Tuesday, April 30, 2019

New York set to ban glass skyscrapers in bid to tackle climate change

UK Independent

"The building of glass skyscrapers could be banned in New York as part of a bid to cut greenhouse emissions by 30 per cent.
"Mayor Bill de Blasio said all-glass facade skyscrapers are “incredibly inefficient” because so much energy escapes through the glass.
"The democratic mayor said buildings are the number one cause of greenhouse emissions in New York.
"Mr de Blasio plans to introduce a bill which would ban the building of new glass skyscrapers and require existing glass buildings to be retrofitted to meet new stricter carbon-emissions guidelines.
"The politician, who announced his Green New Deal on Monday, said: “If a company wants to build a big skyscraper they can use a lot of glass if they do all the other things needed to reduce the emissions." . . .

Banning everything here should help things in Shanghai, China.

The Adolescent Progressive Mind

Victor Davis Hanson  "One of the strangest things about the series of psychodramas that surround the ongoing effort to remove President Trump before the 2020 election is progressive schizophrenia. In teenage fashion, one moment a player in the Trump removal intrigue is deemed by the media-progressive nexus a demigod. The next moment, he’s a devil. It depends solely on his perceived sense of utility.

"Robert Mueller, Saint to Sinner "When Robert Mueller was appointed in May 2017 as special counsel to investigate alleged Trump campaign “collusion” with Russia following the firing of FBI Director James Comey, he was practically canonized as a secular saint. The media was giddy over his “all stars” and “dream team” of almost all liberal lawyers who shortly would prove the supposedly obvious: sure winner Hillary Clinton lost only because the vile Trump conspired with Vladimir Putin to sabotage her campaign by leaking John Podesta’s emails.
"As the Mueller investigation lumbered along over the last 22 months, the media periodically announced that their newfound hero had inside information, privileged but unnamed sources, and high-ranking anonymous officials who confirmed “the noose was tightening,” the “walls were closing in,” and “a bombshell” was about to go off. It was as if pre-teenagers had group-talked themselves into seeing witches and goblins.
Others are discussed here by Mr. Hanson:

  • Michael Avenatti, Street Fighter to Felon? . . . Brennan-Clapper, the No-Longer-Dynamic Duo . . .
  • James Comey, Hero, Villain, Hero—Tiresome . . .
. . . "The common denominator in progressive fluidity is not traditional worry about government surveillance of American citizens, unchecked government power, or the use of informants to spy on American citizens, but whether a bureaucrat can prove a temporarily useful idiot in the grand design of removing Donald J. Trump before the 2020 election."


CNN’s Jake Tapper Admits: Trump Did Not Call Neo-Nazis ‘Very Fine People’ in Charlottesville

The Antifa bullies, flag burners, Democrats, and CNN all have some very fine people among them, I'm sure. TD

Breitbart   "CNN anchor Jake Tapper admitted Friday that President Donald Trump did not refer to neo-Nazis or white supremacists as “very fine people” in his remarks about the Charlottesville, Virginia, riots in 2017.
"The admission came as Tapper and his CNN panel discussed former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign launch video, released Thursday, in which Biden explicitly claimed that Trump had referred to the neo-Nazis as “very fine people.”
"Tapper played a clip of Trump’s remarks — though not the portion in which Trump made it clear to reporters that he was ” not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
"Instead, Tapper described that portion of the press conference: “Now, elsewhere in those remarks, Trump did condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists. So he’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people.”
Toon added by TD
"Tapper’s admission is a major concession by CNN, which has refused thus far to correct or retract its repeated claims in recent weeks that Trump was, in fact, referring to the neo-Nazis as “very fine people.” The network even aired deceptively edited video of Trump’s remarks to create the impression that he said something that he had not.
"CNN contributor Steve Cortes took his own network to task, noting that CNNs’ own reporting at the time made clear that Trump had been referring to people in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue — not neo-Nazis.
"In the Friday broadcast, Tapper went on to question the notion that anyone “protesting alongside” the neo-Nazis could be “very fine people.”
"As the New York Times reported at the time, some protesters who were present in Charlottesville had nothing to do with the neo-Nazis or white supremacists."

