**Written by Doug PowersDoes capitalism stand a chance against The Revengers?
When I was a kid, my parents bought a new refrigerator, and I designed the inside of the box it came in to resemble a spaceship in which I orbited the earth and radioed down to Houston threats to the planet I’d spotted and eliminated (this was before model airplane glue was non-toxic, which may or may not explain some of my adventures). COP21 in Paris is like my refrigerator box — except it burns real fuel and is big enough to hold tens of thousands of alleged adults spending our money to force us to indulge their fantasies about having “saved the planet.” Judging from the carbon footprint of the meeting, they’ll possibly create the most expensive self-fulfilling prophecy of all time.
President Obama is there, still seeking ways to make energy costs necessarily skyrocket and to manufacture a legacy that’s impossible to prove or disprove (hard to blame him since the quantifiable stuff has been such a train wreck). As expected, Obama’s legacy-building push will require the spending of a lot of money, both now and later:
Car service, hotels, and accommodations for the president and other administration officials to attend climate change talks in Paris are costing taxpayers nearly $2 million, according to government contracts.
The COP21 meeting of global leaders, which President Obama said is a “powerful rebuke” to terrorists, began on Monday. Representatives from 195 countries traveled to Paris, burning 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide for the United Nations conference that is seeking to reduce global emissions.
The tab for Obama’s motorcade alone totals $784,825. The State Department issued a $407,868 contract to Biribin Limousines, an international chauffeur service, for vehicles for the president’s security detail.
In a couple of weeks, the climate-warriors at COP21 will emerge from their giant refrigerator box adorned on the inside with hieroglyphics resembling Svante Arrhenius holding a hockey stick and claim they’ve saved the planet! The basis for that claim will be that they agreed to hold the world’s temperature increase to a couple of degrees over the next several decades (first rule of eco-heroism: make sure the target date is so far away you won’t be alive when it becomes obvious you were full of s**t). What they’re not mentioning though is that any global temperature agreement reached must be ratified by the sun, and Helios is currently busy laughing his head off at the eco-jugheads who believe they’re more powerful than nature.
Clues to what the “climate summit” is really all about can be found in noting who’s in attendance:
A number of cabinet secretaries are also in Paris for the United Nations conference, including IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, whose car service tab is $5,400.
During the Lois Lerner hearings Koskinen whined about how his agency was so overworked that he couldn’t comply with committee requests, but there’s always time for a taxpayer-funded junket to Paris — possibly for a seminar in how to audit climate deniers.
So far my favorite part of the climate summit happened before the meetings even began. Who’s up for a lecture on reducing emissions from a guy hitching a ride on a 747 that will burn five gallons of fuel every mile of an 8,000 round trip to and from a global warming summit?
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 30, 2015
On the trip home he’ll record a warning about endangered species in a specially-designed jet powered by jaguar pelts and elephant tusks.
**Written by Doug Powers
**Written by Doug PowersMake way for Climate Crusader!
Around 40,000 people will arrive in Paris by either bicycle, solar-powered go-cart or jet airliner for the COP21 conference that begins tomorrow. Michael Bloomberg is using the occasion to join President Obama in rebuking the real danger the world faces: Republicans like Ted Cruz:
The realities of climate change will force American deniers — or “crazies” — to accept reality, Michael Bloomberg told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
“Even the right-wing crazies no longer say climate change isn’t real,” the billionaire former mayor of New York City declared. “They say it’s natural, it’s not business, not man-made.”
“Why do they say that? Because in every one of their towns and villages and states and counties, they now have floods where they had droughts, they have droughts where they had floods, they have storms, they have tornadoes.”
Bloomberg has made fighting climate change one of his singular initiatives since he left office in 2013 after more than a decade leading the city.
“You’ve got a guy like Ted Cruz, who I think (prominent American lawyer Alan) Dershowitz said was the smartest law student he ever had, and he says some of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.”
“The only explanation — the only explanation — is he doesn’t believe it, he’s just saying it. Ted Cruz is a smart guy and you can’t say what he says in an intelligent way.”
According to the New York Times in 2012, Bloomberg has eleven homes. Eleven. ELEVEN! He also has a fleet of private planes that he uses to get to and from those homes, as well as to arrive at “climate change” summit meetings in style. That’s the guy accusing others of not believing what they’re saying.
Here’s just one of Bloomberg’s places: A a 22,000-square-foot mansion with 11 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms with hot and cold running hypocrisy. If that’s not a glaring example of how Ted Cruz isn’t taking climate change seriously I don’t know what is!
The good news for those elite global warming alarmists like Bloomberg arriving at COP21 by jet is that the location will be easy to spot from the air thanks to fellow travelers on the ground helping convince police to set off smoke markers:
— Breaking News (@NewsOnTheMin) November 29, 2015
— Sara Firth (@Sara__Firth) November 29, 2015
The air feels cleaner already, doesn’t it?
