Issues, States

CA Gov Jerry Brown: Wildfires Due to Global Warming

It’s getting hot in California, and not simply as a result of all the wildfires lately.

Uber-lib Gov. Jerry Brown made certain in a recent presser that we understand the raging flames across the Left Coast are a result of ‘man-made climate change’ and that it’s only going to get worse.

His hot-air bluster is more of the same inane blather coming out of the Mother Earth Center for Gaia Worship.

One wonders why the same phenomenon isn’t happening in other western states.

Is global warming that geographically selective or is there something else going on?

Of course, the fact that tree-hugging bureaucrats in California have blocked efforts to clear back overgrown forests and underbrush — which overwhelmingly has turned the state into a tinderbox — has entirely nothing to do with the problem.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

California Governor Jerry Brown said the wildfires ravaging the greater Los Angeles area are part of a “new normal” residents can expect due to man-made global warming.

“This is kind of the new normal,” said Brown, a Democrat, on Saturday while touring Ventura County neighborhoods wrecked by the Thomas Fire, that is already one of the largest in state history.

“With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up,” Brown said, according to CNN. “So we have to have the resources to combat the fires and we also have to invest in managing the vegetation and forests … in a place that’s getting hotter.”

Brown’s statements, though ominous, aren’t in line with the scientific consensus. The latest National Climate Assessment report put a “low” to “medium” confidence on claims global warming was making wildfires worse across the western U.S.

Wildfires could increase in severity in the coming decades, but parsing out the driving factors behind fire trends is complicated, since so much of it depends on land management policies and year-to-year variations in temperature and rainfall.

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Issues

Finally: DOJ Opens Formal Probe Into Planned Parenthood

Ask and ye shall receive.

In a previous report we joined others in Congress wondering aloud when Jeff Sessions might actually engage as Attorney General.

And now there’s finally evidence that he may be doing just that (albeit not yet with regard to Hillary).

This week the DOJ formally requested evidence collected from the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the illegal sale by Planned Parenthood of fetal tissue and body parts for profit.

Along with that request officials at the DOJ indicated the evidence would be used in a formal probe of Planned Parenthood’s operations ahead of a possible grand jury.

Should they see what is already plainly evident, this could spell the beginning of the end for federal funding…and perhaps the existence of the organization altogether.

Here’s more from Hotair…

In a rare confirmation of a new investigation, the Justice Department has asked the Senate Judiciary Committee for its uncensored documents relating to last year’s congressional probe into Planned Parenthood’s practices and sale of fetal body tissues.

A year ago at the time of the committee’s final report — Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy — chairman Chuck Grassley said he had found sufficient evidence of abortion providers transferring body parts and tissue from aborted fetuses for research and charging more than the cost of acquiring the material.

The Iowa senator also said evidence shows that the Justice Department in several administrations had neglected to enforce the law banning the sale and purchase of human fetal tissue.

Fox News is reporting now that Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd on Thursday formally requested the committee material.

“At this point,” Boyd wrote, “the records are intended for investigative use only—we understand that a resolution from the Senate may be required if the Department were to use any of the unredacted materials in a formal legal proceeding, such as a grand jury.”

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Issues

Tidalgate: Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise

The rise in cases of global warming fetishists getting caught doctoring climate numbers is as steep as the alleged rise in sea level.

This year alone we’ve reported, on average, a fresh report of alarmists cooking the books every single month.

We’re taking that as a sure sign of desperation as an increasingly larger majority of Americans have given up on believing the hot-air hocus pocus.

At any rate, the latest iteration of science magic comes from the folks at the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) in which it was discovered they were committing fraud by showing a rise in sea level.

Two scientists blew the whistle after it was discovered that data showing no rise or even a decrease in sea level was routinely under-reported or ignored altogether.

That’s what we called ‘fuzzy math’.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Alarmist scientists have been caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.
The raw (unadjusted) data from three Indian Ocean gauges – Aden, Karachi and Mumbai – showed that local sea level trends in the last 140 years had been very gently rising, neutral or negative (ie sea levels had fallen).

