power in the Midwest, a layer of ice up to a half-inch 
thick knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers in northern New York and 
at least 4,500 in New Hampshire. During the weekend, water pipes froze in the 
Phoenix area.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16634187/

Thanks to Paul R. Stanko for this link.
 
Jan 15 Winter Blast Heads East –– Death toll rises to 29 – More than 300,000 in Missouri 
still lack power following weekend storms whose death toll rose to 29 in five states. 
Another 122,000 lacked power in Oklahoma as of Sunday night. A gymnasium roof 
collapsed in Del City, Oklahoma, under the weight of ice and snow.
Nebraska, which has been pummeled by winter storms in the past month, received 
even more snow. The storm was expected to continue heading northeast, dumping 
more than a foot of snow on Lower Michigan and parts of New England.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16634187/
 
Jan 15 Rainfall in one day:
Mount Ida, AR—2.89″
El Dorado, AR—2.41″
Hot Springs, AR—2.21″
Russellville, AR—2.16″
Batesville, AR—2.12″
 
Jan 15 Rawlins, WY
Randolph, UT
Delta, UT
Laramie, WY
Flagstaff, AZ
-25
-24
-24
-16
-15
Jan 15 Snowfall in one day:
Rumford, ME—9.5″”
Guilford, ME—8″”
Dixville Notch, NH—8″”
Orono, ME—6.5″”
Plattsburgh, NY—6″”
 
Jan 14 Flagstaff, AZ
Sacramento, CA
Bakersfield, CA
Burbank, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Unusually Low temps:
Lancaster, CA
Palmdale, CA
Paso Robles, CA
Sandberg, CA
Redding, CA

-15
22
25 tie
27
35

3
10
15
19
19

Jan 14 Plunging temperatures threaten California citrus crop – As thermometers plunged
on Friday, the Governor of California declared a state of emergency. The freezing 
temperatures, which are expected to continue into early next week, have already 
destroyed millions of dollars of crops.

Monterey set a new record Friday night at 27F (-3C), one degree below the record 
set in 1963. Sacramento tied its record low of 22F (-6C) set in 1949.

Temperatures at Lancaster dipped to just 7F (-14C). Growers were building bonfires 
and setting up large fans to try and keep the cold at bay.

The cold snap even brought a rare dusting of snow to the Monclair, Chino and 
Riverside areas.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/14012007news.shtml

 
Jan 14 Rainfall in 30 hours
Lufkin, TX—5.15″
Little Rock, AR—4.50″
Tyler, TX—4.13″
Hot Springs, AR—4.05″
Huntsville, TX—3.87″
 
Jan 13 West Yellowstone, MT
Stanley, ID
Paso Robles, CA
Sacramento, CA
Marysville, CA
-47
-34
12
22
24
Jan 13 Crippling Winter Storm Lashes mid-USA Another blast of  freezing rain, sleet 
and snow pummeled the nation’s midsection Saturday, causing power outages for 
at least 200,000 and tying up highways, railways, and airports.
Missouri’s governor declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. 
He said the worst wave may come Sunday.

In Southern California, thermometers registered just 8 degrees at Lancaster, 22 at 
Palmdale and 30 in Santa Barbara.
The storm was expected to continue through the 
weekend, laying down a coat of ice and snow from Texas to Oklahoma to Wisconsin 
to Illinois.
http://www.comcast.net/news/index.jsp?cat=GENERAL&fn=/2007/01/13/561708.html

 
Jan 13 Rainfall in one day:
Austin, TX—4.28″
Little Rock, AR—3.28″
Dallas, TX—-3.03″
Hot Springs, AR—2.56″
Tyler, TX—2.35″
 
Jan 12 Winter blast slams central USA – several inches of ice expected
12 Jan 07 — Freezing rain fell in the nation’s midsection Friday, and temperatures 
plunged from Minnesota to Las Vegas. “It could definitely be a paralyzing storm,” 
said Max Blood, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.
Several inches of ice was expected in parts of Kansas by the end of the weekend. 
Freezing temperatures and up to 2 inches of snow were also forecast for southern 
Nevada. http://www.usatoday.com/weather/storms/2007-01-11-ice-storm_x.htm
 
