Dinosaur Media Watch: Chicago Sun-Times

Another dinosaur of the State Media is lumbering towards extinction. This item just appeared concerning the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sun-Times closing Chicago-area printing press

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Sun-Times’ parent company is closing a suburban printing plant, which is expected to cost 70 jobs.

Sun-Times spokeswoman Tammy Chase confirms the Sun-Times Media Group plans to close its Pioneer Press printing plant in Northfield. Pioneer Press publishes dozens of Chicago-area community newspapers owned by the ailing conglomerate.

Chase couldn’t provide other details. And it isn’t clear where the community papers might be printed in the future.

The move comes amid waves of recent jobs cuts as the Sun-Times tries to reduce costs during its bankruptcy reorganization.

Chase says Sun-Times executives are meeting with union leaders to discuss efforts to sell the parent company. She declined to provide details.

Interesting news from the Polling front.

Here’s a couple of interesting item from Rasmussen.

On Town Hall Meetings…

At town hall meetings on the health care issue, most Americans say it’s more important for those in Congress to listen rather than speak.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide say that it’s more important for Congressmen to hear the view of their constituents rather than explain the proposed health care legislation. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% hold the opposite view while 7% are not sure.

Around here in the Midwest our congresscritters are confining themselves to a selected audience. Usually this is done by requiring pre-registration for attendance or by one-way teleconferences. During these sessions, the audience is greeted by a sermon why Obamacare and Cap ‘n Tax is necessary and how it’ll all be paid for by the rich and will save money.

That is why the Town Hall meetings are being confrontational. We don’t attend these meetings for a sermon. We attend to make OUR views heard by our elected representatives. And the congresscritters don’t like it. Why, next thing you know, the people will want them to be responsible for their votes and the consequences of those votes.

Many democrats now see that their votes have consequences and they are about to be screwed right along with all those “rich” republicans.

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Here’s another little item that does not bode well for the democrats in the next elections.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters nationwide believe that Congress is too liberal while 22% hold the opposite view and say it is too conservative. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 14% say the ideological balance of Congress is about right and 12% are not sure.
Over half of the people polled thought the Congress was too liberal. That is bad news for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. At this point, it’s very doubtful that ol’ Harry will be coming back. He’s pissed of a lot of Nevadans and not doing well in the polls.

Bye, Harry. We won’t miss you. You can always try to find a job as a lobbyist or cabinet secretary like Tom Daschle.

POLICE STATE, USA

I think that every time I find something about the government, either the federal, state or local government violating the constitution, I’ll post the Gadsen flag Icon to alert you.

Case in point. This bit of news. Seems that Massachusetts thinks they have to right to violate the 4th and 5th Amendments to the US Constitution as well as Articles XIV and XLVIII of the Massachusetts Constitution.

A “pandemic response bill” currently making its way through the Massachusetts state legislature would allow authorities to forcefully quarantine citizens in the event of a health emergency, compel health providers to vaccinate citizens, authorize forceful entry into private dwellings and destruction of citizen property and impose fines on citizens for noncompliance.

In other words, if the cops think you’re sick or didn’t obey orders to get immunized, they can break into your house, destroy your property and seize you and force immunization upon you—regardless of what you may want to do. And, if you don’t obey the orders of the State, you can be imprisoned and fined.

If citizens refuse to comply with isolation or quarantine orders in the event of a health emergency, they may be imprisoned for up to 30 days and fined $1,000 per day that the violation continues.

I don’t have any issue with quarantining people who may be sick. That is a long recognized procedure. The people, even under quarantine, are still secure in their homes and on their property. Massachusetts goes waaay beyond just a quarantine.

Apparently the state of Massachusetts believes their citizens are clients of the state—slaves in other words, without any rights not allowed by the state. It it amazing this could come to pass in the United States.

This just could be the second “shot heard around the world.” Here’s the entire article from WorldNetDaily.

And We Don’t Like THEM Either!

Rasmussen reports that polling shows that people don’t like the Republican incumbents either. Only 18% believe their Republican Congressmen are doing a good job.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters say their party’s representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 18% of GOP voters believe their elected officials have done a good job representing the base.

Most Republican voters (55%) say that the average Republican in Congress is more liberal than the average Republican voter. Twenty-four percent (24%) say the average Republican in Congress holds views about the same as the average Republican voter while just 17% think the Congressional Republicans are more conservative than GOP voters.

