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Kareem Abdul Jabbar on Trump

Normally, the opinion of a celebrity or sports figure means nothing to me, but Jabbar has been political for his entire life. And, Trump is a celebrity pretending to be a politician, so anything goes.


Are you guys just f*ckin' with us, or doing someone's bidding the last weekday before Iowa?

Former FBI Official Predicts Hillary’s Indictment Will Come During ‘Heat Of The General Election’

Six months after the FBI began their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, sources believe that an indictment might fall during the “the heat of the general election campaign.”


I'm in the club!!!!!

Oh Noes! Ann Coulter is really pissed at Fox News!!!11 (but she still likes Megyn Kelly)

Ann Coulter Calls Out ‘Arrogant’ Fox News

If the current political media landscape wasn’t crazy enough for you, you’re in luck.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter showed up on MSNBC to bash Fox News last night. Seriously. Coulter went on MSNBC. To Bash Fox News.

While appearing on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” the oft-controversial Coulter said Donald Trump has “established himself as the real alpha dog” among GOP candidates and she “hopes he doesn’t” show up to tonight’s debate.

“I think Trump is shaking up the way people look at Fox News as maybe not always our (conservatives) network,” Coulter said.

Matthews then asked Coulter about the snarky Fox News statement that compelled Trump to bail on the debate: “Why would Roger Ailes start a fight that could cost him, god, 15 to 20 million people?”

“Monopolies can get arrogant and there does seem to be a little bit of arrogance here,” Coulter said. “It’s really insulting to voters.”

For the record, Coulter went on to say that she has no problem with Megyn Kelly.

When the Aghan Hound comes barking, there's trouble in paradise.

"Megyn Kelly Has Defeated Donald Trump"

Yahoo news is nothing more than People Magazine online, but they really went in for the kill on this one:

Megyn Kelly Has Defeated Donald Trump

In pulling out of Thursday’s Fox News debate because of the presence of Megyn Kelly as a moderator, Donald Trump has vaulted the Fox News anchor to the front ranks of TV news personalities. Kelly led off her Fox show, The Kelly File, on Tuesday night with the news of Trump’s self-imposed exit, saying that Trump “doesn’t get to control the media.”

Trump’s startling wimp-out is a gift to Kelly, who reasserted her claim that she asks “tough but fair” questions. In a brief video posted on Instagram on Tuesday, Trump said, “Megyn Kelly is really biased against me. She knows that. I know that. Everybody knows that. Do you really think she can be fair at a debate?”

On Monday, he’d said to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “Who ever even heard of her before the last debate?” He was referring to Kelly’s question to Trump during last August’s Fox News debate, in which Kelly asked Trump about some sexist, misogynist remarks he has made about women.

For a media-savvy guy like Trump, this is an impressively dumb move. Kelly has both huge ratings and has been the subject of much coverage as a personality. She recently accrued her latest extraordinarily fawning profile in Vanity Fair — she’s the Fox News host every print media outlet wants to praise, with pictures!

To suggest that most people don’t know her is to be ignorant of the very pop culture world in which Trump swims like a shark. Trump’s absence from Thursday’s debate will make it even more of a must-watch event, because it will be the first time Ted Cruz and the rest of the field will be able to attack Trump without the man himself there to round on them in his wildly unpredictable manner, a style that has dominated every television appearance he’s made. Depriving himself of TV time is a critical, self-inflicted blow.


Yahoo! nailed it. And, no, Donald, you did not create her. Even those who don't watch Fox News knew Megyn Kelly long before you started your obsession with her.

Is this how Donald will deal with "unfair" world leaders, an irrational Congress, and tough problems? BY RUNNING AWAY?

A pictorial message to candidates' fans who just love love LOVE memes.

(actually, I like the subtle irony of this .... meme)

NPR Storycorps: In Wake Of War, Former Homeless Vet Found Hope

I had not heard this one, and I was quite moved. It is a very brief conversation between a father and his son about the son's struggles after returning from war.

Any father who has been down a similar path with their son will understand this completely.

Backlash from Vets about Palin's PTSD Comments

Sarah Palin has no filter on her mouth, much to the delight of some. Not with others:

Veterans assail Sarah Palin for pinning son’s alleged domestic violence on PTSD

Jason Sickles
January 21, 2016

Sarah Palin’s attempt at politicizing PTSD is not sitting well with some veterans and veterans’ advocates.

