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The attack that killed the 25-year old female diplomat and six other Americans, including three US soldiers, was the worst in months in Afghanistan.
Watch video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExexEVR78OY&feature=youtube_gdataThe attack that killed the 25-year old female diplomat and six other Americans,... more
Shocking news. The government has been lying to us. (Is anyone really shocked or surprised? I know i'm not!)
The State Department’s draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL tarsands pipeline was released last Friday and it was, to say the least, disappointing.
Climate activists had been hoping the statement would produce a document to persuade President Obama to do the right thing and say “No” to the pipeline.
Instead, as The New York Times puts it, the report “makes no recommendation about whether the project should be built but presents no conclusive environmental reason it should not be.”
It even goes as far as to say that the pipeline will be safe from the climate impacts to which it will contribute.
House Speaker John Boehner was quick to jump on the bandwagon and declare that there was no reason to block the pipeline any more, and that President Obama should waste no time in approving it.
Report Prepared By Contractor Hired By Owner Of Pipeline
Now we are learning that this document was not prepared by any neutral government officials, but rather by a private company in the pay of the pipeline’s owner. So it’s hardly surprising that the statement came out strongly in favor of the pipeline.
Time to take back your words, Mr. Boehner?
Obviously this is outrageous, but perhaps it is also an indication that TransCanada is getting desperate.
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was paid an undisclosed amount under contract to TransCanada to write the statement, which is now an official government document. The statement estimates, and then dismisses, the pipeline’s massive carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, because, it asserts, the mining and burning of the tar sands is unstoppable.
Because the impact statement was written by a TransCanada contractor, not by State Department officials, it should come as no surprise that it presents a worldview of a global economy inevitably dependent on dirty fossil fuels that is entirely at odds with the expressed views of Secretary of State John Kerry.
As Secretary of State John Kerry said six years ago, “we’re on an urgent clock” to confront fossil-fueled climate change, which he compared to the threat of nuclear weaponry as a “man-made” and “uncontrolled” weapon with “the ability to change life as we know it on this Earth.” Kerry’s recognition of the scientific necessity to keep global concentrations of carbon dioxide below 450 ppm should preclude the possibility of building a pipeline designed to pump 7 gigatons of carbon dioxide worth of tar sands crude over decades.
Will President Obama Be True To His Promise?
Climate activists were delighted when President Obama made a strong stand dealing with climate change and the environment in his State of the Union address: “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”
The dangerous tar sands pipeline would transport some of the dirtiest oil on the planet. That’s because producing this oil from sand leads to the destruction of vast swathes of Canada’s boreal forest, the pollution of hundreds of millions of gallons of water, and the contamination of pristine wilderness and other land as the oil makes its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Now that the State Department’s “neutral” report has proven to be anything but, will Obama keep his promise and refuse to endorse this 1,700-mile monstrosity with its destructive effects on the environment?
We hope so, but meanwhile, please pass the word.Shocking news. The government has been lying to us. (Is anyone really shocked or... more
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Speaks Forcefully on Climate Change.
KERRY: The stories that we need to tell, of standing up for American jobs and businesses and standing up for our American values, intersect powerfully in the opportunity that we have now in this moment of urgency to lead on the climate concerns that we share with our global neighbors. We as a nation must have the foresight and the courage to make the investments necessary to safeguard the most sacred trust we keep for our children and our grandchildren, and that is an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate. President Obama is committed to moving forward on that, and so am I, and so must you be ready to join us in that effort. (Applause.)
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So think about all these things that I've listed. Think about the world as you see it today. Let's face it: We are all in this one together. No nation can stand alone. We share nothing so completely as our planet. When we work with others, large and small, to develop and deploy the clean technologies that will power a new world -- and they're there waiting for us, $6 trillion market, huge amount of jobs -- when we do that, we know we're helping create the new markets and new opportunities for America's second-to-none innovators and entrepreneurs so that we can succeed in the next great revolution in our marketplace. We need to commit ourselves to doing the smart thing and the right thing and to truly take on this challenge, because if we don't rise to meet it, then rising temperatures and rising sea levels will surely lead to rising costs down the road. Ask any insurance company in America. If we waste this opportunity, it may be the only thing our generation -- generations -- are remembered for. We need to find the courage to leave a far different legacy.
