We are just now learning of an interesting little twist in Barack Obama’s much ballyhooed nuclear deal with Iran–Iran has not signed the deal and it turns out the deal is non-binding.
Here is more:
President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not “legally binding,” his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.
“The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose — and ramp up — our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments,” Frifield wrote to Pompeo.
As Barack Obama prepares to take a heroic stand against ISIS by attending the upcoming global warming conference there is a story which has been ignored by the mainstream media which calls into question the legitimacy of the whole global warming movement. And that is the fact that NASA and NOAA have been adjusting the historical temperatures to make it appear as if the world is warming when it is not.
Some of these adjustments have been called “breathtaking” and yet the mainstream media has ignored this new scandal and so have the politicians who are pushing this radical agenda of control and global wealth redistribution. Now a German professor and retired geologist, Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert, has confirmed that NASA has indeed fudged the number to hide the decline in the global temperature over the decades.
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Two days ago a poll was released which showed Ted Cruz moving into second place in Iowa, behind Donald Trump by 9 points while Ben Carson dropped into third place. Now another Iowa poll is out which shows the Senator from Texas in a virtual tie with Donald Trump with Ben Carson dropping yet again.
Here is more:
Ted Cruz, buoyed by tea party support and the backing of the conservative wing of the Republican Party, has surged to a virtual tie with Donald Trump in the first caucus state of Iowa, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll surveying likely Republican caucus-goers released Tuesday.
Trump took 25 percent of support, followed by 23 percent who opted for the freshman Texas senator, more than doubling his support in the same poll from October, when he earned just 10 percent. Trailing the two leaders is Ben Carson, who dropped from first to third, falling 10 points to 18 percent.
Ted Cruz seems to be gaining a bit of momentum in the Republican primary according to some recent polls. Last week a national poll showed Ted Cruz tied with Ben Carson for second place at 18%, behind Donald Trump who had 28% support. This poll had Ben Carson losing 8 points from the last poll.
I think you all know how I feel about national polls; they do not mean much because we do not have a national election, state polls present a much more accurate picture of how the election is likely to go. But today a new Iowa poll is out which seems to reflect what last week’s national poll indicated.
According to this new Iowa poll Donald Trump leads the Republican field with 30% of the vote, followed by Ted Cruz at 21% while Ben Carson lost 8 points and sits at 19%.
This is officially the open thread for the week however I am dispensing with the normal formalities of the post because last Sunday evening my family suffered a great loss and we are all still coming to terms with it. My Mom was watching the Patriots game with us when she got the call–my stepfather, Bob, passed away suddenly.
Bob had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for many years and he fought bravely but now his suffering is over. Parkinson’s is a horrible disease, watching what it did to Bob over the years was heartbreaking but we all remember Bob as he was, and he was one of the kindest, gentlest, and caring people I have ever known. There is nothing Bob would not do for anyone and there is nobody who ever met him who had a bad word to say about him.
I still remember meeting Bob for the first time–me and my brother and sister were outside playing when my Mom introduced us. I think it is safe to say we all liked him immediately, although we had no idea he would someday be a member of the family.
That Summer Bob and my Mom rented a custom van and we took a vacation to Lake Winnipesaukee where he taught us all how to water ski. That lake became a very special place for our family and eventually we had a condo on the lake. We had so many great times there!
Bob loved the water, he grew up on it and at one time was actually offered a job in Florida as a professional water skier, and even after the condo was sold we always had a Summer camp on the water. I remember all those days fondly.
Bob was the master of the corny joke and he loved to repeat them whenever he had a chance: one of the jokes I remember the most has to do with my singing. I always loved to sing but those who know me know that I have probably the worst singing voice in the history of mankind, but Bob always got a kick out of my singing and he loved to tell people that I was a rock singer because when I sang people threw rocks at me. My wife and I were married on Bob’s 55th birthday and I decided to surprise him by getting up on stage and singing Happy Birthday to him. I am chuckling now as I think about it…
We all knew this day was coming but still it was unexpected because it happened so quickly. Bob was having a good day, in typical Bob fashion he was joking with the other residents and the nurses when he suddenly drew a breath and let go. It is a relief to know he did not suffer and it was not drawn out but it is still hard to believe he is gone.
I could go on and on about Bob and still never do him justice and honestly I cannot come up with the words to describe him and what he meant to me accurately. Goodbye Bob, I will love you and miss you forever but you will live on in my heart.
Bob loved the song “Hallelujah” and so I dedicate this to one of the greatest men I have ever known.
According to this article a group of climate scientists met in Texas to discuss the global warming hysteria and they had some interesting things to say. Here is more:
Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen, an emeritus Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, derided what he termed climate “catastrophism.”
“Demonization of CO2 is irrational at best and even modest warming is mostly beneficial,” Lindzen said.
Lindzen cautioned: “The most important thing to keep in mind is – when you ask ‘is it warming, is it cooling’, etc. — is that we are talking about something tiny (temperature changes) and that is the crucial point.”
Lindzen also challenged the oft-repeated UN IPCC claim that most of warming over past 50 years was due to mankind.
“People get excited over this. Is this statement alarming? No,” Lindzen stated.
“We are speaking of small changes 0.25 Celcius would be about 51% of the recent warming and that strongly suggests a low and inconsequential climate sensitivity – meaning no problem at all,” Lindzen explained.
“I urge you when looking at a graph, check the scales! The uncertainty here is tenths of a degree,” he noted.
“When someone points to this and says this is the warmest temperature on record. What are they talking about? It’s just nonsense. This is a very tiny change period. And they are arguing over hundredths of a degree when it is uncertain in tenths of a degree,” Lindzen said.
“And the proof that the uncertainty is tenths of a degree are the adjustments that are being made. If you can adjust temperatures to 2/10ths of a degree, it means it wasn’t certain to 2/10ths of a degree,” he said.
“The UN IPCC wisely avoided making the claim that 51% of a small change in temperature constitutes a problem. They left this to the politicians and anyone who took the bait,” he said.
A new poll is out and while Donald Trump is still in the lead it gets interesting when you look at what is happening in regards to Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. Here is more:
In the Republican primary race, the newest NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll shows Donald Trump has the frontrunner spot to himself, with 28% support among Republican and independent voters who lean Republican. Support for Ben Carson, who was tied with Trump in last month’s online poll, has fallen off by 8 points and the former neurosurgeon is now tied with Ted Cruz at 18%.
Ben Carson’s support appears to be dropping off and I do not think that is surprising considering his style. He is just too mild-mannered to inspire people for too long. That might not be fair but that is how I think it is going to play out. I think he gained some support from people who were looking for an alternative to Donald Trump but I believe people are beginning to look elsewhere and that could be benefiting Ted Cruz as he now looks to be gaining some momentum in the polls.
At only 10% behind Donald Trump the race is still within striking distance and it appears as if Ted Cruz might be the next candidate to make a move on the front-runner.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium