A NASA scientist who said the Bush administration muzzled him because of his belief in global warming yesterday acknowledged to Congress that he'd done more than 1,400 on-the-job interviews in recent years.Wow…1,400 interviews! Maybe this guy SHOULD be censored and put back to work. He has too much time on his hands.
…Mr. Hansen conducted 15 interviews in the month after accusing the Bush administration of censorship.I can already smell the idiocy on this guy. Only a true moron can give 15 interviews in one month, be silenced once, and think that there is a conspiracy to shut them up.
Mr. Deutsch [Hansen’s boss], who was 23 at the time, said Mr. Hansen was prohibited from doing the interview because of his prior refusal to notify NASA officials when he was granting interviews, not for political reasons.Free speech gives you the right to speak without going to prison. However, if your employer tells you not to say something or talk about a certain topic, and you do it, they have the RIGHT to fire you. Liberals like this get under my skin. They have no understanding of what the first amendment actually says, and they seem to think it means they can say anything without getting in trouble.
Citing what he called his "constitutional right" to give interviews, Mr. Hansen admitted violating NASA's press policy but defended his actions.
"It's a very rare case of where you got it on paper," Mr. Hansen said of Mr. Deutsch's e-mail, claiming the blocked interview was not an exception. "This thing was going on all the time."
Mr. Hansen refused to denounce earlier comments he made referring to the White House as a "propaganda office," and saying, "It seems more like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union than the United States."I am honestly beginning to question this guys intelligence. If Bush was a Nazi, Hansen would have been dead before he gave one interview. That's right, he would be dead.
"I was referring to the constraints of speaking to the media," Mr. Hansen said, when asked about his comments.
Republicans questioned him about his ties to prominent Democrats.What a surprise. It turns out that this political hack received money from other political hacks of the same persuasion. If you don’t like scientists receiving money from oil companies, then you have to be against this.
Mr. Hansen received a $250,000 grant from the Heinz foundation, which is controlled by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat. Mr. Hansen was a vocal supporter of Mr. Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.
For his part, Mr. Hansen explained that he has not always disagreed with the administration's environmental positions, offering approval for increased research into nuclear power and praising the White House's support for a methane gas program.WTF…that almost makes me laugh. It sounds like someone really made him rethink what he was actually saying during his testimony. He went from calling Bush a Nazi to calling the administration a success story.
"It is a success story, and the administration should be given credit for it," Mr. Hansen said.
Just a few days before President Bush was scheduled to land here on Monday for bilateral talks, the Mexican Foreign Ministry sent an angry diplomatic note to the United States.This must be a joke. Regardless of its seriousness, I have decided to write a letter to the Mexican Foreign Minister. Here it goes:
The note complained that United States Border Patrol agents had crossed the border and ventured a couple of dozen feet into Mexico to put out a rapidly spreading brush fire. “Even in emergency situations, the Mexican authorities must be notified immediately, without exception,” the note said.
Mr. Foreign Minister,I have a feeling that we are pretty close to forming an international consensus here.
I recently read about how angry you were when American Border Patrol agents crossed the Mexican border without permission or notification. I understand where you are coming from. Nobody likes it when a foreign country allows its people to enter their country unannounced and uninvited. Such actions are rude, arrogant, and illegal. I would be happy if my country were to notify Mexico of any future border incursions by its citizens – assuming you are willing return the favor.
Go to hell,
“Hardly a week goes by,” Dr. Peiser said, “without a new research paper that questions part or even some basics of climate change theory,” including some reports that offer alternatives to human activity for global warming.Addressing the idea that climate change is somehow new or unheard of:
Geologists have documented age upon age of climate swings, and some charge Mr. Gore with ignoring such rhythms.***SHOCK***
“Nowhere does Mr. Gore tell his audience that all of the phenomena that he describes fall within the natural range of environmental change on our planet,” Robert M. Carter, a marine geologist at James Cook University in Australia, said in a September blog. “Nor does he present any evidence that climate during the 20th century departed discernibly from its historical pattern of constant change.”
In October, Dr. Easterbrook made similar points at the geological society meeting in Philadelphia. He hotly disputed Mr. Gore’s claim that “our civilization has never experienced any environmental shift remotely similar to this” threatened change.
Nonsense, Dr. Easterbrook told the crowded session. He flashed a slide that showed temperature trends for the past 15,000 years. It highlighted 10 large swings, including the medieval warm period. These shifts, he said, were up to “20 times greater than the warming in the past century.”
Getting personal, he mocked Mr. Gore’s assertion that scientists agreed on global warming except those industry had corrupted. “I’ve never been paid a nickel by an oil company,” Dr. Easterbrook told the group. “And I’m not a Republican.”