At the Paris climate summit, Prince Charles is expected to repeat his claims that “climate change” is the root cause of war in Syria, but the good news is that between Charles and Bloomberg they have enough floor space to house all the refugees if they so choose. After all, if huge carbon footprints caused the climate change that caused the refugee crisis, it’s the least they could do (cue crickets).
**Written by Doug Powers
**Written by Doug Powers
Did everybody have a good Thanksgiving? You’re probably still finishing up leftovers so here’s an open thread for those who aren’t out in the post-Thanksgiving shopping madness.
A few things to kick it off…
In his weekly address that aired on Thanksgiving, President Obama really used the occasion to keep selling his call to bring thousands of Syrian refugees to the U.S.:
President Obama used his weekly address to appeal to families counting their blessings on Thanksgiving, reminding Americans that the holiday isn’t only about turkey but a tribute to the deep immigration history that led to the nation’s founding.
“In 1620, a small band of pilgrims came to this continent, refugees who had fled persecution and violence in their native land,” Obama says. “Nearly 400 years later, we remember their part in the American story – and we honor the men and women who helped them in their time of need.”
So the Mayflower pilgrims were also fleeing climate change? Gee, you learn something new every day!
Speaking of global warming, according to Obama, what’s a “powerful rebuke to the terrorists”? Refusing to cancel a meeting of bureaucrats pushing the climate change sham:
If continuing to blame terrorist atrocities on “climate change” isn’t part of “what ISIS wants” I don’t know what is.
Here’s a headline for you: Anti-Gun DC Police Chief Urges Public to ‘Take Down’ Active Gunman If Possible.
How so? With a chair or maybe a fire extinguisher.
And finally, what would Black Friday be without some people displaying the spirit of the season?
— Kandi Rider (@KandiRider) November 27, 2015
why she gotta take it from the kid like that
Have a happy, politics-free Thanksgiving
by Michelle Malkin
Many people naturally assume that since I work in political journalism, I must breathe, drink and eat politics 24/7/365 — including on the Thanksgiving holiday.
The thought of it gives me indigestion.
Self-absorbed creatures who have no life outside the Beltway world are the most tiresome ogres. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised Americans “sitting around the Thanksgiving table” to talk about gun control. The left-wing National Memo published “5 Things To Tell Your Republican relatives at Thanksgiving.” And The New York Times served up its own version of “How to Talk to Your Relatives About Politics at Thanksgiving,” stuffed with poll data and hyperlinks to other liberal sources of information.
Nobody needs tryptophan when you’ve got Pundy McPundit (amateur, professional or otherwise) at the table to bore your company to death with his or her insights on “climate-proofing” your holiday feast; bombard you with details about Bernie Sanders’ latest Web ad; regurgitate John Kasich’s latest attacks on critics of his massive Medicaid expansion; or champion Jeb Bush’s latest re-re-re-reboot (two exclamation points, new talking points, a fix-it toolbox, blah, blah blah).
I feel sorry for rabid partisans on either side of the aisle who refuse to talk to family members, co-workers or friends who support a candidate they don’t like. Life’s too short — and 99 percent of all politicians are crapweasels, anyway.
I’ve encountered unhinged hotheads who yelled at me in front of my kids at IHOP over my appearances over the years on Fox News. Way to ruin a Funny Face Pancake moment, one-dimensional oafs.
And I’ve known people who shunned my left-leaning in-laws because they refused to denounce their conservative daughter-in-law. Gotta love the Tolerance Brigade.
Newsflash: Even amid a heated campaign season, global jihadist terror and economic insecurity, there is more to life than #WINNING political arguments.
It shouldn’t be a struggle to avoid yelling about Bush, Clinton or Trump as you pass the sweet-potato casserole. Don’t get mad. Get perspective. Here, let me help:
If your children are alive, free and healthy, count your blessings and say a prayer for all those parents spending the holiday week in hospitals, hospices, clinics, jails or funeral homes.
If you can’t think of something nice to say to the person sitting next of you, trade memories of the dearest, departed loved ones you share a connection with who are no longer sitting at the table at all.
Pick up an instrument and play music together or sing some old hymns of Thanksgiving (“We Gather Together” was always my favorite).
Take a walk, breathe fresh air, go out on the deck and make fire pit s’mores (or use the gas grill).
Show the young ones at your gathering how to make rubberband stars, advanced paper airplanes, origami hearts or crochet snowflakes.
Get silly. Play “Charades” or “Spoons” or “Balderdash.” Laugh at yourself and laugh with your relatives.
Don’t take family time for granted. Ever. You never know when your time will be up. It would be ridiculous if the very last, parting words you traded with an elderly uncle or sibling or cousin you rarely get to see were “You’re an idiot for voting for (fill in the blank)!” instead of “I love you.”
Look up at the stars. Remember how small and insignificant you are in the universe.
Finally: When you gather ’round the turkey, try not to be one.