Republican voters overwhelmingly believe it is more important for the party to stand for what it believes in rather than trying to work with President Barack Obama. Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans hold that view while just 14% favor more co-operation with the President.

As for voters not affiliated with either major party, 58% say the GOP should stand for what it believes in while 33% would like to see more cooperation with the President. Seventy-one percent (71%) of unaffiliated voters believe the Republicans in Congress have lost touch with their base and a plurality of unaffiliateds (41%) believe that the average Republican in Congress is more liberal than the average Republican voters.

For a number of weeks now, I’ve been receiving calls from the National, State and local GOP organizations wanting money. I’ve hung up on all of them. I’ve voted and supported the Republican Party since my first national election in 1968. For that support, I expect the Party to listen to me. Instead, the GOP seems to listen more to democrats than to their base.

I’ve had my fill. I will no longer support the GOP. If the GOP wants my money and my support, they better get off their collective asses and begin to listen and HEED the conservatives that make up the base of their constituents. When the GOP is no more than another face of liberalism, they’ve lost me.

I am a social and fiscal conservative. I believe in the Constitution as it was intended by the founders. If and when the GOP returns to their roots and believes, supports and acts as I would, then—maybe, they’ll get my support.

For now, I will support candidates directly. I will support those who believe as I do regardless of party. That may be libertarian or someone else. But when the GOP calls again, they had better have changed their tune and shown publicly that they have done so. If not, don’t tread on me!

And We Don’t Like THEM Either!

Rasmussen reports that polling shows that people don’t like the Republican incumbents either. Only 18% believe their Republican Congressmen are doing a good job.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters say their party’s representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 18% of GOP voters believe their elected officials have done a good job representing the base.

Most Republican voters (55%) say that the average Republican in Congress is more liberal than the average Republican voter. Twenty-four percent (24%) say the average Republican in Congress holds views about the same as the average Republican voter while just 17% think the Congressional Republicans are more conservative than GOP voters.

Republican voters overwhelmingly believe it is more important for the party to stand for what it believes in rather than trying to work with President Barack Obama. Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans hold that view while just 14% favor more co-operation with the President.

As for voters not affiliated with either major party, 58% say the GOP should stand for what it believes in while 33% would like to see more cooperation with the President. Seventy-one percent (71%) of unaffiliated voters believe the Republicans in Congress have lost touch with their base and a plurality of unaffiliateds (41%) believe that the average Republican in Congress is more liberal than the average Republican voters.

For a number of weeks now, I’ve been receiving calls from the National, State and local GOP organizations wanting money. I’ve hung up on all of them. I’ve voted and supported the Republican Party since my first national election in 1968. For that support, I expect the Party to listen to me. Instead, the GOP seems to listen more to democrats than to their base.

I’ve had my fill. I will no longer support the GOP. If the GOP wants my money and my support, they better get off their collective asses and begin to listen and HEED the conservatives that make up the base of their constituents. When the GOP is no more than another face of liberalism, they’ve lost me.

I am a social and fiscal conservative. I believe in the Constitution as it was intended by the founders. If and when the GOP returns to their roots and believes, supports and acts as I would, then—maybe, they’ll get my support.

For now, I will support candidates directly. I will support those who believe as I do regardless of party. That may be libertarian or someone else. But when the GOP calls again, they had better have changed their tune and shown publicly that they have done so. If not, don’t tread on me!

Why has this been the coolest summer in decades?

Algore would have us believe that we’re just years away from extinction due to Global Warming. He’s the Pope of the Church of Global Warming. In reality, Algore created a scam since he needed a job after losing the election in 2000.

The basis of Algore’s fraud is that the world is heating up due to Man’s interference by creating unknown amounts of carbon in the atmosphere. That, according to Algore, will create a heat-trap and turn the Earth into a copy of Venus.

Bull!

Carbon is a necessary element vital to life on earth. Our bodies are based on carbon. When we exhale, we exhale carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. The temperature variations on Earth is due to non-human factors—volcano eruptions that throw large amounts of dust and gas into the atmosphere, and the Sun.

This year has been the coolest year in decades and that is the result of a trend that started in 1999. The fact is that a number of solar cycles occur and many are now occurring at the same time to produce a low number of sun-spots. Many people know about the 11-year cycle, but there are many more than that one.

This is not a new occurance. It happened 400 years ago during the 17th Century during a period known as the Maunder Minimum. That same period is also known as the “Little Ice Age.”