If you liked Obama, somebody out there should love Joe Biden

Five Obama-Era Foreign Policy Failures Joe Biden Will Have to Answer For
"By now you’ve probably heard Joe Biden’s claim that world leaders “begged” him to run for president to “save the world” from President Trump. It’s true that Biden’s many years in Washington have given him lots of experience in foreign policy. In fact, that was clearly behind Obama’s choosing of Biden to be his running mate since Obama had basically zero foreign policy experience when he ran for president, and Biden filled that void.
"But it didn't really work out. The eight years of the Obama-Biden administration were plagued by endless foreign policy failures that certainly raises questions as to what good Biden’s foreign policy credentials were as Obama’s vice president—especially since it took Donald Trump being elected president to clean up their messes. Five of these Obama-Biden foreign policy failures are mentioned below, but there are plenty more." . . .

Biden the Liar  "Harold Schaitberger, president of the AFL-CIO-affiliated International Association of Firefighters, declared at a campaign rally for Joe Biden today that “Joe Biden is genuine. There’s nothing phony or artificial about Joe Biden.”
"This is a spectacularly audacious claim about one of Washington’s most notorious BS artists.
"A few days ago, Biden declared on The View, “We were asked, what are you proudest of from your administration? You know what I said — he said the same thing as I did. No one single whisper of scandal. That’s because of Barack Obama.”
"Perhaps Biden believes there was no whisper of scandal because there was so much shouting about veterans dying while waiting for care at the Department of Veterans Affairs; the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking operation at the ATF; the dysfunctional launch of Healthcare.gov; the Syrian “red line”; Benghazi; the hacking of Office of Personnel Management records; the IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups; other government agencies harassing and targeting the president’s critics; drunkenness and reckless behavior at the U.S. Secret Service . . .
"In 2016, he said Trump’s policy in the Middle East would be “to go carpet bomb innocent people.” Whether or not you like Trump’s policies, that is not an accurate description of what Trump proposed on the campaign trail or enacted in office. He’s accused Trump of trying to cut nearly $1 trillion from the Medicare program — not true.
"Biden insists that he’s been “referred to for the last 35 years in Washington as Middle-Class Joe,” despite no record of anyone else ever calling him that. He proclaimed that he didn’t “own a single stock or bond . . .  I have no savings accounts.” His wife Jill had plenty of stock and bond investments and the couple had five savings accounts in both their names." 

Beto: We only have '10 years' left to address climate change

Andrew Wilkow
Fox News  . . . "Appearing on MSNBC, O'Rourke promoted his proposal but was asked about his prior support from the oil and gas industry, and whether the relationship would be a problem going forward.
" 'Do you see the oil and gas industry as an opponent in that? Won't you have to declare yourself in opposition to their interests?" MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked." . . .

Beto O'Rourke's 'Ambitious Climate Plan' Is Even Worse Than the Green New Deal

Beto O'Rourke takes a selfie with Anne Kelly of the Sierra Nevada Research Stations and activist Leslie Martinez Monday, April 29, 2019, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. 
. . . "The Green New Deal would cost at least $49 trillion — some estimates place it at $93 trillion. Ocasio-Cortez's plan is a resolution, however, not a bill. By contrast, O'Rourke's plan — which adopts many of the Green New Deal's worst proposals — is a presidential candidate's platform, spelled out in executive orders, government grants, and legislative proposals.
"O'Rourke seems intent on repurposing the Green New Deal as his own, and visiting Yosemite National Park to prove his love for the environment.

"This radical new proposal comes at a tough time for the former congressman, however. Shortly after he entered the presidential race, another fresh-faced candidate stole his thunder. Pete Buttigieg, the military veteran and Rhodes scholar who serves as the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., outpaced O'Rourke in the media and in the polls. In many ways, Buttigieg was the better Beto." . . .