Thousands of students, environmentalists and other protesters, some waving communist flags, gathered in the business district of South America's largest city ahead of Bush's arrival.Apparently the history textbooks in Brazil haven’t been updated in the past 20 years. They seemed to have missed the part of history that showed us that communism was the most oppressive and deadly form of government in the history of mankind. They also missed the part where the rich people in the Soviet Union were less well off than poor people in the United States. Maybe the President can get some money sent down there so they can update those books. Pronto! They are in danger of embarrassing themselves if they keep holding such silly protests.
Bush played down the protests in interviews ahead of his trip with Latin American news organizations.I don’t understand how President Bush maintains his composure with this kind of nonsense going on. If I were him, I would probably completely write-off South America. Frankly, the people there are ridiculous. They all want to come here and make more money, but they all have a certain degree of antipathy for the US.
"I am proud to be going to a part of the world where people can demonstrate, where people can express their minds [did President Bush make a joke?]," he said in an interview with Univision. And he told CNN En Espanol: "The trip is to remind people that we care."
Chavez, aligned with Cuba's Fidel Castro and a fierce critic of Bush, is marking Bush's trip with a rival tour of the region.I honestly wonder how many illegal immigrants are breaking down the fences to get into Venezuela? This point has been made a thousand times, but I have to bring it up. No one wants to go to any of these South American countries. They don’t have immigration problems. You think they could use their brains enough to understand that their countries aren’t beacons of hope, while America is. So why are they so against our economic policies (capitalism and free trade) when their economic systems may as well have been written by monkeys? It only seems logical for them to adopt our ways (economically speaking). Their superstition against capitalism and free markets is getting really old. Part of me wants to say: “to hell with you and your voodoo economics, do things your way, you are on your own.”
On Saturday, the Venezuelan leader will speak at an "anti-imperialist" rally in a soccer stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, about 40 miles across the Plate River from Montevideo, where Bush will be holding talks on Saturday with Uruguay's president, Tabare Vazquez.
Silva, in turn, has said he will press the U.S. Congress to repeal or scale back the 54-cent per gallon U.S. tariff on sugar-based Brazilian ethanol. Bush and Silva also were expected to talk about efforts to salvage the World Trade Organization talks - the so-called Doha round - that collapsed in discord last summer over farm subsidies and other disputes.Speaking of voodoo economics…why the hell is there a tariff on sugar-based ethanol. That is outrageous. Here we are, claiming to want to diversify our energy sources, and one of the most proven alternatives is being hindered by caveman economic polices. All I'm saying is that Democrats (for their own sake) better not be the ones responsible for this.
Among those participating in Thursday's protests were environmentalists and social groups who oppose the biofuels project, fearing that Brazil may clear pristine jungle to ramp up sugarcane cultivation. Greenpeace activists hung a huge banner warning against increased reliance on ethanol as an alternative fuel on a monument to 17th century Portuguese explorers and conquerors.Are they for real? Is this the next step in the environmental movement? First they are against the oil companies and want to move to alternative fuels. Now they want to get rid of the alternative fuels. I really do hate environmentalists…almost as much as they hate the President. Stumble It!
Doctors found a blood clot in Vice President Dick Cheney's left leg on Monday but he was not admitted to a hospital and will be treated with blood thinning medication, his office said.So close Bill! Maybe next time! Good luck with that whole wishing death on nationally elected politicians thing! Way to stay positive and nonpartisan. You are truly above the fray. Stumble It!
Drew Barrymore claims she is "a sexual, free, f***ing nudist wood nymph" when it comes to sex.Sounds like you're doing a bang up job. Keep up the good work Drew. Wait...there's more.
The actress, who recently split from her long-term boyfriend The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, insists she has a very liberal attitude towards sex which she is proud of.
Drew - who has hinted she is bisexual - said in an interview with Jane magazine: "I'm a sexual, free, f***ing nudist little bird running around and a wood nymph when it comes to sexuality."
Drew has also revealed she wants to have a family.
Despite her previous failed relationships, the 'Charlie's Angels' star is still looking for 'Mr. Right' to settle down with and have babies.Awwww...well just keep doing what you're doing. Eighth time's the charm right?
She added: "I would definitely like to have a family one day. I don't know when or with who, but I don't picture myself alone or bitter.
"When I get old, I am not going to be wearing polyester pants either. I'm going to wear old Levis' and Birkenstocks.
Sexual morals only a degenerate could love...Stumble It!
But I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people wouldn’t be dying needlessly tomorrow.Another patriotic gem…DON’T YOU EVEN THINK OF CHALLANGING HIS PATRIOTISM!!!
I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.Way to keep it classy Maher.