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More of the same from the global warming and climate change crowd. Their only sense of urgency is to get their hands on your money.
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Climate Chief Knew of False Glacier Claims Before Copenhagen

Rajendra Pachauri was told that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 was wrong, but he waited two months to correct it. 

Asked whether he had deliberately kept silent about the error to avoid embarrassment at Copenhagen, he said: “That’s ridiculous. It never came to my attention before the Copenhagen summit. It wasn’t in the public sphere.”

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CA is gearing up for another dismal budget year, as automatic spending formulas dictate spending while revenues lag. The government is seeking more budget cuts to close the gap.
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California controller: State will run out of cash before April
State Controller John Chiang issued a stern warning Friday about California’s cash reserves, telling legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger they must act on nearly $9 billion in budget cuts the governor is seeking by March — or the state will run out of cash to pay its bills.

Without making those cuts — which Chiang says will pump $1.3 billion into the state’s checking account — California would be broke by April 1, no fooling.

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New features on the blog. There are many folks on Main Street with a keen sense of humor. In this economy, we all need to appreciate those who can make us smile!

This comment is from a reader of the Sacramento Bee. Sacramento lawmakers and the Governor are trying to figure out how to deal with a $20B budget deficit. Caught in the crossfire are teachers, cops, firefighters, and those who rely on government services.

“Rocketman” feels that maybe the Governator has been a little less than honest.

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rocketman wrote on 01/29/2010 04:28:30 PM:

I have always had trouble spellin the Gov’s name. I wonder it has an English translation. If not I think he should shorten it to something fitting like “liar”

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Big news for those who are judging politicians with the benefit of the rear-view mirror.
clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk

Iraq inquiry: Tony Blair had no regrets over toppling Saddam Hussein

Tony Blair refused to express regret for overthrowing Saddam Hussein and told
the Chilcot inquiry he would take the decision to invade Iraq again even
knowing the dictator had no weapons of mass destruction.

During six tense hours in front of the inquiry into the war, the former prime
minister also used his testimony repeatedly to urge world leaders to take
military action against Iran, which he described as more dangerous than Iraq
had been under Saddam.

But he did not stumble as he was asked whether he had any regrets over the
war, saying: “Responsibility, but not a regret for removing Saddam Hussein.
I believe he was a monster, that he threatened not just the region but the
world.

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The Think Progress blog goes after the National Review Online for suggesting a harsh approach to dealing with the terrorists at Gitmo.

Step (1): Return all Gitmo detainees to Yemen.

Step (2): Use Predator missiles to strike the baggage-claim area 20 minutes after they arrive.

Just an idea.

Cynical? Of course. Are the bloggers at Think Progress in denial about terrorism? Even President Obama has veered away from campaign rhetoric to deal with the realities of terrorism. From today’s NY Times:

President Obama declared for the first time on Saturday that a branch of Al Qaeda based in Yemen sponsored the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an American passenger jet, and he vowed that those behind the failed attack “will be held to account.”

Do the bloggers at Think Progress believe that Obama’s promise to hold these terrorists “to account” means hugs and flowers or does it mean bombs and bullets? I don’t believe President Obama was being cynical.

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