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WOW - LBJ Acknowledged Man-Made Climate Change 50 Years Ago (archives)

50 yrs ago today (2/8/65) said Pres. LBJ



the rest (eye-opener):
http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/speeches.hom/650208.asp

50 yrs ago today (2/8/65) said Pres. LBJ (http://t.co/ayP76XaMm7): #ProblemAcknowledged #HalfCenturyAgo #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/UwfcNMlQr3
— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) February 8, 2015

-via:
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/50-years-ago-people-knew-about-climate.html

David Brooks: "I am pro Obama. I am totally pro Obama on this."

David Brooks got it perfectly right.

When Chuck Todd asked if politicians can have the debate, David Brooks got it perfectly right.

I am pro Obama. I am totally pro Obama on this. I think he said the right thing. It was a gospel of humility. What sorts of people need a little gospel of humility? People in Washington, pundits, religious believers, -- I happen to be all three of those things -- and so we are told to walk humbly in the path, that the Lord's paths are mysterious. And so he was saying we are prone to zealotry. As Jon said we are fallen. So to underline that, that's useful in Washington today. That's useful always.


When Chuck Todd asked if it was necessary for a President to leave office before he could speak that candidly, David Brooks response was again on point.

No I think he was right. He gave the race speech. It was a beautiful speech. He has given a whole series of great speeches, Trayvon Martin. I think this was utterly fine. This is exactly the moment you want to say this. We are most in moral danger to ourselves when we are caught up in a righteous fervor against an evil foe. Which is what we have. So while we exercise hard power, we have to take morally hazardous action, we are prone to get caught up in our own self-righteousness. This is exactly the moment you want this.


The President's speech was about humility. It was about ALL humans being fallible. As such we should all get of the high horses and work together to bring us all together for a better nation, for a better world.




http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/08/1363143/-Wow-David-Brooks-passionately-defends-President-Obama-s-National-Prayer-Breakfast-statements

President Obama: "You don't do things alone-Nobody does things alone-Everybody always needs support"


President Obama discusses the role his mother played in his life in a new video released by the White House on Saturday.

"My mom, like a lot of single moms, had to struggle, to work. Then she went to school, raised me and raised my sister," Obama says in the video when asked who most influenced his life.


Obama added he was most proud of his mother "probably when she finished her PhD. finally, 'cause it took her a long time. She had to work, she had to raise kids. It was a victory of her spirit."

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Asked by Nadia Lopez, principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, when Obama has felt "broken," he replied, "I tend to have a pretty buoyant spirit."

The video ends with Obama telling his guests:

"You don't do things alone. Nobody does things alone. Everybody always needs support."



http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/232087-obama-recalls-his-mothers-struggles

Anti-Bandage Movement Stirs Controversy

Washington - The anti-bandage controversy flared up again today when several children at a local school bled to death from paper cuts. With the medical community calling for mandatory bandaging of all cuts, the anti-bandage movement has moved into damage control mode.



Anti-bandage spokesman Midde Eavel commented,"This is just scare tactics from big bandages. You know how much money Johnson and Johnson made last year? When are you people gonna wake up and do some research. The truth is out there."

AMA spokesman Dr. Duhhh commented, "If you're bleeding, put a band aid on. Bleeding is bad, it's all scientifically proven."

Anti-Bandage spokesperson Hoam Skould, responded, "This so-called 'science' is in fact disputed by many experts, I've read dozens of web pages proving I'm right. If you have bad blood you need to get it out. The ancients knew this, and used leeches and bloodletting to produce cures. This holistic approach may not be very popular with the stock market and partriarchal Western medicine, but just look at the profits of the band-aid corporations and see if you can put two and two together."

Anti-Bandage spokesman Dr. Awn Leindegree added, "The evidence is out there, band-aids slow the natural process of bleeding, thus interferring with your chakras and energies. You know who used bandages alot, the ancient Egyptians. You know what we find from studying their bandages? All the people who used them died. That's right 100 percent death rate from treatment with bandages. How do you explain that? Yes I am a real doctor. Why does everyone keep asking that.?"


http://hoolinet.com/CurrentEvents/AntiBandageMovement/tabid/636/Default.aspx

Souvenirs sold for a dime, 16,000 people crowded to watch the scene, cheers like at a football game

There is no place in the world for what ISIS is doing to people. But do not pretend like America is exceptional when talking about ISIS. This country has had its own share of barbarians.



http://wacptv.ning.com/video/bbc-s-racism-history-a-lynching-in-texas-in-1916?xg_source=activity

“You know, you guys are in the majority,” Franken teased GOP senators as he entered the room.

“You know, you guys are in the majority,” Franken teased GOP senators as he entered the room.

With a reporting quorum secured, Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, sought to quickly move ahead with the committee’s agenda.

But Franken pressed his point, telling Grassley, “No, I want to say something about this.”

“You know when we were in the majority … we had the responsibility to provide a quorum,” Franken said. “And I thought that you guys, your side, didn’t show up because you just resented being in the minority. But now I know … it’s just sheer laziness.”

http://hoh.rollcall.com/al-franken-still-a-jokester/?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=obclick&obref=obinsite
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2015/2/8/85626/65489

How Many Women Should Sit On SCOTUS? --- Ruth Bader Ginsburg Answers "9"!

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week discussed her experience as a woman trying to break into the law profession during a speech at Georgetown University, where she determined just how many women she thinks should sit on the Supreme Court.