Jan 12 Ice storm warning issued for almost all of Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. explains what this means:
AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS 
ARE EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE
TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.
COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL… 
KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN
CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL LIKELY 
LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT 
ADD TO THE DANGER.
http://blogs.usatoday.com/weather/2007/01/usa_today_weath_8.html
 
Jan 12 More snow for ColoradoThe second significant snowfall of the winter hit parts of
Washington State and parts of Northwest Oregon at mid-week, with some areas reporting 
as much as 10 inches. The storm has since edged into northern Colorado, and is forecast 
to edge further south across Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and into Texas.
A winter storm also pushed into Utah and Nevada on Thursday, bringing snowfalls of
4 to 6 inches to parts of Utah.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/12012007news.shtml
 
Jan 10 Snowfall in one day:
Big Moose, NY—19”
Highmarket, NY—19″
Old Forge, NY—15”
Yorkshire , NY —14”
N. Osceola , NY —17”
Ellicottville, NY—16″
Syracuse, NY—10.6″
Cherry Hill, NY—8″
Ferndale, WA—9″
Bellingham, WA—7″

Ashland, NC—8.5”
Warsaw, NY —8”
McHenry, MD—6”
Boone, NC—4”
Marion, WV—3”<TD style=”PADDING-RIGHT: 3.75pt; PADDING-LEFT: 3.75pt; PADD

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Global Warming Scam

February 12, 2007 at 6:02 pm (christianity, clinton, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, waters, woolsey)

From

February 11, 2007

An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change

Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged

When politicians and journalists declare that the science of global warming is settled, they show a regrettable ignorance about how science works. We were treated to another dose of it recently when the experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the Summary for Policymakers that puts the political spin on an unfinished scientific dossier on climate change due for publication in a few months’ time. They declared that most of the rise in temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to man-made greenhouse gases.

The small print explains “very likely” as meaning that the experts who made the judgment felt 90% sure about it. Older readers may recall a press conference at Harwell in 1958 when Sir John Cockcroft, Britain’s top nuclear physicist, said he was 90% certain that his lads had achieved controlled nuclear fusion. It turned out that he was wrong. More positively, a 10% uncertainty in any theory is a wide open breach for any latterday Galileo or Einstein to storm through with a better idea. That is how science really works.

Twenty years ago, climate research became politicised in favour of one particular hypothesis, which redefined the subject as the study of the effect of greenhouse gases. As a result, the rebellious spirits essential for innovative and trustworthy science are greeted with impediments to their research careers. And while the media usually find mavericks at least entertaining, in this case they often imagine that anyone who doubts the hypothesis of man-made global warming must be in the pay of the oil companies. As a result, some key discoveries in climate research go almost unreported.

Enthusiasm for the global-warming scare also ensures that heatwaves make headlines, while contrary symptoms, such as this winter’s billion-dollar loss of Californian crops to unusual frost, are relegated to the business pages. The early arrival of migrant birds in spring provides colourful evidence for a recent warming of the northern lands. But did anyone tell you that in east Antarctica the Adélie penguins and Cape petrels are turning up at their spring nesting sites around nine days later than they did 50 years ago? While sea-ice has diminished in the Arctic since 1978, it has grown by 8% in the Southern Ocean. 

So one awkward question you can ask, when you’re forking out those extra taxes for climate change, is “Why is east Antarctica getting colder?” It makes no sense at all if carbon dioxide is driving global warming. While you’re at it, you might inquire whether Gordon Brown will give you a refund if it’s confirmed that global warming has stopped. The best measurements of global air temperatures come from American weather satellites, and they show wobbles but no overall change since 1999.

That levelling off is just what is expected by the chief rival hypothesis, which says that the sun drives climate changes more emphatically than greenhouse gases do. After becoming much more active during the 20th century, the sun now stands at a high but roughly level state of activity. Solar physicists warn of possible global cooling, should the sun revert to the lazier mood it was in during the Little Ice Age 300 years ago.

Climate history and related archeology give solid support to the solar hypothesis. The 20th-century episode, or Modern Warming, was just the latest in a long string of similar events produced by a hyperactive sun, of which the last was the Medieval Warming.

The Chinese population doubled then, while in Europe the Vikings and cathedral-builders prospered. Fascinating relics of earlier episodes come from the Swiss Alps, with the rediscovery in 2003 of a long-forgotten pass used intermittently whenever the world was warm.

