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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Project 21's Deneen Borelli to Appear on Fox and Friends Monday

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Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli will be a guest on the Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends morning show at 6:20 AM Eastern on Monday, February 1.

Deneen will discuss changes the left may be making to its marketing efforts in light of Scott Brown's upset win in Massachusetts.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:58 PM

Bizarre Climategate Update #3: IPCC Chairman Writes Racy Novel

ALT TAGThe IPCC's last assessment report (AR4), which contained major errors and dubious sourcing

And based on the excerpts, it's a really bad sexy novel...

...though if your taste runs to novels with 60-something male protagonists who hop in and out of bed a lot, you might forgive the wooden prose.

The rest of us will just have to see the book's existence as a possible explanation for why the IPCC chairman "didn't notice" the many errors and non-peer-reviewed sources in the last IPCC report.

Others commenting: Climate Audit, The Reference Frame, The Dog Ate My Data, Tom Nelson.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:50 PM

Bizarre Climategate Update #2: Prince Charles Supports Lawbreaking Science Unit


After the British government's Information Commissioner's Office concluded the Climate Research Center at the University of East Anglia violated Britain's Freedom of Information Act law, Prince Charles visited to show his support...

...that is, he showed support for the Climate Research Unit, not the Information Commissioner (the report starts at 4:16 in the video).

Surprising to me, the prince specifically met with Phil Jones (reported at 5:21 in the video), the head of the unit (on leave since the scandal broke) and the man most under fire for the FOIA violation.

Typically in these bad-PR situations an institution will get rid of problem-causers first, and then bring the bigwigs in for a photo op expressing support for the replacement team. Fresh start, break with the past, that kind of message.

Seems Prince Charles doesn't see a need for a fresh start.

John O'Sullivan on Climategate.com has another detail about the prince's visit. Reportedly, the prince told the Climategate team:
Well done all of you. Many, many congratulations on your work. I wish you great success in the future. Don't get downhearted by these little blips here and there!
Well done?

Blips?



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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:09 PM

Bizarre Climategate Update #1: Turns out There is No Statute of Limitations on British FOIA Violations

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Christopher Booker at the London Telegraph reports the British government office that determined the University of East Anglia violated Britain's Freedom of Information Act was wrong when it claimed it could not prosecute due to a statue of limitations.

I reported the original claim here; more detail on what this may mean can be found on Climategate.com.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:43 PM

Friday, January 29, 2010

Did 60 Senators Violate the Law?

James O'Keefe has been charged under Title 18, Section 1036 of the U.S. Code, which prohibits persons from entering "any real property belonging in whole or in part to, or leased by, the United States... by any fraud or false pretense."

My question is, why hasn't Landrieu been arrested? Didn't she take an oath to uphold the Constitution, but then vote for a health care bill with unconstitutional provisions on December 24?

Didn't all the 60 Senators who voted for it violate the law when they entered their publicly-owned offices on December 24?

Tell you what... Dismiss the charges against O'Keefe and give the 60 Senators a pass this time on their "fine... or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both..."

Or charge the Senators, too.

I'm fine with it either way.

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 6:38 PM

And They're Welcome to Him

Global warming theory backers gain another convert.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:08 AM

Tom Borelli to Appear on Varney & Co on Fox Business Channel Friday

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Tom Borelli, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of our Free Enterprise Project, will appear on Stuart Varney's "Varney and Co." show on the Fox Business Network Friday morning at 10 AM 10:30 AM Eastern.

Tom will discuss new guidelines issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission that may have an interesting impact on the climate change debate.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:23 AM

Thoughts on Barack Obama's Attack on the Court

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Following the obligatory full disclosure that the National Center for Public Policy Research was not exactly neutral in the case of Citizens United v. FEC when it went before the Supreme Court (we supported and signed on to an amicus brief in the case spearheaded by the Free Speech Coalition last year), I want to slightly defend President Obama vis-a-vis his erroneous remarks about the case during the State of the Union address.

Yes, Justice Samuel Alito was right (Bradley Smith, a campaign finance expert and law professor, proves it succinctly here), and President Obama wrong, on the facts.

But in regards to those who are calling the President a liar on the matter: I doubt it because I doubt the President knew the facts of the case before he spoke. Unlike our last Democratic President, Barack Obama has never been particularly interested in issues, and his speechwriters draw heavily from left-wing sources without fact-checking (as when they blindly trusted Slate's Timothy Noah when drafting Obama's health care speech to the joint session of Congress).

The left-wing position on Citizens United, as Democracy 21 put it, is that a loophole now exists in the law because, although foreign corporations are banned from influencing elections, "there is no statutory prohibition against foreign-controlled domestic corporations from making expenditures to influence federal elections."

But the absence of a statute is not the fault of the Supreme Court, and President Obama and the left is wrong to criticize the Court for it. Congress had plenty of time to anticipate Citizens United v. FEC and to pass legislation to deal with this or any other loophole if it believes a loophole exists.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear Citizens United v. FEC in August 2008. The Court heard arguments on it twice (March and September 2009), which led court-watchers to expect that major parts of McCain-Feingold would be struck down. Any legislation affecting the influence of foreign-controlled domestic corporations on U.S. elections would have received extensive bi-partisan support. Yet Congress didn't pass it, and Obama never asked it to try.

The Supreme Court had one duty: to apply the Constitution. President Obama was criticizing the court on public policy grounds the Court would have been out of line to consider.

The role of the Supreme Court is something about which leftists in general tend to be willfully ignorant. For example, in comments about this case, Josh Glasstetter of the popular left-wing Crooks and Liars blog not only ignored the fact that the Supreme Court is supposed to be neutral on policy impacts, but he exaggerated the decision's impact immensely:
[The Supreme Court justices voting in the majority] don't seem to mind that Lukoil (Kremlin Inc.), Citgo (Hugo Chavez LLC), Aramco (King Fahd and Sons Co.), and countless other multinational corporations - including those run as business arms of foreign governments - now have a free hand to influence the government from top to bottom.
If it so chose, Congress could plug any loophole being exploited by Hugo Chavez long before November. Who would vote against it?

So I defend the President on the charge that he lied when he claimed the decision opened "the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections," because I doubt he knew any better, but I don't excuse him for acting as if the Supreme Court and the Congress have the same responsibilities.

He's a former law professor, for heaven's sake!


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:12 AM

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Obama & ABC, Sitting in a Tree

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On January 21, TVNewser reported that "NBC News has filed a formal complaint with the White House press office over the distribution of presidential interviews, specifically that several of the most recent broadcast TV interviews have gone to ABC News - including George Stephanopoulos's interview yesterday and Charlie Gibson's December 15."

Later they posted an update, saying "An NBC News spokesperson tells us, 'NBC News did not file a formal or informal complaint about this interview." The updated post now claimed merely that "NBC News has expressed concern" over the matter.

Whether NBC complained formally or informally, or merely expressed "concern," it is clear that the Peacock network is none too happy with ABC's cozy relationship with the Obama White House. And can you blame them? Goodness, how much can a network throw themselves at a politician before he pays them the requisite attention? Remember MSNBC's Chris Matthews' infamous and lurid "thrill going up my leg" reaction to an Obama speech? Have you seen the nightly Obama cheerleading from virtually the entire MSNBC prime time line-up?

But these are cable commentators you may say, whose sycophantic slobberings are seen by too few to matter (MSNBC regularly comes in a dismal third in the cable news ratings race). Perhaps. But then you have the troubling nuisance of a "hard news" reporter who covers politics for NBC Nightly News admitting "it's almost hard to remain objective" when covering Obama. And the nauseating spectacle of Brian Williams himself, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, heir to Tom Brokaw and the lodestar of the network's news division, automatically and unconsciously bowing to Barack Obama.

NBC has received some White House access in return for their affections, of course, as the TVNewser story rightly acknowledges. But not enough, it seems, to placate the infatuated NBC newsies.

ABC does seem to have a special place in the President's heart. As I detailed in a recent National Center For Public Policy Research report:
On June 24, ABC devoted a full hour of valuable prime-time real estate to Barack Obama for a Primetime (a production of ABC News) health care forum titled "Questions for the President: Prescription for America," hosted by ABC World News host Charles Gibson and Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer. But ABC News wasn't done making itself a platform for the President's agenda; later that same night, Obama continued his pitch for his health care reform package on Nightline.
Why would ABC farm out its news team to help a politician ply his wares? Well, the fact that the pharmaceutical companies, prime allies of the White House in Obama's national health care push, have constituted the majority of sponsors for ABC World News may have something to do with it. Or maybe ABC just shows Obama the kind of tenderness that NBC can't match, a more subtle and sublime affection which prompts George Stephanopoulos to ask Obama if being president has been "fulfilling" for him.

That's sweet. ABC and Obama make a great couple, and I think they have a real future together. It's going to be a rough Valentine's Day for NBC.

Written by Matt Patterson, policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by Matt Patterson at 6:05 PM

R. Dozier Gray to Appear on Gordon Liddy Show at 11 AM Eastern

Project 21's R. Dozier Gray will appear on the G. Gordon Liddy Show at 11:30 AM Eastern discussing Project 21's black conservative response to the State of the Union address.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:22 AM

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

British Government Declares Climategate University Guilty of Freedom of Information Act Violation

Climategate news update: The Times of London reports the British government has determined "the University of East Anglia breached the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to comply with requests for data concerning claims by its scientists that man-made emissions were causing global warming."

The British government's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will not prosecute, however, because a statute of limitations requires that a complaint be filed within six months of the violation for prosecution to take place.

The government has nonetheless gone on the record that a violation occurred, which should give pause to anyone who believes the scientists involved weren't trying to hide anything.

The Times reports that the ICO is now seeking to have the statute of limitations aspect of the law changed so that prosecutions can take place in the future, should similar situations emerge.

Addendum: Iain Murray has more on The Corner.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:31 PM

Project 21 Members Respond to State of the Union Address

Project21LogoFuzzy.jpgProject 21's Bishop Council Nedd II, Mychal Massie, Kevin L. Martin, R. Dozier Gray, Lisa Fritsch and Ellis Washington have issued a press statement giving their views of President Obama's State of the Union address.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:21 PM

Listen in on Climategate Interviews

WCHVCharlotteville1260AMLogo.jpegSeveral people here at the National Center been doing a good bit of talk radio on Climategate lately.