The Babylon Bee has some fun with O'Rourke: Beto Unveils Plan To Replace All Cars With Skateboards By 2030  . . . "O'Rourke got the idea while skating a half-pipe and smoking some weed with some local youths over the weekend." . . .
The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say  October 7, 2018

PopPolitics: Ted Danson on Climate Activism, Ignorance and 2016   October 3, 2015

DO YOU REMEMBER "Algore: "We Have Ten Years Left Before Earth Cooks' "

"in 2006 Al Gore said these words that struck fear into people around the world. 
"Here is 9 years and a dozen days later and we are no where near cooking. there is now only 326 days and the tepratures are no where near where Al Gore said they would be. Before that we had Ted Danson say in 1988, We had ten years to save the oceans; we were all going to pay the consequences, which would result in our death. 
"1998 came and went and not a single death from the resulted. 
"Here are a few more predictions made over the last 35 years" . . .

1) At the first Earth Day celebration, in 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned, “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.” 
2) The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age. — Kenneth Watt, Ecologist 
3) A high-priority government report warns of climate change that will lead to floods and starvation. ‘Leading climatologists’ speak of a ‘detrimental global climatic change,’ threatening ‘the stability of most nations.’ The scenario is eerily familiar although the document – never made public before – dates from 1974. But here’s the difference: it was written to respond to the threat of global cooling, not warming. And yes, it even mentions a ‘consensus’ among scientists. — Maurizio Morabito 

Al Gore has been accused of profiting from the climate change agenda amid claims he is on course to become the world’s first “carbon billionaire”.

Five Ways We Know Al Gore's Been Running A Global Warming Racket  . . . Ten years later, he's probably hoping that everyone has forgotten about his categorical statement.
"The terrible truth for Gore is that there is no planetary emergency. Not one of the dire predictions he and the rest of the alarmist community made has come to pass. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that they have been running a racket. Here's how we know:
"One, Earth hasn't warmed in nearly 20 years." . . .

Shallow, ignorant Democrats appeal to their shallow, ignorant base

Do Democrats have no better people than these for candidates and voters? Where are educated, principled liberals that should be speaking out against what their party and its electorate - and their media - have become?
Is that because they comprise a majority of Democrat voters? Sixteen-year-old and non-English-speaking voters have been courted by the left as highly desirable for that party, as we have seen. The outrageous statements made by Democrats would be accepted on their face only by uneducated, and uncurious peer-pleasing "skulls full of mush".  TD

After Poway rabbi thanks Trump, can we now dispense with the canard that Trump is anti-Semitic?  "Rabbi Goldstein on Trump calling him following the shooting::
As I was in my house, I received a personal phone call from our president, Donald Trump. I was amazed to answer the phone, and, say, the secretary of the White House is calling, and he spent close to ten, 15 minutes with me on the phone. And, it's the first time I've ever spoken to a president of the United States of America. He shared with the condolences on behalf of the United States of America. And we spoke about the moment of silence. And he spoke about his love of peace and Judaism and Israel and he was just so comforting that I'm really grateful to our president for taking the time and making that effort to share with us his comfort and consolation.
 . . . "Because right now, it's pretty obvious that President Trump — who was detested by the killer who attacked the synagogue in his so-called 'manifesto' — is probably the strongest friend the Israelis and the Jewish people here have ever had.  He not only detests Jew-hatred with a credible loathing; he loves Jewish people.
"They can't pin this on him anymore.  They need to start looking at themselves — and their newspaper of record, which just ran a revolting anti-Semitic cartoon and papered over the anti-Semitism of a congress member by reducing the problem to a generalized issue of 'hate.'  They're the ones with an anti-Semitism problem, and their hypocrisy is showing."

Poor Joe Biden: Out to 'rebuild' the middle class Trump has already rebuilt  
. . . "Biden, who was vice president during the Obama years of extended sub-par economic growth, seems to think that Americans would gladly give up their 4% unemployment rate, low inflation, and 3.2% economic growth in exchange for...what, the Obama economy all over again? . . ." 

