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Brace Yourself, Governor Christie!

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:02 pm - February 14, 2010.
Filed under: Noble Republicans

For doing the right thing, the Garden State’s Chief Executive is sure to face the wrath of those who believe government knows best:

As politicians spend America into the fiscal abyss, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has a novel idea: Freeze spending. For such statesmanship, watch him be demonized like no one before.

In his first inaugural, President Reagan noted the spending constraints that individuals face and asked, “Why then should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?” And in the most famous line from that speech: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

New Jersey’s new governor, the successor of so many corrupt chief executives, is taking action that will make him, like Reagan, the focus of pure hate from those who think what taxpayers earn is Monopoly money to be treated according to the whims and desires of politicians, bureaucrats, union bosses and other power players.

Stand tall, Governor, we bloggers have got your back.

(H/t:  Jennifer Rubin.)

Did Scott Brown Rescue New York City?

Let’s explore the law of unintended consequences.  The monstrous Obamacare National Healthcare Takeover wasn’t the only casualty of US Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-MA) election.  The dropping out of Patrick Kennedy is another obvious one, sure.  And I’m also positive there will be many Democrats running into the arms of retirement who would not have before Brown’s election.

But think about this one:  Scott Brown may have saved New York City from having the 9/11 KSM Show Trial held in their backyard.  Why?  Well, before Brown’s election, there were only scant peeps — mostly Republicans — opposing the Obama-Holder plan to showcase KSM & Co. in Manhattan.

SINCE Scott Brown’s election, the roar of disapproval about the 9/11 trials has become so loud that Obama himself has capped Holder at the knees.  Media reports now say a military trial is likely, perhaps even held at GITMO.

Elections have consequences, my friends.  Sen. Scott Brown’s is the gift that keeps on giving back to America every single day.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Happy Valentine’s Day:
How did you meet your schweetie?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:43 pm - February 14, 2010.
Filed under: Holidays,Romance

Last night, I again watched a clip of Joy Behar telling us that gay men don’t take monogamy as seriously as straights.  This time, however, I noted that Whoopi Goldberg rose to our defense, saying “not with the gay folks I know.”  (When I watched this last month, I saw a shorter clip* than the one I discovered last night on Towleroad–full clip below the jump.)

Yea, Miss Behar has a point that monogamy is harder for men than it is for women, but she could at least have allowed that if straight can learn not to stray, so too can gay men.  Indeed, the Oscar-winning actress countered the left-wing talker, saying her gay friends are “not happy” if their partners fool around.  They have learned to tie their sexual drive to emotional connection.

Kudos to Whoopi for standing up for gay men.

With Whoopi’s words in mind, this single man wishes all his coupled friends a Happy Valentine’s Day and invites you to use our comments section to share your stories with us–how did you meet your “schweetie”? (more…)

Where’s Al Gore?

The immediate past Vice President of the United States has been very much in the news this weekend, supporting repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, praising the President’s “decision to send more troops” to Afghanistan, tearing into his successor.  That good man has been keeping a high profile of late.  At the same time, the woman who followed him as his party’s choice for the second highest office in the land has also drawn much media attention.

So, once did Mr. Cheney’s predecessor, Al Gore.  That Democrat seemed eager to hog the limelight, offering apocalyptic warmings, er, warNings about the threat of global warming.  Now, he seems to have vanished.  Maybe he’s hibernating.  Must be that cold winter back east.

Wonder if his disappearance has anything to do with this headline: World may not be warming, say scientists.

Dick Cheney favors Repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell

Do hope gay leaders/activists acknowledge this good man for saying so in a public forum After all, as Vice President, he earned little praise for distinguishing himself from then-President George W. Bush on the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week”,

[f]ormer Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as defense secretary under President George H.W. Bush, expressed support for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which President Barack Obama has asked Congress to work on this year.

“Society has moved on,”  he said.  Pointing out that Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff favors repeal, he said he’s “reluctant to second guess military in this regard,” Cheney said

the first requirement you have to look at all the time whether [military units are] capable of achieving their mission and does the policy change, i.e., putting gays in the force, affect the ability to perform their mission.  When the chiefs come forward and say we think we can do it, then it’s strikes me that it’s time to reconsider the policy.

Nice to see that he frames the issue exactly as it should be framed–one of military effectiveness.  Let’s hope more people take note of Cheney’s position on the issue.

UPDATE:  (Somewhat related):  “Cheney ‘a complete supporter’ of Obama Afghanistan Strategy.

No global warming since 1995?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:24 am - February 14, 2010.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Guess companies across the globe must have succeeding in curbing carbon emissions, so, kudos particularly to the Chinese and Indians for growing their economies without increasing their carbon output.

Professor Phil Jones, “whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change . . ., said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.”  Apparently, Mr. Jones organizational skills are lacking–and he has had trouble keeping track of his data:

Asked about whether he lost track of data, Professor Jones said: ‘There is some truth in that. We do have a trail of where the weather stations have come from but it’s probably not as good as it should be.

‘There’s a continual updating of the dataset. Keeping track of everything is difficult. Some countries will do lots of checking on their data then issue improved data, so it can be very difficult. We have improved but we have to improve more.’

He also agreed that there had been two periods which experienced similar warming, from 1910 to 1940 and from 1975 to 1998, but said these could be explained by natural phenomena whereas more recent warming could not.

UPDATE: Commenting on a line in the article about how this impacts the global warming debate, “The admissions will be seized on by sceptics as fresh evidence that there are serious flaws at the heart of the science of climate change and the orthodoxy that recent rises in temperature are largely man-made”, Althouse offers:

Everyone should perceive flaws! To talk about “sceptics” as the ones who will “seize” upon “evidence” of flaws is unwittingly to make global warming into a matter of religion and not science. It’s not the skeptics who look bad. “Seize” sounds willful, but science should motivate us to grab at evidence. It’s the nonskeptics who look bad.

Read the whole thing.  Dunno that I agree with Ann’s interpretation here, but, as usual, she does create food for thought.

On blogging, errors & short cuts making long delays

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 am - February 14, 2010.
Filed under: Blogging

Unlike many in the mainstream media, we bloggers don’t have fact-checkers or proofreaders to point out potential errors in our posts or to catch typographical mistakes.  We very often depend on our readers to catch mistakes we may have missed.  And owe it to them and our readers to fix them as soon as we are made aware of them.

I did just that yesterday when a reader, indeed, one of the subjects of the post, informed me that I had misrepresented his views.  I corrected a post after I became aware of my error.  Later, I decided to pull the post, being only the third time I have done such a thing since I started blogging. 

On a day when I was trying to post as quickly as possible so I could provide fresh material for you all, I quickly typed up a post, summarizing a piece from Newsbusters that a reader had e-mailed to me, offering my own spin.  That piece inaccurately reported comments Michelangelo Signorile had made on Joy Behar’s talk show.

Shortly after I posted the piece, Signorile contacted me, informing me of my error and asked me to watch the clip.  (Interestingly, he did not ask me to correct or pull the post.)  He was right that I should have watched the clip before I posted the piece.  Because I find Newsbusters normally to be reliable, I didn’t watch the clip, primarily because I had wanted to save time yesterday.

My error ended up costing me time.  After watching the clip, I updated the post to correct my error, perhaps devoting more time to writing the correction than I did to composing the original post.  

As I was returning home last night, however, I realized that had I watched the clip, I wouldn’t have written the post in the first place.  It thus struck me that I should probably pull the post I had recently corrected.  Given that readers had already commented, I thought I’d keep it up and write this post.  

But, as I began writing this post, I listened to my gut and decided to pull it.