Joe Thomas, the morning host at WCHV in Charlottesville, VA has posted the audio of his interview with me from his show (7:10 - 7:30 AM Tuesday morning) on the WCHV podcast page.

As it happens, Marc Morano of Climate Depot was interviewed by Joe on the same show, but an hour later. Marc also discussed Climategate.

If interested, you can listen to either or both of us by going to the WCHV podcast page here.

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:43 AM

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If Federal Outlays Were U.S. Carbon Emissions...

CO2Molecule.jpeg...we would have had a deficit of $52 billion in 2009, rather than the $1.44 trillion that we had (see historical tables here).

U.S. carbon emissions were an estimated 5,495 million metric tons in 2009, roughly 9.4% more than they were in 1990 (5,022).

If federal outlays had grown at the same pace, our spending would have been about $1.739 trillion (constant 2000 dollars) last year, while revenue would have been $1.687 trillion. We would had a surplus of $208 billion (Kyoto-Protocol-style 7%-below-1990 levels).

...And yet everybody thinks we've been irresponsible with carbon emissions.

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. Please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 5:32 PM

Project 21's Bob Parks to Offer Commentary on Obama State of the Union Address on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio

BParksProject 21 member Bob Parks is scheduled to appear on satellite talk radio during President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, offering his analysis of the speech as it is being made.

Bob will appear on Sirius channel 146 ("Sirius Left") and XM channel 167 ("America Left") with host Mark Thompson on Wednesday, January 27 from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM eastern.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 5:02 PM

Humor: All the President's Men

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Perhaps jumping the gun a little bit, Husband David has designed the book cover for the definitive history of the Obama Administration.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:03 AM

Journalists Against Transparency?

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In response to my "Three Steps the IPCC Must Take," which, among other things, urged the IPCC to "adopt an uncompromising transparency policy, which includes the release of all data, all emails, all meeting minutes, all drafts and all other documentation related to the development of assessment reports and all other policy pronouncements, in the past and from this date forward," I received the following communication:
Will your Center also be adhering to this stringent transparency standard?

If so, when will such information from your group be available?

Thanks,

Steven Dolley
Managing Editor, Inside NRC
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I am amazed that a journalist took umbrage at my call for IPCC transparency (which is how I read his response, which I posted in full).

I believe Mr. Dolley misses the point in several ways.

First, (alas!) no nation has ever signed a treaty pledging to undertake actions based on pronouncements made by the National Center for Public Policy Research, as they have for those of the IPCC;

Second, the IPCC is funded by, among others, U.S. taxpayers (we are a tax-exempt institution -- that is, donations to us are tax-deductible; we still pay many taxes -- but we do not accept government funding);

Third, we are not doing peer-reviewed science, though if we did, we would make all the relevant documents public as we urge the IPCC to do;

Fourth, our management is not profiting on the side based on statements made, or conclusions published by, our personnel, as media reports indicate has been going at the IPCC;

Fifth; as we are a tax-exempt institution, like all other such U.S. institutions, our internal documents are not private, as the IRS can request a review of them, including all emails going back three years, at any time, just by asking. No such check exists on the IPCC.

Should at some future date governments around the world start lining up to brag about how strongly they are trying to implement policies based on NCPPR conclusions, I would be happy to suggest to our board of directors that we make all our internal emails, and any other relevant documents, related to the development of those policies, public.

In the meantime, I remain intrigued by the notion of a journalist being opposed to transparency.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:01 AM

Monday, January 25, 2010

President Obama Has a Promise to Keep

In light of the IPCC/Climategate scandals, the GORE LIED blog says: "Obama must call out the UN IPCC to keep his inaugural pledge to 'restore science to its rightful place.'"

Hat tip: Tom Nelson.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:25 PM

ACORN Funding in Cap-and-Trade Bills?

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Policy Analyst Caroline May has an op-ed about funding for ACORN being in cap-and-trade legislation in a dozen papers nationally this week.

An excerpt from the piece as printed in the Providence Journal:
...ACORN could receive a windfall should the cap-and-trade legislation now making its way through the Senate eventually become law.

In June, the U.S. House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act -- better known as Waxman-Markey for its sponsors, Henry Waxman of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts -- ostensibly to alleviate global warming by mandating an 83 percent reduction in U.S. carbon emissions by 2050.

A similar bill, introduced in the Senate by Barbara Boxer of California and John Kerry of Massachusetts, has been approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Buried in both bills are provisions that would allocate vast amounts of federal money to community development organizations such as ACORN.

Members of Congress who played to public outrage by vociferously objecting to ACORN's abuses may now want to take the time to read some of the more obscure provisions of the proposed climate bills.

Section 264 in the Waxman-Markey bill provides up to $300 million in funding for "community development organizations" so they can assist businesses and others in low-income neighborhoods with "conservation strategies, supplies and methods to improve energy efficiency."

Stephen Spruiell and Kevin Williamson, writing in The National Review, help put this funding in perspective: "Think federally subsidized consultants paid $55 an hour to tell businesses to turn down their AC in the summer."

The Kerry-Boxer bill contains similar language...

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:43 PM

Three Steps the IPCC Must Take

IPCCLogo.jpgIn the wake of admissions the IPCC knew all along it was putting bogus science in its 2007 Assessment Report, that the false prediction was included specifically for its "impact on policymakers and politicians," and that this allegedly was covered up as long as it was because the IPCC chairman was raising money for his personal pursuits based on the prediction, the IPCC must immediately take three steps to restore its credibility. If it does not, the Obama Administration should use its influence to have it shut down.

To restore its credibility, the IPCC should:
1) Return its half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and replace its current leadership;

2) Adopt and enforce a strict conflict-of-interest policy;

3) Adopt an uncompromising transparency policy, which includes the release of all data, all emails, all meeting minutes, all drafts and all other documentation related to the development of assessment reports and all other policy pronouncements, in the past and from this date forward.
Step one would signal to the world that the IPCC is serious about reform.

Step two would reduce, though not eliminate, the temptation faced by IPCC personnel to tailor conclusions to moneymaking, career or fundraising opportunities for themselves or affiliated businesses or institutions.

Step three would be a constant reminder to IPCC personnel that their work genuinely will be peer-reviewed, in a universal sense, which is as it should be given the gravity of the IPCC's work.

Politicians relying upon IPCC recommendations are considering policies that would limit the access of billions of people to low-cost energy in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This is a grave step that should be undertaken only if the alternative is worse. As many have considered the IPCC to be the institution that can answer that question, given the gravity of these circumstances, no level of transparency and ethics can be too high.

Global warming believers and "skeptics" do not often agree, but this is a subject upon which we should be able to reach a true consensus. No one benefits when the IPCC knowingly publishes bogus science.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:56 AM

Is Obamacare Dead?

Writing in the Washington Examiner today, Policy Analyst Matt Patterson answers the question: "Is Obamacare Really Dead"?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:36 AM

Sunday, January 24, 2010

IPCC Breaking Scandals: Where to Get News

ClimateDepotTomNelsonPlainPNG.pngNews is breaking fast and furiously in the breaking IPCC scandal. We'll have more to say about it shortly, but won't have time for a full roundup of links to news about all the breaking events. For that, I strongly recommend visits to Climate Depot and Tom Nelson.

Don't go to one; go to both.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:37 PM

Message to IPCC: Time to Return the Nobel Peace Prize

Kids holding candlesChildren in Kenya light candles to illustrate the need for access to energy in their community. Many of the pictured children cannot do homework at home after dark, as they do not have electricity in their homes. Photo by David Ridenour

The relevant scientist at the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now admitted false information on the alleged aggressive melting of Himalayan was placed in the 2007 IPCC report to "impact policy-makers and politicians," and that he knew the information was not based on a solid scientific foundation.

For this work, the IPCC won half the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 (sharing it with Al Gore, who was awarded half in his own right).

For committing this fraud, the IPCC should voluntarily return the Nobel Peace Prize, and, if they want the IPCC to ever have credibility again, people who believe in the global warming theory should join us in this call. Unless there are severe repercussions -- in the case of the IPCC, mostly embarrassment -- for intentionally committing scientific fraud, we'll get more and more of it. There is money to be made if the global warming theory is proven true, which leads to a lot of temptation that not every scientist or allegedly scientific organization is going to resist.

The stakes are high here: People in developing countries need low-cost access to energy to reach the living standards we in the U.S. mostly take for granted. Policies to combat carbon raise energy prices, retarding that development.

Anti-global warming policies also disproportionately hurt the poor in developed countries.

To be brutally frank, our politicians have enough trouble delivering sound energy policies when they do have access to accurate information; the odds get significantly higher when scientists intentionally feed them lies.

To prove it has learned its lesson (and thus is worthy of being trusted in the future), and to send a strong message to every scientist that deceit will not be tolerated, the IPCC should immediately return its half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Furthermore, it should accept the resignation of its chairman and clean house, top-to-bottom, putting a strong error-checking and strict anti-conflict-of-interest system in place.

Addendum: Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters points out that this story was broken by the British press, and chastises the U.S. mainstream media -- quite properly -- for ignoring important global warming-related stories their counterparts abroad cover deeply. For additional developments on this breaking story (and there are plenty of them), visit Climate Depot.

Addendum 2: We may be looking at a criminal case.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:44 AM

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Note to Project 21 Fans: Glenn Beck Rebroadcast of Most Recent Show Featuring Project 21 Members

GlennBeckLogoThe Fox News Channel is rebroadcasting, right this minute, the second of two Beck shows featuring a discussion with black conservatives (including Project 21 members).

If you can't catch it on the Fox News Channel for whatever reason, Booker Rising (a website I often visit, but don't mention as much as I should) has made available the video of the entire show, which is entitled "A Time To Be Heard."

We also posted on this blog the segments of the show featuring Project 21 members. Go here to watch Lisa Fritsch; go here to watch full-time Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli on the "A Time To Be Heard" Glenn Beck broadcast.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 3:01 PM

Note to Times: Please Edit Yourself

John Hinderaker at Power Line made a complementary point to the one I made the other day, when I pretended I was David Brooks' editor, which is that New York Times editors are letting too many foolish writing and factual mistakes get published.