What does the Intergovernmental Panel do with such emphatic evidence for an alternation of warm and cold periods, linked to solar activity and going on long before human industry was a possible factor? Less than nothing. The 2007 Summary for Policymakers boasts of cutting in half a very small contribution by the sun to climate change conceded in a 2001 report.

Disdain for the sun goes with a failure by the self-appointed greenhouse experts to keep up with inconvenient discoveries about how the solar variations control the climate. The sun’s brightness may change too little to account for the big swings in the climate. But more than 10 years have passed since Henrik Svensmark in Copenhagen first pointed out a much more powerful mechanism.

He saw from compilations of weather satellite data that cloudiness varies according to how many atomic particles are coming in from exploded stars. More cosmic rays, more clouds. The sun’s magnetic field bats away many of the cosmic rays, and its intensification during the 20th century meant fewer cosmic rays, fewer clouds, and a warmer world. On the other hand the Little Ice Age was chilly because the lazy sun let in more cosmic rays, leaving the world cloudier and gloomier.

The only trouble with Svensmark’s idea — apart from its being politically incorrect — was that meteorologists denied that cosmic rays could be involved in cloud formation. After long delays in scraping together the funds for an experiment, Svensmark and his small team at the Danish National Space Center hit the jackpot in the summer of 2005.

In a box of air in the basement, they were able to show that electrons set free by cosmic rays coming through the ceiling stitched together droplets of sulphuric acid and water. These are the building blocks for cloud condensation. But journal after journal declined to publish their report; the discovery finally appeared in the Proceedings of the Royal Society late last year.

Thanks to having written The Manic Sun, a book about Svensmark’s initial discovery published in 1997, I have been privileged to be on the inside track for reporting his struggles and successes since then. The outcome is a second book, The Chilling Stars, co-authored by the two of us and published next week by Icon books. We are not exaggerating, we believe, when we subtitle it “A new theory of climate change”.

Where does all that leave the impact of greenhouse gases? Their effects are likely to be a good deal less than advertised, but nobody can really say until the implications of the new theory of climate change are more fully worked out.

The reappraisal starts with Antarctica, where those contradictory temperature trends are directly predicted by Svensmark’s scenario, because the snow there is whiter than the cloud-tops. Meanwhile humility in face of Nature’s marvels seems more appropriate than arrogant assertions that we can forecast and even control a climate ruled by the sun and the stars.

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The Demotard Jihadi

February 6, 2007 at 7:56 pm (clinton, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

THE Democratic National Committee made a strange choice to deliver the invocation last Friday at its winter meeting: Husham al-Husainy – an extremist who has a long record of support for prominent Islamists at war with America and Israel.Al-Husainy’s words before the Democrats – asking God to “help us stop . . . occupation and oppression” – were jarring enough, since he was likely referring to either American soldiers in Iraq or Jews in Israel.

But his past statements and activity make those words even more ominous.

Al-Husainy heads the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center mosque in Dearborn, Mich., one of the largest Shiite mosques in North America. He is an open admirer of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – under whose rule Americans were held hostage for 444 days.

During last summer’s Israel-Hezbollah war, al-Husainy led rallies in Dearborn in support of the Lebanese terrorist group. Protesters displayed swastikas as well as anti-American and anti-Semitic posters.

I attended one rally, at Dearborn’s Bint Jebail Cultural Center – named for the stronghold in south Lebanon from which Hezbollah rockets rained on Israel. Al-Husainy was among several who delivered hate-filled, anti-American rhetoric. He cheered as others called for the hastened destruction of the Jews.

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The Global Warming Scam

February 6, 2007 at 4:18 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, hillary, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, waters, woolsey)

Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?

Monday, February 5, 2007

Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn’t exist. And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth. But few listen, despite the fact that I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology and I have an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition. Few listen, even though I have a Ph.D, (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England and was a climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. For some reason (actually for many), the World is not listening. Here is why.

What would happen if tomorrow we were told that, after all, the Earth is flat? It would probably be the most important piece of news in the media and would generate a lot of debate. So why is it that when scientists who have studied the Global Warming phenomenon for years say that humans are not the cause nobody listens? Why does no one acknowledge that the Emperor has no clothes on?

Believe it or not, Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This in fact is the greatest deception in the history of science. We are wasting time, energy and trillions of dollars while creating unnecessary fear and consternation over an issue with no scientific justification. For example, Environment Canada brags about spending $3.7 billion in the last five years dealing with climate change almost all on propaganda trying to defend an indefensible scientific position while at the same time closing weather stations and failing to meet legislated pollution targets.