"People ask me sometimes, 'When do you think it will be enough? When will there be enough women on the court?'" Ginsburg said, according to a video published by "PBS NewsHour." "And my answer is when there are nine."


Ginsburg also spoke about the beginning of her law career, when she struggled to attain certain jobs as a woman.

"In those days, in the Southern District, most judges wouldn’t hire women. In the U.S. attorney’s office, women were strictly forbidden in the Criminal Division. There was one woman in the Civil Division," she said. "And the excuse for not hiring women in the Criminal Division was they have to deal with all these tough types, and women aren’t up to that. And I was amazed. I said, have you seen the lawyers at legal aid who are representing these tough types? They are women."


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ginsburg-women-supreme-court

Believe it or not, unicorns are real!

Believe it or not, unicorns are real!

Well, they are if you’re a creationist, anyway.

Creationist website, Answers in Genesis, is a site entirely sworn to upholding all the Bible’s most ridiculous details as factual, even scientific information. One author on the page warns readers that refusing to believe in unicorns “is to demean God’s Word” because unicorns are actually mentioned in the Bible a few times.

That author is actually a doctor, if you can believe that – Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell.


#t=83



MORE:
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/08/creationists-declare-unicorns-real-denial-is-to-demean-gods-word-videos/

LIAR: Bill O'Reilly: "I tell you what, I've been in combat. I've seen it. I've been close to it.

Back in 2006, O'Reilly took an extended book promotion tour to Kuwait where he visited with soldiers and signed copies of his book. Reports at the time described how "servicemembers asked O'Reilly about his own tour of duty in Kuwait during Desert Storm." That might have been an interesting story except for the fact that O'Reilly never did a tour of duty in Kuwait during Desert Storm, or anywhere else since he never served in the military at all.

More recently, O'Reilly told his radio listeners about how he would have coaxed information out of an enemy soldier based on his personal experiences in combat (video below):

"I tell you what, I've been in combat. I've seen it. I've been close to it. And if my unit is in danger and I got a captured guy and the guy knows where the enemy is and I'm looking him in the eye, the guy better tell me. That's all I'm gonna tell you. If it's life or death, he's going first."


As noted above, and contrary to his statement, O'Reilly has never been in combat. Consequently, he has never commanded a unit or had to contemplate how he would deal with an enemy prisoner. His pretend bluster and machismo is all just a bunch of fantasizing of himself as a hero. So how is that any different than the offenses for which Williams is being pilloried?


#t=52

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/07/1363060/-When-Will-Fox-News-Fire-Bill-O-Reilly-For-Lying-About-Combat-Duty

War Stories: Ronaldus Magnus.

War stories

Compared to a some of our most revered and loathed politicians, Brian Williams is a piker. A lot of people have been reminding the Republicans about Ronald Reagan's tall tale about having been there when the allies liberated the Death Camps. Brian Beutler wrote about this one a while back:




Ronaldus Magnus. The most beloved man in all of conservatism repeatedly confused (or "confused") scenes from his acting career with heroic battlefield moments...that he never participated in or witnessed. Reagan, for instance, is reported to have boasted to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Simon Wiesenthal of photographing concentration camps at the end of World War II. He even told Shamir he'd helped liberate Auschwitz. In his autobiography he wrote "by the time I got out of the Army Air Corps all I wanted to do--in common with several million other veterans--was to rest up, make love to my wife." But as Michael Schaller wrote in his bookReckoning with Reagan, "This obscured the fact that unlike most of the "several million other veterans," Reagan had left neither home nor wife while in military service."




oh yes, there is MORE:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/top-moments-in-politicians-lying-about-military-service

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and here is war-hero O'Really:



"I tell you what, I've been in combat. I've seen it. I've been close to it. And if my unit is in danger and I got a captured guy and the guy knows where the enemy is and I'm looking him in the eye, the guy better tell me. That's all I'm gonna tell you. If it's life or death, he's going first."


As noted above, and contrary to his statement, O'Reilly has never been in combat. Consequently, he has never commanded a unit or had to contemplate how he would deal with an enemy prisoner. His pretend bluster and machismo is all just a bunch of fantasizing of himself as a hero. So how is that any different than the offenses for which Williams is being pilloried?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/07/1363060/-When-Will-Fox-News-Fire-Bill-O-Reilly-For-Lying-About-Combat-Duty

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MORE LIARS:

That is a quote from Donald Rumsfeld, & he was disabused of his statement by Ray McGovern.

RAY McGOVERN: And so, I would like to ask you to be up front with the American people. Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary and that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why?

DONALD RUMSFELD: Well, first of all, I haven’t lied. I did not lie then. Colin Powell didn’t lie. He spent weeks and weeks with the Central Intelligence Agency people and prepared a presentation that I know he believed was accurate, and he presented that to the United Nations. The President spent weeks and weeks with the Central Intelligence people, and he went to the American people and made a presentation. I’m not in the intelligence business. They gave the world their honest opinion. It appears that there were not weapons of mass destruction there.

RAY McGOVERN: You said you knew where they were?

DONALD RUMSFELD: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were, and we were —

RAY McGOVERN: You said you knew where they were, "near Tikrit, near Baghdad, and northeast, south and west of there." Those were your words.

http://thinkprogress.org/rumsfeld-called-tscript/
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