While speaking to a gathering of Donald Trump supporters on Wednesday, the former Alaska governor addressed her son Track Palin’s recent arrest on domestic violence charges, suggesting it could be related to posttraumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq and linking it to what she called President Obama’s lack of respect of war veterans.

“My son, a combat veteran … was fighting for you all, America, in the war zone. My son, like so many others, came back a bit different, they come back hardened,” she said in Tulsa, Okla.

“They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airman and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country,” Palin added. “And that starts from the top. … That comes from our own president. Where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America?’”

Her remarks brought a backlash on social media.

“It’s clear her son beats women. Less clear it’s related to combat PTSD,” tweeted Brandon Friedman, the former digital media director for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “If battering his girlfriend and his reported suicide threat are related to PTSD, then it’s probably not helpful to use as a campaign prop.”
When will Trump be filing for divorce with Palin? Very soon.

Trump's serious miscalculation with Palin

Palin's re-emergence underscores GOP split

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If the Republican Party is on the verge of an implosion, Sarah Palin may have been the one who lit the fuse.

Palin's complicated relationship with GOP leaders over the past eight years is a microcosm of the party's broader struggles with its most restive members. What started with an embrace by party leaders evolved into wary tolerance, followed by a potentially irreparable split.

So it's perhaps little surprise that Palin is re-emerging on the national political scene at this moment of reckoning for Republicans. While she's hardly the conservative kingmaker she once was, Palin remains a favorite of the tea party insurgency, and her endorsement of Donald Trump for the 2016 GOP nomination gives him an added boost of conservative, anti-establishment credibility.

"He's been going rogue left and right," Palin said Tuesday, with a beaming Trump standing by her side. "He's been able to tear the veil off this idea of the system."

Mainstream Republicans have tried for the past several years to keep their system together by bringing lawmakers elected as disrupters into the fold rather than pushing them aside. It's a strategy that succeeded in winning the party the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014, but it did little to achieve such conservative goals as overturning President Barack Obama's health care law or blocking increases in the nation's debt ceiling.

Now, the GOP system is cracking, leaving some in the establishment feeling they would be the outsiders in a party helmed by Trump — or by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a frequent tormentor of Republican leaders who is a strong contender for the nomination.

Palin insulted everyone in the GOP except Trump, and Trump stood by grinning.

As a very successful, very rich, super intelligent businessman, how could Trump follow the failed footsteps of McCain and hitch his wagon to her?

Human energy inputs into the oceans have doubled since 1997

The concept of atmospheric temperature is easy to grasp because we see it every day: "The high today will be 68 with an overnight low of 42 degrees." We also all recognize that the temperature of the atmosphere changes quickly and dramatically because of winds, pressure fronts, and the very low heat capacity/specific heat of the atmosphere.

The ocean is a different animal entirely. Although ocean currents add a certain level of dynamics, oceans are a huge sources/sinks of energy. Energy that goes into the ocean comes back out very, very slowly. That is why small changes in ocean temperature and energy input into the oceans are given considerable weight.

In light of that, this news is ominous:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed.
Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world's oceans instead of the ground. And they've seen ocean heat content rise in recent years. But the new study, using ocean-observing data that goes back to the British research ship Challenger in the 1870s and including high-tech modern underwater monitors and computer models, tracked how much man-made heat has been buried in the oceans in the past 150 years.

The world's oceans absorbed approximately 150 zettajoules of energy from 1865 to 1997, and then absorbed about another 150 in the next 18 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

To put that in perspective, if you exploded one atomic bomb the size of the one that dropped on Hiroshima every second for a year, the total energy released would be 2 zettajoules. So since 1997, Earth's oceans have absorbed man-made heat energy equivalent to a Hiroshima-style bomb being exploded every second for 75 straight years...

"After 2000 in particular the rate of change is really starting to ramp up," Durack said.

This means the amount of energy being trapped in Earth's climate system as a whole is accelerating, the study's lead author Peter Gleckler, a climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore, said.

"These finding have potentially serious consequences for life in the oceans as well as for patterns of ocean circulation, storm tracks and storm intensity," said Oregon State University marine sciences professor Jane Lubchenco, the former chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Here's a link to the original article in Nature:
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