Published on Feb 20, 2013U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Speaks Forcefully on Climate Change. Transcript:... more
At his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) took a strong position on the urgent need for climate action.
Kerry’s likely confirmation is good news for confronting climate change. He has a long career as a climate hawk, taking to the Senate floor to call for action on our “biggest long-term threat” to national security. With the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline in the next Secretary of State’s hands, his remarks may mean some hope for the administration’s decision on the tar sands project. He urged senators to consider the cost of climate inaction, saying “I will spend a lot of time trying to persuade you and other colleagues of this.”
Kerry responded forcefully to Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-WY) concerns over environmental protections hampering the economy:
“I would respectfully say to you that climate change is not something to be feared in response to — the steps to respond to — it’s to be feared if we don’t. 3,500 communities in our nation last year broke records for heat … and we had a derailment because of it. We had record fires. We had record levels of damage from sandy, $70 billion. If we can’t see the downside of spending that money and risking lives for all the changes that are taking place, to agriculture, to our communities, the ocean and so forth, we are ignoring what science is telling us. I will be a passionate advocate on this not based on ideology but based on facts and science, and I hope to sit with all of you and convince you that this $6 trillion market is worth millions of American jobs and we better go after it.”
Kerry also noted the extraordinary success story renewables play in his home state’s economy. “I can tell you, Massachusetts, fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy and energy efficiency companies. And they’re growing faster than any other sector,” he said.
By Rebecca Leber on Jan 24, 2013 at 1:57 pmAt his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) took a... more
On Friday afternoon, President Obama nominated Senate Foreign Relations chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State to serve during the president’s second term.
Although his confirmation is expected to go relatively hitch-free, conservatives nonetheless are wary due to Kerry’s impassioned support of arms control, especially given the president’s expected ratification of an arms reduction treaty with Russia. As the president himself predicted on an open microphone, now that he’s been re-elected, he’ll have more “flexibility” dealing with the Russian bear.
But Kerry has another pet issue that should give conservatives pause — climate change.
Following the nomination, the League of Conservation Voters released a statement praising the decision.
“Senator Kerry is a true leader on climate change and other environmental issues and has spent his career advocating for policies that are good for our planet and our national security,” said Gene Karpinsk, the League’s president.
“LCV looks forward to working with Secretary-designate Kerry to combat the climate crisis, reject dirty fuels and build on Secretary Clinton’s extraordinary record of success.”
Nor was the news of Kerry’s nomination lost on the international community. The following statement of congratulations was noted on Twitter:
“Confident @JohnKerry as state sec is good news for #climate. Cross fingers his dedication will make climate a strategic priority. Congrats.” This came from Connie Hedegaard, the European Union’s commissioner for climate action.
Kerry’s senatorial colleague, Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon, also sent praises for the nomination via Twitter — and he also emphasized climate change in his message.
“[One] of the most pressing challenges is to reverse potentially devastating climate change. Kerry understands need to tackle this threat head on,” the tweet read.
However, inroads on this issue will mean an uphill battle for Kerry. As noted by Ben Geman, writing for The Hill, “Global negotiations to craft a global climate deal are treading water at best, while bills to impose new restrictions on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions remain moribund in Congress, which doesn’t help the nation’s international leverage.”On Friday afternoon, President Obama nominated Senate Foreign Relations chairman John... more
In the first serious indication Obama will focus on climate change in his second term, media outlets report the President will nominate Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to be Secretary of State.
Kerry is one of the Senate’s leading climate hawks who has said he believes that climate change is the “biggest long term threat” to national security.
Of course, team Obama is known for effectively muzzling the most ardent of climate hawks. Back in February 2009, for instance, Energy Secretary and Nobelist Steven Chu said “Wake up,” America, “we’re looking at a scenario where there’s no more agriculture in California.” But one hardly hears such language from him these days. Same goes for science advisor and one-time climate hawk John Holdren.