But after the evidence had been adjusted by tidal records gatekeepers at the global databank Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) it suddenly showed a sharp and dramatic rise.

The whistle was blown by two Australian scientists Dr. Albert Parker and Dr. Clifford Ollier in a paper for Earth Systems and Environment.

The paper – Is the Sea Level Stable at Aden, Yemen? – examines the discrepancies between raw and adjusted sea level data in Aden, Karachi and Mumbai.

Kenneth Richard at No Tricks Zone reports:

The authors expose how PSMSL data-adjusters make it appear that stable sea levels can be rendered to look like they are nonetheless rising at an accelerated pace.

The data-adjusters take misaligned and incomplete sea level data from tide gauges that show no sea level rise (or even a falling trend). Then, they subjectively and arbitrarily cobble them together, or realign them. In each case assessed, PSMSL data-adjusters lower the earlier misaligned rates and raise the more recent measurements. By doing so, they concoct a new linearly-rising trend.

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Issues

Concealed Carry for All: House Passes Reciprocity Act

Given the tragic mass shootings of late, one might assume the backlash from the left against guns to sweep through Congress.

And one would be wrong in that assumption.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed out of the House this week mostly along party lines.

The measure allows anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry legally across all state lines without fear of recriminations for differing regulations.

Naturally, the anti-gun left is in a tizzy over the bill, which means they’ll do everything possible to stop it in the Senate.

But the plain fact of the matter is that a significant number of lives in recent events could have been (and often times are) saved when active shooters are met with a firearm on the other end of the equation.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Gun rights supporters scored a victory today as House Republicans passed the national reciprocity bill that would allow gun owners to legally conceal carry their firearms across state lines if they have a license to do so.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed 231-198 with all Republicans voting yes, and only six Democrats voting alongside, according to Fox News.

“For the millions of law-abiding citizens who lawfully carry concealed to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, Christmas came early,” said Rep. Richard Hudson, (R-N.C.), the bill’s sponsor.

But now the bill will move onto the senate where it will merge with the controversial “Fix NICS” bill, which has been a point of contention between Republican politicians. “Fix NICS” was introduced by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, and co-sponsored by well known gun-control advocates Diane Feinstein and Chuck Schumer.

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Issues

It’s Not All Bad: Illegal Immigration Plunges, Deportations Explode

Despite all the machinations in DC, scandals, and rumors of scandals, there are actually some positive developments.

Chief among them are the new numbers just released from the Department of Homeland Security which reveal some startling developments.

First, instances of illegal immigration are at a 42-year low in just the first eleven months of Trump’s administration. Meanwhile, the number of deportations has skyrocketed by 25%.

This is a significant number given that, contrary to popular belief, deportations under Obama actually represented a notable increase from the Bush administration.

With numbers like these — despite a shortage of USBP agents and no wall yet — the sky is the limit.

And, should the feds step up the crackdown on sanctuary cities, that number will continue to spike.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Today the Department of Homeland Security released end-of-year data for Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017). The results were dramatic.

The number people caught trying to sneak over the border from Mexico has fallen to the lowest level in 46 years, according to Homeland Security statistics released Tuesday that offer the first comprehensive look at how immigration enforcement is changing under the Trump administration.

During the government’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, U.S. border agents made 310,531 arrests, a decline of 24 percent from the previous year and the fewest overall since 1971.

The figures show a sharp drop in arrests immediately following President Trump’s election win, possibly reflecting the deterrent effect of his rhetoric on would-be border crossers, though starting in May the number of people taken into custody began increasing again.

Arrests of foreigners living illegally in the United States surged under Trump. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers made 110,568 arrests between Trump’s inauguration and the end of September, according to the figures published Tuesday, a 42 percent increase over the same period during the previous year.

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International, Issues, Politics

Breaking: Supreme Court Allows Full Enforcement of Trump Travel Ban

After President Trump’s Muslim travel ban was thrice rejected by activist liberal judges, the Supreme Court has finally come to the rescue of sane, legitimate jurisprudence.

