Saturday, February 20, 2010

Global warming business team-players abandon the coalition.

It seems as if the global warming consensus continues to crumble. First there was climategate, exposing fraud, corruption of data, the destruction of data, and the suppression of dissenting voices within the scientific community. Then, there was the glaciergate scandal revealing sloppy work on the part of IPCC scientist; work that made it into the IPCC report. The report had glaring examples of simple subtraction and division errors that should embarrass a fifth grader.

Then Phil Jones, the East Anglia University scientist at the center of the Climategate scandal admits that the current period of global warming may be no greater than the previous two warming periods since the last little ice age. He also admits there has been no warming since 1996. On top of that, what started as just a very few scientist breaking their silence and dissenting on global warming has turned into a steady trickle of dissenting voices who are breaking from the pack. Many of these are not concluding that global warming is not occurring but they are questioning specific conclusions and the quality of certain research.

At the same time, more and more companies selling carbon credits were revealed to be nothing but scams and even "green power" that one can purchase from their local electric company was revealed by Mother Jones to be a scam.

This week there was another blow on the global warming front. BP America, Conoco Phillips, and Caterpillar dropped out of the main lobbying group for cap and trade, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP).

It looks like the solid consensus is no longer quite so solid and the united front is no longer so united.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Ben West Resigns; Jim Gotto Could Take District 60!

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Jim Gotto

State Rep. Ben West Jr., D-Hermitage, announced today that he will retire in November and will not seek reelection. Representative West, the son of former Nashville Mayor Ben West, served in the state legislature for 26 years. Representative West is 68 years old and last year suffered a heart attack.

Two Democrats have picked up qualifying petitions to run for that seat and Metro Councilman Jim Gotto has announced his intention to run as a Republican.

Not running against an historic family name nor an incumbent and in today’s much more Republican-friendly climate, Jim has a good chance of taking this seat. Jim Gotto’s Metro Council District lies within House District 60. According to political pundit Bill Hobbs who crunched the numbers, Obama carried the district last time, but only by a slim 52-48 margin.

It is worth noting also, that Ben West was a fairly conservative Democrat having opposed the state income tax and supported second amendment rights. Neither of the Democrats running for the seat has any more name recognition than Gotto. They probably have less. Tommy Bradley is a former Metro Councilman who resigned his council position to take a position as Chief Administrative Officer for the Office of the Criminal Court Clerk. The other announced candidate is Larry Crim, a real estate developer. The filing deadline for the race is not until April 1 however, so other candidates could emerge.

This seat is winnable! Jim Gotto is an attractive candidate. He is smart, principled and has a reputation as a hard working councilman. We Republicans need to help Jim Gotto all we can. It would be a real upset if a Republican won this seat which has been held by a Democrat for the last 26 years. It could happen!

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Timothy Lee Announces Intent to Seek District 55 House Seat

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West Meade resident Timothy Lee today announces his candidacy for the State House District 55 position on the November 2nd ballot. Lee, a paramedic for HCA at Southern Hills Hospital, is running against entrenched career politician, Gary Odom.

“As an elected official, I will listen to my constituents to make the very best decisions for our neighborhoods, city and state,” Lee said. “Residents in the district will find me accessible, diligent and active for the issues important to our community.”

“I will be honest and forthcoming when it comes to casting votes for the people. For so long voters are told one thing and then when the doors close our representative votes different. Then they insult us and deny they voted against the voters.”

“Tennessee is undergoing tremendous change and these changes are not good for Tennessee. Above all, I will work closely with all residents so that we can make the reasonable and responsible decisions about these changes so we may survive and grow.”

Lee ran for Nashville’s Metro Council in a special election in 2006 and was endorsed by MNEA-PACE, Nashville Firefighters & Fire Service Employees Association Local 140, FOP Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 5, Nashville Business Coalition and the Nashville City Paper. He was supported by conservatives and liberals alike, indicative of his personal ability to unite opposing sides. Losing by only 152 votes, the amount of support he garnered is a true indicator that he is a viable candidate for West Nashville.

