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Mark Block, AFPWI.ORG. Republicans pick up Assembly seats and one seat in the State Senate. Gabelman wins the Supreme Court Race.
Jim Bell, Caledonia Unplugged. Obama wins the elections. Obama goes to see Osama Bin Laden and converts him to Christianity with the Muslim World. Mideast troubles are over.
Jo Egelhoff, Fox Politics.net. 20 water utilities will apply for "conservation rates" where higher residential rates will be charged as usage gets higher.
Glenn Frankovis, Badger Blogger. Ed Flynn will reduce crime across the board by 25%.
John Connors, AFPWI.ORG. Hillary doesn't win, Romney does..
Kevin Binversie, Lakeshore Laments. In an effort to pander more and more, Steve Kagen will issue Congressional Resolutions for the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. No one will care but his over-worked Press Secretary.
Ric Larson, Silent E Speaks. Hillary won't get the D nomination. She'll leave Bill, shack up with Mother Sheehan and open a brothel with Barney Frank.
The Obama presidency? While it may me a rough time for conservatives, “scary” may be a bit strong. No he’s not so scary, but these things within the impending Obama reign should be:
Joe Biden, VP – I heard people say that “Sarah Palin was and idiot." Then what the hell is Joe Roosevelt-went-on-tv-after-the-stock-market-crashed Biden? Bonus thought: “One heartbeat away” from being your beloved leader – yes, the man that received less votes in the democratic primary than Dennis Kucinich.
Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State – talking heads have been describing her as “experienced.” Really?? C’mon, that’s like saying you can go from community orga…..er…..nevermind. Bonus thought: Our “in with the new” president will also keep another Washington insider in the news: William Jefferson Clinton.
Robert Kennedy, Jr., Sec. EPA – you think Obama, Pelosi and Reid are environmental Nazis? Read up on this guy. Bonus thought: having a Kennedy and a black man in the white house at the same time? It’s a guilty liberals dream!
Jimbo Doyle, AG – good news, he’s out of here! Bonus thought: bad news, he’s not only leaving us with his warped version of a balanced budget, but he will leave us with Barbara Lawton…..YEAH!!
So there you have it. What your votes may very well bring you. Thing is, votes don’t really mean anything, do they? Ask the Prop8 folks in Kalifornia. Sleep well, folks!
The world has never seen such freezing heat By Christopher Booker
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 16/11/2008
A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.
This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.
So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.
The error was so glaring that when it was reported on the two blogs - run by the US meteorologist Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre, the Canadian computer analyst who won fame for his expert debunking of the notorious "hockey stick" graph - GISS began hastily revising its figures. This only made the confusion worse because, to compensate for the lowered temperatures in Russia, GISS claimed to have discovered a new "hotspot" in the Arctic - in a month when satellite images were showing Arctic sea-ice recovering so fast from its summer melt that three weeks ago it was 30 per cent more extensive than at the same time last year.
A GISS spokesman lamely explained that the reason for the error in the Russian figures was that they were obtained from another body, and that GISS did not have resources to exercise proper quality control over the data it was supplied with. This is an astonishing admission: the figures published by Dr Hansen's institute are not only one of the four data sets that the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relies on to promote its case for global warming, but they are the most widely quoted, since they consistently show higher temperatures than the others. (garbage in, garbage out)
If there is one scientist more responsible than any other for the alarm over global warming it is Dr Hansen, who set the whole scare in train back in 1988 with his testimony to a US Senate committee chaired by Al Gore. Again and again, Dr Hansen has been to the fore in making extreme claims over the dangers of climate change. (He was recently in the news here for supporting the Greenpeace activists acquitted of criminally damaging a coal-fired power station in Kent, on the grounds that the harm done to the planet by a new power station would far outweigh any damage they had done themselves.)
Yet last week's latest episode is far from the first time Dr Hansen's methodology has been called in question. In 2007 he was forced by Mr Watts and Mr McIntyre to revise his published figures for US surface temperatures, to show that the hottest decade of the 20th century was not the 1990s, as he had claimed, but the 1930s.
Another of his close allies is Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, who recently startled a university audience in Australia by claiming that global temperatures have recently been rising "very much faster" than ever, in front of a graph showing them rising sharply in the past decade. In fact, as many of his audience were aware, they have not been rising in recent years and since 2007 have dropped.
Dr Pachauri, a former railway engineer with no qualifications in climate science, may believe what Dr Hansen tells him. But whether, on the basis of such evidence, it is wise for the world's governments to embark on some of the most costly economic measures ever proposed, to remedy a problem which may actually not exist, is a question which should give us all pause for thought.
Why are these some fools continually listened to when they are proven wrong time and time and time again?