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Something happened on the way to the coronation: the truth hit Barack Obama square in the face.

Noam Scheiber of The New Republic previously dismissed the NAFTA-Canuk story, now admits the story has legs:

Two things make it problematic for the Obama campaign: 1.) The sudden appearance of this lurid-sounding memo written by a Canadian consular official. I don’t think it’s particularly revealing–as I said this morning, it reflects what the Canadians thought they heard from Goolsbee; there are, significantly, no direct quotes. But the term "memo" just sounds bad–as though there were some cover-up that’s now falling apart. 2.) Certain Obama officials denied last week that there was any contact between the Obama campaign and the Canadian government about NAFTA. That’s clearly no longer "operative," as Howard Wolfson pointed out on the call. While the memo story is a little ambiguous on its own–the Canadian official claims Goolsbee said one thing; he claims he said another–the Obama campaign’s previous denials will make the press view their current claims more skeptically.

Combined with the slow leak coming from the Rezko story, strong numbers for Hillary in Ohio, and reports of a late break toward Hillary in Texas, and tomorrow could add up to a disaster for the socialist canidate Obama.

John Fund elaborates on the bad news for Obama on the Rezko front in today’s Wall Street Journal:

Yet how he [Obaman] rose so quickly in Chicago’s famously suspect politics — and who his associates were there — has received little scrutiny.

That may change today as the trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, Mr. Obama’s friend of two decades and his campaign fund-raiser, gets under way in federal court in Chicago. Mr. Rezko, a master fixer in Illinois politics, is charged with money laundering, attempted extortion, fraud and aiding bribery in an alleged multimillion dollar scheme shaking down companies seeking state contracts.

The WSJ story is good reading.  Fund details Rezko’s curious connections to an Iraqi billionaire living London.  The Iraqi was convicted by a French court in the largest European scandal since WWII, according to Fund.  Pay attention to this name:  Nadhmi Auchi, the Iraqi billionaire:

Mr. Obama says he has "no recollection" of meeting Mr. Auchi during a 2004 trip the billionaire made to Chicago, and no one believes he knew of his background.

Barack Obama also had no contact, whatsoever, with the Canadian government regarding NAFTA–until we learned he did. 

Bob Novak squeezes the pertinent facts into a single a paragraph that should find its way into every journalism textbook ever to be written:

Obama bought a mock Georgian mansion on Chicago’s south side on June 15, 2005, the same day Rezko’s wife bought a plot next door from the same seller. Obama then purchased from Rezko another parcel at above-market value. Federal prosecutors recently revealed that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi billionaire who lives in London, wired $3.5 million to the financially strapped Rezko in Chicago less than a month before the Obama-Rezko purchases. James Bone, investigative reporter for the Times of London, wrote last Tuesday that "the money transfer raises the question of whether funds" from Auchi "helped" Obama buy his house.

Obama appears shadier by the minute.  No wonder Hillary was proud to share the stage with him.

The Science That Dare Not Speak Its Name

The Catholic Church is often wrongly accused of suppressing science throughout the so-called Dark Ages.  Legend has it that the Church used her secular influence over divine-right monarchs to thwart scientific inquiry.

It’s all hooey, of course. During the Medieval period, the lack of an economic system that generated surplus left the Church alone to advance science, translate texts, and preserve history.

But that’s a different story.

Al Gore and his band of merry thought police are doing to science what the left claims the church did–slitting the throats of anyone who dares speak heresies against the Global Warming god.

The founder of Weather Channel, today, attacked his Frankensteinian monster for its intolerance and abandonment of science.  From the Business and Media Institute:

“The Weather Channel had great promise, and that’s all gone now because they’ve made every mistake in the book on what they’ve done and how they’ve done it and it’s very sad,” Coleman said. “It’s now for sale and there’s a new owner of The Weather Channel will be announced – several billion dollars having changed hands in the near future. Let’s hope the new owners can recapture the vision and stop reporting the traffic, telling us what to think and start giving us useful weather information.”

"Coleman" is John Coleman who founded the channel in 1982.  His network now serves as the EWTN of the World Church of Human Hatred.

The Weather Channel has been an outlet for global warming alarmism. In December 2006, The Weather Channel’s Heidi Cullen argued on her blog that weathercasters who had doubts about human influence on global warming should be punished with decertification by the American Meteorological Society.

If Heidi Cullen is not a heroine addict who spoke in the throes of a junk-crave, then she is a fascist who destroy science, logic, and life itself to advance the cause of this bizarre new religion founded by L. Ron Algore.

