ClimateGate debunked

E-mails stolen from climate scientists show they stonewalled skeptics and discussed hiding data — but the messages don’t support claims that the science of global warming was faked, according to an exhaustive review by The Associated Press.

The 1,073 e-mails examined by the AP show that scientists harbored private doubts, however slight and fleeting, even as they told the world they were certain about climate change. However, the exchanges don’t undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

ClimateGate debunked?

The people on the Global Warming skepticism side are increasingly behaving like Ufologists. Anyone who calls a weather-balloon a weather-balloon is imminently considered part of the conspiracy to hide the truth.

House Democrats pass contempt citation

The House Judiciary Committee approved a contempt of Congress citation Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and one-time Counsel Harriet Miers, setting up a constitutional confrontation over the firings of federal prosecutors.

From House Democrats pass contempt citation – Yahoo! News

As much as I appreciate the shot across the bow, the show of force that the dems mean business, one thing comes to my cynical mind. Can W pardon them? Or commute the sentences?

Republican right abandoning Bush

Angry conservatives are driving the approval ratings of President Bush and the GOP-led Congress to dismal new lows, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that underscores why Republicans fear an Election Day massacre.

From Republican right abandoning Bush

I think massacre is a really regrettable word in this context. Other than that, why is anyone surprised that traditional conservatives who make up the silent majority of the Republican party would be disappointed in an administration that has shown itself to be driven by a radical Neo-Con/Theo-Con, downright Feudalistic agenda. And even those that might be willing to deal with this agenda might not be willing to stomach the incompetence, corruption and dishonesty.

The prospect of Democrats capturing either, however, may be one of the best weapons Mr. Rove has as he turns to what he has traditionally done best: motivating his party’s conservative base to turn out on Election Day.

From Rove Is Using Threat of Loss to Stir Republicans

This has me a little worried about Nov ‘06. Rove has shown that he really knows how to manipulate fear and loathing to squeeze the base for votes. While I expect a lot of Republicans to stay home on election day, Rove has shown that he knows how to use fear and smear better than anyone else.

Tax Breaks for Big Oil: Bush Was For it Before He Was Against It

Today, President Bush rolled out his brave plan to roll back billions in tax breaks for energy companies. But you wouldn’t know from the coverage so far that what he’s really talking about is rolling back some of the more disastrous measures of the energy bill he himself signed into law last year.

From TPM Muckraker

I’ll avoid the easy flip-flop jokes and concentrate on what’s been sticking in my craw for the past six-plus years. This administration doesn’t know the difference between being friendly to business and paying people to be your friend. And its clear that this is just a trade off with the oil barons. A small cut in subsidies in exchange for the right to polute.

Phone-Jamming Records Point to White House

Key figures in a phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in 2002 had regular contact with the White House and Republican Party as the plan was unfolding, phone records introduced in criminal court show.

From Phone-Jamming Records Point to White House – Yahoo! News

In the interest of being fair and balanced; I’m sure there was a perfectly reasonable explanation why the Whitehouse was involved with Tobin while he was working on his phone jamming operation.

just kidding about that whole mid-east oil import reduction thing

It turns out that the chimp was just kidding when he said that we need to reduce our dependence on Mid-East oil imports. This is coming directly from members of the chimps senior staff.

From meat-eating leftist

An this is exactly what the administration wanted. The addicted to oil quote got a lot of press. The budget cuts to programs devoted to promoting energy independence got almost no press.

Overall, core funding for energy programs at the Energy Department would decline by more than $100 million, or about 18 percent from spending this year, according to an analysis by the American Council on Energy-Efficient Economy.

From AP

Once again the administration says one thing loudly for the press and does the opposite quietly when they think no one is looking.