Sources like CNN have helped shape the opinions and education of those Democrats appeal to:

Woman glues her breasts to the ground in one-woman protest against climate change

How can Democrat presidential candidates bow so deeply to Al Sharpton?  "When you look up to Reverend Al, you are actually looking down — way down — assuredly if you include morality and human decency in your perspective.  Yet those who have chosen to make themselves the frontline lemmings in the Democrats' race for the cliff of political extinction all feel some compulsion to kiss the ring of this professional race-baiter, riot-inciter, and perpetual tax cheat in order to bring in the black vote.
"I believe I hold a higher opinion of American blacks than these opportunistic Democrat nomination-chasers.  I happen to think there are many blacks who clearly see Al Sharpton for the bone-deep dishonest, professional charlatan he is, and has been since the first time his bloated, Marcelled mug graced America's television screens, at the time he was in the process of inciting riots that took the lives of several New York Jews. 
"Or hymies, as Reverend Al labeled them." .  . .

Pete Buttigieg Kisses The Ring Of Al Sharpton  "Appreciate inviting me to join today for lunch at Sylvia’s in Harlem, where we discussed inclusion in politics and a policy agenda for black Americans that includes economic, social, and political equity."
Brave Mayor B******* pretends to have a feud with Vice President Pence, a practicing Christian who's only been complementary to him. Pence doesn't merit the same courtesies as a fake Reverend, the racist Jew-hating extortionist and fraudster Sharpton, apparently. Comment to this post.
"What does it say about Democrats as human beings when they abase yourselves before such a despicable, contemptible race-baiter and think they are doing the right thing?  If they are seeking Reverend Al's benediction for their candidacies, will they be seeking his political and moral counsel in their presidencies, in the off-chance one of  these oblivious dupes should win?God save us from such liberal idiocy."

How's the saying go? "A nation gets the government it deserves". What has America become that we deserve these people? TD

 "If Biden is the great hope of the Democrat establishment, they have got some worrying to do."

Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down, Says VA Problems Are A “Myth”…  Video "Ask vets who currently use our run down, understaffed, long wait lists VA’s if they work for them. Most want other options. But really folks, this is the perfect example of what SOCIALISM looks like. Ask Canada" From the comments.

'Avengers: Endgame' Is Not LGBT-Friendly Enough, 'Fat-Shames' Thor, SJWs Claim

Monday, April 29, 2019

Teen girls stage school walkout to protest boys in their bathroom who claim to be ‘girls’

Lifesite News

"The backlash against the relentless assault on nearly every civilizational institution by transgender activists seems to be slowly increasing as ordinary men and women realize the implications of the transgender agenda and the abolition of gender. Muslim parents in the UK pulled hundreds of children out of school, forcing a shutdown of recently-implemented LGBT programming. And as I reported back in February, students are pushing back, signing petitions demanding the return of their gender-segregated bathrooms and even suing their high schools in order to retrieve their right to privacy.
"Last week, the debate erupted again in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Two groups of students staged a walkout at Abraham Lincoln High School over bathroom privacy, with the protest being sparked by a girl who stated that her privacy was violated by a biological male who “recently began to identify as a girl” using the female bathroom. She was joined by about twenty other high school girls who left the school at 10:30 AM and began “chanting for privacy in restrooms, saying they don’t want boys transitioning into being girls to be in the restroom with them.”
"It is worth noting that much of the transgender ideology is so new that if someone had predicted high school girls would be fighting to keep biological males out of their bathrooms ten years ago, LGBT activists would have accused those making these predictions of fearmongering, bigotry, and deceit. Now, of course, if you defend the right of young girls to be uncomfortable with penises in their bathrooms and change rooms, you are guilty of transphobia. Some trans activists have gone so far as to say that girls uncomfortable changing in the presence of biological boys need to get over their internalized transphobia." . . .


Bernie Sanders' Felon Voter Rights Flop .

