Cracks In The Green Corporate Dam

I've said many times on this blog that not having a girlfriend gives a man a lot of free time to watch the Discovery Channel. While I wile away the hours watching egomaniacal crab fishermen or loggers or what have you, during the commercial breaks I am bombarded with propaganda from one major corporation after another talking about how green they are, how they are "building a smarter planet." It occurred to me after Climategate that we'll see the whole Global Warming farce begin to crumble when the major corporations stop buying into it.

Today it seems there are cracks in the dam.

The presence of one of the world’s pre-eminent environmentalists at Apple’s shareholder meeting Thursday was the subject of much of the morning’s pointed discussion.


At the first opportunity for audience participation just several minutes into the proceeding, a longtime and well-known Apple shareholder–some would say gadfly–who introduced himself as Shelton Ehrlich, stood at the microphone and urged against Gore’s re-election to the board. Gore “has become a laughingstock. The glaciers have not melted,” Sheldon said, referring to Gore’s views on global warming. “If his advice he gives to Apple is as faulty as his views on the environment then he doesn’t need to be re-elected.”

Naturally a lot of folks came to Gore's defense, and he'll no doubt continue to serve on Apple's board, but the days of complete credibility for the former VP are long past as are the days of shareholders in major multi-national corporations going along with every green iniative that comes their way.

Quote Of The Day

From Robert Stacy McCain:

“No” is good. People like “no.” Go with “no.”


GOP Victorious In Health Care Smack-Down

I was listening to talk radio the other day and heard Democrat strategist Pat Caddell talking about the latest political news. He made the point that yes the Republicans are probably gonna win big this November but that their victory will be by default and that they've done nothing to earn votes except for the fact that they're not Democrats. While I disagree with some of his reasoning, his overall point is correct.

That is, until today.

The Republicans accepted the invitation to hold a round-table discussion with President Obama and the Democrats on health care, live on television. Many said 'Don't do it, it's a trap!' And, of course, it was a trap and we had good reason to believe the Republicans weren't smart enough for this political battle. Well, even the best of us were wrong. The Republicans, like any good NFL team, had a great game-plan and executed it beautifully. In other words, today at long last they earned their forthcoming votes.

And it appears the GOP has a new star in one Paul Ryan:


Quote Of The Day

"Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market," Obama said in prepared remarks.

John Yoo Fights Back

I absolutely love this John Yoo guy. Not only is he a patriot; not only did he destroy Jon Stewart; he is a fighter:

Why bother fighting off an administration hell-bent on finding scapegoats for its policy disagreements with the last president? I could have easily decided to hide out, as others have. Instead, I wrote numerous articles (several published in this newspaper) and three books explaining and defending presidential control of national security policy. I gave dozens of speeches and media appearances, where I confronted critics of the administration's terrorism policies. And, most importantly, I was lucky to receive the outstanding legal counsel of Miguel Estrada, one of the nation's finest defense attorneys, to attack head-on and without reservation, each and every one of OPR's mistakes, misdeeds and acts of malfeasance.

I did not do this to win any popularity contests, least of all those held in the faculty lounge. I did it to help our president—President Obama, not Bush. Mr. Obama is fighting three wars simultaneously in Iraq, Afghanistan, and against al Qaeda. He will call upon the men and women serving under his command to make choices as hard as the ones we faced. They cannot meet those challenges with clear minds if they believe that a bevy of prosecutors, congressional committees and media critics await them when they return from the battlefield.

That's gonna piss off all the right people.


Canadian Politician Unapologetic About U.S. Heart Surgery

Like they say at Hot Air, meat so red and juicy you'll never be able to finish it all:

An unapologetic Danny Williams says he was aware his trip to the United States for heart surgery earlier this month would spark outcry, but he concluded his personal health trumped any public fallout over the controversial decision.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Williams said he went to Miami to have a "minimally invasive" surgery for an ailment first detected nearly a year ago, based on the advice of his doctors.