We're not talking about political bias here, just quality control.

I do believe, though, that if the editors started making the writers -- perhaps especially the editorial writers and columnists, as they have somewhat more of a free hand -- think carefully about the construction of every sentence, the rigor of their thinking would improve overall. Doesn't mean the Times would change its tilt, but it might put up more of a challenge.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:55 AM

Friday, January 22, 2010

Where are the Vice Chairmen, and Other IPCC Questions

See any vice chairmen? Al Gore (l) and the IPCC's Rajendra Pachauri take their bows in Oslo


Acknowledging that there may be even more errors in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC's 2007 climate report than the "scientific fact" the IPCC partially copied from a thinly-sourced World Wildlife Fund propaganda document, IPCC Chairman Rajendra K. Pachauri seems to be blaming his vice chairmen:
The IPCC's 2007 report, which won it half the Nobel Peace Prize, claimed the probability of Himalayan glaciers "disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high."

But it emerged last week that the forecast was based not on a consensus among climate change experts, but on a media interview with a single Indian glaciologist in 1999.

The IPCC admitted on Thursday that the prediction was "poorly substantiated" in the latest of a series of blows to the panel's credibility.

Dr Pachauri said that the IPCC's report was the responsibility of the panel's Co-Chairs at the time, both of whom have since moved on.

They were Dr Martin Parry, a British scientist now at Imperial College London, and Dr Osvaldo Canziani , an Argentine meteorologist. Neither was immediately available for comment.

"I don't want to blame them, but typically the working group reports are managed by the Co-Chairs," Dr Pachauri said. "Of course the Chair is there to facilitate things, but we have substantial amounts of delegation."
You'll notice from the picture, however, that when it came time to take bows, the vice chairmen were nowhere to be found.

P.S. For fun, here's a quiz on this blog post:

Question: What did we learn from this story?

A. Never trust the IPCC.
B. The Nobel Peace Prize can be ridiculous.
C. Be wary of people who refer to other people as "chairs."
D. All of the above.

Answer: D

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:57 PM

International Bureaucrat Criticizes Supreme Court Free Speech Ruling

Fortunately, it's none of his business, but it is a sad and twisted commentary on the international human rights situation when one of its top spokesman speaks out against free speech.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:39 PM

Alan Grayson Inadvertently Reminds Us of the Limits of Stare Decisis on Roe Anniversary

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Some members of the Project 21 black leadership group were offended by Rep. Alan Grayson's comments comparing yesterday's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC to the Dred Scott case, believing Grayson's comparison tends to trivialize Dred Scott. In Dred Scott the Supreme Court, after all, "decided" that black Americans who were, had been, or were descended from slaves could not be U.S. citizens (among other noxious things).

It is breathtaking that a majority of the Supreme Court could take away the citizenship of a huge group of people just like that.

The fact that the Dred Scott decision could ever take place certainly reminds us of the limits of stare decisis, something worth remembering on this anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision.

The Project 21 press release can be read here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:17 AM

Tom Borelli on Climategate; Cap-and-Trade on Varney & Co.


In the category of "in case you missed it," here's video from the debut show this week of the Fox Business Channel's Varney & Co., with host Stuart Verney. In this video clip, our Tom Borelli discusses funding from the "stimulus" bill being granted to the work of a scientist involved in the Climategate scandal, and he also discusses the impact of cap-and-trade on California.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:05 AM

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

DeSmogBlog's Recent Word

DeSmogblog's most recent word in our "debate," a Tweet about me (and Rush Limbaugh) from Kevin Grandia's Twitter feed that popped up on my online clip service last night:

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I assume he means we are both fat (although Rush Limbaugh has lost a lot of weight this past year), but, based on the pictures he choose, Kevin doesn't know the half of it: My hair color is a lot closer to Rush's now.

But to answer the question, no, superficial (and ideological as well as football) similarities notwithstanding, we were not separated at birth. My parents would never have let Rush go.

But it is time, I think, to let this particular "debate" with DeSmogBlog die its natural death. By the time a conversation hits the "you're fat" level, it's no longer even remotely about public policy. Our priorities here at the National Center right now are to stop economically-ruinous environmental legislation (that won't even help the environment!), put a halt to the Administration's forced march toward the pain, fear, misery and premature death that is the hallmark of government-run health care, promote the free-market reforms that can strengthen our health care and retirement security systems, cut the size of government and promote a strong, secure and free America that is governed according to what our Constitution says and according to the principles of our Founders. Pointing out the ideological weaknesses of the left -- such as the DeSmogBlog tactic of demonizing opponents a la "denier" labelling -- promotes this goal, but dwelling upon a message once the statement has been made, or becoming distracted by debates that have devolved into personal insults, does not.

I'm sure I'll visit DeSmogBlog again at some point in the future, and perhaps comment on something they say related to public policy, but not for some time.

In the meantime, I leave followers of this conversation with two links to policy-oriented critiques of other, but very important, aspects of the DeSmogBlog approach to policy that are (alas!) far better written, and far more entertaining, than anything I have posted in this thread:
DeSoggyBog.com - DeSmogBlog parody site that proves DeSmogBlog's true philosophy is the promotion of totalitarianism, created by Donna Laframboise, a former vice-president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (also the creator of NOconsensus.org).

"DeSmog Accidentally Vindicates The Skeptics Handbook" -- absolutely hilarious response of science educator and speaker Joanne Nova to DeSmogBlog's futile effort to rebut "The Skeptics Handbook," which she authored.
And now, back to regularly-scheduled public policy programming.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:38 PM

Wall Street Journal on Climategate Grant

"WSJLogoFuzzy.jpgMichael Mann Received Stimulus Money: A Case Study in One Job 'Saved'," the Wall Street Journal editorializes this morning on the stimulus funds grant received by Climategate scientist Michael Mann:
As for stimulus jobs - whether "saved" or "created" - we thought readers might be interested to know whose employment they are sustaining. More than $2.4 million is stimulating the career of none other than Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann.

Mr. Mann is the creator of the famous hockey stick graph, which purported to show some 900 years of minor temperature fluctuations, followed by a spike in temperatures over the past century. His work, which became a short-term sensation when seized upon by Al Gore, was later discredited. Mr. Mann made the climate spotlight again last year as a central player in the emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, which showed climatologists massaging data, squelching opposing views, and hiding their work from the public.

Mr. Mann came by his grants via the National Science Foundation, which received $3 billion in stimulus money. Last June, the foundation approved a $541,184 grant to fund work "Toward Improved Projections of the Climate Response to Anthropogenic Forcing," which will contribute "to the understanding of abrupt climate change." Principal investigator? Michael Mann...
Read the rest here.

We're not quoted in this, but National Center Senior Fellow/Free Enterprise Project director Tom Borelli provided information to the Journal for the piece.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:18 AM

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Investor's Business Daily Covers Our Work on Misdirected Stimulus Funds; Spying on Icebergs

InvestorsBusinessDailyLogoFuzzy.jpgInvestor's Business Daily is editorializing today about our press statement on the half-million-dollar "stimulus" grant to Climategate scientist Michael Mann of Penn State.

I love the beginning (the title, "Stimulating Fraud," is pretty hard-hitting):
With double-digit unemployment in a jobless recovery, half-a-million stimulus dollars have saved a ClimateGate scientist whose work could lead to economic disaster. To save this job, we'd lose millions of others.

As we've gone from jobs saved or created to jobs funded in ZIP codes and congressional districts that don't exist except in galaxies far, far away, many interesting nuggets have been mined from the government's recovery.gov, which tracks the administration's lack of progress.

It's one thing to fail to create real jobs. It is quite another to fund the jobs of people who would put millions of Americans out of work...
Read the rest here.

Also, I neglected to mention when it happened, January 7, that Investor's Business Daily published an editorial about our statement on intelligence resources being used to monitor climate change:
We can't stop terrorists from boarding planes with explosive undies, but the CIA has assets sufficient to monitor Arctic ice and look for signs of global warming? Is al-Qaida recruiting polar bears?

One wouldn't think that the increasing polar bear population and the increasing rate of recidivism of former Guantanamo detainees released into the wild were related, but they are.

At the urging of Al Gore...
...read the rest here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:31 PM

Brown's Victory Sign of a Loss of Confidence in Obama

Project21LogoFuzzy.jpgAs the National Center for Public Policy Research is a non-profit organization, Project 21 played no role in, nor took any position on, the Massachusetts Senate race, but now that Martha Coakley has conceded the race, and Scott Brown has delivered his acceptance speech, Project 21 members have a few thoughts to share on what it all means:
Black Conservatives Comment on Brown Victory in Massachusetts

For Release: January 19, 2010
Contact: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 or e-mail [email protected]

Washington, DC: Black conservatives affiliated with the Project 21 leadership network are speaking out about the stunning victory of Republican state senator Scott Brown over Democrat state attorney general Martha Coakley in Massachusetts.

Kevin L. Martin: "Scott Brown's victory in the bluest of traditionally blue states can only be viewed as a complete loss of confidence in the policies of the Obama White House and its allies in Congress. People have tasted the fruits of a government dominated by liberal ideologues and they've not found it to their liking. What remains to be seen is if this repudiation has been heard and understood. Will Obama, Pelosi and Reid see the writing on the wall, or will they continue their heavy-handed attempts to ram through their agenda against the will of the people?"

Horace Cooper: "Yesterday's victory by State Senator Brown is reminiscent of the upset off-year elections of 1994. Then, the Democrats could have seen the results for what they were - a repudiation of big government liberalism - but they refused. As someone who worked on the Hill while these races were happening, you have to wonder if this time they'll get the message before it's too late."

Bob Parks: "As someone who ran - and lost - in Massachusetts, it's great to
see a conservative win there. While Massachusetts Republicans and independents can enjoy their well-earned opportunity to gloat, they can also revel in the fact they did the impossible in an impossible state. And let's hope leaders in Washington realize that the people responded to a conservative message - not one of moderation."

Ellis Washington: "In Massachusetts, the site of the first tea party in 1773 and the renewed tax revolts of 2009, citizen defiance may have saved our republic. The stakes could not have been higher for the Obama Administration and congressional liberals in this special election. This may be the day in which it is guaranteed that Barack Obama will be a one-term president. Scott Brown's election will help America take a giant step toward renewed freedom and liberty. It bodes well for renewing American exceptionalism, market capitalism and the protection of personal property and sacred inalienable rights."

