What I meant was

Joe Biden attempts to clarify his comments about Barack Obama by not clarifying them at all:

“What Senator Biden meant is exactly what he said to Diane Sawyer,” said Biden campaign spokesman Larry Rasky. “He’s fresh and he’s new and he’s got great ideas. I don’t see how his comments could be interpreted otherwise, but this is politics. Obviously there are people who are people trying to make something of it today, but not anybody who knows Joe.”

But what he said to The New York Observer has nothing to do with what he said to Diane Sawyer. More than the “clean” comment was his use of “articulate,” a patronizing description often used by racist whites (not to say Biden is a bigot — I doubt he is). As in, “Tiger Woods is so well-spoken.” As opposed to most blacks who aren’t?

Bush’s war on science

Putting a former lobbyist for the oil industry in charge of the Council for Environmental Quality is sort of like appointing Susan Sarandon as Secretary of Defense. But hey, this is the Bush Administration we’re talking about:

U.S. scientists were pressured to tailor their writings on global warming to fit the Bush administration’s skepticism, in some cases at the behest of a former oil-industry lobbyist, a congressional committee heard on Tuesday.

“Our investigations found high-quality science struggling to get out,” Francesca Grifo of the watchdog group Union of Concerned Scientists told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

A survey by the group found that 150 climate scientists personally experienced political interference in the past five years, for a total of at least 435 incidents.

“Nearly half of all respondents perceived or personally experienced pressure to eliminate the words ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or other similar terms from a variety of communications,” Grifo said.

Rick Piltz, a former U.S. government scientist who said he resigned in 2005 after pressure to soft-pedal findings on global warming, told the committee in prepared testimony that former White House official Phil Cooney took an active role in casting doubt on the consequences of global climate change.

Cooney, who was a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute before becoming chief of staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, resigned in 2005 to work for oil giant ExxonMobil.

Documents on global climate change required Cooney’s review and approval, Piltz said.

“His edits of program reports, which had been drafted and approved by career science program managers, had the cumulative effect of adding an enhanced sense of scientific uncertainty about global warming and minimizing its likely consequences,” Piltz said.

Will he be wagging his finger?

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Or, perhaps, brandishing a sword, as if preparing to duel?

Should Zell Miller be honored with a statue on the grounds of the state Capitol?

House lawmakers are expected to take up that question Wednesday when Republicans argue the former U.S. senator and Georgia governor deserves a monument in his honor.

The maverick Democrat was lambasted by his own party and praised by Republicans after he gave the keynote address at President Bush’s 2000 Republican nomination.

Maybe they should just purchase the portrait of Zell presently hanging at Manuel’s Tavern in which he sports a gray Member’s Only jacket.

I say good day to you, sir!

Saint Obama

Are we witness to the Second Coming? Check out a new periodic feature on Slate, The Obama Messiah Watch.

Speaking of Obama, Sen. Joe Biden had this to say about his

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prospective challenger for the Democratic nomination: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

The first? Al Sharpton takes baths, doesn’t he?

Methinks Biden just jumped the shark.

Not the first time

Watch Biden stereotype Indians as he stumps for votes in Iowa. Again, I don’t think Biden is a racist but he seems to have a knack for saying stupid things. And yes, I agree, if a Republican said what Biden said about Obama — or even his comments in the clip above — they’d catch a lot more heat. Of course, double standards are sometimes earned.

What I meant was

Joe Biden attempts to clarify his comments about Barack Obama by not clarifying them at all:

“What Senator Biden meant is exactly what he said to Diane Sawyer,” said Biden campaign spokesman Larry Rasky. “He’s fresh and he’s new and he’s got great ideas. I don’t see how his comments could be interpreted otherwise, but this is politics. Obviously there are people who are people trying to make something of it today, but not anybody who knows Joe.”

But what he said to The New York Observer has nothing to do with what he said to Diane Sawyer. More than the “clean” comment was his use of “articulate,” a patronizing description often used by racist whites (not to say Biden is a bigot — I doubt he is). As in, “Tiger Woods is so well-spoken.” As opposed to most blacks who aren’t?

Bush’s war on science

Putting a former lobbyist for the oil industry in charge of the Council for Environmental Quality is sort of like appointing Susan Sarandon as Secretary of Defense. But hey, this is the Bush Administration we’re talking about:

U.S. scientists were pressured to tailor their writings on global warming to fit the Bush administration’s skepticism, in some cases at the behest of a former oil-industry lobbyist, a congressional committee heard on Tuesday.

“Our investigations found high-quality science struggling to get out,” Francesca Grifo of the watchdog group Union of Concerned Scientists told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

A survey by the group found that 150 climate scientists personally experienced political interference in the past five years, for a total of at least 435 incidents.

“Nearly half of all respondents perceived or personally experienced pressure to eliminate the words ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or other similar terms from a variety of communications,” Grifo said.

Rick Piltz, a former U.S. government scientist who said he resigned in 2005 after pressure to soft-pedal findings on global warming, told the committee in prepared testimony that former White House official Phil Cooney took an active role in casting doubt on the consequences of global climate change.

Cooney, who was a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute before becoming chief of staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, resigned in 2005 to work for oil giant ExxonMobil.

Documents on global climate change required Cooney’s review and approval, Piltz said.

“His edits of program reports, which had been drafted and approved by career science program managers, had the cumulative effect of adding an enhanced sense of scientific uncertainty about global warming and minimizing its likely consequences,” Piltz said.

Will he be wagging his finger?

Zell_miller_040901Or, perhaps, brandishing a sword, as if preparing to duel?

Should Zell Miller be honored with a statue on the grounds of the state Capitol?

House lawmakers are expected to take up that question Wednesday when Republicans argue the former U.S. senator and Georgia governor deserves a monument in his honor.

The maverick Democrat was lambasted by his own party and praised by Republicans after he gave the keynote address at President Bush’s 2000 Republican nomination.

Maybe they should just purchase the portrait of Zell presently hanging at Manuel’s Tavern in which he sports a gray Member’s Only jacket.

I say good day to you, sir!

Saint Obama

Are we witness to the Second Coming? Check out a new periodic feature on Slate, The Obama Messiah Watch.

Speaking of Obama, Sen. Joe Biden had this to say about hisBiden_1 prospective challenger for the Democratic nomination: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

The first? Al Sharpton takes baths, doesn’t he?

Methinks Biden just jumped the shark.

Wisdom from Sharon Stone?!?

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Hard to believe, I know, but good to see someone in Hollywood not towing the PC line:

“‘I’ve been called a bitch – and a lot worse – for years. And you know what, so what? People who think that aren’t going to change their minds. And I wouldn’t dream of sending them to therapy to ‘rehabilitate’ their feelings. How absurd. Please, I call all my gay friends ‘big fags’.”

Duck and cover

(Via the nuts at WorldNetDaily):

The good news about nuclear destruction

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The public urgently needs to be instructed in Civil Defense basics, like the good news that thousands can be saved employing the old “Duck and Cover” tactic, without which most people will instead run to the nearest window to see what the big flash was just in time to be shredded by the glass imploding inward from the shock wave. They need to know when promptly evacuating, doing so perpendicular to the coming downwind drift of the fallout would be their best strategy.

Get educated — watch here.