I get my weather from Accuweather.com.  It may as fascist as The Weather Channel, but I have no evidence as yet.

In the meantime, WattsUpWithThat.com is the best climatology blog on the frigid planet.

Blog Consolidation

Last night I read Ed Morrissey’s farewell from Captain’s Quarters.  He’s headed to HotAir.com where he’ll Michelle Malkin and others.  Not that I’d missed the trend to move from solo blogging to group blogging, then to extremely commercial blogging, but Ed’s voluntary consolidation saddened me.  Not that it should.

Consolidation seems a natural tendency among human beings and their institutions.  Remember the CLECs?  (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers were the new phone companies like Allegiance, Onvoy, Big, McCloud.)  They were independents who consolidated then sold to the Baby Bells.  It was the end of competition in local phone service.

Remember Eastern Airlines?  TWA?  Ozark?  America West?  They’re gone, too, along with the neighborhood coffee shop and corner grocery store. 

In fact, assimilation seems as natural among our species as cell division.  That makes me wonder whether evolution theories are just plain wrong.  Evolution would seem to indicate that one species becomes two then twenty.  The number of species would tend to increase.  When we look at human behavior we might conclude that the opposite occurs. 

For example, imagine wolves and another carnivorous species sharing a common hunting ground.   The two coexist while they maintain some distinctions.  Finally, the wolf adapts the behaviors of its competitor, and the competitor flocks to the wolf pack for protection and food.  They merge.  What’s left is the wolf, only the wolf, but slightly changed from the wolves of the past.

In all of human endeavor, the natural process seems to be:  individuals begin competitive enterprises, then merge into consolidated enterprises, then cease to be what they were. The only exceptions are TV sitcoms and rock bands.

But "Laverne and Shirley" was never "Happy Days," and "Petticoat Junction" was never "Green Acres."  Though Paul McCartney and John Lennon were successful and prolific after the breakup, they were never Beatles alone. 

Would Notre Dame football still be Notre Dame football  if it joined the Big 10?

HotAir and Ed Morrissey both stand to benefit from the merger.  Running one’s own blog is a lot of work.  Were that I needed only write.  Ed can now concentrate on what he does so well–research and blog.  He’s from the management concerned that played on his mind until yesterday.

But blogging loses, at least one voice. 

When I launched The Hennessy Report in 2000 on software I wrote, I did so because I liked the idea of the lone voice yelling reason into a chaotic and ignorant world.  Previously, I’d learned the art of bookbinding in order to craft the first edition of my book.  Benjamin Franklin, after all, was printer before he wrote the contents of his books and pamphlets.  Craft before art.

I read today that more and more people get their news from the internet.  They distrust the mainstream media.  How many mergers, consolidations, and assimilations will it take before the internet becomes the mainstream media.  Will it, then, be the voice of the individual? 

The burdens of running my own site distract from my writing.  But the internet is my craft.  I don’t really want partners or collaborators in this endeavor.  I balance my job and its clients, my kids and their need for rides to school or practice, my wife and her need for attention and love.  But blogging feels too individualistic a thing to leave the administration to others.

I wish Ed Morrissey and HotAir all the best.  I do not criticize Ed in any way.  Being true to myself, though, requires that I go it alone the way I started eight years ago.

A Stalinist is a Stalinist

Pay attention to this little news bit:  Chavez sends troops to Colombian border.

Chavez is a Stalinist, and Stalin founded and expanded the Soviet Union with a combination of force, threats, and promises.  Every Soviet student expects Chavez to follow suit.

President Hugo Chavez on Sunday ordered 10 battalions of troops to the border with Colombia after Colombia’s military killed a top rebel leader.

He called the U.S.-allied government in Bogota "a terrorist state" and labeled President Alvaro Uribe "a criminal."

The next POTUS will have to deal with the domino theory in our own hemisphere. 

I say we wack Chavez now.  Hot Air notes he’s endorsed FARC, if not funding the terrorists directly.

 

Cold Winter Cools Global Warming Rhetoric

I don’t troll AOL’s news, but I do notice where links to my blog come from.  The high number of referrals from this AOL article (reprinted from the New York Times) led me to reading, and reading revealed an interesting tone coming from the global warming alarmists:  their hubris wanes.

Carl Mears, a global warming believer, said, "Temperatures are very likely to recover after the La Niña event is over."

That’s a far cry from these gems from Al Gore, the self-appointed Savior of the Universe:

If we did not take action to solve this crisis, it could indeed threaten the future of human civilization. That sounds shrill. It sounds hard to accept. I believe it’s deadly accurate.

