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May 16, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (16 May 2014)

Check out the wikipedia entry for a list of federal political scandals. The Obama era seems a bit empty (as is the Clinton years). No Benghazi? No Solyndra (and other green boondoggles)? I guess it does not count unless the MSM covers it AND someone is actually held accountable or at least "retires".

- ATF gunwalking scandal – Attorney General Eric Holder was held in Contempt of Congress after refusing to release all documents which the House of Representatives had demanded concerning the Fast and Furious gun walking operation. (2012)[1]
- Terence Flynn, an appointee of Barack Obama to the National Labor Relations Board, resigned in May 2012 after being accused of serious ethical violations by leaking information to the National Association of Manufacturers.[2]
- Martha N. Johnson, head of the General Services Administration, fired two top GSA officials and then resigned herself after it was revealed that $822,000 had been spent in Las Vegas on a four-day training conference for 300 GSA employees. (2010)[3][4][5][6]
- IRS admitted to inappropriate investigation of conservative political groups associated with the Tea Party.[7] President Obama labeled the IRS’s actions "inexcusable."[8] He demanded and accepted the resignation of Steven T. Miller Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Other retirements arising from the scandal included:

Joseph H. Grant, commissioner of the IRS Tax-exempt and Government entities division, resigned on May 16.[9]
Lois Lerner, head of the IRS Office of Exempt Organizations, stated she had not done anything wrong and then took the Fifth before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.[10] She retired after an internal investigation found that she neglected her duties and was going to call for her ouster.[11]

So if you could edit wikipedia entries, what scandals would you morons add to the list?

Financial Secrets Of The Amish

How to save $400K, raise 14 children, and buy a $1.3M farm. Oh and aren't they exempt from Obamacare too?

Navy 16" Gun Training Video

From 1955.


Who Are The So-Called 97% Of Scientists That Are Cited By Climate Change Pushers?

The "97% of scientists" soundbite used by the MSM, WH, and climate change "scientists" isn't so impressive when you know how that number came about. What else did the 97% of scientists say?

I wonder how confident they would be lecturing the public about the need for radical decarbonising economic climate polices, if they were aware that the ’97% of active climate scientists’ quote/soundbite actually comes from a students MSc thesis, that the Doran EoS paper cites?

Here are but just a few of many responses from scientists that actually took part in the survey, taken from the appendi of the MSc thesis:

“..scientific issues cannot be decided by a vote of scientists. A consensus is not, at any given time, a good predictor of where the truth actually resides..”

“..The “hockey stick” graph that the IPCC so touted has, it is my understanding, been debunked as junk science..”

“..I’m not sure what you are trying to prove, but you will undoubtably be able to prove your pre-existing opinion with this survey! I’m sorry I even started it!..”

Expectations vs Reality: Action Movies

Largest Cocktails In The World

My God this bloody mary from O'Davey's Irish Pub is huge and quite the meal to boot.

Democrat Fail

Two more examples of democratic fail. Income inequality is higher in democratic districts than republican ones and environmentalists have 'substantially worse than average' carbon footprints. Not too shocking when you know the democrat mantra is do as I say, not as I do.

Just Another Typical Day In Australia

Yeah. Australia. Where the indigenous wildlife will kill you. Dinner party interrupted by python eating kangaroo outside.

Dog Video

h/t mpfs

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