Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Congresswoman Candice Miller Blast These Climategate Fools And Guess What The Debate Isn't Over You Jerks

Michigan Congreswoman Candice Miller called for a Congressional investigation due to the fact that, in her opinion, the destruction of data some scientists were involved in represents a criminal act.

Miller calls for Hearings on Flawed Climate Data

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today requested hearings to review the United Nations report suggesting massive changes to climate policies worldwide. Recently, emails have surfaced from leading scientists involved in crafting the United Nations report that suggests that data was doctored or hidden and opposing views were improperly suppressed. Rep. Miller, a member of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Climate Change, sent a letter to Chairman Edward Markey (MA-7) and Ranking Member James Sensenbrenner (WI-5) asking them to quickly schedule hearings before the United States changes its climate policy causing needless damage to our economy.
“Drastically changing our climate policies have the potential to force massive changes on our society and drive up the cost of energy for every American,” Rep. Miller said. “Emails have surfaced calling attention to possible doctored data which was used to tilt the recommendations far to one side. I think it would be terribly wrong to make public policy that has the potential to have dramatic negative effects on our economy in the United States based upon potentially flawed science.
“I think it is imperative that we have hearings to investigate whether or not the science this policy is based upon is flawed and to determine if we should re-examine whether the steps being proposed are truly necessary in light of these revelations. I believe that in these hearings we should hear from all sides engaged in the debate so that we can have a full understanding of this issue,” said Rep. Miller. “The economy of my district and my state would be particularly hard hit by the Cap and Trade legislation with the potential of the loss of countless more jobs that we cannot afford to lose, particularly if this legislation is based upon doctored science.”
In December, leaders from across the world will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss changes to our economy to address global climate change. Rep. Miller represents the 10th District of Michigan, an area that has been ground zero of the economic downturn. Particularly hard hit has been the manufacturing sector, which is in line to be even harder hit if climate change legislation based on this report is passed.

No Civilian Trials for Terrorists

Stop what you are doing.  I need your help real quick.

It is to protest the civilian trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City.

Human Events put it together and I'm glad to put my name on it.  We're going to deliver this petition to the government and protest this senseless act by Barack Obama.

I don't know how many people are going to get killed because Obama would rather lawyer up than soldier up, but we need to make sure the government knows the American people think this KSM trial is nuts.


Americans are often smarter than those they elect to govern them.  According to a December 31 Rasmussen poll, “Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.”

Instead of being shipped off to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is lawyered-up in a Detroit jail, beyond the reach of CIA interrogators.  And forget waterboarding.  Thanks to the McCain Amendment of 2005, waterboarding -- which was legal when it was applied to Abu Zubaydeh, KSM and others -- is now probably illegal under US law. I say “probably” because the McCain amendment made a clear definition of “torture” so vague that it’s probably unconstitutional.

But no matter: President Obama has prohibited the use of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” which served to save lives during the Bush administration.  

Not only have we tortured the law of torture, we have tortured the law on military commissions.  When President Bush signed an order authorizing them, he probably didn’t foresee that the trials would be delayed and modified several times by Congress and in two trips to the Supreme Court.  Congress -- in the 2009 amendments to the military commissions law -- relabeled “enemy combatants” as “unprivileged enemy belligerents.”  At least they’re not yet “underprivileged enemy belligerents.” Yet.

So now Abdulmutallab -- as well as the 9-11 plotters, Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other members of the al Qaeda varsity -- will be tried in media circuses in civilian courts.  The New York trials -- announced in mid-November -- are to be paralleled by military commission trials of other big-time terrorists such as Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of planning the 2000 attack on the USS Cole which took seventeen sailors’ lives and nearly sank the ship.

Is there any reason to distinguish between the al-Qaeda varsity to be tried in New York and the others who are going to be tried -- in accordance with US constitutional and statutory law -- in military commissions?  No.  The only distinguishing factor is President Obama’s desire to close Gitmo and prove -- at all costs -- that he is wiser than his predecessor.