"This was my heart, my choice and my health," Williams said late Monday from his condominium in Sarasota, Fla.

"I did not sign away my right to get the best possible health care for myself when I entered politics."

Yet that's exactly what we in the United States of America are about to do!!!!


Dick Cheney Hospitalized

Taken in for chest pains, but reports say he is doing fine.

I'd love to see Cheney run for President, but the reality of the situation is his heart just isn't up to it. It's unfortunate, but Cheney is an example of where a candidates health is a big issue. But no worries, he's doing yeoman's work as a Sunday warrior.

Quote Of The Day

Actually yesterday...

No one when George W. Bush had trouble reforming Social Security said, “Oh, that’s terrible – the government’s broken.”


Confronting The Evil Blumenthals

Back in the foul days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, there was a Clinton thug known as Sidney Blumenthal. A former journalist who made the rest of the MSM look conservative, Blumenthal went to work for the Clinton's as a hatchet-man. He become most well-known for his lawsuit against Matt Drudge which he eventually dropped and ended up losing money on. He spawned a son, Max Blumenthal, who carries on his father's tradition.

On Blumenthal's blog he called citizen (and sometimes overzealous) journalist James O'Keefe a racist. Andrew Breitbart would have none of it. As Andrew points out, the worst thing you can call someone in this country is a racist. It is a charge that puts the burden of proof on the accused and it's a despicable tactic used by many on the political left to avoid losing a political argument. Blumenthal was at CPAC this week and was confronted by Breitbart and Larry O'Connor of the website Big Journalism.

The MSM now has implacable enemies (of which I include myself) that will not rest until their monopoly on public opinion is crushed.

MORE: Another classic example of how the MSM uses the racism charge. 

Alexander Haig Dies

Few had more interesting careers in Washington than Alexander Haig. He was deep within the Nixon Administration, to the point that some surmised that while he may have not been Deep Throat, he was still a key source to Bob Woodward. Later in the Reagan Administration as Secretary of State, he infamously declared after Reagan was shot by John Hinckley that he was in charge. It was a statement that was greatly misunderstood, but the damage was done. "I'm in charge!" jokes followed him throughout the remainder of his life. I myself am guilty of this, once convincing a naive colleague at my place of work that Haig was in charge of the state of Florida when then Governor Lawton Chiles passed away in 1998. He was pretty mad at me later.



Busy Week

Sorry the lack of posts. The Popinjay has been busy with some personal business and preparations for President Obama's visit to Las Vegas. I'll be attending his town hall at Aria Resort tomorrow morning. Stay tuned.


The Foggy World Of The Global Warming Hoax

Gateway Pundit has a comparison of Global Warming stories that will knock your socks off.

Bayh Exit By Design

So it turns out Bayh announced his decision not to run for re-election within days of the deadline for filing, so the Democrat Party would be able to hand pick a candidate and skip the primary process. Kind of a redo of the Robert Torricelli fiasco in New Jersey a few years back. Fortunately, there's a leftist kook named Tamyra d'Ippolito who may blow the whole plan up. Excelsior!


Joe Biden's Great Week

Sending Joe Biden to counter Dick Cheney is like taking a knife to a gun-fight. Case in point, Biden had the audacity to take credit for the success in Iraq brought on by the "Surge" that he and Obama fought against and sought to undo once they got into the Executive Branch (obviously, they didn't).

One gets used to Joe Biden's hypocrisy and lies, but for the man who once suggested breaking Iraq into three pieces to take credit for a military success from the Bush administration is just too much.

To top it off, he pissed off new Senate wunderkind Scott Brown by implying the Brown (who is a 30-year National Guardsmen and defense attorney) didn't understand the difference between federal courts and military tribunals. Brown wasn't amused and said so.

What makes this so all so astounding is that Biden really, truly believes he is the smartest man in America.

Evan Bayh Leaves U.S. Senate

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh has seen the writing on the wall and decided to bow out of this year's election. His denials that this decision isn't based on the polls is beyond laughable, but whatever, as long as he goes.

