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Cable News Ignores Dire New Report On Climate Change, Features Rant From Unhinged Climate Denier

At one point, he also waved at the camera and said, “hello everybody, there is no global warming,” while smiling.


Meanwhile on Sunday, the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change released a Synthesis Report detailing the dangers of climate change. Hundreds of scientists spent the last five years preparing this final report, which says that carbon pollution must be slashed now or risk “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”


Maryland man arrested for email threat to behead Obama over his handling of ISIS, Ebola

Source: Raw Story

Christopher Perkins O’Brien, of Annapolis, was arrested on Thursday and charged with making a violent threat against the president and threatening bodily harm against the presidential family in an email sent to the White House website on Oct. 16, according to court documents.

O’Brien was also charged with using interstate communications to make the threats, the documents said.

In the email, Obama is called “stupid” and a racial slur for his handling of ISIS, beheadings in the United States and of the Ebola outbreak before he is threatened with physical violence.

“I … hope to reach out to slash Michele’s throat… You?? I will make a point to behead you, then throw your head into the nearest body of water, as I drive off into Maryland,” O’Brien is accused of writing, according to charging documents first reported by The Baltimore Sun.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/maryland-man-arrested-for-email-threat-to-behead-obama-over-his-handling-of-isis-ebola/

Wisconsin State Journal Endorses Burke-Says Scott Walker's First Term Sloppy & Disappointing

State Journal endorsement: Burke best fit to reenergize state economy

State politics is far too divisive under Gov. Scott Walker. Wisconsin lags on jobs and faces its third largest budget shortfall in two decades.


The State Journal endorsed Walker four years ago to foster private-sector job growth and balance the state budget. Walker’s signature jobs agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), has been sloppy and disappointing. State exports slipped last year, and job growth has been slow — less than half what the governor promised.

Walker’s first term was bogged down by his repeal of collective bargaining for most public workers. The GOP governor showed courage in fighting to give local governments more control over their budgets and personnel. We supported those actions. But he could have achieved many of the same results — without two years of tumult — by suspending collective bargaining, rather than ending it.

Burke promises to “solve problems, not pick fights.” And that pledge applies to much of Act 10, Walker’s union restrictions. Burke said: “I’m not going to hold up everything” with ultimatums demanding reversal. She will keep in place higher insurance and retirement contributions by public employees.

Our editorial board met with both candidates for governor, and we’ve closely followed their public lives and careers. Our endorsement of Burke isn’t a prediction of who will win. It’s who we believe is best to lead Wisconsin forward.

Mary Burke is that candidate.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/editorial/state-journal-endorsement-burke-best-fit-to-reenergize-state-economy/article_705e6745-6bf3-5f40-a301-b774e4b320df.html#ixzz3HwyJXnED

Anybody here want to tell me the NRA is mainstream?

Anyone still maintaining that the NRA is a mainstream organization devoted to gun hobbyists, gun education, and take-your-pick should probably take a gander at the special NRA magazine's special election issue and then kindly shut the hell up:



Among the things LaPierre told readers to be afraid of:

An electromagnetic pulse attack (EMP) that could kill "as much as 90 percent of the population of the U.S." by bringing about the reemergence of "Third World" diseases like "amoebic dysentery, typhoid, and cholera -- killing our youngest and frailest family members."

A cyber attack that would put "our economy into a tailspin" and possibly become "deadly" if hackers took over a dam or oil processing facility.

An attack "along the lines of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, where terrorists launched a dozen coordinated attacks, gunning down innocent victims at hotels, a bar, a train station, a hospital and a movie theater," killing 164 people.

An incident similar to a 2013 terrorist attack on a mall in Kenya where "[f]our armed terrorists linked to al Qaeda were able -- thanks to Kenya's strict anti-gun laws -- to spend four days torturing, mutilating and gunning down shoppers with almost no fear of reprisal."

Mexican drug cartels constituted of "waves of drug smugglers, kidnappers, sex-slave traffickers and criminals of all kinds who invade our country from the south every day."

