Yes, More Toto Video

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I can’t resist.

And From The "If This Were A Republican" Dept….

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A Congressman’s wife pleads guilty to attempted bribery. I think it would be getting a bit more press…. like, all of it.

Michael Jackson, RIP.

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I know Youtube tributes are already all over the web, so I figured I’d offer one that is a little different. It’s Steve Lukather, Mike Porcaro, and Greg Phillinganes, talking about their involvement in the making of some of the songs from “Thriller”.

The Obama Administration – A Return To Science Based Policy.

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Err…. not so much.

So the EPA is prepared to issue the latest Endamgerment Report. It’s supposed to be based on the latest scientific research. Well, not if it interferes with an ideology. An EPA scientist tried to have the agency include some of the latest peer reviewed science that points away from carbon dioxide as the main source of warming for the last thirty years. He was completely rebuffed and reassigned to a menial position having nothing more to do with the report. I was skeptical as the first whiff of the controversy appeared through the Competitive Enterprise Institutes, which is not exactly an unbiased player. But it looks like another source has backed the claim:

The source, who chooses not to be identified for fear of retaliation, said that Carlin was rebuffed in his attempt to introduce scientific evidence that does not accord with the EPA’s view of global warming, which largely relies on IPCC reports. The source also saw Carlin’s report and said that it was ‘based on 8 points of peer-reviewed, recent and relevant scientific publications’ that cast doubt on the wisdom of regulating CO2 as a pollutant.

The EPA’s draft Endangerment Finding was initially written over a year ago during the Bush administration, and Lisa Jackson (the new head of the EPA) and her team wanted to get the Finding out on or near Earth Day, according to a schedule that was made public about a week before formal publication of the proposal. The draft was submitted to agency workgroups with only one week for review and comment, which is unprecedented, and received only light comments–except for Carlin’s.

Alan Carlin, who had hosted a series of seminars featuring peer-reviewed scientists who disagree with the IPCC reports (but were unattended by members of the workgroup developing the Endangerment Finding) went public via the Competitive Enterprise Institute after realizing that there would be no debate about the science. The lectures by the scientists are available on the EPA website, but were not even mentioned in the Finding. Carlin was advised to get an attorney–and has since been reassigned to mundane work, some of which is normally performed by outside contractors.

Here is more details from Watts Up With That.

PS. The EPA was supposed to consider public opinion in this report, but that was apparently a sham.

Quick Thought On The Late Great State Of California.

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Well, due to the idiots we’ve elected to run the state, California is getting closer and closer to insolvency. From California Controller John Chiang:

“The state’s $2.8 billion cash shortage in July grows to $6.5 billion in September and after that we see a double digit freefall,” Chiang said. “Unfortunately, the state’s inability to balance its checkbook will now mean short-changing taxpayers, local governments and small businesses.”

Short-changing taxpayers, local governments and small businesses??? Uhm. Hello. You’ve been doing that for years.

For Mike Herzog.

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Yes I have way too much time on my hands.

When are we going to play together again?

PS. Greg, I need you to translate this. It’s probably pretty funny.

Here He Comes, To Save The Day!

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Huge Hat Tip: Watts Up With That.

Greg Gets Pissed.

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Go Boy Go!!!!

Braver Than I Could Ever Be.

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An Iranian blogger writes:

“I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! There are a few great movie scenes that I also have to see. I should drop by the library, too. It’s worth to read the poems of Forough and Shamloo again. All family pictures have to be reviewed, too. I have to call my friends as well to say goodbye. All I have are two bookshelves which I told my family who should receive them. I’m two units away from getting my bachelors degree but who cares about that. My mind is very chaotic. I wrote these random sentences for the next generation so they know we were not just emotional and under peer pressure. So they know that we did everything we could to create a better future for them. So they know that our ancestors surrendered to Arabs and Mongols but did not surrender to despotism. This note is dedicated to tomorrow’s children…”

Khamenei has all but declared open season on anyone who protests tomorrow. I keep asking myself “could I do this, go out into the streets knowing that I may get killed for it”? I’m not sure I could.

Once again, Kudo’s to Sully for covering this like he is.

Mega-Kudo's To Andrew Sullivan.

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For covering the Iranian Uprising 24 / 7. I’ve looked around, and haven’t seen anyone else doing it like that.