No sensible person seeks conflict, especially with governments, but if we don’t pursue the truth, we are lost as individuals and as a society. That is why I insist on saying that there is no evidence that we are, or could ever cause global climate change. And, recently, Yuri A. Izrael, Vice President of the United Nations sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed this statement. So how has the world come to believe that something is wrong?

Maybe for the same reason we believed, 30 years ago, that global cooling was the biggest threat: a matter of faith. “It is a cold fact: the Global Cooling presents humankind with the most important social, political, and adaptive challenge we have had to deal with for ten thousand years. Your stake in the decisions we make concerning it is of ultimate importance; the survival of ourselves, our children, our species,” wrote Lowell Ponte in 1976.

I was as opposed to the threats of impending doom global cooling engendered as I am to the threats made about Global Warming. Let me stress I am not denying the phenomenon has occurred. The world has warmed since 1680, the nadir of a cool period called the Little Ice Age (LIA) that has generally continued to the present. These climate changes are well within natural variability and explained quite easily by changes in the sun. But there is nothing unusual going on.

Since I obtained my doctorate in climatology from the University of London, Queen Mary College, England my career has spanned two climate cycles. Temperatures declined from 1940 to 1980 and in the early 1970’s global cooling became the consensus. This proves that consensus is not a scientific fact. By the 1990’s temperatures appeared to have reversed and Global Warming became the consensus. It appears I’ll witness another cycle before retiring, as the major mechanisms and the global temperature trends now indicate a cooling.

No doubt passive acceptance yields less stress, fewer personal attacks and makes career progress easier. What I have experienced in my personal life during the last years makes me understand why most people choose not to speak out; job security and fear of reprisals. Even in University, where free speech and challenge to prevailing wisdoms are supposedly encouraged, academics remain silent.

I once received a three page letter that my lawyer defined as libellous, from an academic colleague, saying I had no right to say what I was saying, especially in public lectures. Sadly, my experience is that universities are the most dogmatic and oppressive places in our society. This becomes progressively worse as they receive more and more funding from governments that demand a particular viewpoint.

In another instance, I was accused by Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki of being paid by oil companies. That is a lie. Apparently he thinks if the fossil fuel companies pay you have an agenda. So if Greenpeace, Sierra Club or governments pay there is no agenda and only truth and enlightenment?

Personal attacks are difficult and shouldn’t occur in a debate in a civilized society. I can only consider them from what they imply. They usually indicate a person or group is losing the debate. In this case, they also indicate how political the entire Global Warming debate has become. Both underline the lack of or even contradictory nature of the evidence.

I am not alone in this journey against the prevalent myth. Several well-known names have also raised their voices. Michael Crichton, the scientist, writer and filmmaker is one of them. In his latest book, “State of Fear” he takes time to explain, often in surprising detail, the flawed science behind Global Warming and other imagined environmental crises.

Another cry in the wildenerness is Richard Lindzen’s. He is an atmospheric physicist and a professor of meteorology at MIT, renowned for his research in dynamic meteorology – especially atmospheric waves. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has held positions at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and MIT. Linzen frequently speaks out against the notion that significant Global Warming is caused by humans. Yet nobody seems to listen.

I think it may be because most people don’t understand the scientific method which Thomas Kuhn so skilfully and briefly set out in his book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.” A scientist makes certain assumptions and then produces a theory which is only as valid as the assumptions. The theory of Global Warming assumes that CO2 is an atmospheric greenhouse gas and as it increases temperatures rise. It was then theorized that since humans were producing more CO2 than before, the temperature would inevitably rise. The theory was accepted before testing had started, and effectively became a law.

As Lindzen said many years ago: “the consensus was reached before the research had even begun.” Now, any scientist who dares to question the prevailing wisdom is marginalized and called a sceptic, when in fact they are simply being good scientists. This has reached frightening levels with these scientists now being called climate change denier with all the holocaust connotations of that word. The normal scientific method is effectively being thwarted.

Meanwhile, politicians are being listened to, even though most of them have no knowledge or understanding of science, especially the science of climate and climate change. Hence, they are in no position to question a policy on climate change when it threatens the entire planet. Moreover, using fear and creating hysteria makes it very difficult to make calm rational decisions about issues needing attention.