Kerry, however, seems far less likely to be muzzled. Indeed, in a speech this summer on the Senate floor, he slammed the U.S. political discussion as a “conspiracy of silence … a story of disgraceful denial, back-pedaling, and delay that has brought us perilously close to a climate change catastrophe.” He called it:
“… a silence that empowers misinformation and mythology to grow where science and truth should prevail. It is a conspiracy that has not just stalled, but demonized any constructive effort to put America in a position to lead the world on this issue….
“Climate change is one of two or three of the most serious threats our country now faces, if not the most serious, and the silence that has enveloped a once robust debate is staggering for its irresponsibility….
“I hope and pray colleagues commit to transformative change in our politics. I hope we confront the conspiracy of silence head-on and allow complacence to yield to common sense, and narrow interests to bend to the common good. Future generations are counting on us.”
One would certainly expect Kerry to not merely use his position to speak out on the issue but also to push both domestic and international action. He was after all coauthor, with Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), of broad climate legislation in 2009 and 2010 (that withered like our wheat crop in a Dust Bowl as Obama tended to other matters, like health care).
National Journal reports:
“No senator since Al Gore knows as much about the science and diplomacy of climate change as Kerry,” said David Goldwyn, an international energy consultant who served as Clinton’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs. “He would not only put climate change in the top five issues he raises with every country, but he would probably rethink our entire diplomatic approach to the issue.”
Climate hawks should be enthusiastic supporters of this nomination, which is expected to sail through the U.S. Senate (in part because Republicans want Scott Brown to have another shot at a Massachusetts Senate seat).
I’m not sure Kerry could become Secretary of State fast enough to influence the Keystone XL pipeline decision, but it is hard to believe he would not have raised this issue with the President, since a go-ahead decision would immediately undercut the Administration’s credibility on the climate issue both at home and abroad.
By Joe Romm on Dec 16, 2012 at 11:26 amIn the first serious indication Obama will focus on climate change in his second term,... more
Why isn't he unemployed?
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Unfortunately, political campaigns are becoming easier and easier to predict even if the outcomes aren’t. However, there is plenty to differentiate the candidates. The problem is trying to figure out what the differences are. Perhaps the easier way is to differentiate candidates’ supporters instead. First up, Willard Mitt Romney’s Romneylans. Don’t worry Obamunists; you’ll have your chance in the fish barrel too.Unfortunately, political campaigns are becoming easier and easier to predict even if... more
By Morgan Miller / current.com
On the campaign trail, politicians will do almost anything to seem relatable. From impromptu football games to eating at Chick-fil-A, we caught these politicians doing some pretty ridiculous things:
LINK: http://current.com/photo-galleries/politicians-dumb-things/By Morgan Miller / current.com On the campaign trail, politicians will do almost... more
There are precious few voices in the U.S. capital these days that are speaking the truth about climate change. Which is what makes Senator John Kerry's speech on the Senate floor today so powerful, and so necessary.
In his speech, which clocked in at nearly 55 minutes, Senator Kerry attacked a "calculated campaign of disinformation" that, he says, "has steadily beaten back the consensus momentum for action on climate change and replaced it with timidity by proponents in the face of millions of dollars of phony, contrived ‘talking points,’ illogical and wholly unscientific propositions and a general scorn for the truth wrapped in false threats about job loss and tax increase.”
The senator from Massachusetts' words were clearly timed to inject some energy into the Rio+20 meetings of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which begin in earnest tomorrow and which are struggling to stay relevant during a time when Europe is barely functioning and the U.S. is moving into election season.
President Obama's decision not to attend the meetings has many diplomats and activists gathering in Brazil questioning the American committment to climate change and the great global environmental challenges.
Senator Kerry didn't mince words in his talk, calling out the "disgraceful" campaign of climate denial as the "conspiracy" that it is, and also placing some blame on the media for its reluctance or inability to bring reason and truth to the climate conversation.