He also warned of general civil unrest, including rioting "just for the sheer hell of it" (emphasis original):

Even if you take terrorists and criminals out of the picture, chaos is an ever-present danger to Americans today -- especially when you factor in the undercurrent of social unrest that seethes beneath the surface of much of our society. How many times have we seen peaceful protests in this country degenerate into riots, looting, shootings, arsons and worse? How many times have we seen crowds turn into angry mobs after court decisions they didn't like, sports team defeats they felt were unfair, natural disasters that collapsed civil order -- or just for the sheer hell of it?


"Vote. Make a difference. If you don't vote, you don't count."


New Climate Report Issues Blunt Warning: Inaction Is Suicidal

The synthesis report ties it all together:

In most scenarios without additional mitigation efforts … warming is more likely than not to exceed 4°C [7°F] above pre-industrial levels by 2100. The risks associated with temperatures at or above 4°C include substantial species extinction, global and regional food insecurity, consequential constraints on common human activities, and limited potential for adaptation in some cases (high confidence).

Translation: There is high confidence that if we keep doing little or nothing [the RCP8.5 case], we will create a post-apocalyptic “hunger games” world beyond adaptation.

much more:

Fear of something that is not actually a threat is not rightful fear, but rather paranoia.

So Much to Fear, So Little Time!



Oddly, though, Americans are not fearful enough when it comes to real threats. Humans seem to be the only species that fouls our own nest, perfectly willing not to fear the environmental calamity our present course of inaction will surely wreak on the entire world, unless we reduce our carbon emissions, or entirely deny the science that foretells it. Smokers (I am one) seem entirely willing to live with the danger of self destructive behavior, in hopes of escaping its devastating consequences. Racism, income inequality, and a rising political and financial oligarchy threaten the very existence of American democracy, yet we are paralyzed when it comes to talking honestly about these issues.

But fear of something that is not actually a threat is not rightful fear, but rather paranoia. Feeling under attack may be a great way to raise money in churches and political races, but it's a terrible way to solve the problems that actually face us. But in order to discern the difference between things that rightly should be feared, and those that shouldn't, we need to be willing to talk about our fears and face into them. Which brings us to FDR's first inaugural speech assertion that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself." Indeed. Nothing may actually threaten America more than our own fears.

Perhaps the worst fallout from all this is that when we are gripped by fear, we usually make terrible decisions. Like in elections. All of us should be going to the polls to vote this week. It is the most important civic duty we have as citizens, and in some ways, it's the our only shot at changing things for good. But beware of voting based on the fears stoked by politicians for their own political gain -- on both sides. It's a terrible way to make the important decisions about whom to vote for.

And know this: No politician is going to take away your fear and anxiety. If you're already fearful about contracting Ebola, finding an ISIS terrorist at your door, or the anxiety you feel when you encounter a person of color, you won't find any relief on the day after the election. That's work you and I have to do for ourselves, every day. We need to separate trumped-up fears from the legitimate ones. The state of the nation and the state of humankind may depend on it. Now that's something to be fearful about.


If the GOP Wins the Senate: The Plan to Beat Ebola

SUN NOV 02, 2014 AT 08:02 AM PST
If the GOP Wins the Senate: The Plan to Beat Ebola
by jusjtim35

Lexington, KY (AP) Mitch McConnell finally went on record today on the GOP's plans to keep America safe from the growing threat of Ebola. After weeks of stonewalling on the GOP agenda should they take control of the Senate the senior Senator from Kentucky spoke out at a press conference this morning and even passed out a memo listing the GOP plan to move the country forward.

Here is the text of that memo verbatim including corrections that were part of the document disseminated:

1. Repeal Obamacare: It is the sincere belief of the GOP that government run healthcare is insufficient to deal with the fast approaching apocalypse. Every American should be terrified of the thought of an IRS agent sitting judgment on their right to get medical treatment should that terrible moment when they or a loved one catch Ebola arrives. The GOP will not allow government employees on death panels to ruin the lives of hard working Americans. We will work to finally repeal this monstrous law before it causes millions to suffer. Better to be without insurance entirely than to risk certain death brought on by bureaucratic inaction. Uninsured people who do catch the disease can simply hold a bake sale then trade the cookies for medical assistance.