Under Obama’s plans, inmates at the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will either be transferred to nations such as Yemen (from whence came Abdulmutallab’s attack, mounted by an al-Qaeda cell comprised, in part, of at least two Gitmo alumni previously released to Yemen), moved to New York for celebrity trials or to Thomson, Illinois for continued incarceration.

In his weekly address, President Obama described Yemen as a nation that is suffering from crushing poverty and threatened by deadly insurgencies, as if one created the other.  He assured us that we were “strengthening our partnership” with the Yemeni government to fight those “insurgents.”

Obama has strengthened our “partnership” with Yemen by closing our embassy there because -- according to White House terrorism advisor John Brennan (the same John Brennan who was a key member of George Tenet’s pre-9-11 CIA team) -- there is intelligence indicating an intended al-Qaeda attack against them. But Obama’s action in Yemen is a retreat: it reduces our presence in Yemen by one key base for CIA (and other agencies’) operations there.
Yesterday, the president announced that he was suspending the transfer of Gitmo inmates to Yemen.  Not barring, mind you. And the State Department announced it was revoking Abdulutallab's visa. It's enough to make you weep.
On last weekend’s Sunday talk shows, Brennan repeatedly said that the Obama administration was still considering -- on a case-by-case basis -- releasing some Gitmo inmates to the Yemenis.  Brennan also said that there are probably hundreds of al-Qaeda members in Yemen.

Closing Gitmo is still more important to Obama than keeping dedicated terrorists off the global battlefield.  He repeated yesterday his decision to close it, persevering in the false assertion that it's a principal cause in al Queda's success in recruiting terrorists. He said it was the proximate cause of al Queda's forming its "al Queda in the Arab Peninsula" branch. Which, of course, is al Queda's assertion. What the president doesn't understand is that terrorist groups form and re-form, moving and taking new names as often as they see an advantage in doing so.
Obama's decision to close Gitmo remains a reckless one, as are the decisions that flow from it.  There’s proof enough of why no Gitmo inmates should be released to Yemen or any other nation in which terrorists find sanctuary and support.  But Obama’s arguments for moving the KSM trial to New York are risible, as are and those of his team, Attorney General Holder, hapless Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the rest.

There is no legal reason to do so, and every reason not to.  In July 1942, in , the US Supreme Court decided that eight German saboteurs captured by the FBI in New York and Chicago after having been landed on the US coast by submarine, were properly tried before military commissions.  (Six of the eight were executed shortly afterward.) As Attorney General Holder reluctantly admitted in Senate testimony last year, we have never before tried terrorists captured abroad -- such as KSM -- in civilian courts.

First, there is the very real danger to New Yorkers in bringing KSM and his pals there. Yes, New Yorkers take pride in their grit. But that won’t protect them from a terrorist attack meant to free the prisoners.

Second, there is jury intimidation.  What juror will vote to convict KSM if he believes his family will be murdered?  There have been four trials of “recovered” mobster John Gotti, Jr. in the Southern District of New York in the last five years.  All have resulted in mistrials because of hung juries. (After the latest, his mother shouted, “We’re going to Disney World.”)

And then what?  Holder said that even if KSM were acquitted, he’d still be kept in custody.  How?  What judge would refuse a habeas corpus writ after an acquittal?

None of this is necessary.  None of this would happen in a military commission.  Which is why HUMAN EVENTS asks you to sign this petition to General Holder. Stop these trials. KSM and the others -- including Abdulmutallab -- should be in Gitmo and there subjected to the constitutional -- and legal – remedy of trial in a military commission.

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What is the health care reform really about?