"The media hardly murmurs when a candidate for President of the United States in 2012 can walk away from previously held positions and blithely announce that the evidence is not yet there about the impact of greenhouse gases on climate.”
Over the past decade, Senator Kerry has established himself as one of the very few members of Congress who both understand the severity and urgency of the climate threat and use their position of power to try to do something about it. Kerry's push for a comprehensive climate and energy bill fell apart in 2010, and since then the issue has been essentially dead in D.C.
Senator Kerry also attacked the senseless partisanship that has plagued the climate debates, channeling George H.W. Bush:
“Twenty years ago this month, a Republican President of the United States helped bring together all the world’s largest economies in Rio to confront the issue of global climate change. The President was unequivocal about the mission. George Herbert Walker Bush said simply, ‘The United States fully intends to be the world’s preeminent leader in protecting the global environment,’” said Sen. Kerry.
“How dramatic and sad it is that twenty years later, shockingly, we find ourselves in a strange and dangerous place on this issue—a place this former President wouldn’t even recognize. When it comes to the challenge of climate change, the falsehood of today’s naysayers is only matched by the complacency of our political system…We should be compelled to fight today’s insidious conspiracy of silence on climate change—a silence that empowers misinformation and mythology to grow where science and truth should prevail. It is a conspiracy that has not just stalled, but demonized any constructive effort to put America in a position to lead the world on this issue, as President Bush promised we would and as Americans have a right to expect we will.”
By Ben JerveyThere are precious few voices in the U.S. capital these days that are speaking the... more
"The United States fully intends to be the world's preeminent leader in protecting the global environment.""The United States fully intends to be the world's preeminent leader in protecting the global environment".
-George H. W. Bush
Beginning Wednesday, delegates from around the planet will meet in Brazil for Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. As pointed out by FishOutofWater in his too little noted post, many observers don't hold out much hope for it. For instance, World Wild Life Federation Director Jim Leape said Tuesday:
Despite a late night negotiating session, the revised text is a colossal failure of leadership and vision from diplomats. They should be embarrassed at their inability to find common ground on such a crucial issue.
Now it’s up to world leaders to get serious about sustainable development and save this process. If they approve what’s on the table now without significant changes, they’ve doomed Rio+20 to ridicule.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/19/1101432/-On-eve-of-Rio-20-climate-conference-John-Kerry-kicks-ass-in-Senate-speech"The United States fully intends to be the world's preeminent leader in... more
With reports circulating that some of the planet’s most important decisions being birthed at Bilderberg, it isn’t farfetched that maneuvers involving international policy are being put in place this week where people like US Senator John Kerry and World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick are on the guest-list. If that’s indeed the case, though, several American officials could be breaking a long-standing federal law that prohibits exactly that behavior.ttp://endthelie.com/2012/06/01/bilderbergers-commit-a-felony/#axzz1weeuamrLWith reports circulating that some of the planet’s most important decisions... more
PCW Lock and Load 6
Sunday September 25th, 2011
Host: Johnny Suave
Suave is NOT in the ring. But one-third of the Axis of Evil, Iran‘s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is. Ahmadinejad rails against the West for a laundry list of ills throughout history including slavery, two world wars, and the global economic crisis. Ahmadinejad also criticizes the killing of Osama bin Laden, and suggests that the al-Qaeda leader could have been the star witness at a trial that would reveal the true culprits behind the attacks on New York and Washington. The crowd boos the sharply worded speech, accompanied by finger-wagging and dramatic hand gestures.
Suave then announces that he got the work from the back that they were walking out. So, while Ahmadinejad continues to talk, the crowd silently files out. Suave says the PPV will start over again in just a few moments…
PCW Lock and Load 6
Sunday September 25th, 2011
Host: Johnny Suave
Suave in the ring. He thanks the Seagate Center and marvels at the coincidence that the convention hall had a wrestling ring and seating all set. Yes, what a coincidence indeed.