2. Control Access to the Ballot Box: It is well known that Polling locations are crowded places. People - and especially people of color - have been known to stand extremely close to other people for hours at a time to cast their votes. This is a perfect storm that allows Ebola to spread unhindered. The GOP will make the polling place safe by preventing many people - especially people of color - from casting votes thus reducing lines and wait times so the average voter will have less risk of contracting Ebola from an infected person they are forced to rub elbows with for hours on end.

3. Get to the bottom of #Benghazi: It is the belief of the GOP that #Benghazi has strong ties to the current Ebola outbreak in America. #Benghazi is in Libya which is in Africa. Africa is where the current Ebola outbreak started. One of the hardest hit countries is Liberia. Is it just a convenient coincidence that Libya and Liberia sound so similar? Are they really the same country? Is this some massive left-wing plot to distract Americans so they won't discover the truth? This connection will be thoroughly investigated in the early months of 2015. With a massive outbreak of Ebola sure to occur in America at any moment the GOP feels it is vitally important to find out what the President knew about Ebola in #Benghazi and when. In addition the GOP wants to know does Lois Lerner have Ebola? Are the clues to how Ebola came to America on her lost hard drive? What does she know about #Benghazi and Ebola? The GOP will investigate all of these questions for as long as it takes to get the answers. America deserves to know.

4. Build the fence, lock down the border, deport everyone who has family ties to Mexico:
It should be obvious by now that President Obama has no desire or the strength to actually act to prevent Ebola from crossing our boarder from the south. With careful planning it is obvious ISIS will soon use this gaping hole in our security to set off Ebola bombs in major US cities causing millions of needless deaths. Since we cannot be sure who may have traveled to Mexico it is the belief of the GOP that anyone with family ties in Mexico should be immediately deported. Can we be sure they haven't been home recently? Can we be positive they have not been radicalized by ISIS while there? We need to be 100% sure that no American can come in contact with Ebola due to casual contact with a person of South/Central American descent. The GOP will work to keep America white safe.

5. Sue or Impeach President Obama:
This really is the core of the GOP agenda and probably should be listed first, but we felt it necessary to outline the other factors first so the American people would see there is just cause to proceed with this final step. Not only has the usurper President failed miserably in his efforts to protect the American people from these many terrifying threats, but the simple fact is he's black from Africa. Again, Ebola is from Africa. It is the sincere belief that President Obama is attempting to take over America with this new form of germ warfare imported from his homeland. He should be tested by GOP approved doctors to be sure he is not carrying the Ebola virus in his genes and if he is found to have it be removed from office immediately. Because All of his cabinet and Vice President Joe Biden have been in close contact with him repeatedly they will have to be removed from office also. In accordance with our Constitution that would elevate John Boehner to President and America could start to truly fix the horror that has been inflicted on us all by six years of black... African Democrat rule.


(Made Me Laugh): True Catholics,” he writes, must “resist” the Pope’s pressure to change the Church.

For over a year conservative Catholics have had their chastity belts in a twist over Francis and apparently, the chafing has finally grown too much to bear.

Over at The New York Times, columnist Ross Douthat, a convert to Roman Catholicism, warned that Francis’s current path could “eventually lead to real schism.” With the threat of schism hanging in the air he then encourages a kind of rebellion: “True Catholics,” he writes, must “resist” the Pope’s pressure to change the Church.

Other conservatives agree, pointing to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, in which the upstart self-proclaimed Apostle Paul describes a meeting when he called out Peter—the first Pope—for hypocrisy. To his face and everything. According to Paul, Peter backed down. Now traditionalists want to use this as a precedent for calling out the Pope when he’s not Pope-y enough.

Benedict is hanging back for now, but there’s no doubt that he could easily become a figurehead for traditionalists harkening back to the good old days.

Proof-texting from scripture in order to criticize the Pope—now who’s being Protestant?


one last time before I go..........

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