Back into it, our candidates, right wing fear, funny yoga

Workout Notes I started with 2100 yards in the pool; 5 x 100 fist (slow!) then 20 x 50 on the :50 (made them all, 49s, 48s then a few 47s), 100 back, 500 pull (8:18). The 20 x 50 set surprised me as I was only getting 4:09-4:10 250’s even leaving on the 5:00 the day before! Attitude makes a difference, I think.

Then after yoga with Ms. Vickie, I walked 2.3 miles with her (my knees barked at me, especially my right one; must be the thundershowers in the region as weather related knee pain is real) and then did 30 minutes on the stationary bike (hard).

Right Wing hate and fear. I’ve noticed that the right wingers repeatedly use fear to inspire their following, despite their claiming to be the postive party of ideas. Check out the following from a NewsMax e-mail message:

Defend Yourself Against Al Gore
From: “”
To: “”

Dear NewsMax Reader:

It’s true. Al Gore is out prowling again — claiming that global warming will destroy civilization as we know it.

His movie “An Inconvenient Truth” will be airing nationally for the first time this Sunday night on Showtime. Please make sure you arm yourself with NewsMax’s special report on Gore’s “Convenient Lie.”

Defend Yourself???? From what? Is he going to make you hug a tree? Do you see the spin? Al Gore, who holds no public office, is presenting a case, and NewsMax think that you need to defend youself? Why does anyone cosider this to be at attack of any sort????

Speaking of Al Gore and global warming, check out Media Matters and their rebuttal of typical wingnut arguments. Here is a sample:

1. No scientific consensus that humans are the primary cause of global warming

Media figures, including MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, have claimed that “[t]here’s no consensus” on “why” the “world is getting warmer.” As Media Matters for America has repeatedly documented, scientific organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) share the consensus view that, as stated in a June 2006 NAS report, “human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming” of the planet. An IPCC report released in February found:

Most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic [human-produced] greenhouse gas concentrations. This is an advance since the TAR’s [Third Assessment Report] conclusion that “most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations”. Discernible human influences now extend to other aspects of climate, including ocean warming, continental-average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns. [The report defines “very likely” as a greater than 90 percent probability of occurrence.]

Additionally, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, media figures frequently claim that there is insufficient evidence that humans are contributing to global warming. On the July 29, 2006, edition of Fox News’ The Beltway Boys, Weekly Standard executive editor and co-host Fred Barnes denied that humans are a cause of global warming. After co-host Morton M. Kondracke stated that “[g]lobal warming is a fact,” Barnes replied, “Yeah, but who caused it? You don’t know.” When Kondracke replied, “Humans,” Barnes retorted: “No. You don’t know that.”

3. “Rank-and-file” scientists disagree with Gore

In support of his thesis that “[c]riticisms of Mr. Gore have come not only from conservative groups and prominent skeptics of catastrophic warming, but also from rank-and-file scientists,” The New York Times’ Broad cited numerous scientists who — far from being “rank-and-file” scientists with “no political ax to grind” — are well-known global warming skeptics who have made statements questioning global warming that have either been debunked or discredited by the scientific community. Though Broad failed to say so in his article, the scientist he named specifically as his example of a “rank-and-file” scientist who has criticized the film — Don J. Easterbrook — has taken a position on global warming that puts him outside of the scientific mainstream and at odds with the IPCC.

Further, while Broad purported to represent the views of mainstream scientists on the accuracy of the film, in May 2006, at the time of the theatrical release of An Inconvenient Truth, the Times published an article by Andrew C. Revkin reporting that mainstream scientists, while taking issue with some details in the film, embraced its premise and subscribed to Gore’s “main point”:

In interviews and e-mail exchanges, many climate specialists who have seen the film quibbled about details but tended to agree with Eric Steig, a University of Washington geochemist who posted his reactions at the Web log after a recent Seattle screening: ”The small errors don’t detract from Gore’s main point, which is that we in the United States have the technological and institutional ability to have a significant impact on the future trajectory of climate change.”

A June 2006 Associated Press article reported a similar consensus among scientists.

7. Global warming has come and gone

* Most of the global warming in the past 100 years occurred before 1940: During a panel discussion of global warming on a May 2006 edition of Fox News’ The Journal Editorial Report, Wall Street Journal editorial board member Rob Pollock falsely claimed that “most” of the global warming that has occurred “over the past century … happened before 1940.” In fact, according to an analysis of “global-mean surface temperature[s]” last revised in January 2006 by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, “It is no longer correct to say that ‘most global warming occurred before 1940’ “:

Global warming is now 0.6°C in the past three decades and 0.8°C in the past century. It is no longer correct to say that “most global warming occurred before 1940”. More specifically, there was slow global warming, with large fluctuations, over the century up to 1975 and subsequent rapid warming of almost 0.2°C per decade.