RealClearPolitics  "Just when you thought the Democrat Party couldn't get any more radical, 2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders declared at a CNN town hall on Monday he wants to give voting rights to murderers, terrorists, rapists and other incarcerated felons.
"This includes voting rights reinstated for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an anti-American convicted terrorist who committed an act of war against the United States and the city of Boston in 2013, placing pressure cooker bombs at the finish line -- next to innocent children -- killing an 8-year-old boy and two innocent civilians, and injuring 280.
"The marathon bombers also maimed 16 innocents who were exercising their right to be in Boston that fateful day.
"Nevertheless, Sen. Sanders wants evildoers like the marathon bomber, who was also complicit in the killing of an MIT police officer in the aftermath of the attack, to get the power vote because, according to his ultra-liberal ideology, that's living up to ideals inherent in a democracy. "If somebody commits a serious crime -- sexual assault, murder -- they are going to be punished," the democratic socialist said at the town hall this week. "They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That is what happens when you commit a serious crime. But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people.
"Of course, what Sanders leaves out of the equation is that the right to vote was ripped away from all the victims violently murdered by these heinous criminals -- not to mention the loss of their precious lives and all of their rights as a result. Hard to fathom why any American -- a U.S. presidential candidate, no less -- would want to empower and reward hundreds of thousands of murderers and rapists currently doing time in American prisons with rights they stole from others.
"That's real injustice: when victims who've been brutally murdered can't vote but their assailants can." . . .

No, Democrats, the Obama-Biden Administration Was Not Scandal-Free

Rich Terrell
Legal Insurrection  "Joe Biden started his official 2020 presidential campaign launch  with a bang this week by declaring two glaring whoppers in two days.
"First was his announcement video which focused on the oft-debunked media-driven lie about President Trump’s response to the August 2017 Charlottesville riots. The second was his declaration that the Obama-Biden administration was scandal-free.
"Biden made the absurd claim on a Friday segment of ABC‘s “The View” program. Newsbusters has the transcript of the former veep talking fondly about his former boss:
BIDEN: The thing I’m proudest of is we coincidentally were each in a different part of the country and we were each talking to groups of people that were being televised, the same day, purely coincidentally we were asked what are you proudest of from your administration? You know what I said –it turns out he said the same thing and probably a little more clearly than I did. Is that, not one single whisper of scandal.
BEHAR: Not one!
BIDEN: Not one single whisper! [applause] That’s Barack Obama! That’s because of Barack!
BEHAR: I know! He’s amazing!
"Watch video of Biden’s remarks here: . . .

Joe Biden On Anita Hill In 1998: ‘She Was Lying’

Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist
It's true that Joe Biden did his best to help Anita Hill, including concealing witnesses who would have been a disaster under examination. But even he admitted to his colleague that Hill was lying.
"Former vice president Joe Biden repeatedly said on The View on Friday that he believed Anita Hill from the moment he heard her tale of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas. But he previously told Sen. Arlen Specter that it was clear her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee included lies.
“ 'Not only didn’t I vote for Clarence Thomas, I believed her from the beginning. I was against Clarence Thomas, I did everything in my power to defeat Clarence Thomas and he won by the smallest margin anyone ever won going on the Supreme Court,” Biden told “The View’s” Joy Behar.
"But in 1998, Biden admitted to Specter that “It was clear to me from the way she was answering the questions, [Hill] was lying” about a key part of her testimony. The exchange was published in Specter’s 2000 memoir, “Passion for Truth: From Finding JFK’s Single Bullet to Questioning Anita Hill to Impeaching Clinton.”
" 'The issue is important, as the media and other partisans rewrite the historical record about Hill and her accusations. The widely watched hearings revealed inaccuracies in Hill’s various versions of events and ended with 58 percent of Americans believing Thomas and only 24 percent believing Hill. There was no gap between the sexes in the results. In the intervening years, activists have relentlessly attempted to change the narrative, writing fan fiction about Hill, bestowing honors on her, and asserting that her disputed allegations were credible.
"On “The View,” Biden claimed, “If you go back and look at what I said and didn’t say, I don’t think I treated her badly. I took on her opposition. What I couldn’t figure out how to do — and we still haven’t figured it out – how do you stop people from asking inflammatory questions?”
"Prominent media partisans attacked Specter for asking tough questions of Hill. Or really, just for asking simple questions she struggled to answer. He began by noting that many people had reported Hill had praised Thomas and his nomination to the Supreme Court. These included a former colleague at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where both Hill and Thomas had worked years prior. Another person corroborated the colleague’s claim." . . .