Until you have challenged the prevailing wisdom you have no idea how nasty people can be. Until you have re-examined any issue in an attempt to find out all the information, you cannot know how much misinformation exists in the supposed age of information.

I was greatly influenced several years ago by Aaron Wildavsky’s book “Yes, but is it true?” The author taught political science at a New York University and realized how science was being influenced by and apparently misused by politics. He gave his graduate students an assignment to pursue the science behind a policy generated by a highly publicised environmental concern. To his and their surprise they found there was little scientific evidence, consensus and justification for the policy. You only realize the extent to which Wildavsky’s findings occur when you ask the question he posed. Wildavsky’s students did it in the safety of academia and with the excuse that it was an assignment. I have learned it is a difficult question to ask in the real world, however I firmly believe it is the most important question to ask if we are to advance in the right direction.

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Really Bad News from Iran

February 5, 2007 at 4:38 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

Iran has converted one of its most powerful ballistic missiles into a satellite launch vehicle. The 30-ton rocket could also be a wolf in sheep’s clothing for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reports in its Jan. 29 issue.

The Iranian space launcher has recently been assembled and “will liftoff soon” with an Iranian satellite, according to Alaoddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

The move toward an independent space launch capacity is likely to ratchet up concern in the U.S. and Europe about Iran’s strategic capabilities and intents. Orbiting its own satellite would send a powerful message throughout the Muslim world about the Shiite regime in Tehran.

U.S. agencies believe the launcher to be a derivation of either of two vehicles — the liquid-propellant, 800-1,000-mi. range Shahab 3 missile, or the 1,800-mi. range, solid propellant Ghadar-110. A Shahab 3 or a Ghadar-110 fired from central Iran could strike anywhere in Israel, Saudi Arabia, the entire Persian Gulf region and as far west as southern Turkey.

There are concerns in the West that space launch upgrades, however, could eventually create an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of nearly 2,500 mi., giving Tehran the ability to strike as far as central Europe, well into Russia and even China and India.

The U. S. Defense Intelligence Agency has told the Congress that Iran may be capable of developing a 3,000-mi. range ICBM by 2015.

“But ultimately, their space program aims to orbit reconnaissance satellites like Israel’s “Ofek,” using an Iranian satellite launcher from Iranian territory, says Uzi Rubin, the former head of the Israel Missile Defense Organization. Rubin made his assessment in a report for The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

“A reconnaissance satellite of reasonable performance should weigh about 300 kg. [660 lb.] Once Iran learns how to put 300 kg. into earth orbit, it could adapt the satellite launcher into an ICBM that could drop more than 300 kg anywhere in the world. Remember the impact on the U.S. of Russia’s launch of Sputnik,” Rubin says in his assessment.

Boroujerdi’s made his remarks about the imminent Iranian launch in a speech before a group of religious students and clerics in the city of Qom near where Iran has conducted some of its ballistic missile tests. Iran is now in the midst of military exercises that include a series of shorter-range missile tests, Iranian officials say.

Although designed as a technology demonstrator, the planned satellite launch would be a potent political and emotional weapon in the Middle East.

The new space launcher and ongoing missile development is also significant in that it highlights close technological ties between the Iranian and North Korean missiles programs, intelligence agencies agree.

Analysts at GlobalSecurity.org believe that if the version used is the Shahab 3, the modification could be a stepping stone to a clone of the North Korean Taepo Dong 2C/3 ballistic missile that failed in a launch attempt from North Korea last July 4.

A November 2006 Congressional Research Service report reinforced concerns over Iranian and North Korean missile development ties. It notes that Israel’s military intelligence chief has information indicating that North Korea has shipped to Iran eighteen 1,500 mi. range BM-25 ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

“Largely with foreign help, Iran is becoming self-sufficient in the production of ballistic missiles,” says the report’s author, Kenneth Katzman. And he reminds that a 2006 U.S. National Security Strategy Document notes, “The United States may face no greater challenge from a single country than Iran.”

What are Democrats planning to do about this?

Blame Bush.

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The Reason for 9/11!!!

February 5, 2007 at 2:34 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, woolsey)

More than five years after 9/11, the crucial question of why the Islamic radicals decided to strike America remains unanswered. Recall that for at least two decades prior to 9/11, radical Muslims were focused on fighting in their own countries. They were trying to overthrow their local governments and to establish Islamic states under sharia law. America was not their target.