The lower court judges’ justification for the rejection of the ban was essentially this: despite the actual language of the legal order, court’s can divine into the order, from a former political candidate’s rhetoric, words and meaning that isn’t actually there.

In short, they argued this: Trump is an anti-Muslim bigot, no matter how legal his order may be. Dissenting on the decision were leftist fellow travelers Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

No surprise there.

Put another feather in Trump’s cap for court victories.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Three times this year imbecilic partisan judges struck down an executive order by President Trump restricting immigration from failed states and a state sponsor of terrorism. They used the novel theory that anything a candidate says on the campaign trail can be used in evidence despite existing law and the documentary evidence supporting the decision. We should probably be thankful that Trump wasn’t promising a chicken in every pot or if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. The last round of challenges resulted in this tortuous logic:

“A nationality-based travel ban against eight nations consisting of over 150 million people is unprecedented,” wrote Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the Federal District Court in Maryland. Citing statements from Mr. Trump, some made as a presidential candidate and some more recent, Judge Chuang found that the new proclamation was tainted by religious animus and most likely violated the Constitution’s prohibition of government establishment of religion.

Similarly, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the Federal District Court in Honolulu found that the September proclamation “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor,” adding that it “plainly discriminates based on nationality” in violation of federal law “and the founding principles of this nation.”

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Issues, Politics

Trump Gets His First Major Victory…Sort Of

It only took ten months, but President Trump finally has his first legislative victory…kinda sorta.

The much-maligned GOP tax reform bill was an on-again-off-again fight for inches over the last month.

And last night it finally passed by a razor-thin margin of 51-49.

However, the bill won’t be sent to Trump’s desk until it goes to conference committee to be hashed out with the House’s version of the bill.

The big problem is the Grand Canyon-sized difference between the two bills.

So it’s anyone’s guess whether the two chambers can come to an agreement on a final version, and worse whether that final version will subsequently pass again out of each chamber.

We’re not putting any money on this Congress to agree on anything.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Senate Republicans finally got their act together enough to pass an historic tax reform bill that is intended to grow the economy, create jobs, and make American businesses more competitive.

The vote was 51-49, with Senator Bob Corker refusing to vote for the legislation because he said it would add too much to the deficit.

The keys to passage were several last-minute changes to the bill that convinced undecided senators to vote for it.

USA Today:

After winning over last-minute holdouts, Senate Republicans early Saturday approved a massive tax overhaul that provides more than $1 trillion in tax cuts over ten years, revamps corporate and individual tax rates, expands some credits and eliminates some popular deductions.

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Other Republicans who were withholding their support as recently as Thursday supported the bill. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin secured changes that would increase cuts for business owners who pay their taxes on personal rather than corporate returns.

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Issues

Trump Effect: Global Warming Scientists Begin ‘Self-Censoring’

President Trump and key cabinet leaders like Scott Pruitt at the EPA and Rick Perry at the Department of Energy have made it abundantly clear that the notion of anthropomorphic warming of the earth won’t get much hearing in this administration.

So pro-warming scientists are beginning to disguise their writing, especially in grant proposals, to scrub phrases like ‘climate change’ and ‘temperature increases’ in order to reduce the possibility of getting flagged by anti-warming skeptics in the administration.

But that reveals what we already knew about tree-hugging fetishists: it’s always been more a war of words and a gaming of the system to remain on the government teet than real science.

That these folks on the left have increasingly dropped ‘global warming’ in favor of ‘climate change’ was already obvious.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

With both Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and EPA head Scott Pruitt denying that climate change is caused by humans, there has been a noticeable sea change in the way the government interacts with climate change. For example, the EPA’s website has been scrubbed of references to climate change.

NPR states that because of the ideological change of the Trump administration, “Many scientists find themselves in an uncomfortable position. They are caught between environmental advocates looking to recruit allies and right-wing activists who demonize researchers and denigrate their work.”