Project 21, established in 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:58 PM

Holocaust - Climate Denial & DeSmogBlog

DeSmogBlogLogo.jpgEver heard the definition of chutzpah? It's the man who murders his parents and asks for the mercy of the court because he's an orphan.

So it goes with Kevin Grandia, managing editor of the left-wing anti-skeptic website DeSmogBlog, who has taken issue with me on his own website, on the Huffington Post, on the Daily Kos, and on AlterNet because I mentioned the Holocaust...

...by alluding to the fact that Kevin's website refers to it.

You see, I noted in passing that DeSmogBlog has equated disbelief in the man-made global warming theory with denying the Holocaust.

DeSmogBlog does so by using the term "denier," which is well-established in global warming circles as a slur intended to impugn the morality of global warming skeptics by equating them rhetorically with holocaust deniers.

In fact, according to Google, DeSmogBlog has chosen "denier" over the less-loaded term "skeptic" (or any other term) over 2,200 times.

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How do we know the DeSmogBlog crew intends the phrase "denier" to imply a link to Holocaust denial?

It said so. Explicitly.

Here's a screen shot of the text of a DeSmogBlog post by Jim Hoggan of Hoggan and Associates (a PR firm that runs DeSmogBlog, and employs Kevin), aka, the big boss:

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Innocuous as what I wrote was ("Kindness is not usually a term one associates with the anti-Holocaustglobal warming denier website DeSmogBlog, but its staff has made an exception today..."), Kevin has complained about it in a post on DeSmogBlog, another on the Huffington Post, another on AlterNet, and yet another on the Daily Kos, saying in part:
I sent an email to Ridenour [sic] assistant [sic], David Almasi, the other night asking for an explanation and also pointing out that in the four years I have been writing on climate issues I have never used a Nazi analogy in an attempt to bolster an argument or discredit an individual. So far they haven't responded and I think they're [sic] silence is telling.
Kevin added:
[Using a Nazi analogy] is a stupid and useless means of making a point that only creates division and hate.
I agree. Maybe now that DeSmogBlog's staff has done this over 2,200 times, they might consider cutting it out.

Now that everyone's been reminded that DeSmogBlog explicitly linked "denier" to "Holocaust" (as have others in the global warming alarmist community and mainstream press), if the DeSmogBlog staff continues to use the term "denier," we'll know they mean it double.

P.S. Kevin's co-worker at both DeSmogBlog and Jim Hoggan and Associates, Richard Littlemore, chimed in on DeSmogBlog (curiously, Richard commented on Jan. 16 to a post by Kevin apparently published on Jan. 18 -- perhaps Richard knew two days in advance what Kevin would post the same way he knows 100 years in advance what the climate will be?) with the defense that the word "holocaust" has never appeared in a DeSmogBlog post.

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I guess what Richard means is that the word "holocaust" didn't appear except when it did, or...

...he's referring to the fact that someone at DeSmogBlog went back to Jim Hoggan's post, about a year after the denier-is-meant-to-refer-to-Holocaust-deniers phrase was posted, and snipped that politically-incorrect Holocaust reference right out of there.

In fact, if you go to Jim Hoggan's Holocaust-referencing post now, the line in question looks like this...

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...but the Internet Wayback machine does not lie.

(Background: Some months after the post was published, a contretemps emerged in several media outlets and websites about the use of the term "denier" being a de facto Holocaust-referencing slur (for instance, in this instance, and in another high-profile but later example, here), and Jim Hoggan's post was being referred to in public by skeptics as proof that the Holocaust reference absolutely, positively was intended.

So Jim's honesty was a but inconvenient for the global warming alarmists who were claiming the Holocaust implication was just something the paranoid "deniers" thought up on their own.

Coincidence or not, they snipped it out.)

P.P.S. DeSmogBlog's Richard Littlemore also says DeSmogBlog does not accuse people of being corporate whores. He says they phrase it differently. Whatever.

Finally (I hope!), Richard says he doubts my word that the National Center for Public Policy Research has 100,000 donors. Mea culpa -- I should have said over 100,000 recent donors (defined as within the last 18 months). If Richard genuinely doubts this as he says, he might familiarize himself with the way a great many, if not a strong majority, of U.S. conservative/free-market non-profits are financed (also he might acquaint himself with something called the "public support test" in U.S. tax law). Ordinarily I would not expect an employee of a Canadian PR firm to know much about public financial support for the U.S. conservative movement, but as Richard has written for years for a website that routinely accuses people in the movement (and many, many others) of doing the bidding of corporate paymasters (please note, Richard, I did not put that phrase in quotes), this is a subject he should have mastered long ago.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:05 PM

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Urges Penn State to Return the Mann Grant

PittsburghTribuneReviewLogo.jpgMy hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which has among its readers quite a few Penn State alumni (and future students), is urging Penn State to return the Mann grant:
Granting more than half a million federal stimulus dollars to a professor whose Climategate role prompted a Penn State University investigation is politically motivated misuse of public money at its worst.

Michael Mann received the three-year, $541,184 grant in June, according to The National Center for Public Policy Research, a nonpartisan educational foundation in Washington. Creator of the discredited "hockey stick" temperature graph that purportedly buttressed the case for man-made global warming, he's a key figure in the leaked Climategate e-mails that show data were manipulated and destroyed and contrary research was suppressed to bolster scientifically suspect climate-change orthodoxy.

Penn State is right to scrutinize Mr. Mann's "scholarship." But the university need not await its own decision on his future employment to do the right thing for taxpayers. As the center urges, Penn State should return the money to the U.S. Treasury immediately.

Whoever approved Mann's grant should be removed from the public payroll. And all other stimulus grants should be reviewed to tell taxpayers just how much of their money was misspent to promote Democrat eco-wacko dogma under the dubious stimulus guise of "job creation."

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:02 AM

Union Deal Latest ObamaCare Outrage

BlogQuestion011910.pngQuestion: In what kind of country are laws applied differently for politically favored constituents?

If you said "constitutional republic" you are half right; just replace "constitutional" with "banana" and you have a fairly accurate description of what Barack Obama's America is shaping up to be.

Consider the "deal" struck between The White House and union leaders on Thursday. According to the Washington Post:
The agreement, forged in a marathon negotiating session that included White House officials and seven prominent labor leaders...
And not, it might be added, captured for posterity by C-SPAN cameras, in spite of the President's oft repeated, oft mocked promise that he would allow Brian Lamb's crew in to broadcast health care negotiations. The Post reports that the agreement:
...would exempt union members from a proposed surtax on expensive insurance plans until 2018, five years after the legislation would take effect.
And what surtax would union members be "exempt" from, exactly? The 40 percent surtax on high-end, or "Cadillac" insurance plans which the Senate, and the President, seem to think necessary to finance their heath care overhaul legislation.

The problem is that many unions have negotiated such sweet insurance plans for their members in collective bargaining; by some estimates, as many as one in four union households are "Cadillac" insurance owners. Those households, if the deal holds, would now be exempt from a tax to be levied on other holders of the same kinds of policies (the vast majority of such policy holders make under $250,000 a year) until 2018, "giving labor leaders time to negotiate new contracts."

Well, how nice for them. And how unlucky for the average, non-union, middle or blue class worker who has accepted such insurance in lieu of higher wages, who is not considered a valuable member of the Obama coalition. Put simply; unions are now promised exemption from an onerous new tax by the Democratic president whom they spent tens of million to help elect.

This is only the latest in a long line of deals made behind closed doors to keep the health care train moving along, deals which have promised exemption for one group or state from fiscal and legal burdens to be born by others. This is basket-case democracy, a troubling sign that power is consolidating in Washington in the manner usually seen in only nominally free, or nakedly unfree, states.

When a nation no longer applies its laws equally, it ceases to be a nation of laws and becomes a nation of men, where faction is pitted against faction, citizen against citizen, and the whims of a few govern the lives of the multitude.

In other words, exactly what our Founders were trying to avoid when they established this great republic.

Written by Matt Patterson, policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.


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Posted by Matt Patterson at 12:02 AM

Monday, January 18, 2010

Project 21's Deneen Borelli Talks Green Jobs on Glenn Beck

In case you missed it from Friday...


Project 21 full-time fellow Deneen Borelli talks about the fantasy of economic empowerment through radical environmental policies on the January 14, 2010 broadcast of the Glenn Beck program on the Fox News Channel.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:44 PM

Project 21 Praises U.S. Response to Haiti Tragedy

Project 21 members are praising the generosity of the American people in response to the terrible tragedy in Haiti.

Here's a press release the group issued a few minutes ago:
Individual Generosity in Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts Praised by Black Conservatives

People Stepping Up Before the Government Could Act Sets Example for the World


For Release: January 18, 2010
Contact: David Almasi at (703) 568-4727 or [email protected]

As people honor the values and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., members of the Project 21 black leadership network are also taking this time to commend the American people for their quick and generous acts of charity after last week's devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Deneen Borelli (Project 21 Fellow): "As we remember Dr. King, it is heartwarming to see how the American people have come together to help those in need. As they always do, average Americans of all races, classes and backgrounds opened their wallets and asked what they could do to help long before even the government could respond. Faith-based organizations n which have always been a great help n are picking up the slack where established relief groups and the government are already overwhelmed. Without a political goal in mind, the American people joined as one to offer hope. That is something to be proud of on this holiday."

Geoffrey Moore: "I want to commend the American people on their response to the earthquake in Haiti. As usual, Americans step up to the plate to help those most in need."

Darryn 'Dutch' Martin: "The fact that the American government and its people are front and center in helping the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake -- and have been from the start -- is not surprising. No other sovereign nation is doing more to provide immediate humanitarian and financial assistance to needy countries and peoples with the same passion and on the same scale as the United States of America. At the same time, other jealous, America-hating nations either badmouth us as they sit on their hands or simply ride our coattails. Do we get the credit from the rest of the world that we so richly deserve for this never-ending helping hand? Of course not, and our efforts in Haiti will probably be no exception. But that's to be expected, and it will not deter American generosity."

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored by The National Center for Public Policy Research (www.nationalcenter.org).