Then, in the mid-to-late 1990s, two of the leading Muslim radicals, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden, decided on a new strategy. They abandoned the tactic of fighting the “near enemy” and decided to take the battle to the “far enemy,” specifically the United States. If Zawahiri and Bin Laden had not changed course, 9/11 would not have happened.

Why, then, did they do so? In his book the Far Enemy, political scientist Fawaz Gerges argues that the radical Muslims’ strategy of fighting the near enemy proved unsuccessful, and so they decided to try something else. “When jihadis met their Waterloo on home-front battles,” Gerges writes, they “turned their guns against the West in an effort to stop the revolutionary ship from sinking.”

Bin Laden himself supplies the answer to this question. He says he developed the suspicion that despite its outward show of power and affluence, the far enemy was weaker and more vulnerable than the near enemy. Bin Laden had witnessed a united force of Muslim fighters, the so-called Arab Afghans, drive the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. The Arab Afghans, Bin Laden notes, “managed to crush the greatest empire known to mankind. The so-called superpower vanished into thin air.”

Even though the demise of the Soviet Union left the United States as the world’s only superpower, Bin Laden determined that “America is very much weaker than Russia.” Bin Laden based his opinion on America’s military conduct in previous years. He saw that when America found itself in a drawn-out guerilla war in Vietnam, it accepted defeat and withdrew. Americans, Bin Laden concluded, love life so much that they are not willing to risk it. In short, they are cowards. When only 18 American troops were killed in Somalia in 1993, Bin Laden said, “America fled in the dark as fast as it could.”

During the mid to late 1990s, the radical Muslims tested America’s resolve by launching a series of attacks on American targets. These were massive attacks, unprecedented in the damage they inflicted. There was the Khobar Towers attack on American facilities in Saudi Arabia, the bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa, the suicide assault on the American warship the U.S.S. Cole.

Yet in every case the Clinton administration reacted either by doing nothing, or with desultory counterattacks like a missile strike against unoccupied Afghan tents and the bombing of what was reported to be a pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan. Clearly these responses inflicted little harm to Al Qaeda and actually made America look ridiculous in the eyes of the Muslim world.

 Consequently, Bin Laden became convinced that his theory of American irresolution and weakness was substantially correct. By his own account he became emboldened to conceive of a grander and more devastating strike on American shores, the strike that occurred on 9/11.

Even so, this strike could have been prevented had the Clinton administration acted on intelligence leads and struck back at Bin Laden, when it had the chance. Former CIA agent Michael Scheuer estimates that during the second term of the Clinton administration America had approximately 10 opportunities to kill Bin Laden, and took none of them. Even Richard Clarke, Clinton’s terrorism adviser and a Clinton apologist, admits he is mystified why the American government did not go after and eliminate Bin Laden. After all Bin Laden had already declared war on America and made war on American targets abroad.

President Clinton has repeatedly said he made every effort to “get” Bin Laden. But between 1996 (the year Bin Laden moved to Afghanistan) until early 2000 Bin Laden was not exactly in deep hiding. He lived near Kandahar in a house provided by Mullah Omar. He preached in the local mosque. He gave interviews over a period of three years to Peter Arnett of CNN, John Miller of ABC News, a journalist for Time magazine, the British journalist Robert Fisk, the Pakistani editor Abdel Bari Atwan, the folks at Al Jazeera, and others. How come all these people could find Bin Laden but not the Clinton administration?

I’m not suggesting that Clinton did not want to protect America from Bin Laden. I am suggesting that this was not a top priority for his administration. Their top priority was to save Clinton from impeachment and to discredit special prosecutor Ken Starr. Clinton wanted to “get” Starr, and he did. But somehow Bin Laden slipped through the net.

The conclusion seems unavoidable. The Islamic radicals made the decision to attack America on 9/11 because they decided that America was cowardly and weak. They came to this conclusion largely as a result of the actions—and inaction—of the Clinton administration and its allies on the left. What could have been done to get rid of Bin Laden and avert 9/11 was not done. In this sense liberal foreign policy gave radical Muslims the confidence and the opportunity to strike, and they did.

Dinesh D’Souza’s new book The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 has just been published by Doubleday. D’Souza is the Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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