Speaking to NPR, director of Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center Katharine Hayhoe confessed, “We tend to be quite averse to notoriety and conflict, so I absolutely have seen self-censorship among my colleagues. [They’ll say] ‘Well, maybe I shouldn’t say it that way, because whatever funding organizations or politician or agency won’t appreciate it.'”

If NPR is correct that the federal government is withholding funding to climate change research, I can’t help but wonder how Hayhoe’s colleagues who self-censor feel about having their ruse exposed. Even if climate change is primarily caused by humans, that doesn’t mean that those who disagree can’t read.

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Issues

Satellites: No Acceleration In Global Warming For 23 Years

Well, well, well. Would it surprise you to know that there’s been no acceleration in global warming for nearly a quarter century?

If you’re like us, probably not.

But it’s just another reality in the really real world of science that has demonstrated from a completely different perspective how entirely unscientific the global warming elite has become.

According to a recent study conducted by the University of Alabama, if heat from volcanic eruptions is removed from the equation, the rate of increase in global temperature has been less than a tenth of a degree per decade.

This won’t sit well with Mother Earth worshipers, so look soon for new leftist studies on why volcanoes are also man-made.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Global warming has not accelerated temperature rise in the bulk atmosphere in more than two decades, according to a new study funded by the Department of Energy.

University of Alabama-Huntsville climate scientists John Christy and Richard McNider found that by removing the climate effects of volcanic eruptions early on in the satellite temperature record it showed virtually no change in the rate of warming since the early 1990s.

“We indicated 23 years ago — in our 1994 Nature article — that climate models had the atmosphere’s sensitivity to CO2 much too high,” Christy said in a statement. “This recent paper bolsters that conclusion.”

Christy and McNider found the rate of warming has been 0.096 degrees Celsius per decade after “the removal of volcanic cooling in the early part of the record,” which “is essentially the same value we determined in 1994 … using only 15 years of data.”

The study is sure to be contentious. Christy has argued for years that climate models exaggerate global warming in the bulk atmosphere, which satellites have monitored since the late 1970s.

Christy, a noted skeptic of catastrophic man-made global warming, said his results reinforce his claim that climate models predict too much warming in the troposphere, the lowest five miles of the atmosphere. Models are too sensitive to increases in carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, he said.

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Elections, Issues

War: Just When You Thought Immigration Was Already Hot

Democrats argue that a ‘blue wave’ is coming in the 2018 midterm elections that will sweep the Republican Party out of control of Congress and be a major repudiation of Donald Trump.

But one announcement this week could, in a grand irony, change all of that calculus.

Recall that candidate Trump’s most critical push for popular support was ending the wave of illegal immigration from Mexico and all points south.

This week his archnemesis Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) announced he’s retiring from Congress.

And the rumor is he’ll immediately begin what amounts to an exploratory committee for 2020.

This is significant because Gutierrez is a rabid open-borders, pro-La Raza radical who makes mere DREAM Act supporters seem like hard right-wingers.

If the G-man jumps in the race, it’s going to be 2016 all over again.

And rest assured voters will reject Democrats next year once again.

Strap in, folks.

Here’s more from Fox News…

After Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday and endorsed a successor without revealing his future political plans, Fox News has learned the outspoken immigration advocate will be testing the waters for a potential 2020 presidential bid.

Few national political figures could be more ideologically opposed on the issue of immigration than President Trump – who wants a border wall and has fought to suspend immigration from some Muslim-majority countries – and Gutierrez, who blasted even the Obama administration over legal deportations. He also tangled publiclywith Trump White House Chief of Staff John Kelly over his support of the decision to end a program that shielded young illegal immigrants from deportation.

House members historically struggle to gain traction over better-known senators, governors and celebrities in presidential primaries.

But Fox News is told Gutierrez will set a national schedule for the first six months of 2018, visiting cities across the country to test the waters for a White House run. If he enters, he’ll likely face a crowded field of Democrats eager to take on Trump.

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