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:01 PM

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tom Borelli to Join Fox Business Channel 's Stuart Varney on "Varney & Co" Debut Monday

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National Center for Public Policy Research Senior Fellow and Free Enterprise Project Director Tom Borelli, Ph.D., will be a guest Monday, January 18 on the debut of Stuart Varney's new show, "Varney and Co." on the Fox Business Channel.

Tom will be discussing companies that are lobbying heavily for -- and betting heavily on -- the adoption of cap-and-trade and other energy-limiting regulations, and other ways proponents of energy regulation are scheming to profit from anti-global warming regulations.

And here we thought the cap-and-trade lobbyists were concerned for the fate of the Earth...

"Varney and Co." debuts at 9:30 AM Eastern on the Fox Business Channel; Tom is scheduled to appear at 10:30 AM Eastern. Editor's note: After this was posted, Tom's interview was moved to 10:20.

For those of you who missed it, here's Tom talking with Stuart Varney last week on the topic of Climategate scientist Michael Mann receiving a grant from federal stimulus funds.




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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:24 PM

Greg Pollowitz: More on Pat Robertson and the Devil

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Greg Pollowitz of Planet Gore picked up on David's post about Pat Robertson and Haiti and took it further, tracking down that infamous commercial featuring Pat Robertson and Al Sharpton.

The commercial, directed personally by Al Gore, asked viewers to visit one of the websites of Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, where, among other things, they would be asked to sign a petition calling for a global climate treaty.

I am not a regular viewer of Robertson's CBN show, The 700 Club, but I had not previously presupposed it to be a support network for global governance.

Possibly CBN personnel were similarly mystified. In an article David linked to in his post, a CBN spokesman tries to say Robertson doesn't have a "firm position" on global warming:

Maybe he didn't, but as the video on Greg's post shows, the commercial encouraged viewers to visit Gore's website wecansolveit.org, which, at the time of the commercials, greeted viewers with these words...

...and then urged people to sign Gore's petition for a global climate treaty.

Robertson, by the way, wasn't the only person on the right to film a commercial asking people to visit Gore's website, and be asked to sign the global climate treaty petition:



The global climate treaty Al Gore has been pushing for is run through the United Nations. Even if Robertson and Gingrich choose to believe in the global warming theory -- in fact, especially if they believe in the global warming theory -- why would they want to address the issue through the useless and corrupt United Nations?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:05 PM

Rebuttal to Huffington Post's "Right Wing Attacks Climate Scientist with Outrageous Spindoctoring"

Kevin Grandia, managing editor of the left-wing anti-global warming skeptic website DeSmogBlog, has posted an article on the Huffington Post about our exposure (along with that of others) of Michael Mann's $541,184 grant from federal stimulus funds.

Kevin must have known the article was fundamentally incorrect when he submitted it to the Huffington Post.

The post, entitled "Right wing attacks climate scientist with outrageous spindoctoring," can be read here. It was actually written by one of Kevin's DeSmogBlog writers, Mitchell Anderson, and appeared on DeSmogBlog at http://tinyurl.com/desmogblog on Friday.

Because the Huffington Post is one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world, and Kevin/Mitchell's article there was so off-the-wall wrong, I posted a comment on the Huffington Post correcting the basic facts. The comment, which makes the most sense if you read the Huffington Post piece first, is:
Kevin Grandia and Mitchell Anderson embarrass themselves with lines such as "How they arrived at this $450,000 error is unknown - it is puzzling when such free market capitalists clearly can't operate a calculator..."

Mitchell and Kevin are talking about the wrong grant, and Kevin, at minimum, must have known this before he posted this here. Their article here links to the National Center for Public Policy Research (which employs me) press release (partially reprinted by Friskaliberal.com, also linked to here), which calls for a return of a grant of $541,184.

Kevin wrote us Thursday to ask about the grant. We IDed the grant for him as National Science Foundation award #0902133, which is for $541,184.

So Kevin knew, before posting this here, that "the climate denial echo chamber" (as he so charmingy calls us) wasn't talking about an entirely different, $770,000 grant to Penn State/ U of HI, of which Mann received a small portion.

The real story: in June 2009, Penn State accepted a $541,184 grant, to cover three years, to Michael Mann's work. Climategate then exploded. Apparently believing Climategate to be serious, Penn State opened an investigation into Mann's work. Our position is that under these circumstances, the grant should be returned to the National Science Foundation, so the funds can be awarded to another scientist.

Kevin and Mitchell seem to think this would be awful. I'm not sure why. Maybe just because we're the ones who suggested it.
Addendum, 1/17/10: Apparently AlterNet has posted this as well. Why aren't these very major websites doing even superficial fact-checking before they publish pieces?

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:35 AM

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tom Borelli Discusses Climategate, Greening of California on Glenn Beck


Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of our Free Enterprise Project, was on the Glenn Beck Show Friday with Eric Bolling, guest host, discussing both the granting of economic stimulus funds to Climategate scientist Michael Mann and also Arnold Schwartzenegger's efforts to "green" California.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:38 PM

Project 21's Lisa Fritsch Discusses Reid's Racial Comments on Glenn Beck Show



Project 21's Lisa Fritsch discussed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's racial comments about President Barack Obama and related issues on the January 14, 2010 (Thursday edition of the Glenn Beck program on the Fox News Channel. Other guests on this segment included Charles Payne of the Fox Business Network, Bruce Gilbert, a Northampton County (PA)Councilman, and Lettee Eaton-White, a commentator for Hip Hop magazine.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:23 AM

Friday, January 15, 2010

What Health Negotiators Are Arguing Over Now

ALT TAGNo happiness in the House


Writing for the Hill, Jared Allen and Jeffrey Young are reporting on a growing problem in the health care negotiations:
Some House Democrats believe their states would get shortchanged in the overhaul of the nation's healthcare system and the funding issue is fast becoming a major hurdle to getting a bill signed into law.

How much of a burden states would have to shoulder for a proposed Medicaid expansion is the latest friction point between the House and the Senate, and is threatening to blow a hole in the measure's price tag.

"There's a lot of angst right now from members from states like New York and California over this," a senior Democratic aide said. "And there's a growing concern that these states are getting the short end of the stick. And that's particularly frustrating because it was members from these states that carried this bill to the point we're at now."

Lawmakers from these states and others are disgruntled because states that already offer more generous Medicaid coverage would be offered less additional assistance than states with relatively smaller programs...

...Democrats are working feverously to reach agreements on the parameters of the bill's insurance expansion structure so they can send language – along with the tax portion – to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as early as Saturday for analysis.

It was unclear, though, whether CBO would be able to provide a thorough enough of an assessment of the bill's cost, and its impact on the deficit and healthcare spending, without a number of critical components that are still the subject of intense negotiations.
I left out most of the article for copyright reasons, but the entire article is available here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:22 PM

Climategate Stimulus Grant Covered by Fox, Limbaugh, Many Others

Our press release revealing that over half a million dollars in federal stimulus money is funding the work of a key Climategate scientist, Penn State's Michael Mann, has been receiving a lot of attention.

Stuart Varney of the Fox Business Channel interviews Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project

Rush Limbaugh reads and comments upon our press release about a half hour into his show

Here's how the story was covered on Rush Limbaugh.com:
Story #3: Climate Hoaxer Mann Gets Porkulus Slush Fund Grant

RUSH: From the National Center for Public Policy Research: "In the face of rising unemployment and record-breaking deficits, policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research are criticizing the Obama Administration for awarding a half million dollar grant from the economic stimulus package to Penn State Professor Michael Mann, a key figure in the Climategate controversy." Michael Mann is one of the guys doctoring all the data at the Hadley Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK. You was one of the guys "hiding the decline" in global temperatures. He got a half a million dollars in stimulus money -- once again, illustrating that it is a slush fund. It is not an economic stimulus package, and it was never intended to be one except in your mind.
The Washington Examiner covered the story in a "The Daily Outrage: Mann Money" story. The Examiner wants people to call the office of Vice President Joe Biden about this. To find out why, click here.

Noel Sheppard on Newsbusters wrote a post with news about another climate change-related grant Penn State has recently received that is funded with federal stimulus money.

Said Noel:
...Potentially adding insult to injury, Penn State received additional stimulus funds to investigate the impact of climate change last week:
A nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling a Penn State-led group of researchers to continue studies on the potential effects of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue. The grant is part of federal stimulus funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This grant appears to have nothing to do with Mann's department. However, given the high-profile the university is currently under as a result of his involvement in ClimateGate, it seems absurd that any federal funds involving climate change would be going to this school while it is investigating its chief proponent of this myth.

Maybe more importantly, why are economic stimulus funds being given to a university for scientific research in the first place, especially one with such political overtones?...
Noel concludes:
...I'm sure now that NCPPR has exposed this hypocrisy, press outlets across the fruited plain will be aggressively investigating economic stimulus grants to Mann and others involved in the ClimateGate scandal in order to inform the public about how their tax dollars are being spent.

Of course, I'm not holding my breath.
In a post early Thursday morning, Gateway Pundit provided background information on the hockey stick itself, as well as Climategate, before discussing this grant.

Media Matters attacked us for saying anything about this; according to them, the activities that make up the scandal known as Climategate are business-as-usual, and therefore, not worthy of note. If you say so, guys!

FoxNation covered it here (thanks for telling us about this, Media Matters!).

Frugal Cafe Blog Zone has a funny cartoon illustrating its editorial on this.

Other blogs with coverage included:
ClimateDepot
Tom Nelson
Climategate.com
Greg Pollowitz on NRO's Planet Gore
Frisk a Liberal
Red State
Sweetness and Light
Prison Planet
Minnesotans for Global Warming
Say Anything
Right Side News
Free Republic
Gore Lied
The Black Kettle
Common American Journal
Mayrant and Rave
Bernard's Blog
CongressCheck.com
American Conservative Values
The Layman's Corner
Gathering of Eagles: NY
Liberal Whoppers
Osmoothie
Asheville Tea Party
Tory Ardvaark
MaddMedic
Penraker
Holy Coast
New Research Findings Two
NorCal Blogs
Don On
The Way It Is
Are You Freaking Stupid?
A Clear and Present Danger
Thoughts.com
Doomdaily Newspaper
Musings from the Chiefio
Rainy Skies
Web of Evidence
Right Links
If your blog covered our press release and I missed it, I apologize. I also know that we had a lot of calls and bookings from talk radio shows today, but, regrettably, I don't have a list available at present.