A Nashville native, Lee is a 1988 graduate of Fred J. Page High School in Franklin and gained his EMT certification from Middle Tennessee State University in 2000 and paramedic certification from Columbia State Community College. He graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and an emphasis in Pre-law. His medical response experience includes Dickson County EMS and Sumner County EMS.

Lee is married to Kate S. Lee and the couple has three children, Peyton, 12, Aidan and Rowan Lee, age 2 years old. The Lees live on Harriswood Dr. in West Meade. Learn more on issues as the race progresses at<>

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Look at the kind of winter we have had

I have resisted applauding those who build an igloo to mock global warming alarmist. It is hard to be alarmed about global warming when Washington DC is under four foot of snow and when it is snowing in New Orleans. Record snowfall however does not disprove global warming. There is a difference between weather and climate. That said however, the next time we have a hot summer or a lack of snow or a hurricane, don't blame it on global warming. The misuse of weather to make a statement about climate change cuts both ways. Watch that poor old fool Robert Byrd arguing that a winter with little snow proves global warming.
I found this footage posted at Dan Cleary.

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Liberty on the Rocks Monthly Hang Out

A splendid mix of grass roots activism, libations, and good conversation. We are a group of citizens who endeavor to limit the reach of government into our personal lives, to ensure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Join us for a meeting of the minds to discuss ways we can further our cause of liberty. Next meeting is 6:30PM Thursday, February 18th at Mafiaoza's Pizzeria on 12th Avenue South. Visit Liberty on the Rocks on Facebook.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Make a Difference Where you are

On Saturday I attended the convention of the Tennessee Republican Assembly. TRA is part of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, which calls itself, “The Republican Wing of the Republican Party.”

About fifty people were in attendance at the convention. We networked, and socialized and ate. We heard an address from State Representative Susan Lynn on the State Sovereignty movement. Bobbie Patray of Tennessee Eagle Forum was given an award and honored for her many years of service as a lobbyist with Eagle Forum. A panel consisting of several local activists talked about the future of the Republican Party in Tennessee and the conservative movement.

One of the speakers on the panel was Ken Marrano. Ken is a tireless local political activist. He has been an organizer of the local Tea party movement, he is the organizer of the statewide association of right-of-center bloggers called TennconserVOliance, and he had received national attention for his political organizing and was on the road as part of the national Tea Party Express.

Ken said something at the meeting which I thought was so very, very wise. He said that we conservatives could make a much greater impact on the direction of our country if we focused our attention locally. Looking at his website tonight, Blue Collar Muse, I saw where he addressed this same topic in a blog post. Please read his post. Here is an excerpt:

Let’s assume 1,000,000 people marched on Washington, DC last September spending 48-72 hours and $500 each to do so. Simple math reveals a pool of 48,000,000 to 72,000,000 man hours and a whopping $500,000,000 in cash. That’s enough to put 1 to 1.5 million man hours into phone banking, envelope stuffing, and door knocking to go along with $10,000,000.00 in giving to candidates in each state in the Union!
I could not agree more. In my view, we conservatives squander a lot of our resource by focusing on Washington rather than the courthouse and the statehouse. I run into people all the time who have gone to one of the marches on Washington or to the CPAC convention or who send money to major causes funneled though large national organization. I also run into people who listen to the Rush Limbaugh or Glen Beck on a regular bases and stay riled up but never put that emotion into action.

I think staying motivated and informed is worthwhile. I am sure going off to national conventions is fun and I am sure a march on Washington is a rush; but, does it change much? To affect the direction of our nation, one can do more where one is rather than focusing elsewhere.

The Davidson County Republican Party is committed to being a competitive party in this county. People are needed to man the phone banks and conduct voter registration drives, and work the polls. There is a lot of work to do. One has a greater chance to change the direction of the country by changing it from the bottom up than from the top down. Your voice is a lot louder in your local community than it is in Washington.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Right to Hunt and Fish

The Tennessee Constitution is a noble document that sets forth the organization of the governance of our state and defines and guarantees our basic rights.

One of the rights the Constitution enshrines is freedom of religion:

That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience; that no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or to maintain any minister against his consent; that no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience; and that no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.