MATCH #1- Five Minute Cage Match
Casey Anthony (?) vs. ‘The Demolition Machine in a Short Skirt’ Dawn McGill
-Anthony, after a Florida judge on Friday doubled the amount Anthony had to reimburse authorities to more than $217,000 for the costs of investigating the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, needs the money badly.
-McGill was more than willing to give Anthony a five minute match. How long could Anthony stay in there with her?
While they’re doing that, Bristol Palin, daughter of the Alaskan Pitbull, Sarah Palin, comes out and talks with Suave. Palin gets Johnny up to speed on her latest exploits and has a camera crew with her.
Bristol Palin (R) vs. Stephen Hanks (D)
First round match in PCW Lock and Load tournament
Daniel-San (I) w/Mrs. Miyagi vs. PCW Champion Yamamoto Tanaka (D)
Suave asks how will the PCW Champion go out? Will he leave as champion? Or will someone take the title from him? He then notes that Daniel-San is still smarting over PCW CEO Barack Obama and the PCW Executive Board discontinuing the Television Title- of which he held at the time. Now, after surviving two four-way matches he gets his chance against Tanaka? Can Daniel-San overcome the odds and a determined Democratic machine gunning to keep the title in their hands?
First round match in PCW Lock and Load tournament
‘American Citizen’ Kevin Scott (R) vs. O’Beck Bahama (D) w/Justin Sufferable
Suave says in 2008, Scott (then Starz N. Stripes) and Bahama put on the greatest match in PCW history. Now, nearly 3 years later, can the two rekindle that magic and do it again?
Scott would like nothing more than to excise the ghost of what happened that night. Yes, he’s held the PCW Title belt since then but he benefited from a bit of chicanery on the part of the PCW Competition Committee with Jill Berg forfeited the title. Now, Scott can kill two birds with one stone. Bahama’s long road back from a severe concussion that cost him the title in 2009 and put him out of action for nearly 2 years would be complete if he could defeat Scott and then win the PCW title back.
PCW Women’s Tag Team Title Match
PCW Women’s Tag Team Champions Merchants of Death: Angel Scott and Angel Casey (R) vs. The Korver Sisters: Kelly and Korey (D)
Suave says if you’ve never seen Merchants of Death (formerly Angels of Death) in action then tonight you’re in for a treat. He explains the MoD were the dominant tag team in Missouri Valley Wrestling and, tonight, they get old MVW foes, and former tag team champions themselves, The Korver Sisters. Kelly and Korey signed with the Democrats for one reason- they promised the team they would push them for the PCW Tag Team belts. Tonight is their opportunity. Can the Korvers, who have defeated the MoD before in MVW, use their technical skills to outmatch the most extreme female tag team political wrestling has ever seen?PCW Lock and Load 6 Huntington Center Toledo, OH Sunday September 25th, 2011 Host:... more
As we all reflect on this 10th anniversary of 9/11, I look back on the sacrifices I've had to make and, whaddya know? There aren't many.
http://mybrainflakes.com/2011/09/11/because-im-a-patriot/As we all reflect on this 10th anniversary of 9/11, I look back on the sacrifices... more
This week in PCW:
Al Gore (D-TN) assaulted ‘American Citizen’ Kevin Scott (R) Monday night after PCW Extreme Political TV went off the air. Three nights later on PCW Politics Is War on P-SPAN, Scott gets revenge by blowing up Gore’s mansion in Nashville.
Former PCW Champion O’Beck Bahama (D) returned to action for the first time in nearly two years Monday night and defeated Ken Kendall (I)
John Kerry (D-MA) complains about the Free Credit.com commercials playing tonight after PCW had its bond rating dropped. Kerry also introduced his new tag team, The Massachusetts’s Bluebloods, who defeated The Tea Party in their debut match.
Republican Katie Collins tells PCW Investigative Reporter Woodward Bernstein that the attack by The Triple Threat on Valora Salinas last week “wasn’t personal.” On Thursday night’s PCW Politics Is War on P-SPAN, Valora returns the favor during Collins’s match against PCW Women’s Champion Callie Urban and helps Urban retain her title.