If the mainstream press is covering it, I'm at this point unaware of any examples.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:35 AM

Re: Climategate, Left-Wing DeSmogBlog Website Asks Us for Research Help

DeSmogBlogLogo.jpgKindness is not usually a term one associates with the anti-Holocaustglobal warming denier website DeSmogBlog, but its staff has made an exception today.

Managing Editor Kevin Grandia is so concerned about the American taxpayer being fleeced through wasteful disbursements of stimulus funds, he's trying to help us publicize the unfortunate decision of the Obama Administration to give over a half a million U.S. taxpayer dollars to Climategate scientist Dr. Michael Mann.

It's really very kind of Kevin, especially when you consider that DeSmogBlog is a Canadian website, run by a for-profit public relations firm. How many Canadian for-profits worry about U.S. taxpayers being shafted? And after normal working hours, too!
From: Kevin Grandia [email protected]>
Date: January 14, 2010 9:52:52 PM EST
To: [email protected]
Subject: Mann claim

Hi David,

I am looking for your evidence backing your claim that Mann received stimulus money. I cannot find anything in your press release or on your blog. I also searched the Recovery.gov datbase and cannot find it. Obviously, it is imperative that such a claim is backed by solid sources and research so I would appreciate you sending this on to me as soon as possible.

Regards,

--Kevin Grandia
Managing Editor
http://www.desmogblog.com

DeSmogBlog's much anticipated book, "Climate Cover Up: the crusade to deny global warming" is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble - get your copy today! http://www.desmogblog.com/climate-cover-up
And thank you, too, Kevin, for telling us about DeSmogBlog's book highlighting the important work of many of us in the U.S. skeptic community (polite people don't call us "deniers," Kevin) who don't want to disproportionately hurt poor people by raising energy prices based on models that disagree with one another or on an injudicious analysis of the rings of a small number of carefully-selected trees. As it is always interesting to see what the neighbors next door have to say about one, Kevin, I'd be happy to read your boss's new book if you send me a free copy. You might be interested also in my book, which describes in sad detail the way the Canadian left has screwed up your health care system. You can get a free copy of it here. Be warned, though, since you live in Canada, it might come across as kind of terrifying. I regret that, but some leftist Americans want to do to us what yours did to you, and we really have to warn people.

Back to the Michael Mann grant. I can tell from your email, Kevin, that looking in three places on the Internet for information on the grant before giving up has kind of tired you out. Really, I don't blame DeSmogBlog for this, as you are PR professionals, not researchers. I'm sure if we were talking about the best way to market a new brand of laundry detergent, you'd know lots more than we would, so why should I expect you to know a lot about government? Or climate?

So I will help you out a little. The $541,184 grant from our taxpayers to Climategate scientist Michael Mann is National Science Foundation grant award #0902133. Is documentation about it online? Maybe, Kevin, but how would you learn to do research if we did all your work for you? And besides, if you want to claim we made it up, isn't it your job to prove it?

P.S. I know DeSmogBlog -- amusingly, for a PR agency website -- is in the habit of painting anyone with a differing point of view as a corporate whore, so be aware that the total funding we receive from all corporate sources combined amounts to about one-half of one percent of our total income. About 98 percent of our income comes from small gifts from over 100,000 people who are darned worried about the job-killing, price-raising and liberty-restricting agenda of people like you. Should you write about us, I doubt you'll be able to resist claiming we're corporate funded, but you won't be able to claim we didn't tell you by how much.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:34 AM

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tom Borelli to Discuss Climategate Scientist Stimulus Grant on Fox Business Network

FoxStuartVarney.jpgNational Center for Public Policy Free Enterprise Project Director Tom Borelli, Ph.D., will be a guest at 1 PM Eastern on Stuart Varney's show on the Fox Business Channel.

Tom will be discussing the federal grant, through the so-called "stimulus," of over a half million dollars to the work of Climategate scientist Dr. Michael Mann.

SCHEDULING UPDATE: The interview time has been changed to 1:40 PM Eastern.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:51 AM

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Does Spokesman for Global Warming Alarmists Have Inside Line to Satan?

The Devil ala H. Jon Benjamin from Lucy, the D...Old pal?

Pat Robertson says the earthquake in Haiti is a consequence of Haiti's pact with the devil dating back to the late 18th Century.

Of course, no one can rule out the possibility that God might visit his wrath on any nation for its sinful ways, but Robertson went much, much beyond that.

On his 700 Club program, Robertson didn't just assert that Haitians had pledged their devotion to the devil if he freed them from their French occupiers, but said "the devil said okay, it's a deal..."

I'd love to see the footnote on that one. Perhaps it was the same source he used in determining the high correlation between hurricanes and sinfulness. Or perhaps he and Beelzebub are old pals.

Pat Robertson's statement puts his position on global warming in perspective, doesn't it? For anyone who doesn't know, he believes anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are causing catastrophic warming of the planet.

His statement says something about the global warming alarmist movement to which he now belongs, too.

Ordinarily, a global warming Chicken Little spouting off something nutty would be completely unremarkable. In fact, I expect it. But Robertson is no ordinary clucker. He's been a spokesman for Al Gore's "Alliance for Climate Protection," appearing in the group's "We Can Solve it" advertisements urging action on climate change.

So Al Gore looked around and thought to himself, "Pat Robertson... now there's a credible guy. He's just who we need to reassure the public that we aren't a bunch of crackpots."

Oh, did I mention that Robertson appeared in Gore's ads with the Reverend Al Sharpton?

Doubly reassuring, no doubt.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 7:52 PM

Project 21 Members to be on "Glenn Beck" Thursday Night

P21BeckMassie111309d.jpgProject 21's Mychal Massie on Glenn Beck in November

Several members of the National Center's Project 21 black leadership network are scheduled to participate in a town hall-style edition of the "Glenn Beck" show airing on the Fox News Channel at 5:00 PM eastern on Thursday, January 14.

This special edition of Beck's show is subtitled "Content of Character."

This is the second time that Beck has used his show to highlight the thoughts and feelings of black conservatives. Project 21 members also participated in the first program, which aired on November 13, 2009 and was re-run on the Fox News Channel this past weekend.

Check your local listings for Fox News Channel on cable. Fox News is available on channel 118 on Fios, channel 205 on Dish Network and channel 360 on DirecTV.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 7:02 PM

Administration Concludes UN "Impossible" Forum for Climate Negotiations

The Obama Administration appears to have concluded that if the world's nations continue to try to negotiate a climate treaty at the United Nations, there won't be one.

It almost makes you want the U.S. to stay a member...


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:34 PM

If Carbon Dioxide is Expended by Nancy Pelosi, Does It Still Cause Global Warming?

DepressionShirt5Proof2.pngCBS's Sharyl Attkisson revealed Monday (see a post by Noel Sheppard on Newsbusters for video) that "101 Congress-related" people flew to the Copenhagen climate summit last month, at tremendous cost to taxpayers.

But although Attkisson ended the piece with a brief nod to the environmental impact of the huge Nancy Pelosi-approved delegation, her otherwise excellent report told only part of the story. That is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi approved a Congressional delegation to Copenhagen almost a quarter of the size of the entire Congress, she approved an enormous carbon footprint -- and she did it just a few months after twisting arms (brutally) to get Congress to pass the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill.

Using a calculator and some information available to anyone with internet access, my husband David worked out some quick facts regarding the carbon footprint of Nancy Pelosi's delegation. According to David:
  • Pelosi's delegation expended the same amount of carbon as 1,300 people combined in Bangladesh expend in an entire year;

  • the Pelosi delegation expended at least 378 metric tons of CO2 and probably considerably more;

  • Americans presently expend nearly 20 tons of carbon per capita, per year. Each member of the Pelosi delegation, on average, expended 19 percent of that annual amount -- but in just two days.
It is important to cover the way politicians misspend our money. But much of the mainstream press professes concern about CO2 emissions leading to dangerous global warming, so I have just one question: Why aren't reporters covering this part of the story?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:50 AM

Monday, January 11, 2010

Two Out of Two Majority Leaders Agree: The Public Can Shove Off

While taking a look, for remembrance sake, at some of the calls this organization made for then-Majority Leader Trent Lott to resign during the Strom Thurmond controversy, I ran into an old blog post that highlights another way (besides putting his foot in his mouth) that Lott, in his day, was like Majority Leader Harry Reid today.

Referring to people outside the Senate who had opinions on a then-pending Supreme Court confirmation, the Washington Post reported the following in 2005:
Lott cautioned that outside groups have a limited ability to influence senators of either party. 'I'll call them when I need to hear from them,' he said. 'As far as I'm concerned, they can all shove off, left and right.'
Doesn't that sound like something Senator Reid could say on health care legislation? And, most likely, is what he really thinks?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:19 PM

In Newsweek, Ted Olson Is Wrong on Gay Marriage

NewsweekCoverTedOlsonGayMarriage.jpgFormer Solictor General Ted Olson's Newsweek essay, "A Conservative Case for Gay Marriage," is embarrassing for conservatives -- that is, embarrassing that we had a Solicitor General so willing to publicly use straw-man arguments.

Of course, as it has ever been, when an individual conservative of moderate fame wants some nice press in the mainstream media, he offers up a 'man bites dog' story, to wit, "Neanderthal Conservative Sees the Light [Insert Topic Here]."

Which is not to say a desire for fame is Olson's motivation, particularly; his essay is ardent enough to signal his logic has been overwhelmed and thus it is likely he is sincere, but how many of us, pushed out on a limb of illogic after letting our emotions rule, are rewarded with an essay in Newsweek?

(I daresay even a fashionable liberal, penning "A Liberal Case Against Gay Marriage," couldn't get one.)

Olson lists the "reasons I have heard" against legalizing gay marriage.

He's not a listener.

Every adult American already has the same legal right to marry as anyone else. There are certain limitations on this right for everybody -- you can't marry a close relative, you can't marry if you are not mentally competent to enter into a contract, you can't marry if you are already married, you can't marry someone else who is already married, you can't marry someone who does not wish to marry you, you can only be married to one person at a time, and, yes, you have to marry a person of the opposite sex. The core point here, and the relevant one for any discussion of the applicability of the Equal Protection Clause, is: these rules apply to everyone equally.

