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June 2013

RACHEL ABRAMS: 1951-2013

Dear Rachel Abrams was a witty, irreverent, sassy, brilliant friend and writer and the daughter of my beloved friends Midge and Norman Podhoretz, sister of Naomi Munson, Ruthie Blum and John Podhoretz. Here is John’s tribute to his sister.
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Rachel Abrams, the legendary Bad Rachel of the Internet, was as tender a woman as she was the soul of toughness on her blog. Rachel died this morning at the age of 62 after a three-year battle against stomach cancer. She was an extraordinary artist and a writer of great power. She was my sister. The best tribute to her is her own work. Here, from 1988, is a short story she published in COMMENTARY called “School Days.” Her memory will be for a blessing as her life was our blessing.

And here is a sample of her brilliant writing at her blog. Rest in peace Rachel…an angel now among angels. rsk


What If The Arab Spring Springs A Leak?

Liberal Scandal Strategy: The Cincinnati/Benghazi Connection: Chris Adamo

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/liberal-scandal-strategy-the-cincinnatibenghazi-connection?f=puball Ongoing revelations of fraud and deceit on the part of the Obama Administration in response to the Benghazi attacks, combined with expanding news of politically motivated abuses of power by the Internal Revenue Service, might seem to be putting the Democrat juggernaut on the ropes, or at the very least relegating the second term […]

Cliff Kincaid: Obama/Holder Justice Department Threatens First Amendment

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/obamaholder-justice-department-threatens-first-amendment?f=puball Reacting to reports that the Obama Department of Justice may prosecute those who write and post articles offensive to Muslims, Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative has vowed, “We will fight you on this every step of the way. We will drag your dhimmi asses all the way to the Supreme Court. […]


Galloway: “I am a soldier in Che Guevara’s army”
British Member of Parliament George Galloway says murderous racist Che Guevara is his “leader” and his “hero”


Watch as British Member of Parliament repeatedly refers to himself as a “soldier in Che Guevara’s army”.

In case you had caught a touch of the progressive mind-flu that makes you think Guevara was some kind of freedom-loving revolutionary, have a read of this to remind you how he was a racist murderer.

Galloway describes him as his “hero”. Let’s take a look at what Guevara wrote about black people, and maybe you should ask Galloway yourself if he endorses his hero and leader’s comments:

“The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.”

British MP Caught on Camera, “You Look Like a Bloody Jew”


Tory MP Patrick Mercer, who has now resigned the Conservative whip following lobbying allegations, was caught on camera expressing anti-Semitic and sexist comments about a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces

Former Conservative Party Member of Parliament Patrick Mercer, who has now resigned his party’s whip following lobbying allegations, was caught on camera expressing anti-Semitic and sexist comments about a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Watch as Mercer describes his encounter with a female IDF soldier, and says of her, “You don’t look like a soldier to me. You look like a bloody Jew.”

Saudi Cleric Who Raped and Killed Daughter Receives Small Fine

Saudi cleric who raped and killed daughter receives small fine An Islamic cleric in Saudi Arabia has paid just £31,500 in ‘blood money’ after reportedly raping, torturing, and killing his 5-year-old daughter http://www.thecommentator.com/article/2636/saudi_cleric_who_raped_and_killed_daughter_receives_small_fine Saudi Arabian media sources have reported that an Islamic cleric who raped, tortured and killed his 5-year-old daughter, has been let off […]


http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3736/iran_s_barbaric_new_laws Iranian lawmakers have legislated stoning as part of the new Islamic penalty law. The decision, taken by the Guardian Council after nine months’ examination of the draft proposal, means that stoning has now moved from Islamic to State law. The criminal law had been discussed over the past six years inside various state institutions. […]




STILL Epic Fail: 73 Climate Models vs. Measurements, Running 5-Year Means

In response to those who complained in my recent post that linear trends are not a good way to compare the models to observations (even though the modelers have claimed that it’s the long-term behavior of the models we should focus on, not individual years), here are running 5-year averages for the tropical tropospheric temperature, models versus observations (click for full size):
In this case, the models and observations have been plotted so that their respective 1979-2012 trend lines all intersect in 1979, which we believe is the most meaningful way to simultaneously plot the models’ results for comparison to the observations.

In my opinion, the day of reckoning has arrived. The modellers and the IPCC have willingly ignored the evidence for low climate sensitivity for many years, despite the fact that some of us have shown that simply confusing cause and effect when examining cloud and temperature variations can totally mislead you on cloud feedbacks (e.g. Spencer & Braswell, 2010). The discrepancy between models and observations is not a new issue…just one that is becoming more glaring over time.

It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out in the coming years. I frankly don’t see how the IPCC can keep claiming that the models are “not inconsistent with” the observations. Any sane person can see otherwise.

If the observations in the above graph were on the UPPER (warm) side of the models, do you really believe the modelers would not be falling all over themselves to see how much additional surface warming they could get their models to produce?

Hundreds of millions of dollars that have gone into the expensive climate modelling enterprise has all but destroyed governmental funding of research into natural sources of climate change. For years the modelers have maintained that there is no such thing as natural climate change…yet they now, ironically, have to invoke natural climate forces to explain why surface warming has essentially stopped in the last 15 years!

Forgive me if I sound frustrated, but we scientists who still believe that climate change can also be naturally forced have been virtually cut out of funding and publication by the ‘humans-cause-everything-bad-that-happens’ juggernaut. The public who funds their work will not stand for their willful blindness much longer.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323844804578529453560695068.html A little perspective is in order on the news, reported in London’s Guardian by Glenn Greenwald, that “the National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.” The “secondary order,” issued by […]


http://pjmedia.com/claudiarosett/a-job-from-hell-what-awaits-samantha-power-at-the-un/ For the moment, I’ll leave it to others to sift through the credentials of Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Let’s talk about what awaits a new ambassador at Turtle Bay. In terms of creature comforts, there is plenty to enjoy. The UN is completing a […]