The scientists are virtually screaming from the rooftops now. The debate is over! There’s no longer any debate in the scientific community about this.

Carl Mears tone, at least in print, comes off as anything but "screaming."  He’s also not exactly certain.  "Very likely" is hardly the rhetoric equivalent of "the debate is over."  Indeed, the debate goes on even in Carl Mears’s own mind.

AOL further discredits Gore’s final-sounding pronouncement about the debate. 

Some scientists who strongly disagree with each other on the extent of warming coming in this century, and on what to do about it, agreed that it was important not to be tempted to overinterpret [sic] short-term swings in climate, either hot or cold.

Fair enough.  Gore would, no doubt, call Andrew Revkin, the story’s author, a corporate shill out to destroy human civilization in pursuit of profits.

The answer, of course, is we shall see.  One winter does not make an Ice Age, but neither does one decade.  The "long term" trends that global warming alarmists refer to, are not long term by any earth science measure, but by the measure of a single human life.  For instance, the "record summer melt" of Arctic sea ice is a record for the period 1979 to present.  My research indicates that the Arctic is older than 29 years.

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So, Obama Lies **Update**

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This is serious stuff, Terence.

Thanks to Ed Morrissey, we have some details about Obama’s open admission to telling his supporters lies in order garner their support.

On Wednesday, CTV reported that a senior member of Obama’s campaign called the Canadian government within the last month — saying that when Senator Obama talks about opting out of the free trade deal, the Canadian government shouldn’t worry. The operative said it was just campaign rhetoric not to be taken seriously. [CTV.CA]

Morrissey’s blog details Obama’s campaign’s refusal to refute the charge.  Obama’s chief economic advisor, one Austen Goolsbee, told the Canadian government that Obama’s promise to overturn NAFTA was a lie for the benefit of votes.  Now, Goolsbee refuses to talk, referring all press questions to the campaign headquarters.

So far, Obama said he’d pull out of Iraq, then changed his mind in case al Qaeda establishes bases.  Now, he’s lied about NAFTA to win favor with unions.

One more populist lie, and we call him the Kingfish.

UPDATE:

Only a little digging, and you find more Obama lies.  Of the felony variety.  From the Chicago Sun-Times on June 14, 2007:

On June 13, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), while serving as an Illinois state senator in 1998, "did a political favor" for Chicago Democratic fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko by writing letters to state and local government officials in support of a Chicago housing project proposed by Rezko’s company, New Kenwood LLC. The Sun-Times asserted that the "letters appear to contradict a statement last December from Obama, who told the Chicago Tribunethat, in all the years he’s known Rezko, ‘I’ve never done any favors for him.’ ”

Here’s the text of that interview, in pertinent part, from a written interrogatory submitted to and responded by Barack Obama:

Q: Did Rezko or his companies ever solicit your support on any matter involving state or federal government? Did Al Johnson, who was trying to get a casino license along with Tony Rezko, or Rezko himself ever discuss casino matters with you?

A: No, I have never been asked to do anything to advance his business interests.

Direct contradiction.   Obama is a fraud with friends in high security prisons.  Well, former friends. According to the New York Times, Obama has cut-off Rezko like an unsightly skin-tag.

Mr. Obama has portrayed Mr. Rezko as a one-time fund-raiser whom he had occasionally seen socially. But interviews with more than a dozen political and business associates suggest that the two men were closer than the senator has indicated.

Mr. Obama turned to Mr. Rezko for help at several important junctures. Records show that when Mr. Obama needed cash in the waning days of his losing 2000 Congressional campaign, Mr. Rezko rounded up thousands of dollars from business contacts. In 2003, Mr. Rezko helped Mr. Obama expand his fund-raising for the Senate primary by being host of a dinner at his Mediterranean-style home for 150 people, including some whose names have since come up in the influence scandal.

And when Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, bought a house in 2005, Mr. Rezko stepped in again. Even though his finances were deteriorating, Mr. Rezko arranged for his wife to buy an adjacent lot, and she later sold the Obamas a 10-foot-wide strip of land that expanded their yard.

With Clinton Inc. growing desperate, the Rezko story could get very interesting.  The Clintons "have people" in the federal prison system, you know. 

How long before some enterprising, young Chicago journalist uncovers the paper trail connecting Obama to Jay Grodner?