Don't like the rules? Fine, don't get married. There is also a legal right to refrain from marriage if it is not your cup of tea.

If Ted Olson wants to change the laws regarding marriage, and lobby forthwith for same, that, too, is his legal right, as it is everyone's. But his view that defining marriage under law for everyone equally as the union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional is simply wrong, and if his view prevails -- this is a certainty -- it won't be long before we have a lawsuit by people who say they can't be happy unless they have more than one spouse at a time. The public will laugh at first, but these individuals will organize, hire lobbyists, obtain a headquarters, and spend 20 years saying they've felt this way as long as they can remember. Then the next generation Ted Olson will be trotted out with "A Conservative Case for Polygamy" (though no doubt a new and highly-marketable name will first be made de rigueur). Tomorrow's Ted will argue that the Equal Protection Clause applies and that the Constitutional case is closely analogous to the one against slavery. He'll toss out religious arguments as unworthy of examination, and fret that the real basis of opposition to polygamy is that people feel "threatened." (Subtext: Opponents are "polygaphobic"; that is, they have a mental illness.)

And if that Ted's view prevails, the institution of marriage, already under threat by all-too-many people who don't take it seriously, will for practical purposes, in the United States of America, be no more.

(Cross-posted on Newsbusters, where you can leave comments if you like.)


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:24 PM

Project 21 Members Continue to React to Reid's Racial Remarks

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 4:  Senate Majority Lead...Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - Image by Getty Images via Daylife

This afternoon, Harry Reid met with reporters in Apex, Nevada. The reporters, like members of the Project 21 black leadership network, wanted to hear if Reid was truly sorry about his comments about Barack Obama as reported in a new book, if he still believes that a not-so-articulate and dark-skinned black man has inherent liabilities in running for president and if he would resign his leadership post as Trent Lott was forced to do under similar circumstances in 2002.

Reid did not address any of these concerns. He did claim he was one of the most formidable civil rights champions in Nevada history. He also dropped names of high-profile people - including NAACP chairman Julian Bond, Attorney General Eric Holder, Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar and unnamed black leaders in Nevada - who called him to tell him he was being given a pass because he's such a swell guy.

Obviously, as he and they imply, the Reid record proves he couldn't possibly hold racist feelings. But this generalization still leaves grave concerns that Reid's implied senior moment may have actually been a Freudian slip revealing his true feelings.

To follow are comments from Project 21 members still looking for answers from the leader of the Senate:
Mychal Massie (chairman of Project 21): "It's obvious that Harry Reid has been declared too big to fail. We all know this 'some of my best friends are black' defense would never fly if it was a conservative. It hasn't, and there's a good reason why it shouldn't for any politician. Yet Reid's phone is ringing off the hook with the likes of Julian Bond telling him everything is alright. It proves that keeping a liberal in power is more important than moral propriety."

Deneen Borelli: "President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other prominent black politicians have accepted Reid's apology. Even Al Sharpton seemed to have fallen in line rather quickly and is reciting the liberal talking points to protect Reid. Clearly, with health care hanging in the balance, Obama cannot afford a prolonged controversy involving Reid."

Geoffrey Moore: "It is funny how Reid only apologized when caught, and still is not addressing the content of his comments. What is even funnier is how so many of the people who would be assailing a conservative in the same situation are rushing to defend him. This is about more than some racist comments - it brings up the issue of how a white, male senior citizen member of the political elite can be the judge of what is authentically black. Or Negro, to use Reid's own words. I'm still waiting for an explanation on what a Negro accent is."

Jimmie A. Hollis: "Unless one has been living on Mars for the past 50 years, most - if not all - people know of there is a double-standard. Conservatives and fair-minded independents are rightly expressing outrage, but liberal outrage - and liberal black outrage, in particular - is selective. There's too much at stake. I need to get some emails out to Senator Reid. I could use a high position in Washington, and I am a light-skinned man who has been said to speak 'white.' If Reid had told me this a few decades ago, maybe I could have been president!"

Kevin A. Martin: "Harry Reid isn't sorry for what he said. Harry Reid is sorry he got caught. What Reid has done is provided us with a window of how I feel liberal truly feel about blacks - that they should be seen only at the polls and protests. And the civil rights industry is flocking to his side as leverage for future political favors."
A Project 21 press release about Reid's comments can be found here.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 5:07 PM

Quote of Note: Secret Deals Are No Way to Plan a Ski Trip, Let Alone a Health Care System

"Under wraps. Behind closed doors. Backroom deals. These phrases crop up again and again in reports of the Democrats' health care legislation.

Would you go along with any plan that had these sinister signs swirling 'round it? Would you even go on a weekend ski trip if the details were kept under wraps, negotiated with backroom deals behind closed doors?

Of course not. And yet we are going to allow the government to take control of one-sixth of the economy and our health care?"

Matt Patterson, Policy Analyst, National Center for Public Policy Research, "Accountability, Transparency are Casualties of Health Care Debate," Washington Examiner, January 11, 2010


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:11 PM

Does Government Know the Definition of the Word "Voluntary"?

From the New York Times about a new plan by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to cut the salt intake of all Americans, even those who have never visited New York: "The plan is voluntary for food companies and involves no legislation. It allows [emphasis added] companies to cut salt gradually over five years so the change is not so noticeable to consumers."

Coming up next, a national bedtime.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:03 AM

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Well, It Was 8 Years Ago

Evidently, as recently as eight years ago, Barack Obama did not know the difference between being majority leader versus being president of the U.S. Senate.

Not that I ever thought he was a wonk. Or is one now. But David Brooks notwithstanding, I bet most of the people who attend tea parties know the difference.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:41 PM

Things We Think We Know

The pyramids may not have been built by slaves; clearing Amazon forests can be worthwhile; Neanderthals apparently weren't so Neanderthal.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:35 PM

Project 21 Members Comment on Harry Reid "Game Change" Remarks

Members of the Project 21 black leadership network released a press statement tonight regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's 2008 comments about then-Senator Barack Obama, as reported in Mark Halpern and John Heilemann's new book, Game Change:
Black Activists Respond to Reid's Racial Remarks

Contact: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or e-mail [email protected]

Washington, DC: Black conservatives with the Project 21 leadership network are speaking out about the recently-revealed racial comments about Barack Obama that were made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in 2008:

Mychal Massie (chairman of Project 21): "Harry Reid is a loathsome individual whose apology was based on exposure not repentance. Reid's comments are proof positive that the racial animus of the past is alive and prevalent among liberals today, notwithstanding the fact that their standard-bearer is a black man."

Robert A. George: "How nice to see that, when it comes to race in America, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has such, ahem, 'enlightenment' (pun intended). Thank goodness no jive-talkin' darky ever thought about running for president! No way Reid could have supported him!!" (This quote comes from Robert's "Ragged Thots" blog. The entire post can be seen at http://raggedthots.blogspot.com.)

Bob Parks: "The hazard of being an apologist is having your own words thrown back in your face. Obama demanded the Republicans drum Senator Trent Lott out of their party in 2002 when Lott gave inappropriate praise to centenarian and reformed segregationist senator Strom Thurmond on his birthday. The underlying problem here is that boneheaded racist statements by politicians are all too common, and only conservatives seem to get called on them and punished. Republicans did strip Lott of his leadership post. Obama is absolving the Democrats of acting against Reid. This is a dangerous trend." (More can be found on Bob's "Black and Right" web site at http://www.black-and-right.com.)

Lisa Fritsch: "Why would Harry Reid apologize now when it seems clear he felt it and meant it at the time? It was less likely 'a poor choice of words' than an honest reflection of Reid's character."

R. Dozier Gray: "Black people historically have a lot of forgiveness in their hearts for people who make statements like the one Reid made. I might have forgiven him long ago had he sought to be accountable when he realized that what he said was stupid instead of when he realized that a book featuring it was coming out. But the black 'leadership' will likely let this slide. Power is usually more important to them than this sort of soft racism from a political ally. Truth be told, some of the policies advocated by Reid and his allies are more damaging than a few of his random racial comments."

Darryn "Dutch" Martin: "In the grand scheme of things, what Reid said, his apology and Obama's acceptance of it is irrelevant. What is striking is that Reid said it in 2008, a Time magazine reporter knew it and didn't make it public until 2010! Why wasn't it reported as soon as it became known? Would the mainstream media exercise such restraint and bury a newsworthy quote if a conservative public figure made a similar linguistic faux pas? I think not."

In the book Game Change, set to be released Monday, authors Mark Halpern and John Heilemann write that Reid privately analyzed the electoral appeal of then-Senator Barack Obama, referring to Obama as "light-skinned" with "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

When the comments were posted on Marc Ambinder's Atlantic magazine website, Reid expressed "deep regret [for] using such a poor choice of words." President Obama issued a rare immediate public statement saying he "accepted Harry's apology without question."

Reid is no stranger to using the race card for political gain. In December 2009, for example, Reid compared those who opposed a government takeover of health care to lawmakers who opposed abolishing slavery and civil rights legislation.

Project 21, established in 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:59 PM

Friday, January 08, 2010

Three Questions for the Congressional Leadership

MPatterson102209b.jpgAre you "open," "honest," and ethical"? These are three questions National Center for Public Policy Research Policy Analyst Matt Patterson asks the Congressional leadership in a new paper just out today.

The paper, "Bad Faith & Broken Promises: Accountability and Transparency Casualties of Health Care Debate," asks:
* Is it "honest" to hide the true cost of your legislation with budgetary gimmicks in which three years of new taxes precede the bulk of the spending, making your program seem more affordable than it really is in an artificial budgetary window?

* Is it "open" for the Congressional leadership to "secretly craft the final bill behind closed doors," far from the prying eyes of the press, the public, and the rest of Congress, or to have important procedural votes in the middle of the night, or pass critical legislation on Christmas Eve, when most sane people are blissfully distracted from the machinations on Capitol Hill?