Health insurance profit margins typically run about 6 percent, give or take a point or two. That's anemic compared with other forms of insurance and a broad array of industries, even some beleaguered ones.
Profits barely exceeded 2 percent of revenues in the latest annual measure. This partly explains why the credit ratings of some of the largest insurers were downgraded to negative from stable heading into this year, as investors were warned of a stagnant if not shrinking market for private plans.
Insurers are an expedient target for leaders who want a government-run plan in the marketplace. Such a public option would force private insurers to trim profits and restrain premiums to compete, the argument goes. This would "keep insurance companies honest," says President Barack Obama.
The debate is loaded with intimations that insurers are less than straight, when they are not flatly accused of malfeasance.
They may not have helped their case by commissioning a report that looked primarily at the elements of health care legislation that might drive consumer costs up while ignoring elements aimed at bringing costs down. Few in the debate seem interested in a true balance sheet.
But in pillorying insurers over profits, the critics are on shaky ground. A look at some claims, and the numbers:
_"I'm very pleased that (Democratic leaders) will be talking, too, about the immoral profits being made by the insurance industry and how those profits have increased in the Bush years." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who also welcomed the attention being drawn to insurers'"obscene profits."
_"Keeping the status quo may be what the insurance industry wants their premiums have more than doubled in the last decade and their profits have skyrocketed." Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, member of the Democratic leadership.
_"Health insurance companies are willing to let the bodies pile up as long as their profits are safe." A ad.
Health insurers posted a 2.2 percent profit margin last year, placing them 35th on the Fortune 500 list of top industries. As is typical, other health sectors did much better - drugs and medical products and services were both in the top 10.
The railroads brought in a 12.6 percent profit margin. Leading the list: network and other communications equipment, at 20.4 percent.
HealthSpring, the best performer in the health insurance industry, posted 5.4 percent. That's a less profitable margin than was achieved by the makers of Tupperware, Clorox bleach and Molson and Coors beers.
The star among the health insurance companies did, however, nose out Jack in the Box restaurants, which only achieved a 4 percent margin.
UnitedHealth Group, reporting third quarter results last week, saw fortunes improve. It managed a 5 percent profit margin on an 8 percent growth in revenue.
Van Hollen is right that premiums have more than doubled in a decade, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study that found a 131 percent increase.
But were the Bush years golden ones for health insurers?
Not judging by profit margins, profit growth or returns to shareholders. The industry's overall profits grew only 8.8 percent from 2003 to 2008, and its margins year to year, from 2005 forward, never cracked 8 percent.
The latest annual profit margins of a selection of products, services and industries: Tupperware Brands, 7.5 percent; Yahoo, 5.9 percent; Hershey, 6.1 percent; Clorox, 8.7 percent; Molson Coors Brewing, 8.1 percent; construction and farm machinery, 5 percent; Yum Brands (think KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell), 8.5 percent.                                                                                                                                                 Now for the big question. Do you really think that our government and it's record of wasting our money, do a better job at under 6% waste? And with only a 6% profit margine it's obvious insurance companies are the real problem. So what is this Health Care Reform really about? It isn't about the profit margines of the insurance companies or about the government doing a better job at a lower profit margine then the insurance companies? We know that isn't what this is about either. It couldn't possably be about more government takeovers and the power that comes with it? It isn't about our government tawking over our lives and our health care is it? Could it be about money? The unions have a lot to gain from a one payer system and the Democrats do what the unions tell them to do no matter what harm it causes we the people and the country. This ain't about the 6% profit margines because everyone wishes the government would run that efficent. If the Democrats pass this health care bill then it isn't going to look good for them in the next couple of decades. And if you need proof of government waste and irresponsable managment just look at when Medicare becomes bankrupt. Yeh that happens in 2016. And if you want to know who will get stuck with the bill on all this spending just look at our youth. We aren't leaving them the SSI they payed into,Medicare they payed for and a national debt like none other. But they voted for Obama and the Democrats that are doing it to them. But at least they are preparing our future with a great education like none other the world over. LOL.  Now lets hear the liberals say that the Republicans and I are getting paid by the inserance companies. John has already shown us how much the Democrats get from insurance and big pharma. Don't worry though because right when we cover the costs of theis health care reform the unions like SEIU will tell us that their huge pessions aren't funded and we the people and the future generations will be paying for that one too. Spread the wealth,spread the wealth, while the unions are getting buttered up for a grand future. We the people need to fight back and fight back hard or this will cost us our future. And unless you want to work till your dead then you better stop this "fundamental change"  and give the government what they diserve.