On Thursday night, ‘The Voice of PCW’ Johnny Suave ran down the results for Tuesday night’s PCW show in Madison, Wisconsin aka…Wisconsin Total Recall.
-Robert Cowles (R) def. Nancy Nusbaum (D)
-Sheila Harsdorf (R) def. Shelly Moore (D)
-Luther Olson (R) def. Fred Clark (D)
-Jessica King (D) def. Randy Hopper (R)
-Jennifer Shilling (D) def. Dan Kapanke (R)
It all came down to a match between Republican Alberta Darling and Sandra Pasch (D) to decide the winner. Darling started slow. Big Labor and his union friends liberally interfered in the match but in the end, it was Charlie Blackwell’s friends who made the difference in the match.
…McGill, Blackwell, and the Les Miserables brawl around the ring with Big Labor, the CTU, and Triple R.
Inside the ring, Darling hits a Blue Thunder Bomb for 2. She lifts Pasch up into a Fireman’s Carry. Pasch elbows out but Darling comes back with chops and then hits the Fireman’s Carry Gutbuster for 2. Darling then hooks in the Crippler Crossface. Pasch looks for help…it’s not coming as Walker has tripped up Malibu Dusty headed to the ring…and taps out at 22:14.
The rumors that Rick Perry (R-TX) would jump into the PCW CEO race went white hot this week with the announcement that Perry would formally enter the race in South Carolina. Des Moines’s Wells Fargo Arena was buzzing already when Texas Jack (R) walked out for his match against Green World Order member GreenPete (D) with Perry in tow.
Texas Jack (R) w/Rick Perry (R-TX) def. GreenPete of the Green World Order (D) w/’Extreme Vegan’ Brock Cole Lee (D), PeaceNick (D), and Peta from PETA (D)
GreenPete comes back with a knee but Rick Perry points out to the referee the loaded pad. The referee makes GreenPete take it off. Texas Jack with a missile dropkick off the top. He rolls GreenPete up for 2. Texas Jack grapevines the arm and switches to the armbar and GreenPete taps at 20:06
PCW will have coverage of Perry’s announcement Monday night on PCW Extreme Political TV.
Tonight’s PCW house show in Ames, Iowa will feature a main event 8 man battle royal to test the strength of eight people who’ve declared for the Republican nomination to become PCW CEO.
Here’s the lineup:
’Pizza Delivery Guy’ Josh Jackson- representing Herman Cain
’American Citizen’ Kevin Scott- representing Mitt Romney
Jack Schmidt- representing Ron Paul
Farmer John- representing Tim Pawlenty
Dann Armey- representing Rick Santorum
Average Joe- representing Michele Bachmann
Brad Company- representing Newt Gingrich
Jamie Walker- representing Jon Huntsman
This and other results tonight will be shown Monday night on PCW Extreme Political TV.
PCW WORLD CHAMPION: ‘The Japanese SuperDestroyer’ Yamamoto Tanaka (D)
PCW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Callie Urban
PCW TELEVISION CHAMPION: Daniel-San (I)
PCW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Jack and Joe Schmidt (R-Libertarian)
#1- Charlie Blackwell (I)
#2- ‘American Citizen’ Kevin Scott (R)
#3- ‘The One Man Hollywood A-List’ Stone Chism (D)
TAG TEAM CONTENDERS:
#1- California Teachers Union: ‘The Foul Pole’ Andy Golatta/Malibu Dusty (D)
#2- Big Oil and Kirk Walstreit (R)
#3- Big Labor/Triple R (D)
#1- Katie Collins (R)
#2- Kalee Jones- The Eskimo Queen (R)
#3- Valora Salinas
PCW KING OF EXTREME CHAMPION: Keith Olbermann (D)
#1- Glenn Beck (R)
#2- ‘The Queen of Political Extreme’ Ann Coulter (R)
#3- Ed Schultz (D)This week in PCW: Al Gore (D-TN) assaulted ‘American Citizen’ Kevin... more