* Is it "ethical" to buy the votes of recalcitrant members of your caucus with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars in backroom deals, such as "the inclusion of $100-$300 million in added federal aid for Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, the home state of Sen. Mary Landrieu," in return for her vote, or the offer to Senator Ben Nelson of "a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion" for his home state of Nebraska, in exchange for his vote?
"Despite promises made by Congressional leaders, they have shepherded health care legislation through Congress in a manner that is demonstrably secretive, unethical and dishonest," Matt says. "Promise after promise made by the Congressional leadership to conduct an open, bi-partisan process to reform health care has been shamelessly broken. It's really quite astounding; Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama, don't even try to pretend to hold to their many and frequent promises to conduct open and fair negotiations to reform American health care."

Matt concludes: "The question we have to ask ourselves is: Why have they done this in secret? What is it about this process that they don't want the public, the press, or even fellow members of Congress to see?"


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:19 AM

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Bob Parks Dares MSNBC Personnel to Read Urban Dictionary Definition of "Teabagger" on the Air

parks_sm.jpgStill annoyed at Chris Matthews for lying about the tea parties being all-white?

If so, click here and listen to Bob Parks on the G. Gordon Liddy Show today dare Chris Matthews and David Shuster to read the urban dictionary definition of "teabaggers" live on the air.

Bob bets they won't.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:29 PM

Borelli Questions Use of Intelligence Assets on Fox


Here's a video of Project 21 full-time fellow Deneen Borelli on Fox and Friends this morning, discussing the diversion of national security intelligence resources to climate research.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:04 PM

Project 21's Bob Parks on G. Gordon Liddy Today

Project 21 member Bob Parks is scheduled to appear on G. Gordon Liddy's syndicated radio show on Thursday, January 7 at approximately 11:30 AM Eastern for around 30 minutes. Bob Scherr is guest-hosting.

Bob will be talking about assertions made by MSNBC's Chris Matthews that tea party ralliers are "monochromatic... all white." Bob and several other members of the National Center's Project 21 black leadership network have attended and even spoken at past tea party rallies. Project 21 issued a press release yesterday about Matthews' racial insensitivity.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.


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Posted by David W. Almasi at 10:44 AM

Inside the Beltway on Chris Matthews

The Washington Times' influential Inside the Beltway column is covering the reaction of Project 21's Bob Parks and Deneen Borelli to MSNBC host Chris Matthews' assertion that the Tea Party rallies of the past year were attended exclusively by whites.

You can read the column here.

Meantime, no word on the rumor that MSNBC's Chris Matthews and the New York Times' David Brooks were spotted in a hallway arguing fiercely, with Matthews claiming "They're all-white racists!" and Brooks yelling, "They're all dum-dums!"

Poor saps don't realize they're both wrong.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:02 AM

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Message to Chris Matthews

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Possibly this unidentified woman at the July 4, 2009 Tea Party in Washington, D.C. was directing her "Try and Shut Me Up" message to MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who claimed Tuesday that black Americans had no voice at Tea Party rallies over the past year.

Photo by David Almasi


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:03 PM

Media Matters Attacks Us Again

MediaMattersLogo.jpgMedia Matters is attacking us again. This time, it claims our assertion that "the Obama Administration is tasking some of our nation's most elite intelligence-gathering agencies to divert their resources to environmental scientists researching global warming" is wrong because "the program... 'has little or no impact on regular intelligence gathering.'"

Two months before the Christmas Day would-be bomber flew over U.S. airspace in what President Obama himself reportedly called an intelligence "screw-up," U.S. intelligence officials were, according to William J. Broad of the New York Times, "collaborating on an effort to use the federal government's intelligence assets -- including spy satellites and other classified sensors -- to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change..."

In light of the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber incident and other threats, and the fact that the U.S. military is currently engaged in two wars, this is one American who is not comfortable having our apparently-overburdened intelligence officials focusing on climate change -- even part of the time.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:49 PM

Project 21's Deneen Borelli on Fox News "Special Report" and Throughout the Day Thursday to Talk About Iceberg Spy Games

FoxSpecialReport.jpgProject 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli is being interviewed for a segment set to air on the Fox News Channel's "Special Report with Bret Baier" program at 6:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, January 7. She will be speaking about the Obama Administration's diversion of our nation's intelligence resources to assist climate scientists.

In a National Center press release published yesterday, Deneen criticized a government program that will allow climate scientists to access classified intelligence data to help them study global warming. In the release, Deneen said:
"Given the very real threat posed by terrorists, it is ridiculous and downright dangerous to divert any intelligence resources to monitoring polar ice. Its said this won't hinder regular intelligence-gathering, but it's also clear that agencies can't yet share data and track a terrorism suspect who was identified by his own father. It's unwise to further distract our intelligence network by forcing it to consult with scientists about icebergs, polar bears and sea lions. The Obama Administration appears to be putting a left-wing political agenda before the safety and security of our nation.
In addition to the segment on "Special Report," shorter versions of the interview are supposed to air throughout the day. "Special Report" will also be rebroadcast at 4:00 AM Eastern.

Check your local listings for Fox News Channel on cable. Fox News is available on channel 118 on Fios, channel 205 on Dish Network and channel 360 on DirecTV.

Addendum, 1/8/10: Note from Amy Ridenour: We apologize to those of you who tuned in to see Deneen, as the Special Report interview with Deneen was cancelled by Fox at the last minute. We'll try to post notices of that sort before shows in the future, when cancellations occur.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected].

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 5:27 PM

Editing David Brooks

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Click to read PDF of edited David Brooks op-ed

I've constantly been hearing about the atrocious column David Brooks has in the New York Times Monday. You've no doubt read it or heard of it -- it's the one in which Brooks implies that participants in the tea party movement are uneducated.

My husband, David, had two observations inspired by the Brooks op-ed. First, he said, when people of modest economic means support the liberals, they're sympathetically called "poor," but when these people oppose the left, they are called "uneducated." Second, David noted that liberals are all against profiling -- except, it seems, as a means of identifying their enemies. (You know, "uneducated," "racist," etc.)

(Apparently, potential shoe-or-underwear bombers don't fit the liberal definition of "enemy.")

I also think David wants to (figuratively speaking) punch Brooks in the nose for his unwarranted insults to good people but that's another matter, and not something David would ever do anyway, it's not his style.

My own response to reading the Brooks piece is that the writing is simply Grade D. Maybe D-. I'm talking about the writing, not the opinions (the opinions are "F"). I'm talking intern-level work here, and I mean the beginning of the internship, not after a few go-arounds with the editing process.

To work out my frustrations a little after reading the piece (secretly, I want to punch the guy too, not that I ever would or would be particularly fearsome if I tried it), I edited it. (Again, not for politics, just for construction.) I've saved the results in a PDF. Curious to see how well David Brooks would do as a National Center for Public Policy Research intern?

If so, feel free to review my edits here. I let him get away with a few things, but as you'll see at the end, the piece would never pass muster here.

P.S. Why do you suppose National Center for Public Policy Research staffers get edited before they are published, while columnists for the so-called "newspaper of record" are not?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:36 AM

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Project 21's Deneen Borelli to Appear on Fox and Friends Thursday; Will Discuss Spying on Icebergs

FoxandFriendsLogoProject 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli will be a guest on the Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends morning show at 6:20 AM Eastern [Editor's note: after this blog post was published, the scheduled time for the interview was moved up by five minutes, to 6:15 AM Eastern] on Thursday, January 7 to discuss comments she and her husband, Tom Borelli (who directs the National Center's Free Enterprise Project) made today about the Obama Administration's diversion of national security intelligence resources toward the climate change issue.

Deneen and Tom's comments can be found in the following press release:
Spying on Icebergs Instead of Terrorists?

Obama Program Diverts Intelligence Assets to Climate Research


As terrorists continue to infiltrate America, the Obama Administration is tasking some of our nation's most elite intelligence-gathering agencies to divert their resources to environmental scientists researching global warming.

Experts with The National Center for Public Policy Research are decrying this practice as a distraction from important counterterrorism duties. They further question if it is a possible avenue to renew climate change subterfuge already plaguing some of these scientists.

"This is another example of President Obama not taking terrorism seriously," said Deneen Borelli, a fellow with the National Center's Project 21 black leadership network. "Our enemies must be laughing at the Obama Administration's incompetence."

A January 5 article in the New York Times reported that the White House restarted a program in which scientists are obtaining classified intelligence data from the Central Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office. Information from these secret government surveillance programs is being used to track climate change.

A similar program was discontinued by the Bush Administration in 2001. Former vice president and current climate change entrepreneur Al Gore began lobbying for its renewal in 2008. It now reportedly has the strong support of CIA Director Leon Panetta.

"Given the very real threat posed by terrorists, it is ridiculous and downright dangerous to divert any intelligence resources to monitoring polar ice," added Project 21's Deneen Borelli. "Its said this won't hinder regular intelligence-gathering, but it's also clear that agencies can't yet share data and track a terrorism suspect who was identified by his own father. It's unwise to further distract our intelligence network by forcing it to consult with scientists about icebergs, polar bears and sea lions. The Obama Administration appears to be putting a left-wing political agenda before the safety and security of our nation."

Speaking on the involvement of Al Gore, Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the National Center's Free Enterprise Project, noted: "If anything, Al Gore is the real national security threat. Gore's climate change fear mongering, which lines his own pockets with cash, has stoked a war against the fossil fuels so vital to our nation's economic prosperity and national security. His self-serving agenda is stymieing domestic energy exploration and production efforts. Now, he successfully lobbied to resurrect this diversion of our intelligence assets after the Bush Administration wisely ended it."

The claims of some scientists are already suspect after the Climategate scandal. Tom Borelli pointed out: "We've already seen climate scientists discussing the idea of destroying raw data to preserve climate change models that may be seriously flawed, and then it turns out that very same sort of data was allegedly 'lost.' How can we trust them to not behave similarly with CIA data - such as denying the proper peer review under the guise that the data is secret? The real question is: who's going to be watching the scientists?"

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:06 PM

Sunday, January 03, 2010

British Government Health System Leaves Boy Legless

Take a look at the pictures of the nine-year-old boy in the story "Meningitis robbed Edward Bright of his legs... then NHS took away his new ones" from Britain's The Sun newspaper, and tell me again that Congress is on the right path when it insists on increasing the government's role in health care.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:58 PM

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