The very language of the Constitution is solemn and serious. When one reads the Constitution one knows it is important and not to be taken lightly.

Our constitution recognized the right to vote and the right to a trial by jury. It affirms the right of citizens, “be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions, from unreasonable searches and seizures; and that general warrants, whereby an officer may be commanded to search suspected places, without evidence of the fact committed, or to seize any person or persons not named, whose offences are not particularly described and supported by evidence, are dangerous to liberty and ought not be granted.”

It states we have the right to a speedy trail and protects us against double jeopardy, it says we have the right to peaceably assemble and “apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances.”

It says the military must be under civilian control.

Our state constitution gives us more rights than the Federal Constitution. It says “an equal participation in the free navigation of the Mississippi, is one of the inherent rights of the citizens of this state; it cannot, therefore, be conceded to any prince, potentate, power, person or persons whatever.”

Our state constitution has some defects however. It does not enshrine our God-given right to fish and hunt. Neither does it give us the right to bird-watch, hike, swim, watch or play football, or sleep in on a Saturday morning. Senator Doug Jackson is going to fix that oversight about hunting and fishing.

An amendment proposed by Democratic Senator Doug Jackson, Democrat 25th District, would amend the Constitution to include this provision: “The citizens of this state shall have the personal right to hunt and fish, subject to reasonable regulations and restrictions prescribed by law. The recognition of this right does not abrogate any private or public property rights, nor does it limit the state's power to regulate commercial activity. Traditional manners and means may be used to take non-threatened species.”

What nonsense! We don’t even have the right to drive a car enshrined in our constitution.

In a guest editorial by Doug Jackson in The Tennessean last week, he defended this proposed constitutional amendment. He says, “We have an opportunity to take a new step in protecting Tennessee's wildlife and environment.” If it is protecting Tennessee’s wildlife and environment he wants to do, why not a constitutional amendment that does that?

He argues that protecting hunting and fishing in Tennessee is critical to preserving all of our natural resources. He argues that sportsman and fishermen supply the funding that “keep our state beautiful and our wildlife protected.”

This may be true, but how does a constitutional right to hunt and fish change anything? I don’t know of anyone trying to ban hunting and fishing. Can one imagine what future laws may be challenged as contrary to this right? Why would we want to clutter the court with the responsibility to determine what this right to hunt and fish really means?

I am glad that this idiot is a Democrat. When I first heard of this I was hoping he was not a Republican. It doesn’t really matter however, because the Senate voted unanimously to pass this silly amendment. Not a single state Senator would stand up and cast a vote against this proposed constitutional amendment. It the House passes it, it will be on the ballot this November and will only require a majority vote of votes cast to become part of our constitutions.

Politician and especially Republican politicians pay a lot of lip service to respecting the constitution. Respecting the constitution is not only a matter of not passing laws that conflict with the constitution but, in my view, it is also not cluttering the constitution with meaningless provisions that more appropriately belong in memorializing resolutions. I am embarrassed by our State Legislature. Do all we have are pandering politicians in Tennessee? Are there no statesmen?

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Phil Jones: The climate change debate is not over.

Phil Jones, the director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA), which has been at the center of the Climategate scandal was recently interviewed for the BBC by BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin. Jones is one of the world's leading climate change scientist. He says the science is not settled. That is quite different than what we hear from most advocates of climate change theory who routinely declare that the science is settled and the debate is over. He does assert however that he is "100% confident that the climate has warmed" and that "there's evidence that most of the warming since the 1950s is due to human activity."

Here are highlights of the interview.

  • Jones says the rates of global warming from 1860-1880, 1910-1940 and 1975-1998 “are similar and not statistically significantly different from each other.” This is significant because the three periods of warming since the end of the Little Ice Age were very similar yet only the last warming period from 1975-1998 is attributed to man-made causes.

  • Jones says that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming

  • When asked if the debate about climate change is over, he replied: “I don't believe the vast majority of climate scientists think this. This is not my view. There is still much that needs to be undertaken to reduce uncertainties.”

My believe in global warming theory just fell two more points. I am almost ready to call myself a skeptic.

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