* Global warming “stopped in 1998”: Fox News host Brit Hume and a Washington Times editorial both cited a misleading statistic to suggest that global warming might have “stopped in 1998” because of a “negligible decrease in temperature” since that year. While 1998 was the hottest year on record, according to the Climatic Research Unit, an examination of temperature data since 1998 undermines the assertion that global warming “stopped” in that year. For example, neither mentioned the fact that five different years since 1998 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005) have seen warmer temperatures than any year preceding 1998, according to Climatic Research Unit figures. Nor did they explain that 2005 was the second-warmest year on record, according to the Climatic Research Unit, and the hottest year on record when analysis of warming in the Arctic is taken into account, according to the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Next, we have more fear mongering from NewsMax. We see that if Hillary Clinton gets elected, Bill Clinton will run the world!

Mon, 26 Mar 2007 18:37:06 GMT
From: “”
To: “”
Subject: Hillary Clinton: Bill Will Run the World

Breaking from

Hillary Clinton: Bill Will Run the World

If Hillary Clinton gets elected president, her “first man” may just be running the world.

Hillary gave a clear hint last week at the prospect, comments that confirm a report in R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s new book “The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President’s Life After the White House” that Clinton has been mulling becoming Secretary-General of the United Nations. [

Tyrrell writes that in 2001, Clinton’s “political prospects were nil.” Still, agents assigned to his Secret Service detail would later report that Clinton was talking about getting the job as Secretary-General of the United Nations.”

Critics scoffed at the idea. But don’t laugh too long.

At a fund-raiser last week, Hillary discussed her husband’s role in a Hillary administration. She suggested it would be “illegal” to name her husband secretary of state if she becomes president, as some have asked her to do.

Instead, she said, she “can make him ambassador to the world, because we have a lot of work to do to get our country back in the standing it should be.”

Perhaps Hillary would like to see her husband running the world body — the U.N. — as she runs the country.

Running the world? How? By conducting an ill advised preemtive invasion of another country? Oh wait, that is THE PRESENT administration.

Speaking of Hillary Clinton: she continues to lead the Democratic field.

Election Polls 2008: Democratic Presidential Primary Contenders
Date Clinton Obama Edwards
3/26 37% 25% 17%
3/19 35% 30% 11%
3/12 38% 26% 15%
3/05 34% 26% 15%
2/26 37% 26% 13%
2/19 28% 24% 11%
2/12 28% 23% 13%
2/05 34% 18% 10%
1/29 33% 19% 10%

Note that the margin of error is 4 percentage points; it was likely that last week’s poll was an outlier for Obama and that Edwards had a recent uptick (or possibly an outlier?)

Interestingly enough:

A separate survey found that 30% of all voters say they would definitely vote for Clinton if she is on the 2008 Presidential ballot. However, 46% would definitely vote against her. That 46% definitely vote against figure is higher than every other candidate except former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (More Below)

The real question is: is that 46% from the committed Repblicans? Men?

Speaking of Edwards, there is a nice diary by Chuckles 1 at the Daily Kos about Edwards’ voting record in the Senate. He is no “jonnie come lately” toward being interested in the well being of “regular people”.

Other stuff of interest:

Redstate Update on Edwards staying in the race (and this is funny, if uncomfortable)

Richardson on foreign policy and Iraq

Obama in Las Vegas with the Culinary Workers Association


A funny yoga post about what I’d call Marine Corps Bootcamp Yoga, complete with action figures.

A snippet:

Duke: “Okay, ladies, jump your feet wide apart!”

G. I. Joes: “Sir! Yes, sir!”

Duke: “Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and bend your knee at a right angle! DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?”

G. I. Joes: “SIR! YES, SIR!”

Duke: “G*ddamn right I do! Now stretch those right arms down and plant your right hand on the floor on the outside of your right foot! Then stretch your left arm up over your ear, toward the wall, with your palm facing down! Look up toward your extended palm! THAT’S AN ORDER!”

G. I. Joes: “SIR! YES, SIR!”

Duke: “Kamakura, what the holy bleeding f*ck are you doing?”

Kamakura: “Sir! I am attempting to do the pose, sir!”

Duke: “We are not putting on a g*ddamn Broadway show here, Kamakura. This is not A Chorus Line.”

Kamakura: “Sir! I find I am able to lunge quite deeply but my torso lacks the articulation needed to fold over my bent knee, Sir!”

Duke: “Kamakura, the point of these two poses is to create a line of energy running from your grounded back foot all the way up through your spine and shooting out your fingertips. Like a spear, a warrior’s spear, son! That’s why your pretty little nancy ass is here, because you’re a warrior! Or am I mistaken? Are you or are you not a warrior!”

Kamakura: “Sir! I am a warrior, sir!”

Duke: “Then, Mother of God, start acting like one. Look at Storm Shadow there in front of you, he’s got a nice modification going with his elbow resting on his knee and his left arm stretching up. Try that.”

Kamakura: “Sir! Om shanti, sir!”


March 27, 2007 - Posted by | bill richardson, edwards, hillary clinton, injury, obama, politics/social, swimming, yoga

1 Comment »

  1. The war in Iraq remains a vital issue that will influence the result of the 2008 presidential election. The effects of the arguments on the war that occurred in the recent democratic debate will be shown on the recent election 2008 polls. the results will indicate just how influential the war will be on the result of the race.

    Comment by Merben John Salarda | April 30, 2007 | Reply

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