It’s Okay to Boo

Disks ping-pong across the floor
while Polar Bears dance on steel stilts
and the teacher in a JFK suit
tells his failing pupils all is well.  All is well.

All isn’t well in the theatre, though.
All is tight, worried and sad.  Foreboding.
The clock’s ticks annoy the voyeurs
who stand in nervous circles, smoking.

The patient may not have the year.
The doctors may not have the room.
The semester may be out of quarters
before the class learns to add and subtract.

Liberalism Kills Poor People

The owner of a St. Louis-area pizza parlor chain, Fortel’s, recently told KMOX radio that the price of 50-lbs. sacks of flour she uses in her pizzas has risen from $11 to more than $30 in recent months.  Her suppliers told her to expect the price to exceed $50 soon.

Both the US and the UN have announced plans to reduce food distribution programs to the world’s poorest people.  Both site hyper-inflation in food prices, mostly grains, dairy, and meat, as we see in this piece on WashingtonPost.com:

The prices have risen as more of the grains are being consumed by biofuel production and fast-growing markets in China and India, The Washington Post reports.

Poor people must die for Western liberals to feel good about themselves.

The U.N. program is confronting similar price pressures. It announced this month that it was facing a $505 million shortfall due to soaring food and fuel costs, and would cut distribution if it did not receive new funds. Meanwhile, need is increasing.Afghanistan, for instance, recently put in an emergency request for $77 million to cope with skyrocketing prices that have put key staples out of reach for more and more Afghans.

If you think "hyper-inflation" hyperbolic, think again:

"Look at what’s happened to wheat prices alone — they shot up 25 percent in one day last week," said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the World Food Program. "This is really the first emergency we’ve faced without a drought, war, natural disaster. We will have to cut the amount of people being served or the amount of food being served if we do not get more funds."

The planet is dying, you know.  Despite the fact that the world has been cooling since about 1998, liberals, including that lovely couple that just moved in down the street, are convinced that human activity is causing temperatures to rise.  (Of course, they can’t explain why temperatures rose to similar levels in Medieval times.)  They just know, as an article of faith, that people like me and you are killing the planet.

So the push for bio-fuels, which emit more greenhouse gases than a 1972 Chevelle. 

We know from economics 101 that increased demand will raise the equilibrium price of a good or service.  And higher prices result in increased supply, as the profit potential influences more sellers to enter the market.  (Thus, high gasoline prices resulted in high diesel fuel prices as refiners shifted production from diesel to unleaded.) 

In this case, wheat and other kinds of farmers are shifting to corn production because the price of corn is so high.  (Corn is the principal ingredient in most bio-fuel recipes.)  Less wheat is produced relative to demand, the price rises to equilibrium, and poor people starve.  The cheapest food source on the planet, grain, leaves the mouths of starving kids in Africa to fuel Barbara Streisand’s  Tuesday afternoon lunch with Bette Midler.

Perhaps scientists will find a way to power automobiles with carcasses of African children.  Then, alas, the poorest of the poor will be well-fed. 

 

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Angelina jolie Joins Team America

425.jolie.angelina2.020808 Gateway Pundit links to the this WaPo option piece by none other than Angelina Jolie.

After a visit to Iraq, Jolie announces that America has

an obligation to win.

My visit left me even more deeply convinced that we not only have a moral obligation to help displaced Iraqi families, but also a serious, long-term, national security interest in ending this crisis.

For the many Americans who live and die by the advice of Hollywood celebrities, this story could turn the tide of public opinion–if it gets more play in the MSM.

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Obama Prefers Al Qaeda in America

Demonstrating a remarkable daftness for thinking on his feet, Barack Obama magnified the folly of a debate gaffe, today, in a clumsy rejoinder to John McCain’s response.

In a debate, Obama said he would deploy troops back into Iraq, after a pullout, if al Qaeda established bases.  (Do I really need to point out the lack of intelligence, understanding, and strategy his comment portrays?)

McCain responded by saying, "I have news for Senator Obama, al Qaeda is in Iraq, and that’s why we’re fighting in Iraq."

Obama’s response [via CNN]

But I have some news for John McCain, and that is that there was no such thing as al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq.

Actually, Senator, before we invaded Iraq, al Qaeda was in Manhattan killing your Democrat opponent’s constituents. 

Such details escape the junior Senator from Illinois, though.  Messiahs don’t sweat the small stuff.

The best shot in this debate came from W himself: 

I believe Senator Obama better stay focused on his campaign with Senator Clinton, neither of whom has secured their party’s nomination yet.

Touche

Gateway Pundit has more

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