October, 2014

IPCC to Emphasize New Marketing Campaign

A recent news article reports that the US and UK governments are urging the IPCC to frame the final version of its latest report to emphasize the “co-benefits” of government action, and the vulnerability of richer countries to “extreme” weather events. This change in emphasis (away from global temperature increases) shows the weakness in the standard argument for strong “government action” to limit carbon dioxide emissions, as we’ve been documenting here at IER. The change in the argument underscores that the critics all along have had legitimate points with the cost/benefit merits of aggressive intervention by the US government.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

Mississippi’s ignored senate race – do no “evil for evil”

Observing the chaotic politics surrounding practically every issue on and off the ballot is one of the advantages of a missionary’s life being posted in sundry locales around this nation. And it is Mississippi that has collared me for more than a year – a state of endless hospitality, conservative ethics and Southern tenacity. In the face of injustice, Mississippians will stand their ground and rightfully so.

By A. Dru Kristenev - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

What Liberals Think

What Liberals Think

I know, that’s a good one, isn’t it? As a conservative, it is impossible to get inside the mind of a liberal. But think about it for a minute. What makes these people tick? What makes a person believe in every kind of cockamamie idea known to man – and profess these ideas as gospel? The even bigger question is this: How can a reasonably well-educated person fall lockstep into an ideology that supports everything from abortion-on-demand to policies that allow every Tom, Dick & Harry to vote without verifying their identity?

By James Sharp - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

Dollarpocalypse Now

In the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (played by Marlon Brando) utters, “the horror, the horror,” on his deathbed. He might as well have been talking about the U.S. dollar.

By Anthony J. Tarquinto - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

Senator Stereotype Haunts Louisiana

On this Halloween, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) played a nasty trick on the voters of Louisiana. She reiterated the ignorant and inaccurate stereotypes of Louisiana and the South by strongly implying that people of her home state are both racist and sexist.

By Jeff Crouere - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

How Ben Bradlee Attacked Republicans for Fun and Profit

Ben Bradlee was a Democratic Party insider who commented during his paper’s coverage of the Reagan administration’s Iran-Contra affair that “This is the most fun we’ve had since Watergate.” He saw the controversy as a way to bring down another Republican president. It worked with Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon. It didn’t work in Reagan’s case.

By Cliff Kincaid - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

Liar’s Poker

In an act of stupendous desperation, Mary Landrieu has stomped heavily into a pile of Obama (chickens#it). She pulled the race card, though tattered and torn from her repertoire and slammed it onto the table like a kid playing “Battle” or “War”. You know the kid’s card game where the highest card dropped takes the hand and you power slam cards to the table when both cards match. It could also be looked at as a game of “Liar’s Poker”.

Democrats send threatening letters to possible non-voters ...Tony Soprano-style

On Halloween, we all like to be frightened - at least a little.  However, this year, the scares are coming to us courtesy of Democrats and a series of letters they’ve decided to send to potential non-voters. The New York State Democratic Committee wants you to know that it knows who you are, where you live, and it will be very, very, very disappointed if you don’t vote.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

Mary Landrieu: Hey, Louisiana voters, you’re a bunch of racists and sexists. Now vote for me.

If you read the polls, you know Mary Landrieu is in trouble.  However, I’m willing to bet that the internal polling looks even worse, total panic has set in, and she’s looking for a scapegoat to explain her failure. How else can you explain her bizarre decision to tell the people of her state - whose votes she so desperately needs - that they’re a bunch of sexists and racists?

By Robert Laurie - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

Holder says he regrets James Rosen subpoena . . . and nothing else

Fast and Furious? No problem. Stonewalling the IRS investigation? What do you mean? Strongarming states to drop their voter ID laws by tossing around the race card? Hey, it’s what he does. But even Eric Holder has one regret, however self-serving it may be. Issuing a subpoena for Fox News reporter James Rosen’s e-mails, and labeling him a “criminal co-conspirator” in an investigation concerning North Korea, might have gone a weeeeeeeeee bit too far, ya think?

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

Being safe while isolated

Yehudah Glick has spent the better part of the last 20 years championing the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – Judaism’s holiest site. On Wednesday night, the Palestinians sent a hit man to Jerusalem to kill him.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

Growth is for the Sake of Humans, not Just “for the Sake of Growth”

ThinkProgress recently published a post that begins with a provocative quote from Edward Abbey, “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” The post argues that some economic growth is acceptable while other economic growth is bad and does not explain the distinction. The obvious problem is that economic growth and the attendant growth in natural gas, oil, and coal use have led to dramatic improvements in human welfare around the world over the last few decades.

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story

The End Of An Era: Is The US Petrodollar Under Threat?

Recent trade deals and high-level cooperation between Russia and China have set off alarm bells in the West as policymakers and oil and gas executives watch the balance of power in global energy markets shift to the East.

By Oilprice.com - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Full Story