March 28, 2009

Live Blog: TIB All-Stars: The Earth Hour Edition

Filed under: Economy,News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:03 pm

From 7PM until whenever tonight, you can listen at Weapons of Mass Discussion (click on the TIB link at the right at WoMD).

We will not go dark during Earth Hour from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Far, far from it.

This post will (sort of) track the discussion. A more current tracking is at WMD’s related post.


7:30 p.m. — Thanks to the POR Economy, the year during which Social Security will go negative (more benefits than receipts) is not 2017 any more. It’s 2011. Because of this, I believe the opportunity to do something about Social Security in terms of fixing it with private accounts is probably over. This is truly sad.

7:35 p.m.N-I-C-E. How Satanic.

7:45 p.m. — Back to SocSec: Here’s are the February 2009 results, showing that it went negative:


Oh, and that $2 trillion? Those are IOUs from the rest of the government.

8:00 p.m. — Brunner’s criticism of Voinovich: You can’t make this stuff up.

8:01 p.m. — Food Stamp discussion. Related posts are at BizzyBlog and Pajamas Media.

8:27 p.m. — Human Achievement Hour is coming.

9:30 p.m. — Human Achievement Hour is done. Great discussion. Make sure you check it out at WoMD.

AP Continues to Perpetuate US-Kyoto 1997 Mythology

No environment-related historical myth seems stronger than the one claiming that if it weren’t for the Republican Congress in the late 1990s and President George W. Bush after that, the US would have ratified the Kyoto Treaty and would be under mandatory strictures designed to combat alleged “global warming” — which, as frequently noted here and elsewhere, has been, depending on the source referenced, on hiatus for eight years to over a decade.

In an article about the Obama administration’s upcoming involvement in international negotiations about so-called “climate change” after what he calls “eight years on the sidelines” (“US takes new climate change agenda to global talks“), the Associated Press’s Dina Capiello continued the wire service’s dishonorable long-term perpetuation of the GOP-bad, Dems-good myth (just a few previous posts on other AP examples are here, here, and here at NewsBusters; here, here, and here at BizzyBlog) by writing that:

And unlike 1997, when the Kyoto Protocol was drafted, there is now a Democratic-controlled Congress moving to embrace mandatory limits on greenhouse gases.

Yeah, if it weren’t for those nasty Republicans, Bill Clinton and Al Gore would have gotten Kyoto ratified, and all would be right with the world.

Uh, not exactly.

For the umpteenth time, this is the truth about what happened in 1997, as noted in this 2005 Wall Street Journal editorial:

In 1997, the U.S. Senate adopted the Byrd-Hagel Resolution by 95-0, urging the Clinton Administration not to sign any climate-change protocol that “would result in serious harm to the economy.” In 1998 Al Gore signed the Protocol. Yet President Clinton …. never submitted it to the Senate.

At the time, there were 45 Democrats in the Senate. Obviously, at least 40 Democrats voted for the Byrd-Hagel Resolution.

Another clear and inconvenient truth is that Gore’s signature was only symbolic.

The difference between 2009 and 1997 is not, as Capiello implies, that Congress is controlled by Democrats. It’s that there is a Congress that happens to be controlled by Democrats may be, as Capiello claims without qualification and without providing clear evidence, “moving to embrace mandatory limits on greenhouse gases.”

One thing that hasn’t changed is AP’s dogged and disgraceful insistence on misleading readers about what really happened with Kyoto.

Cross-posted at

Positivity: Police Dog Stabbed, Saved

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:56 am

From San Diego:

March 21, 2:27 PM

San Diego boasts a whole new team of heroes: a police dog who was severely stabbed during an altercation with a suspect, the partner who rushed him to the animal hospital, the veterinarian who repaired the near-fatal injury, and the many members of the San Diego Police Department who gathered to provide support.

In a telephone interview today, Dr. Rob Tugend of VCA Main Street Animal Hospital in San Diego said that on Friday he attended to “Earp,” a police dog who had sustained a “significant injury to his neck and was bleeding quite profusely.” The stab wound had hit major blood vessels in the dog’s neck.

After Tugend performed surgery and administered blood transfusions, Earp “rallied well,” the veterinarian said, “to the point where he went home last night. We got in and stopped the blood and replaced the blood and he’s doing fine.”

Earp’s prognosis is excellent, Tugend reports. In three weeks he should be able to go back to work.

Tugend credits Earp’s police officer partner for getting the eight-year-old German shepherd to the animal hospital “quite quickly, within minutes, which was fortunate because he was bleeding so much he wasn’t going to last for long. He didn’t have much time. Unfortunately for our own pets we can’t just turn on the siren and speed through traffic to get to a veterinarian, but in this case that’s what his partner did, and it may have been the thing that saved his life. In this case minutes mattered. Five more minutes would’ve made a great difference. His partner got him in here and that made all the difference in the world to this dog.”

Earp and his partner “are very close,” Tugend added. “They work together and oftentimes their lives and the outcomes of their lives are intertwined.”

Go here for the rest of the story.