Jonah Goldberg writes this bit in the Los Angeles Times. In his article, he links the low sun-spot cycles of the Maunder Minimum with the occurance of the “Little Ice Age.”


Global warming and the sun

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Recent studies seem to show that there’s more to climate change than we know.


Assuming there are no sunspots today, a 96-year record will have been broken: 53 days without any solar blemishes, giant magnetic disruptions on the sun’s surface that cause solar flares. That would be the fourth-longest stretch of stellar solar complexion since 1849. Wait, it gets even more exciting.

During what scientist call the Maunder Minimum — a period of solar inactivity from 1645 to 1715 — the world experienced the worst of the cold streak dubbed the Little Ice Age. At Christmastime, Londoners ice skated on the Thames, and New Yorkers (then New Amsterdamers) sometimes walked over the Hudson from Manhattan to Staten Island.

Of course, it could have been a coincidence. The Little Ice Age began before the onset of the Maunder Minimum. Many scientists think volcanic activity was a more likely, or at least a more significant, culprit. Or perhaps the big chill was, in the words of scientist Alan Cutler, writing in the Washington Post in 1997, a “one-two punch from a dimmer sun and a dustier atmosphere.”

Well, we just might find out. A new study in the American Geophysical Union’s journal Eos suggests that we may be heading into another quiet phase similar to the Maunder Minimum.

Meanwhile, the journal Science reports that a study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, has finally figured out why increased sunspots have a dramatic effect on the weather, increasing temperatures more than the increase in solar energy should explain. Apparently, sunspots heat the stratosphere, which in turn amplifies the warming of the climate.

Scientists have known for centuries that sunspots affected the climate; they just never understood how. Now, allegedly, the mystery has been solved.

Last month, in another study, also released in Science, Oregon state researchers claimed to settle the debate over what caused and ended the last Ice Age. Increased solar radiation coming from slight changes in the Earth’s rotation, not greenhouse gas levels, were to blame.

What is the significance of all this? To say I have no idea is quite an understatement, but it will have to do.

Nonetheless, what I find interesting is the eagerness of the authors and the media to make it very clear that this doesn’t have any particular significance for the debate over climate change. “For those wondering how the [NCAR] study bears on global warming, Gerald Meehl, lead author on the study, says that it doesn’t — at least not directly,” writes Moises Velasquez-Manoff of the Christian Science Monitor. “Global warming is a long-term trend, Dr. Meehl says. … This study attempts to explain the processes behind a periodic occurrence.”

This overlooks the fact that solar cycles are permanent “periodic occurrences,” a.k.a. a very long-term trend. Yet Meehl insists that the only significance for the debate is that his study proves that climate modeling is steadily improving.

I applaud Meehl’s reluctance to go beyond where the science takes him. And for all I know he’s right. But such humility and skepticism seem to manifest themselves only when the data point to something other than the mainstream narrative about global warming. For instance, when we have terribly hot weather, or bad hurricanes, the media see portentous proof of climate change. When we don’t, it’s a moment to teach the masses how weather and climate are very different things.

No, I’m not denying that man-made pollution and other activity have played a role in planetary warming since the Industrial Revolution.

But we live in a moment when we are told, nay lectured and harangued, that if we use the wrong toilet paper or eat the wrong cereal, we are frying the planet. But the sun? Well, that’s a distraction. Don’t you dare forget your reusable shopping bags, but feel free to pay no attention to that burning ball of gas in the sky — it’s just the only thing that prevents the planet from being a lifeless ball of ice engulfed in total darkness. Never mind that sunspot activity doubled during the 20th century, when the bulk of global warming has taken place.

What does it say that the modeling that guaranteed disastrous increases in global temperatures never predicted the halt in planetary warming since the late 1990s? (MIT’s Richard Lindzen says that “there has been no warming since 1997 and no statistically significant warming since 1995.”) What does it say that the modelers have only just now discovered how sunspots make the Earth warmer?

I don’t know what it tells you, but it tells me that maybe we should study a bit more before we spend billions to “solve” a problem we don’t understand so well.

jgoldberg@latimescolumnists.com

I believe that John Goldberg is correct. If he is correct, as I believe, we are in for an extended period of cooler temperatures much like that which occurred 400 years ago.

I suggest you make sure your winter clothing is up to date as well as your home. Come next winter, we’ll all be sayin’, “Baby, it’s COLD out there!”