Biden’s Attack On ‘White Man’s Culture’ Is A Mix Of Historical Illiteracy And Dishonesty
       The former vice president still owes Clarence Thomas an apology.

Ted Kennedy remained silent through the hearings, 22 years after, well...
. . . "Unlike the accusation against Kavanaugh, Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment were potentially a criminal matter. And in that regard, Hill wasn’t a credible accuser. Not a single person—and Thomas had scores of subordinates working for him during his years in government—came forward to substantiate that the judge had ever acted in the ways described by Hill towards anyone else. Twelve former female colleagues of Thomas and Hill signed an affidavit supporting him. Not one person who worked with both came forward to vouch for Hill." . . .



Kamala Harris can’t afford to be cagey about where she stands on the issues

. . . Harris: “I think we should have that conversation.”. . . Harris: “I think we should have that conversation.”. . . Harris: “I think we should have that conversation.”. . . 

LA Times

"Clarity, courage and candor. That’s what voters want from political candidates. Not circular claptrap.
"That’s especially true of candidates running in a crowded field of 20 for the Democratic nomination to take on President Trump next year. Voters are looking for differences. Everyone’s pounding on Trump. That’s no distinction.
"California Sen. Kamala Harris, who’s considered among the top tier of contenders, isn’t always performing up to speed. It’s not enough just to feed the voter base with red meat and focus group-certified talking points.
"Harris has long been afflicted with too much caution, as I’ve previously written.
"Prime examples were when she was state attorney general and a longtime opponent of the death penalty, but refused to take stands on ballot propositions in 2012 and 2016 that would have abolished capital punishment. They both failed narrowly. She also didn’t take positions on ballot measures to expedite the death penalty and loosen prison sentencing. They passed.
"Her lame excuse: It was the attorney general’s ministerial duty to write the official title and summary for ballot propositions. She didn’t want to appear biased. "Nonsense." . . .

Riveting Twitter Thread on the Infamous ‘Roof Koreans’ of the LA Riots Highlights Importance of the Second Amendment

“Over 5 days, more than 1000 buildings in the LA area were destroyed, and over a billion dollars worth of damage done. But guess which communities endured the storm with minimal damage and injury? That’s right. The store David and Richard fought from still stands today,” he continued.

The elected representative of these people was and still is, I believe Maxine Waters
"During the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, armed Korean store owners stationed themselves on top of their shops to protect their property from looters and became known as the “Roof Koreans.”

"A riveting Twitter thread celebrated these brave heroes as the anniversary of the riots approaches.
"From April 29 to May 4 in 1992, rioters burned and looted everything in sight to protest the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers for excessive force in the beating of King. The riots left over $1 million in property damage. Reginald Denny, a white truck driver who stopped at a traffic light in the middle of the riots, was also pulled from his truck and beat nearly to death by a mob of rioters. His skull was fractured in 91 places.
"By the end of the rioting, 53 people were killed, including 35 from gunfire.
"While the riots were horrific, the “Roof Koreans” emerged as a testament to the bravery of their community and the importance of the Second Amendment." . . .   Video

Maxine Waters "fondly" remembers those days  . . . "Waters' history of calling the riots an "insurrection" dates back to the riots themselves.
" 'What I tried to do was take it out of the discussion of ‘these are just no good, crazy rioting people' and to talk about what I call an insurrection, which made a lot of white people mad," she recalled.
"In one famous incident of "insurrection" broadcast across the county, four men dragged truck driver Reginald Denny out of his cab and beat him within an inch of his life." . . .
"Another victim of the "insurrection" was 45-year-old Howard Epstein. As the Los Angeles Times reported, "Onlookers broke into applause when someone yelled that the dead driver was white."
"L.A.'s Korean-American community faced the brunt of the "insurrection" as a favorite target of the "rebels." 
"Over 2,200 Korean businesses were targeted for looting and violence, causing $400 million in damages." . . .