If anything, the man should be a political consultant for he somehow found the secret formula for having a leftist voting record yet still being thought of as a moderate. This guy voted for everything Barack Obama wanted and he even voted against Condi Rice's confirmation five years ago. Moderate? Geesh!

Now let's hope the Indiana GOP doesn't mess this up.


How One Man Pulled Off The Fraud Of A Lifetime

Clifford Irving has nothing on this guy. Professor Phil Jones gave us the "hockey stick graph" that seemed to show that the earth's temperature was fairly steady until the last few decades when it rose sharply, and this spike in temperature, he said, was caused by man. This opened the door for charlatans like Al Gore and RFK, Jr. to use fear and guilt over man-made Global Warming as a valuable political weapon to enrich their careers and their wallets.

Now, Professor Jones admits he's lost a lot of the data, that there hasn't been any significant warming for the past 15 years and that it's highly possible that the earth was much warmer during the Middle Ages.

It is mind-boggling to think that one man could plant the seed that grew a massive fraud that even now many cling to.

The Cheney Family: Sunday Warriors

As usual, the Cheney Family (recently accused by Larry O'Donnell of being torture lovers) are the strongest advocates for the safety of the United States while the country is led by utter incompetents.

And folks, if you don't have Gateway Pundit bookmarked, do it now. Jim Hoft is your one stop shop for everything you need to know.


NJ Governor Chris Christie: Ticking Off All The Right People

Via RedState:

“I’m trying to provide the leadership that’s necessary to say, ‘This is a new day, and we have to do it differently,’” Christie said. “If I can do that by cooperation, I’m happy to do that by cooperation, but at some point we have to get real.”


Coffee Spew Of The Morning

Coffee sprayed all over my computer monitor upon reading this question from CNN's Larry King to New York Governor David Paterson:

“The fact that you’ve been, not a pun intended, blind to this. In other words, people have to read the headlines to you, right?”

Cleanup in Cubicle 3!


Patrick Kennedy To Leave Congress

The hits just keep on coming! Boosh!

UPDATE: The commenters at Hot Air suspect he's planning to return home to Massachusetts and challenge Scott Brown for his "family's rightful seat of power." I think they may be right.

Obama Embraces Agnosticism

Unfortunately, he's not talking about G-d in this case.


New Orleans Saints Win Super Bowl

Sean "Iceman" Payton

MORE: Indianapolis fans, you can blame Bush Obama.

Super Bowl Sunday

Well, we got through America The Beautiful and the National Anthem without me getting annoyed, so we're off to a good start.

More to come...

3:47 PT: Best commercial so far: Snickers. Anything with Abe Vigoda has to be good.

4:20PT: Leno does ad for Letterman's show? Wow.

4:42PT: When all is said and done, the hire of the year might end up being Larry Coyer. Jim Caldwell's regime has given the Colts Defense an edge they never had under Dungy.

5:16PT: Tweet of the Day from Senator Jim DeMint:
5:23PT: Sean Payton was turned away at the blood bank. They don't need ice water.

6:29PT: Wow. I haven't seen Payton Manning make a mistake like that in a long time. That could be it.

Egg Hits RFK, Jr.'s Face In D.C.

If Al Gore is the Batman of the Global Warming movement, his boy wonder blunder is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. who continues to make a fool of himself over the issue.

As the Washington Examiner reports (via Drudge), just 15 months ago, the private-jet flying Kennedy offspring wrote a column warning that Global Warming means a lack of winter from here on out in Washington, D.C.

Beware snake-oil salesmen, everywhere.

MORE: Speaking of the Global Warming hoax, Tim Blair has the latest on the big rethink in the U.K.


Why I Love Living In Las Vegas

It's not Baltimore... (Hat tip: Ace)

I suggest decaf.

Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Seems Certain, Say Reports

And I say, good. Look, whether you think homosexuality is a "sin" or something that flies in the face of creating a well-oiled military machine, the fact is that homosexuals have always been and always will be with us. I'm a libertarian. I have no problem with their lifestyle as long as they respect mine. And I firmly believe that every American needs to have a stake in the country. You should pay your taxes, vote, and if you wish and you're physically able, you should be able to defend your country in the military. There is nothing to be gained by taking the homosexual community and giving them reason to disengage themselves from America's role on the world stage.

That being said, it is obvious that the rights of homosexuals is not really a concern for Barack Obama. This move is merely a political bone to throw to his very disgruntled base. It's the right decision but for the wrong reason.

And Colin Powell has shut the door on any shred of respect I had left for him. His reversal on the issue (even though he now agrees with me) is political hackery of the highest order.


The Demon Sheep Ad

I'm a day or so late on this, but I think it's worth blogging about what could be either the best or the worst political ad in the history of politics. LBJ's Daisy Girl ad was by far the most slanderous and Ronald Reagan's Morning in America ad was the most optimistic. Here, however, we have what is without a doubt the weirdest campaign ad in the history of politics.

NBC Serves Racist Lunch, Rush Limbaugh To Be Blamed

You have to see it to believe it. Vive la Twitter!

Justice Thomas On Free Speech

Do yourself a favor and read this story on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as he discusses the recent Citizens United case and the SOTU address. Highly educational.


Pig Man, Jerry, Pig Man!

I couldn't resist.

The use of pig lungs in transplants into humans has moved a step closer with a medical breakthrough.

Scientists in Melbourne, Australia, used a ventilator and pump to keep the animal lungs alive and "breathing" while human blood flowed in them.

Experts estimated the work could lead to the first animal-human transplants within five years.


The Kitty Of Death

I blogged about this when the story first appeared a few years ago. A cat, living in a nursing home in Rhode Island, is able to predict when patients will die. He sits next to them on their beds when they are close to death. He is now up to 50 accurate "predictions."

Can you imagine being an orderly at the home and having the cat suddenly sit on your lap? YIKES!

T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII On The SOTU

The king of the northeastern blue-bloods supplies the quote of the day:

"You are truly that big pianist we've all been waiting for."


Wind Turbines Don't Like The Minnesota Winters


Wind turbines placed in cities across Minnesota to generate power aren't working because of the cold temperatures.

The Minnesota Municipal Power Association bought 11 turbines for $300,000 each from a company in Palm Springs, Calif.

Special hydraulic fluid designed for colder temperatures was used in the turbines, but it's not working, so neither are the turbines.

There is a plan to heat the fluid, but officials must find a contractor to do the work.

Do I really need to comment on this?

Chicago Bears Hire Mike Martz

There's something you need to realize about the NFL: it's all about TV. The game has been molded and shaped to be the ultimate TV show. I don't care that they're building gigantic stadiums...TV is what the NFL is all about.

Look at the rules. People are complaining about the overtime coin-flip rule, but they forget, the rules are shaped so that a game can be played in as close to three hours as possible. If a change in overtime rules leads to games going another hour here and there, it would wreck a carefully planned broadcasting system.

Because the TV viewership is so important for the NFL, the individual teams have to find a way to watchable...and I'm not just talking about their playing ability. They have to be interesting.

This year the idea of watching the Seattle Seahawks was the ultimate yawner. Then last month they hired Pete Carroll as their Head Coach. Now they're interesting. Now there's some reason to view a Seahawks game.

And today we have the Chicago Bears hiring the mad-scientists Mike Martz to coach the offense, or more accurately, to coach Jay Cutler. Now the Bears are very, very interesting. Now, I would consider watching a Bears game if I had other choices. That's important. So while the sports media can argue over whether Martz was a good hire or not, they need to remember that in one of the most important areas, he was a great hire.

Drama. That's interesting.

Picture Of The Day

Via Reason's Hit & Run.

Haitians: Where's That American Imperialism We've Heard So Much About?

Via Don Surber.